If you long for a more luxurious look for your living room, or wish your kitchen could have the same rustic chic feeling as the ones that you see in magazines, then I’ve got good news for you. That luxurious look is attainable – and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
The first thing you need to do if you want to achieve a luxurious look for your home is to define what you mean by luxury. Many people make the mistake of thinking that luxurious items are expensive, and think that they need a huge home full of designer brands to enjoy the feeling of luxury.
In truth, luxury isn’t about price, it’s about quality. A luxurious interior design is one that looks good, feels good, and works for you, not against you. That means having furniture that fits the room, selecting fabrics that you like the look and feel of, and arranging things so that they’re comfortable for you. Here’s a few tips to help you get started with designing a luxurious home.
- If you’re on a budget , spend wisely, and prioritise a few key pieces. Don’t spend a fortune on fancy ornaments or a designer door mat if that means you’ll have to skimp on the sofa and the bed. Pick a few items that you’ll use a lot – your sofa, computer desk, bed, etc, and spend as much as you can afford to get high quality items. Those items will make or break your design.
- Pick a fabric and a colour scheme you like, and use it consistently. Get made to measure blinds that fit your colour scheme, and use throws, rugs, and cushions that match it to make sure the room looks “designed” rather than cobbled together.
- Choose accessories carefully: Some carefully chosen cheap roman blinds that match your carpet will look a lot nicer than velvet curtains that clash with the wallpaper. Keep ornaments to a minimum, unless they match the room, and think carefully about the placement of plants, vases, and other items.
- Pay attention to scale: It’s a good idea to buy furniture in sets if you can. Otherwise, you could end up with chairs, tables, bookshelves, and other items that are a mixture of shapes and sizes. This can seriously detract from the look of the room. The same goes for window treatments. Made to measure blinds are much more appealing than ones that hang a little too long, or a little too short.
- Watch the light: Lighting that’s too harsh, or too dim, can ruin your careful design work. If you have the option, fit dimmer switches so you have plenty of flexibility.
If you don’t have the luxury of buying sets of furniture, or using dimmer switches, shop around and take your time decorating. It’s better to gradually build up a home full of items that are perfect for you, than to rush out and waste money on things you regret picking up.