How to add a touch of elegance to your family home

Having a high-end looking home can be difficult, especially if you’re on a budget. But it can even more of a challenge if you have little ones running around!

Traipsing muddy boots through the kitchen, spilling juice on the carpet, and having all your ornaments locked away until they’re old enough not to try and put them in their mouths can take its toll on your home! Sometimes it might seem easier to just empty the rooms completely and then let them loose!

But did you know that there are ways you can make your home look elegant and stylish without having to invest in artwork or things that will break easily? Here you’ll find a few hints and best interior design ideas on how to get the high-end home you’ve always dreamed of.

Your floor

Often overlooked but still very important. Your flooring goes through a lot. Although carpet is a staple in many of our homes, it traps dirt, looks dingy pretty quickly and often goes out of style. Why not invest in some new flooring? Hardwood flooring and even laminate looks great and is also very easy to maintain! 

Crown moulding

Crown moulding has a way of making a room look complete or finished; it brings the ceiling and the walls together, giving them an elegant appearance. Without this finishing touch, rooms tend to look cheap or unfinished.

Fortunately, crown moulding is relatively inexpensive (especially the plastic, paintable versions), making it affordable on almost any budget. There are many widths to choose from, but if you want a greater impact, chose the widest trim that your budget will allow.  For the ultimate in glamour, try adding all types on moulding to your home, i.e. crown, high baseboard, ceiling beams, columns, ceiling medallions, chair rails etc…

 

Paint

Choose one of these two colour options—bold and dramatic OR soft, understated hues. These hues allow you to add instant elegance to your home. It simply depends on your colour personality in terms of which option you choose.

Painting interior doors black is another great idea. It automatically creates an expensive feeling, without causing much damage to your wallet.

Lighting

Most people choose lighting fixtures that simply, do the job. But if you invest in a few key lighting pieces then your instantly catapult the room into a new level of grandeur. Have a look in charity shops or even junk shops, so pieces may need a little TLC, but they won’t be as expensive as buying designer light fixtures on the high street.

House-keeping!

Surprisingly, one of the most affordable ways to make your home look elegant on a budget is actually free. Weekly dusting and vacuuming can actually make your home feel high-end. Secondly, cleaning allows you to take care of stains and spots on area rugs quickly, keeping them from being damaged and shabby-looking. Clean your windows, too—it allows natural light to readily fill the room, making it appear bright and welcoming.

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