Tips to Make Your Living Room Look Luxurious On a Budget

Tips to Make Your Living Room Look Luxurious On a Budget

Decorating and improving the overall aesthetic appeal of your living room can be a fun process, but most people are under the impression that it has to be notoriously expensive. Needless to say, the vast majority of DIY enthusiasts end up giving up due to financial reasons. However, it doesn’t have to go that way, and in fact, it’s quite possible to make your space look luxurious and stylish without spending a fortune. How can it be done, you ask? Follow some of these tips and tricks, and you’ll most likely end up satisfied with your new DIY masterpiece.

Think about art

Tips to Make Your Living Room Look Luxurious On a Budget
Most people aren’t aware of the impact of art pieces in a room. For example, a well-positioned collage of pictures will make a wall stand out as the dominant one in the room. On top of that, you can add things like tables of peculiar shape, a lamp that looks like a blooming flower or anything that is not an ordinary piece of a living room.

A good trick to use here is to be a bit of a megalomaniac and put oversized items in the center. This concept is especially effective when it comes to putting pictures on the wall. One massive one usually looks better and more aesthetically appealing than a group of smaller ones. However, it’s also a matter of personal preferences and taste.

Paint your living room and mix up the colors

Tips to Make Your Living Room Look Luxurious On a Budget
Most people spend their time in rooms that are usually painted in one color. It’s not a bad thing per se, but it definitely affects the whole experience. Instead of going with just one color, try including at least two or three. It will open up space and make the room much more pleasant to spend time in. On the other hand, make sure you don’t overdo it because there’s a thin line between good taste and a complete disaster. Also, make sure to mix the tones instead of mixing completely different colors. For example, instead of combining blue and green, go with dark blue, baby blue, and white. Once again, it’s a matter of personal preferences, but we strongly recommend against mixing colors that simply don’t match or look good.

One more thing you should consider is putting a themed wallpaper on one wall. There are thousands of different designs available on the market, and most of them are quite affordable. For example, if you feel like a red brick wall would go well with the whole concept, don’t hesitate to get a piece of self-adhesive wallpaper and follow your instinct.

Keep things simple

Contrary to popular belief, having more items in a room doesn’t automatically make it more luxurious. In fact, a cluttered space is usually more of a nuisance than a pleasant experience. That’s why it’s important that you only keep the necessary things on the floor and avoid bumping into something every time you walk through an area.

Bonus points go to things that have a strong sentimental value for you. In other words, instead of having a bunch of boxes and useless things lying around, keep the pieces that will make you feel better when you see them. For example, your grandma’s old jewelry box will have a much bigger impact on your experience than any other commercial piece.

Incorporate unusual shapes

Tips to Make Your Living Room Look Luxurious On a Budget
A space in which everything is lined up and square quickly becomes a tedious box of underwhelming experiences. That’s why it’s important that you include objects of unusual shape and break the monotony of your living room.

The important thing here to remember is that you don’t have to incorporate new pieces in order to follow this rule. Instead, you can change the existing things such as the shape of your coffee table, carpet, or even a side chair. Also, the said piece doesn’t have to be functional at all because it should leave an aesthetic and emotional impact instead of being of functional value.

As you can tell, re-doing a living room doesn’t have to have a massive impact on your budget. The key is in little things that don’t seem crucial, but once you tweak and change them, they stand out and improve the overall comfort and level of pleasantness. The whole project should be more of a personal adventure than an investment. If you’re an enthusiast on a budget and are willing to look for some affordable pieces that can change the way you feel every day, don’t hesitate to visit a thrift store or a flea market and look for some good deals. You will be amazed at how impactful a one-day remodeling project can be.


February 14, 2018 | 0 comments

Tips for Designing a Luxurious Kid-Friendly Home

Tips for Designing a Luxurious Kid-Friendly Home

Have you ever wanted your home to be a sophisticated space worthy of the cover of Architecture Digest magazine? Did you end up with a bunch of Legos instead of area rugs and smudged walls? Do you have to hide your expensive porcelain collection in the attic, because you’re afraid your little angels will break it? It’s ok, you are not the only one. But this doesn’t mean you are stuck in this situation. There are things you can do to give your home the luxurious feel you are craving, without making it unlivable for your kids.

Open the space up

Small, cramped spaces can look messy and feel claustrophobic, especially if you have kids’ stuff everywhere. An open concept main floor not only allows you to have ample space that can look more elegant, but it also gives you the chance to monitor what your kids are doing while you are preparing food or entertaining guests. Furthermore, you can make the space seem even bigger by getting rid of the unnecessary furniture and accessories. Minimalism is your best friend.

Build in, whatever you can

Tips for Designing a Luxurious Kid-Friendly Home
Bulky bookshelves may have worked great in the Beast’s castle, but since you are not living in a fairy tale and don’t have an enormous library, you should consider built-in shelves that don’t occupy much space. Additionally, you can install walk-in closets instead of the regular ones.

Choose your furniture wisely

Tips for Designing a Luxurious Kid-Friendly Home
A luxurious house that’s also kid-friendly should strike the perfect balance between opulence and ease-of-maintenance, while also being safe for small children. Long luxury sofas in the living room can emphasize the length of the room and, at the same time, provide you with the perfect nook for family evening gatherings that can include watching TV or reading good-night stories. Since sharp-edged furniture is out of the question if you have toddlers, you can go for a round coffee table or ottoman. Upholstery is another important factor to consider. You can opt for vinyl, tweed or Larson. All of them give away a sense of formality and elegance, while still being durable and easy to clean.

Light it up

Fortunately for you, your kids are probably not tall enough to reach the lighting fixtures so this is the area where you can really splurge. Make the ceiling fixture the focal point of the room, by installing something like a Victorian chandelier. You can also make your kitchen island and dining room table stand out with pendant lights. Layer the lighting solutions to create an elegant ambience. Add task lights to the kitchen counter, and accent lights around the bathroom mirror or the art pieces in your living room.

Introduce splendor with accessories

Tips for Designing a Luxurious Kid-Friendly Home
It is impossible to imagine any luxurious space without high-end accessories. However, you should do your best to keep those accessories out of your kids’ reach or opt for durable and resistant items. Things that could be useful are mirrors, metallic accessories, artisan pieces, artwork, antiques, etc. You should also enrich the texture of the space by adding plush throw pillows, sheepskin rugs, and soft throw blankets.

Protect your decor, protect your kids

Don’t let your décor hurt your kids, but don’t let your kids ruin your décor either. Try your best not to leave any breakable, sharp or heavy items where your children can reach them. As for the decorative elements you need to protect, museum gel can be helpful, especially for shielding collectible sculptures, ceramics or vases. Everything else needs to be stain-resistant or easy to wash, including the walls.

As you can see, it is quite possible to have a luxurious home that suits both you and your children. There is no reason to turn your home into a playground just because you want to entertain and protect your kids, but there is also no reason to constrain your little ones to their rooms so that you can have an extravagant home. Follow these tips, and you will have both.


February 12, 2018 | 0 comments