Look for feature points
Sometimes a feature of a room can be an unsung hero when it comes to making a room look plush and expensive. Any features like built-in bookshelves, architectural beams, archways, focal wall etc? These can be prominent features if you attend to their details. Keep these features clean or at least free of clutter, otherwise it would block the view from guests. A disused faux mantelpiece which holds decorative objects can be enlivened with a new lick of paint! Architectural beams can be painted black amid a white background to make them standout.
It takes some willpower to throw things away for sure but if a certain fixture or furniture looks ugly or dated, bin it. However, if you feel you can restore it or revive it with a upholstery fabric, or even some simple embellishments, then try to make that piece standout. Kitchen cabinets with their antiquated unpolished brass handles can be given new life by a simple application of Brasso. An old, hardly-used armchair with a drab fabric can be restored to its former glory simply by spending some money on proper restoration.
Walls can actually talk if you know the right colours for it. Neutrals such as beige, greige (grey + beige) or grey can work its magic in interior decoration. Once you have the right canvas, adding things, objects and furniture will make the overall look standout. A crisp, neutral colour will always remain timeless!
Avoid cheap, loose furniture
They key to making a home look bespoke and expensive is really in the details. That’s why it is important that you adopt this mindset when you begin renovations. Bookshelves or cabinets that look custom is when they fit or extend all the way into your home or space. An upholstered custom made sofa or dinning chairs, floor-to-ceiling cabinets always look posh. That’s why some forward planning is important before you actually spend money on your renovation. It’s important to speak to your contractor or ID person.
Make a statement!
Splurge, splurge, splurge! Yes invest in some key furniture pieces such as an armchair or a sofa. Why not a posh floor lamp for a corner? A beautifully designer piece will always make heads turn. Go for designer pieces if you have the money and in time they can be heirlooms too!
Sometimes the simplest luxe tricks are just right under your nose. Avoid flimsy, poorly made products at all costs. Quality carpets add plush tactility when your feet rest on them; even a plush wool throw for your sofa can add a luxe touch. Accessories with objects in a family of three: vases, votive holders, candelabras, figurines. Ornamentation is key to making a room look inviting and rich in character.
A big room always needs a focal point and paintings or wallcoverings do their work pretty well. You can even create a multi-panel piece – an image blown up but broken into three separate panels to create the whole image. Even gallery-style display of picture frames or digitally printed wallcoverings is highly recommended.
Less is more
The rule of threes is key to making a corner or display look well-appointed and tasteful. But looking luxe is always about being less. Keep lots of white space on your walls and clear personal clutter. Too many books on the mantelpiece? Then keep to a handful of five books to do the trick then finish off with gilded book-holders for a touch of luxe.
Keep it clean
There is always a place for everything! Find a home for personal items and banish them from sight. Who wants to see credit card statements, old newspapers, loose tissue packs, etc? A clutter-free home always makes a space look polished and professional.
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