Guest post from Kacey Mya Bradley
Updating your home can cost a lot of money, but there are ways you can save money when you’re remodeling on a budget. Here are some great ways you can make your house look elegant without the price tag.
“Raise” the Ceilings
No one wants to feel stuffy when they’re inside a room. High ceilings make a room look elegant, yet comfortable. Obviously raising a ceiling footage wise isn’t an option, but there are ways to make your ceiling look higher. One option would be to hang your curtains as high as possible, all the way to the floor. Floor-to-ceiling curtains make the ceiling appear to be higher, giving your room a more open feeling.
You can also hang your wall accessories higher than normal. It will focus the eyes upwards to make the room appear elongated.
Add Accent Chairs
Sometimes life really is about the little things. To give your home a classic look with timeless pieces, find smaller pieces that work with the colors you have in your home, like incorporating an accent chair to match a table you may have. Accent chairs are a great way to bring the room together, and easy to match.
Rather than spending money on re-furnishing an entire room, place an accent chair in a corner, or other area of the room. With the right fabric accent chair, people will think you hired a personal designer for a high-end look.
Change the Lighting
An elegant home has good lighting. Light fixtures can really make a difference in your home for an upgraded look. Get craft and DIY light fixtures for a fancy look to any room. Shop at places like antique and thrift stores, or even clearance centers to find a piece you can redo.
Hanging lights are a classic way to get overhead brightness without having to rewire a room. If it’s in your budget, a simple change of adding recessed lighting will give you ambiance and warmth to make the room classy and cozy.
Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint
Don’t pay a professional painter the high price they charge to come and paint a room. You can make a room look professional by painting it yourself with a few tools. Even if you spend extra money on nicer brushes and high quality paint, you’ll save money from what you would spend to pay a professional. You’d be surprised how fast and easy you can re-paint a room when you do it yourself.
As far as choosing a new color, neutral is always best. Neutral colors are easiest to match to curtains, furniture and other accessories. It gives you more options to go with if you ever get new décor for your home. Neutral colors are defined as “non-colors” because they aren’t found on the color wheel.
Let Out Your Inner Joanna Gaines
Fixer Upper is an HGTV show featuring Joanna Gaines and her husband, Chip. Together, they renovate homes and turn them into an elegant, new home without the high price of a “move-in-ready” home. Joanna’s decorating tips will give you down to earth rooms with high-end style for low-end prices.
The thing that makes a home elegant is sometimes the simplicity of the pieces chosen for each room. Feel free to personalize your items to really make your home “sweet” home.
DIY Accessories for Less
Accessories for a home can cost a fortune. Instead of shopping at expensive stores, get the same looking accessories that you can make yourself. DIY projects are totally affordable for adding gorgeous wall art to your home without the designer price tag.
When you take the time to make a few changes around you home, you’ll have new and improved looks with little cost. There are great ways you can upgrade your home using the tricks you just read about. You can budget your renovations today, for an elegant look in your home and still save money tomorrow.
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
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