Are you looking to luxe up your lounge, or give your entire home a stylish makeover? Either way, giving your home’s interior an upgrade doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.
The good news is you’ll still be able to enjoy that avocado on toast while creating a swanky living space that looks ready to feature in a magazine spread.
So, how will you save the pennies while looking like you’ve spent the pounds?
Frank Arthur, co-founder of lifestyle website, Man of Many, shares with us his tips on how to create that perfect luxury look without breaking the bank.
1. Create opulence with luxe fabrics
“Luxe is about creating an aura of opulence,” Frank tells us.
“To do it right, it’s all about achieving a premium look and feel through style and substance.
“When going for a luxe look, there’s a fine line between tasteful and ostentatious, so tread carefully.”
Focus on stylish fabrics such as velvet and satin to create depth and glamour.
2. Go for a regal colour scheme
When it comes to accent colours, dark forest-greens, deep-violets or pale salmon-pinks are all the rage at the moment, particularly seen in velvet. Keep these hues in mind when shopping for furniture.
A singular velvet accent chair in bold forest-green can quickly become the focal point of a room.
3. Use splashes of colour to make a statement
Your accent colour and fabric doesn’t have to be a big-ticket item such as a sofa, rug or chair.
Try adding a splash of these luxury tones with cushions and throws, or by painting a feature wall.
You can still make a style statement with these smaller items while updating your space without breaking the budget.
4. Continue the look throughout the home
Be sure to use lavish touches throughout the home not just in the living spaces.
“Beautifully crafted timbers and premium hardwood add to a room’s grandeur,” says Frank.
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5. Use different materials to accent dark tones
Accent darker velvet and wood in the living areas by decorating with a glass table lamp, crystal decanter or a marble-topped coffee or side table.
If these items are going to blow the budget, marble trays or boards can often add that splash of luxe and can be found in a range of prices.
Marble-look coffee tables or trays, which are more affordable, can also be a great option.
Elegance is attainable with smaller items; just don’t go overboard into clutter territory!
6. Distract with luxe accessories
You don’t need to spend the big bucks to generate a stylish high-end feel. Focus can be directed to stylish and vibrant items, Frank tells us.
“A nice vase and some striking coffee table books will visually detract from your budget coffee table.
“Good cushions and a premium throw can help mask the fact that your couch was found on the side of the road before a council clean-up.”
7. Don’t rush to the check-out
If you’re ready to take your luxury game to the next level, and really want to see that expensive designer couch in your living room, but simply can’t afford it at the moment, don’t stress.
Frank says: “Exercise patience and wait for sales, look for second-hand goods, scope out auctions and garage sales.”
8. Use indoor palms to up the luxe ante
So what’s a budget-friendly hack that’s perfect to spruce up any room and make it feel sumptuous?
“I find that indoor palms make a great addition to a luxe room,” says Frank.
“There’s something quite grand about a lush palm tree and the addition of these can really help to bring a room to life.”
9. Style plants to transform spaces
Sometimes palms aren’t meant to hide away in the corner.
Frank suggests placing two palms to frame a doorway in order to create a grand entrance.
“Palms on either side of a sofa transform your chair into a regal throne.”
10. Go for low-maintenance greens
If you don’t consider yourself a plant-whisperer, then don’t worry.
Sometimes just a few fronds in a stylish pot make a world of difference.
Alternatively, look for a low-maintenance but still regal-looking plant, such as a philodendron.