We all have an image of the dream home. Lavish decor, exquisite furniture, a pool… the list goes on. Sadly, not everyone’s budget allows for a mansion in Los Angeles, Paris or London. But you can definitely give your home a touch of luxury without completely breaking the bank. Here are a few simple and easy steps to creating the home you’ve always wanted.
Most people settle with cream walls. But it’s all a little, well, beige really, isn’t it? Why stick with the ordinary when you have an entire rainbow to choose from. Deep, rich tones ooze glamour, so consider dark teals, deep burgundies and royal purples. If you don’t want to go all out and just fancy dipping a toe in the realm of colour, try out a feature wall. This means having neutral tones on all walls but one.
Furniture can get expensive. But see it as an investment. If there’s a leather chesterfield sofa or a suave chaise lounge that captures your heart, don’t let it slip away. Chances are, you’ll be using the furniture that you purchase now for years to come. It’s true that you get what you pay for and cheap furniture can end up being more expensive in the long run with the costs of repairs and replacements.
Flooring is often swept under the carpet, with many individuals settling with whatever is on the floor when they move in. But flooring can make all of the difference in your home. If you want to go all out, consider underfloor heating in tiled areas like the kitchen or bathrooms. Make hardwood floors cozy with a thick shagpile rug. Replace stained carpets and invest in deep, thick pile for lower footfall areas like the bedroom.
We’ve all wanted a SMEG fridge at some point in our lives, haven’t we? Consider saving up parts of your wages for bold brands like this. If cash is a little short, ensure that there’s a sense of continuity in your kitchen. Keep appliances the same color: fridges, dishwashers, washing machines, tumble driers. Stay with white or black for ease when it comes to matching things up. If you want to brighten things up a little, consider colored smaller appliances. For example, kettles, toasters and microwaves.
Bedding is a small investment. Sheets and covers don’t often cost all that much. But they can completely change the dynamic of a room. Choose bold prints for a zesty, quirky look. Or stay neutral with soft, Egyptian cotton combinations. You can always add extra touches with scatter cushions, if you like.
Nothing shouts luxury like stepping out of a nice, hot bubble bath and straight into a soft, warm towel. So don’t skimp out on your towels of choice. A range of designers are turning their attentions to the area, with brands such as Orla Kiely even adding their designs to bath sheets and hand towels. Choose colors consistent with the rest of your bathroom. You might even like to consider matching bath robes too!