Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Guess how much I paid?

There's a common misconception that in order to create a beautiful space, one must blow all their savings.  Truth is, that's not at all the case. You don't need a big budget to make your home look like it belongs in a magazine {or that you spent way more than you actually did}.  Here are a few tips on how to get that that Pinterest worthy look on a small budget.

1. Upgrade Lighting

Get rid of those boob lights and upgrade to a modern chandelier or a more budget friendly flush mount.  Be sure to add dimmers, as lighting is important in setting the ambience.  Add lamps as well, to side tables, console tables and night stands.  Don't have room for lamps? Then add a sconce.  You don't even need to hard wire some of them, these modern ones can be plugged into the wall.

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2. Mix Affordable and Expensive Pieces

Mix expensive pieces with more affordable ones.  Are you really crushing on that $3K velvet couch? Get it. Then add an area rug from West Elm, chairs from IKEA or some vintage pieces from a thrift store. You'll enjoy your luxury couch without blowing your budget and your more affordable pieces will seem as luxurious.


3.  Large Scale Artwork

You can find great artwork these days online at sites like Society 6, Art.com and even Urban Outfitters.  Opt for large scale pieces that make a bold statement and make the room seem grander. Tapestries are also a great option and can sometimes be more affordable.

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4.  Window Treatments

This one is extremely important.  Invest in custom window treatments and drapes, or at least great quality ones. Make sure the drapes reach the floors, the curtain rods are sturdy and placed at least 6 inches above the window frame. This creates the illusion of a taller window and higher ceilings.

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5.  Texturize

Don't be afraid to add texture.  Incorporate textiles, metallics and patterns to give the room depth and character. Think gold frames, lush fabrics and patterns.  If that's too bold for you, stick to a monochromatic theme with different textures.

6.  Style Everything

Style every bookshelf, night table, console table or clutter corner you have.  You can use books and items from thrift shops as well as incorporating a more expensive vase or lamp.  Personalize the spaces by adding your favorite plant or family photos.

7.  Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers are everything.  They help make a room inviting and bring it to life. They add a pop of color as well dimension.  Flowers will help you create that magazine ready space we all crave.

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