Affordable Ways to Create Luxurious Spaces
That room is stunning! But don't worry... it only looks expensive! Beautiful rooms do not necessarily require a big budget. Savvy designers achieve luxurious spaces within the home on minimal budgets by shopping extremely smart, getting really creative and finishing off exquisite details.
Let me share with you some of our best kept secrets for achieving luxurious spaces on a modest budget:
- It's cold, flu and renovation season and if you’ve caught the renovation bug, then keep finishes timeless and expensive looking by sticking with classic materials and palettes. Start with hardwood or stone flooring and if stone or hardwood are not in the budget, then choose a ceramic tile that has the look of a real stone tile or conversely, a laminate that has the most natural look available. Stick to the same philosophy for your countertops- keep it natural and classic. Palettes of black, charcoal, grey, linen, and caramel are timeless and always look rich. Unless you are looking for an ultra modern appeal, steer away from white moulding and baseboards and instead opt for a classic linen shade. You can dress up the floor with a more expensive area carpet since it will be much smaller in size and budget than having the full room done wall-to-wall.
- We always include fresh flowers and potted plants in our spaces. A well-styled plant brings life and elegance to the room; choose the perfect pot, and an exotic looking plant to grace a corner of the room. Fresh flowers such as a bowl of orchids on a table have long staying power and provide a luxurious look for several months. Alternatively, a single organic branch in a vase of water looks more ‘designerish’ than a bouquet and costs a whole lot less (just 5 minutes of your time to go for a walk).
- Design a photo wall or a table grouping of black and white family photos. Black and white photos typically look classier than coloured ones. All the frames and matting needs to be somewhat unified in colour. For example the wall gallery could use black frames with white matting but the size and shape of the frames and mattings can vary. On the table top grouping, choose all silver metallic frames to keep a unified look.
- Instead of framed prints, hang real art on your walls. The large canvases can be stretched and hung unframed which will save some money. Attend student and local art walks in search of great pieces for an even greater price.
- Even in the most modern of spaces, we always include one or two antique or vintage pieces. Not only will these pieces appear heirloom but they will also be unique to your home.
- Draperies warm up and frame a view and to keep the expensive feel we always hang over-size drapery. Skimpy and unlined drapery looks cheap, drapery panels should be three times as full as the space they occupy and should always be lined.
- Save your pennies and buy an expensive art or architectural book for the coffee table. Beautiful hardcover books are a true luxury. Keep your eye pealed at estate sales, vintage shops, second hand book stores and clearance tables for large coffee table books. Design smart and live luxuriously.
Cheryll’s keen eye for detail and sense of style has led to a growing and successful career in interior design and the media. Cheryll ran an interior design firm in Western Canada for 15 years, specializing in both commercial and residential design work. As an established and celebrated designer, she began to share her expertise with a national audience – through public speaking, television, radio and print. Today, in addition to hosting two popular national radio shows, Cheryll writes for over 290 newspaper publications a column on construction, design and décor, making her one of the most successful syndicated columnists in Canada. She is also the official spokesperson for Floors Now!