Interior design: How to live luxuriously without going broke

The look of luxury – you might love it and, of course, your guests would be impressed. The question, however, is whether you can afford to satisfy your expensive taste. If you know the right interior design tricks, then yes! Here are five ways to design a space that only seems expensive (but is really quite affordable).

Simplify
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Photo credit: Home Bunch

 

You would think that to create an expensive-looking home, one would have to buy a lot of decor and furniture. This, however, is far from the truth. Luxurious spaces are often simple and chic, and the pieces that are chosen for each room are considered carefully. In the end it’s all about the pieces you choose and where you place them, not how much stuff you buy.

Decorate with fresh flowers

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Fresh flowers are an easy way to design an elegant space. Not only will they add color and a sophisticated charm to your home, but they also provide a pleasing smell and can help invigorate a room.

Mix it up
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To create an expensive-looking home, you have to think like a designer. Instead of buying a set of furniture, mix and match pieces to create a cohesive, interesting room. When it comes to textures, use a variety instead of just one or two. Mixing things up is a great way to add visual appeal and show off your design skills.

Become an art collector

Artwork can be very expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. And let’s face it – not many people can tell the difference between art that is going to break the bank or a piece that you bought on sale at a local shop. Try hanging up a large piece of art above the sofa, or use a blank wall to create a collage of smaller pieces.

Think white

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There are many misconceptions about the color white. Some people think the color is boring or intimidating, but it actually can be used to create a chic style. White tables, linens and walls can all be used to give your home an expensive look.

You don’t have to be considered rich to design a rich-looking home. Try out these easy tricks to give your home a luxurious update.

By Wendy Weinert

Enjoy simple living by adding farmhouse style to your home

I know the farmhouse style isn’t exactly glamorous, but it does have a quiet elegance that is both charming and peaceful. Its simplicity is refreshing and I feel relaxed just browsing pictures of farmhouse interiors!

If you often dream of living in an old farmhouse, but don’t like the idea of moving out to the country, don’t worry. You can add elements of the farmhouse style to your home no matter where you live. While searching for the perfect furniture and decor, let these helpful reminders guide you along the way.

#1 Simple is beautiful

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You don’t have to fill your home with trendy accessories, loud patterns and bold colors to design a stylish interior. By following a “less is more” attitude, your home can be a peaceful retreat.

#2 The “weathered” look is good!

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Photo credit: Desire to inspire

It’s not too often when you’re actually encouraged to go out and buy worn-out wooden furniture, but the farmhouse style relies on weathered tables, cupboards, desks and chairs to make the look complete. Consider a fashionably worn farmhouse table for the dining room or an antique-style coffee table in the living room.

#3 Burlap and linen are essential fabrics

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The farmhouse style isn’t smooth like silk. It’s course and textured like burlap. Consider rustic fabrics such as burlap and linen for curtains, accent pillows and other accessories.

#4 White doesn’t have to be boring

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Photo credit: Pinterest

In farmhouses, white is almost always the dominate color. White walls, white dishes, white cabinetry…the list goes on and on! Use decorative items to incorporate brighter colors such as yellow.

#5 There’s no such thing as “too much wood”

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Photo credit: Flickr

Wooden furniture and counter-tops fit in perfectly with the farmhouse style. If you have hardwood floors, don’t cover them up with carpet! A rug will add warmth and still let your beautiful flooring show.

#6 A farmhouse-style house is not complete without a farmhouse sink

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Photo credit: Pinterest

As the farmhouse style rises in popularity, so do farmhouse sinks. Add one in your kitchen for a distinct look.

You don’t have to actually live in a farmhouse to enjoy its style. The right furniture, colors and decor will transform your interior and help you create the look you want.

By Wendy Weinert