Unless you are constantly on the road, you spend most of your time inside your house. Plus, that is the place where you entertain guests. So, you have two great reasons to make the interior look classy. However, sometimes you can go over architecture and design magazines a thousand of times without getting a good idea you can actually implement in your own house. Here are some excellent suggestions that could give your home the high-end look you’ve always wanted it to have.
A coat of neutral
If you want to make your home look more elegant and create the perfect canvas for whatever decorating style you choose, you should paint it in neutral shades. These soft understated hues tend to create a more serene and luxurious feel. You can decide for warm neutrals, such as beige and sand, or lean toward a colder palette with light grey.
Create an ambiance
The way your home is lit, says a lot about the contractors you’ve hired and the care you invested into its design. One ceiling fixture in the living room won’t provide you with enough light to create a pleasant ambience; just as one fixture in the kitchen won’t make that space functional. The trick is in layering the lighting by mixing ambiance, task and accent lighting. Also, you should use interesting fixtures as additional décor elements.
Make your lounge and your bedroom comfy
These two rooms play a huge role in how you spend time in your home. The cozier they are, the happier you will be in them. This is done by creating rich textures, using throw pillows, area rugs (faux fur and sheepskin are especially effective) and velvet upholstery. These things combined create a lush and elegant appearance.
Turn your bathroom into an oasis
Homeowners often neglect the bathroom when it comes to décor, and focus mainly on its functionality. For a genuinely luxurious home that’s also functional, you might opt for a classy freestanding bath in which you can fully immerse yourself and relax after a long day. Surrounding yourself with greenery can also help, so don’t forget to add a plant or two in your bathroom as well.
Choose unique hardware finishes
Home improvement stores often offer serially produced hardware (kitchen cabinets’ and bathroom vanities’ handles, knobs and other) at very affordable prices. Their downside is that they look just as cheap as they cost. The good news is that you don’t have to break the bank to find something better. Just visit a flea market, antique shops or some smaller home improvement store and you will be able to find unique and expensive looking finishes.
Strip your floors naked
It’s true that wall-to-wall wool carpets are warm, soft and even pleasant to the eye, but they can never compete with the unparalleled elegance of a hardwood floor. Investing in hardwood flooring, especially some of the more high-end options like exotic wood, French oak, hand-scraped or reclaimed hardwood, makes a wise decision. Not only can they withstand abuse, but they can also increase the value of your property should you decide to sell.
Upgrade the ceilings
Ceilings are an often overlooked design element, but they can truly contribute to the room’s overall feel. One of the best ways to infuse them with sophistication is to add crown molding. This is a relatively inexpensive detail, but it is perfect for making the room seem complete.
Keep it minimalistic
It is OK, and even desirable to accessorize your home, but don’t go overboard. Keep the accessorizing toned down by choosing a few elegant pieces to complement your theme. Metallics are great for adding a sense of glamour, and mirrors and vases are welcome. Avoid cluttering with unnecessary items like old magazines and piled up clothes.
A stylish home doesn’t happen overnight and without effort. Take your time to create the perfect layout, and after you will have all the time in the world to enjoy it.
This post was graciously provided by Cooper Klein. Cooper is an entrepreneur with a degree in Marketing. He’s interested in real estate and home decor. In order to spend more time with his family, Cooper decided to take a break, and he’s currently working from home as a blogger for Smoothdecorator and several other sites.