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Have you ever stayed in a boutique hotel or eaten at a fancy restaurant and wished you could recreate the decor at home? Your house may not be a country pile with acres of land or an achingly cool urban hangout, but there’s no reason why you can’t add a luxe edge to your interiors. If you’re looking for inspiration for a mini home makeover, here are some tips that won’t break the bank.
Statement walls are a brilliant way to capture attention and bring a room to life without devoting hours to decorating. Painting a single wall, adding wallpaper or using an eye-catching mirror or a framed picture or print to create a focal point will transform the room in an instant. You can use this trick in small and large spaces, and you can choose to be as subtle or as bold as you like. Think about the style and vibe you want to create and the colours you want to use. If you’re decorating your bedroom, for example, and you love the idea of a romantic, Parisian boudoir, why not look for an ornate vintage mirror? Browse auction sites, garage and car boot sales and antique stalls to save money and compare prices online. In living rooms and bathrooms, you can add interest to relatively plain decor with printed paper, patterned tiles or a coloured wall.
Focusing on the details
One thing you’ll notice when you go to a luxury hotel or a trendy bar is the attention to detail. When you look around the room, you may be drawn to statement pieces of furniture or wall colours initially, but the longer you look, the more accents and touches you’ll notice. Simple things like soft furnishings, vintage doorknobs and themed coat hooks in bedrooms, quirky vases and glassware in bars and high-quality tablecloths in dining rooms can make all the difference. Take inspiration from places you’ve been and establishments you have visited to elevate your home decor. Take a look at sites like Richard Haworth for ideas for your dining room and entertaining areas and scroll through social media to get inspiration for home accessories and soft furnishings.
Choosing the right materials is a surefire way to add an air of opulence to your home. The first thing to say is that you don’t have to spend a fortune on leather sofas, velvet curtains or silk bed sheets. Accents and touches can make all the difference. A single cushion cover, a throw, a rug or a tablecloth can add a luxurious feel to your living spaces. Opt for the best quality you can afford for an investment piece or an item you plan to keep for decades. When you’re choosing which materials to use, it’s also a good idea to think about how you use the space and the season. If you have children or pets, it is possible to find stylish flooring, wall panels and tiles and soft furnishings that tick the style and substance boxes. Choose lightweight fabrics for spring and summer and heavier, more indulgent materials for autumn and winter.
Creating a new focal point
Creating a focal point in each room is an excellent starting point for a simple, affordable revamp. From fireplaces, oversized mirrors and lighting to distinctive pieces of furniture and an inviting bed, you can change the aesthetic of the room and add ambience by investing in a single piece or designing a room around one focal point. Choose items or features that complement the style of the room and the trends you want to embrace and channel. If you want to create a retro living room, for example, you can use a funky couch and splashes of colour with your accessories to brighten up a blank canvas and carry your theme. It’s always beneficial to gather ideas from social media, design blogs and magazines, take a look around stalls and shops and search online before you buy star items or start work on your transformation. If you have a clear plan, and you know exactly what you want, this will reduce stress, save you money and ensure that you’re thrilled with the finished article.
Many of us visit hotels, bars, restaurants and resorts and wish our homes had a similar aesthetic. It’s not always easy to add a luxe edge to a family home, but it is possible. Simple tricks like designing a statement wall, creating a new focal point, investing in high-quality materials and paying attention to detail can elevate your decor and give your home a touch of decadence.