You signed the papers, packed your bags and turned the keys for the first time. But, once you got into your new home, you found something to be missing. It’s true that bigger rooms and different layouts might cause your furniture to have less of an impact than before. It’s also true that you can make a few small tweaks to what you already have in order to make what’s old feel elegant in your new space.
Home decorating doesn’t always have to be costly, even if you’re making changes that fall in line with on-trend design schemes and hues. The following five tips will err on the side of elegant and timeless, which means they’ll stand up for as long as you live here. Welcome to a much more beautiful home.
1. Add Crown Molding
The “crown” in the name hints at something: simply adding crown molding will instantly make your home look more regal. On the border of your wall to the ceiling, it draws the eye up to make spaces look loftier. Beyond that,the addition of baseboards, bead boards, chair rails, etc., can give your home a custom look that would typically cost a lot more than if you install the molding yourself. It’s a relatively inexpensive and easy project, to boot.
2. Toss Around Throw Pillows
Plushness reads as luxurious, as least as far as home decorating is concerned. That’s why you should trade out your standard-sized throw pillows for larger, fluffier versions. Be sure that the pillow covers you choose exude the elegant vibe that you seek, and stuff them with inserts that area bit larger than the dimensions of the case. This will give them an extra-fluffy look, which will make every couch and chair in your space look grander and feel more comfy.
3. Keep Shelf Design Minimal
This design update could cost you absolutely nothing. If your home has built-ins or your furniture supply includes shelving units, take a good, hard look at what you’re displaying on them. Shelves jam-packed with books, picture frames and other knick-knacks look more shabby than chic. By choosing a few items to sit on each ledge, though, you’re instantly making it look cleaner, more design-forward and, therefore, more elegant.
4. Add Bling to Your Hardware
Many older homes and furniture pieces come with hardware that gives away their age. You can, of course, spend a weekend painting out your cabinets to mask old-fashioned finishes, but the hardware still gives them away — and brings down the elegance factor. Crystal hardware will instantly make a space look as fancy as you desire, whether you attach them to a chest of drawers or built-in bathroom cabinets. All you have to do is unscrew what’s there and replace it with a handle or pull that fits and voila.
5. Hang Curtains
A plain old window won’t do much to add to a space that you strive to make elegant. In fact, completely undressed windows leave a room looking completely unfinished, no matter what else you’ve put around them. You can easily purchase pre-made window treatments that won’t break the bank — and won’t give away a less-than-regal budget. Just make sure that the curtains you choose have lining so that they maintain the elegant look that you’re going for. Don’t forget your curtain rods, too, as they’ll catch the eye along with the actual fabric. Therefore, you need to choose something with finials or another rich accent to complete the look.
With these tips, you’re certain to put together a space that tells exactly the elegant story that you want it to. Now, it’s time to move onto the next space that needs the same fine final touch.