While it’s entirely possible to create an upscale feel in any home, if you aren’t careful the result is not always so budget friendly. On the flip side of that coin, buying everything from more budget-friendly sources comes with the risk of creating a home that looks just like every other department store shopper. The good news is that with a little creativity, some bargain shopping and a couple of wise splurges, you can create the completely unique, upscale space of your dreams AND stay within your budget. Here are a couple of great ways to accomplish just that:
Pendant lights and chandeliers are a natural focal points in a room. Not only does the light draw attention, but they are also floating away from walls and ceilings. Finding the perfect light fixture to handle the attention can be a challenge, but even in an unexpected place like a nursery or laundry room, just this one upgrade can elevate the entire space.
Tile Accent Wall
A tile accent wall can have a big impact, whether in a bathroom shower zone or embellishing a hearth wall. While the cost of tile can add up quickly if you want something high-end, limiting yourself to one wall (a standard-size shower wall is about 60 inches wide and 8 feet tall, floor-to-ceiling, which gives you about 40-square-feet of wall surface to work with) may be what you need to be able to splurge on a more expensive tile at $5 or $6 per square foot finish your accent wall for just $200. By using low-cost tile elsewhere, you’ll be able to stay within budget on your project and still get that upscale look you crave.
When it comes to artwork, a single large-scale piece will always create more drama than a collection of smaller pieces. Whether it’s an original painting or a framed print, splurging on one large piece rather than several smaller ones will be more cost-effective and can easily become a center piece to decorate the entire room around.
Upgrading picture frames with an eye-catching gold finish will draw attention, especially when surrounded by simple white furnishings. Whether you’re spray painting them or using gold-leaf, one afternoon of DIY can easily update your collection (and other furnishings!) turning your room from dull to dramatic at very little cost.
Over Sized Mirrors
As with art, the impact of a mirror is radically increased by increasing size. But unlike artwork, a mirror won’t ever overpower a space, it can only open it up! Not only will it reflect light and create the illusion of spaciousness but the possibilities are endless! From simple to extravagant, modern to rustic, mirrors can be found in any style and can complement any room.