Have you ever sat delicately thumbing magazines with beautiful homes on every page and wished you could add some extra style into yours? You’re not alone! We’ve all done it!
The problem that most of us face is the lack of funding to achieve the look you’re after. However, you don’t necessarily need a shed load of cash to achieve a stylish and sophisticated home.
Take a look at these tips on how you can do exactly that!
Grey and pastel colours are the way forward
If you’re looking to follow the trend and bring a new lease of life to your walls and furnishings, then following the grey and pastel colour scheme is the way forward. A particularly popular combination at the moment is grey walls with mustard yellow furnishings such as throws, cushion covers and rugs. A tin of paint is fairly inexpensive these days and you can pick up your choice of colour accessories as you go along.
Before you know it, you’ll have a super sleek home for next to nothing in cost! Layer up comforting cushions, throws, knits and faux furs to make any space feel instantly inviting. This approach will see you through the winter and still light enough to see your home fashionably dressed ready for spring.
Change one element for a huge impact
When you think of doing your home up, you’ll often think that you have to change everything to make a big difference. This isn’t always the case. Try changing up small elements such as the following for a huge impact:
Kitchen surfaces can begin to look tired over time and replacing them can completely change the look of your kitchen. A popular trend is granite because of its sleek finish and its lifespan.
Being such a strong material, you’re less likely to find it looking bleak a few years down the line. Another bonus of granite is that it is very easy to wipe clean, so your kitchen will also look cleaner than ever! Companies such as Granite Transformations Ipswich can help completely transform the look of your kitchen and instantly give it a stylish and sophisticated feel.
Another small change that’s super inexpensive is replacing the doorknobs around your home. Your regular doors, chest of drawers, or even your kitchen cupboard doors will look as good as new by simply replacing your old doorknobs! A few popular choices at the moment are:
- Crystal ball effect doorknobs
- Stainless steel doorknobs
- Chrome effect doorknobs
As mentioned, they’re really cheap to buy from pretty much any hardware store, and even the most inexperienced DIY-er can change a doorknob as all you need is a screwdriver (and perhaps a little bit of patience).
Cupboard door colours
If you quite like your doorknobs but would like to spruce up the appearance of your doors around your home, then why not change the colour of the doors instead? You can use the traditional route of matte, satin, or even gloss to give your doors a new lease of life.
Alternatively, you can use a highly trending material called Fablon to wrap your doors in. It’s essentially sticky back plastic, but it comes in many different patterns and colours. You can even buy wood effect Fablon if you don’t want to get rid of your natural wood look. It’s cheap to buy and easy to apply, so it’s a win-win all around!
Having a rug in a room can completely transform the way it looks. Earlier we mentioned changing small aspects such as your colour scheme, and this includes rugs! A current hit at the moment is the super-cheap, super-luxurious faux fur rug from eBay.
While it doesn’t come in a huge range of colours, we think you’ll agree that this rug looks simply divine. Why not treat yourself to a new rug to add style and comfort to the rooms in your home?
Lamps and lighting
The lighting in a room can make a huge difference in how it feels and ultimately, how you perceive the room. If you’ve got lots of spotlights around your home for bright light when you need it the most, then why not buy some floor lamps to add some ambience when you want to chill things down a bit? If you really want to vamp things up, consider adding smart lighting to your home so that you can choose the colour of your ambience and also control it from wherever you are in the world!
Small rooms can be hard to decorate because you may fear that you’ll make it look smaller. Smaller rooms such as your landing or hallway should stick to neutral or white colours to make space look bigger, but another surefire way of achieving this is by adding mirrors to the room.
Why not upcycle an old mirror you’ve got and add a new frame for a completely new (we won’t tell if you don’t) mirror in your home? A popular choice in many households is an array of smaller mirrors arranged together for not only the feel of a bigger room but also a bit of style added in too.
Hinch your home!
You may have heard of Mrs Hinch in the news over the past few months but if you haven’t, Mrs Hinch is an internet sensation that shares her tips and tricks on home improvement and cleaning. She shares pictures and videos of her absolutely stunning home, and many men and women have flocked to seek her advice on how to improve their own homes.
If you’re a Facebook user, we highly recommend joining the group ‘Mrs Hinch Made Me Do It’. It’s a private group, so you’ll have to request to join but it’s totally worth it. It’s essentially men and women collating their ideas and findings together for both cleaning and home improvement. A community to support the exact thing you’re seeking to do! Hinch your home!
Always think simplistic
One thing to remember when aiming for a stylish and sophisticated home is to always think simplistic. You may have lavish furnishings and a beautifully decorated home, but personal clutter can diminish the style you’re looking to achieve. We realise this may not be as easy as it sounds, especially if you’re a parent with toys floating around in every room. However, there are now some super-stylish storage solutions such as:
- Wicker baskets
- Ottomans that you could turn into a bay window seat.
- Abstract wall units
- Storage trunks
- Bookshelves – why not build your own built-in bookshelf in your main living space? Having bookshelves can help add extra sophistication and maturity to your home’s decor.
Clearing away as much personal clutter to reveal your beautiful furniture and decor will make a huge difference in how your room is perceived!
If designing the decor in your home isn’t really your forte, then one easy tip to remember is be bold at least once in every room. Choose statement pieces such as:
- Upcycled bits of furniture
- Large and bright ornaments
- Potted plants
- Abstract artwork
- Personal artwork such as family caricatures
- Geometric wall designs. These are becoming increasingly popular at the moment as it’s an easy and inexpensive way of creating a feature wall in your home.
Of course, too many statements in one room can ruin the look you’re after, so make sure you don’t overload. Remember to stick with the colour scheme of each room to tie in your bold piece perfectly.
Use contrasting shapes
As mentioned above, having a statement piece in each room can really help tie things together. On the flip side, they can also spark conversation and imagination too. Using contrasting shapes alongside each other (especially in geometric wall art) can really help make a statement while still looking very stylish and sophisticated. Sticking to the same colour palette will help you tie this in.
For example, use pastel colours together and bold colours together for maximum impact
Turn your home into a smart home
We briefly mentioned earlier about using smart lighting in your home to help create the perfect ambience, but did you know that other smart home technology can really help turn your home from drab to fab? Sometimes with style, it’s not all about the aesthetic pleasures.
Style can be added with appropriate music and smells, and even the temperature of the room. Use smart home products to help improve the whole feel of your home as well as making your life one hell of a lot easier!
As you can see, there are a plethora of ways in which you can effortlessly improve the decor in your home. Even if you don’t have a large budget, you can now see that it’s totally possible to have a lovely home that you (and no doubt all of your guests) can appreciate and enjoy for many years to come.