Are you itching to make your home look more sophisticated and chic, but don't want to break the bank? Good news, revamping your home doesn't always require a hefty budget, the devil is in the details, and sometimes, all it takes are a few well-thought-out choices to elevate the overall look and feel of your home. Here are our 7 tips how:
1. Go for a Cohesive Colour Palette
Opt for a harmonious colour palette. Neutral colours are always a good idea and they’re perfect to create a calm, timeless aesthetic. Shades of cream, beige, taupe or white have such a chic, understated elegance. And if you want to add a vibrant pop of colour, use it strategically, either through artwork or accessories.
2. Layer Your Lighting
Good interior design rides a lot on thoughtful lighting. Invest in statement lighting fixtures such as a
chandelier for the dining room, chic pendant lights for the kitchen or eclectic sconces for the living room. Dimmers are key to setting the mood and for making the look of the room feel more intentional and curated. Also, combine different lighting elements, such as ambient, task, and accent lighting, to create multiple focal points. For instance, illuminate room corners with floor lamps, your reading nook with a table lamp, and artwork with accent lights.
3. Incorporate Textures and Patterns
Experiment with different textures and patterns to give your room a more luxurious feel. Mix vintage furniture with contemporary pieces, frame the room with a patterned rug, and add a bamboo armchair to add a natural touch to your space. But remember, balance is key – juxtapose your textures and patterns wisely to avoid them overpowering each other and creating a chaotic look instead.
4. Fabrics Are Key
Time spent searching for the perfect fabric is always time well spent. Look for good quality fabrics but remember they don’t have to be new! We love rummaging through vintage fabrics at antique fairs or flea markets, you can always find some gems that can completely transform your space. Use them as unique cushion covers, throws or to reupholster furniture. High-thread count linens, silk, and velvet can make a big difference in how luxurious your home feels.
5. Play with Mirrors
A well-placed mirror can create an illusion of depth, especially in smaller spaces. Consider incorporating large mirrors with decorative frames in key areas like the entryway, the mantlepiece or why not, the kitchen too if the space needs more depth. Mirrors will amplify the existing light of the room, making it appear more spacious and sophisticated.
6. Add Art and Accessories
Art can be a game-changer in transforming a space and will give it quite the character boost. We love a statement art piece for a wall that takes centre stage in a room and smaller art pieces or an elegant gallery wall for smaller rooms or hallways. Read our tips on how to buy art on a budget here.
7. Declutter and Organise
A clean, organised home instantly looks more expensive. Dedicate spaces for specific items and make sure everything has a place so that it’s easier for you to keep the daily clutter at bay. Think pretty baskets, vintage boxes or a tray for your coffee table. We love our Concha Dish in the entrance hallway as a chic catch-all bowl.