Few of us are lucky enough to live in Victorian mansions. But just because your humble abode may not be a manor, doesn’t mean you can’t still add in a few features to give it that sense of luxury you deserve. Here are just a few ways of transforming your home into a place of sophistication.
Call in the professionals
The simplest way to give your home a facelift is to leave it in the hands of a professional. There are many companies such as Million Dollar Makeovers that specialize in renovating homes to make them look like millionaire houses. Every home has its own character after all, and an expert may be able to suit your renovation around that character. Of course, if you’re not comfortable with people coming in and meddling with your home’s décor, this approach might not be for you.
In most cases, adding earthy textures to your home will immediately make it seem grander than it is. This could involve adding a stone worktop to your kitchen, or stripping back the carpets to reveal the wood. In most cases, achieving such textures is expensive. However, there are ways around this, so long as you’re not obsessed with having the real thing. There are many artificial substitutes to marble and granite that look just as natural on your kitchen counter and laying down a new MDF floor might work out much cheaper than trying to tidy up old traditional floorboards.
Show your arty side
Unlock your appreciation for art and watch your home transform into a classier environment. Art can help balance out our tech-heavy homes and make them feel less plastic. If the focal point of your living room is the TV, you can immediately counter this by hanging a large painting on the opposite wall. Make sure that the art is a reflection of your personality and you’re not simply hanging up any old painting. You may be able to find a painting of the place you grew up, of a favorite animal of yours or simply something that makes you feel happy when you look at it such as a sunset.
Lighten the mood
Rich homes are bright and spacious. This is a trick that you can achieve with any size of room, simply by utilising light correctly. Keep to light colours such as whites and creams and install warm lighting. Keep woods to a light colour (think woods such as beech and sapwood) and keep furniture fabric a light tone (avoid black sofas and armchairs). Try not to obscure windows and creatively use mirrors – these will reflect sunlight providing the illusion of another window as well as providing the illusion of extra space and depth. In a bedroom, you could even buy a mirrored wardrobe to give the room extra depth. Chrome metal can meanwhile make a good reflective material, which you may be able to use in your bathroom or kitchen.