Get Luxe In­te­ri­ors... On A Bud­get

You don’t need to break the bank to give your home the wow fac­tor – these purse-friendly tips will luxe up your home for less

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MAKE AN IM­PACT WITH TEX­TURES AND TONES

You can com­pletely trans­form a space sim­ply by mak­ing the most of your soft fur­nish­ings. With­out any tex­ture a room can feel both cold and ster­ile. Use lots of dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als to in­stantly add warmth to a room, keep an eye out for lux­u­ri­ous fab­rics such as vel­vet, faux fur and leather. Stick to sim­i­lar tones to help cre­ate a dreamy feel­ing of op­u­lence.

GET A RUG

A floor cov­er­ing can trans­form a room en­tirely. Get­ting the pro­por­tions right can be tricky, but if in doubt buy big. A small rug will give the im­pres­sion that ev­ery­thing in your room is placed around it and make the room feel as though it is smaller than it ac­tu­ally is. Look for op­tions that are large enough to place the legs of your fur­ni­ture on as a guide. If you have young chil­dren or pets opt for 100 per cent wool as it’s eas­ier to clean than other ma­te­ri­als.

FRESHEN UP WITH FLO­RALS

We all know that fresh flow­ers look and smell great, plus they cre­ate a real fo­cal point in a room. How­ever if fresh isn’t pos­si­ble it’s worth point­ing out that faux flow­ers have come on leaps and bounds in terms of qual­ity over the last few years. The range be­low from Sainsbury’s not only looks like the real deal, it’s also a com­plete steal!

LUX­URY LINENS

A rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive way to give your bed­room an update is to sim­ply re­place your bed linen. Look for Egyp­tian cot­ton op­tions that have a thread count of over 200. Slightly more ex­pen­sive, but not only will it feel much more com­fort­able, it will also wash bet­ter and last longer.

KEEP CLUT­TER UN­DER CON­TROL

‘A place for ev­ery­thing and ev­ery­thing in its place’ as the say­ing goes. It’s hard to make your home feel like a rest­ful par­adise if you are knee deep in kids toys or can’t move for all your clothes. But some clever stor­age, like the ot­toman above, will hide a mul­ti­tude of sins. Store away any­thing that is not or­na­men­tal or in use.

UPSIZE YOUR HEAD­BOARD

A few small changes can trans­form your decade old sale buy di­van into a sump­tu­ous sanc­tu­ary – af­ter all you do spend a third of your life in your bed! We adore the beau­ti­fully deca­dent bed­frame from Sweet­pea and Wil­low (above), how­ever if your bud­get won’t stretch that far, you can get the look sim­ply by chang­ing up your head­board. Nail bou­tique ho­tel chic by opt­ing for an over­sized ver­sion. There are many in­cred­i­ble op­tions on the mar­ket which will cre­ate a fo­cal point in the bed­room and are priced at less than £100 like the one on the left from on­line re­tailer Kalei­do­scope.

PIC­TURE FRAMES

You don’t al­ways have to dis­play pic­tures in the same way. Mix it up by hang­ing some and lean­ing oth­ers against the wall for a more per­sonal feel.

SCREEN IT

A screen can be used as a di­vider, or to change the shape of a room. And an ex­tra bonus is they also hide a mul­ti­tude of mess whilst adding char­ac­ter to your room!

MIR­ROR, MIR­ROR ON THE WALL...

Add op­u­lence to a room with an over­szed wall-hung or floor mir­ror. Not only will it cre­ate a fo­cal point in a room, it will also make it feel as though the room is twice as big and cre­ate the feel­ing of space. Place a ta­ble lamp within the frame of your mir­ror and it will also bounce ex­tra light round the room.

DIS­PLAY MEMENTOS

Whether it’s old black and white pic­tures, a travel ticket from your hon­ey­moon, or your child’s first paint­ing, turn nos­tal­gic mem­o­ries into a fea­ture. Make your house a home and dis­play the things that are most pre­cious to you.

OVER­SIZE YOUR HOME AC­CES­SORIES

Add some drama to your room by over­siz­ing your home ac­ces­sories. This big and beau­ti­ful wall clock makes a stun­ning state­ment piece. Mas­sive can­dle hold­ers, giant ta­ble lamps and vast vases will all help cre­ate a sim­i­lar ef­fect.

PAIR UP YOUR LAMPS

Make a style state­ment by pair­ing up your ta­ble lamps. Again, if you place in front of a mir­ror you will ben­e­fit from the ex­tra light.

LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE

Cre­ate the feel­ing of lux­ury by adding lay­ers to your home. Con­sider your fur­ni­ture as part of the ba­sic lay­out and then de­cide what ‘lay­ers’ will com­ple­ment it, such as can­dles, rugs, and ac­ces­sories. Layer the heights of your can­dles for a soft and at­mo­spheric light.

OPT FOR OPULENT COLOURS

Rich and jewel tones such as mid­night blue, ruby red and purple all ex­ude the feel­ing of op­u­lence, as do golds and sil­vers. Mix them to­gether and you are one step closer to cre­at­ing a res­i­dence fit for roy­alty.

Du­vet sets from £80, cush­ions from £20, vase, £30, mug, £5, grey sheep­skin, £55, ta­ble light, £145, pil­low­case pair, £30, throw, £120, Painted check quilt, £150, pen­dant light, £65, all at House of Fraser.

Can­vas, £34.99, mir­ror, £79.99, chest of draw­ers, £179.99, du­vet set, £19.99, rug, £49.99 - £179.99 all at Dunelm Mill.

Prices from £3, Sains­burys

Rug, Loaf, £125

Pil­low­cases from £40, French Bed­room Com­pany

Kalei­do­scope from £90

Con­sole ta­ble, Danetti £199

Con­sole Ta­ble, £1227, Bow­house Life­style.com

Can­dles, £3, from Sainsbury’s

Paper­weight, £5.99, clock, £29.99, glass dish, £2.99 bot­tles, £5.99, all at Dunelm.

MAIN IM­AGE: Du­vet sets from £90, pil­low­case pair, £40, metal­lic throw, £75, cush­ions from £30, fur throw, £120, bed­stead, £1649, bed­side ta­ble, £319, frame, £18, can­dle, £20, vases from £25, Mir­ror, £180, all at House of Fraser. IM­AGE TO RIGHT: The Glen­coe Col­lec­tion is priced from £29.99 per mtr from Rejects Dept Store, 23 St Clair St, Kirk­caldy KY1 2BS.

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