Grammy-nominated duet between American singers Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson, The Best Things In Life Are Free says it all. When it comes to your house, the love you put in, the ideas that pop up and precious emotions that make it a home are truly the best things in life. And they are indeed free!
Sadly, the physical manifestation of design ideas for your house comes with a price. But, fret not! A low bank balance is no more a deterrent to designing a dream house. We have a few subtle but smart hacks to blend classy design trends into your home decor no matter where your budget lies. You can get the best of interior design at low cost.
Often labelled as an indulgent luxury of the affluent class in society, as interior design professionals came at a price, the design scene today is rapidly changing. Back in the day materials were more expensive too, but with innovation in technology owning a designer, home is now a reality for the middle class too! It’s really the small stuff that matters – be it unique ideas or placement of decorative pieces at home. Welcome to the world of affordable home interiors.
Lights! Style! Action!
Come out of the illusion that lights are simply fitted to brighten up a room. A room can earn a stylistic avatar with a sculptural luminaire. A great way to achieve warm lighting and sterling aesthetics in one shot! Look for fixtures with character and artistic accents. At the same time, ensure they hold enough bulb holders to justify the size of your room. A fixture with three or fewer lights works well for small spaces while chandeliers with multiple arms spreads light evenly across the room.
Hold On To History
Old is gold and for good reason! The family heirlooms, old China, oil portraits and even your weird childhood sketches must always find a room or wall for themselves. Pick pieces that work together belong to the same aesthetic and colour scheme, and look glamorously global too! A coordinated collection of accents adds life to a wall giving your space a gallery-esque finish.
Tick The Textures
Uniformity is boring especially when it comes to home interiors. Choose a theme and employ various textures to blend in with all elements in play. A sheepskin rug under your centre staged furniture, a chalkboard finish to jot down recipes or a grass carpet background for your bar counter will play up the look and feel of your home interiors.
Flaunt Those Paintings
Give your living room wall the feel of an art gallery by displaying a few of your favourite paintings. Choose frames to coordinate with overall decor and colour scheme. Hang them exhibit style leaving uniform intervals between frames to maintain a sense of consistency. And voila, you have an instant conversation starter at your next dinner party!
Go Bountiful And Chic
Don’t forget those plants as you chase classy modern designs. A pocket garden, a small patch of green or a few decorative pots is a classic stylist’s move. Blending planters into your home decor creates a cohesive look that can be changed every season. Aloe Vera, lilies, orchids, azaleas and snake plants are beauties you can introduce to give your home a floral spin! And what’s more, it’s a cheap home interior design option too!
Global Pot-pourri Of Styles
Thinking global can be a great way to create a rich tapestry of designs and influences by way of souvenirs and accents in your home. Bring back a piece of your travels and show them off. Rugs and handiwork mesh wonderfully together and can give your home a global, yet personal appeal. Just imagine a Moroccan carpet, a Turkish lamp, Egyptian stools and African sculptures sitting in the same shell! Oh, the wondrous possibilities!
Shape It Up
Let’s face it, mirrors are more of an artistic statement today. How else will you brush your hair or check out that cocktail dress before stepping out? Round mirrors make more of a regal statement than square ones, so glam out your walls with some glass! Similarly, kitchen cabinets look way classier with smooth finishes and clean lines than the regular wooden ones. Mirrors are budget-friendly decor items and look grand too!
Mind The Symmetry
A well-designed house is one without imperfections in its basic layout. Be very careful about symmetry even when you are adding accents and accessories you like all around the house. Symmetry in décor and design will give your house the perfect class it needs.
Mute The Paints
Paint is passé, wallpapers are in! Why not give your house a premium look at a fraction of the cost? Also, the best thing about wallpapers is that they can be changed according to your will – your house gets a new look every time your heart desires it!
Spice Up The Bedroom
Spiff up your bed headboard, go for a finer designed wardrobe and widen up the windows in your bedroom to let some sunlight through! These small things go a long way to make your room eye candy for your guests. Trust us, you will be the talk of every town and very soon!
So there you have it! These ten little pointers to make your new house absolutely gorgeous and magazine-worthy. The next time you get kudos for a well-designed home, share our design dope with them! Or you know, you can just smirk.