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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.