We all want a dream home that we’re proud to show off. However, it’s rare that you’ll find your ideal home without making some compromises. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can make your home look elegant.
Create More Space
A spacious room not only looks better, but also feels better. And even if you have a small room, there are some tricks you can use to create the illusion of space. You can do that by using bright colors, decluttering and storing away any items that take up a lot of space, hanging floor-to-ceiling curtains, as well as using a few large decorations, as opposed to several small ones.
Pick a Neutral Palette
Simplicity is one of the key elements of an elegant look, and it applies to the color scheme used in your home. When planning your decor, from wall paint to furniture, it’s best to stick to a neutral palette of two or three colors, such as beige or ivory, and use complementary colors for smaller decorative items. This will also help to make the rooms look bigger.
Let There Be Light
Light is another deciding factor for how elegant your home looks. In fact, you can combine beauty and functionality by using light fixtures as decorative items. Check out antique shops for some unique finds that will add a touch of class to your home, and feel free to pick up some candlesticks for a cozy, romantic look after dark.
Tying in with the point above, windows are an essential decorative element that is often overlooked. Window treatments are a simple way to enhance the aesthetics of your home, and they are also easy to implement. All you need is a stylish set of curtains and rails, or even drapes with knotted, decorative cords. If you want to keep the window bare, a window valance will also do the trick, or if you want to go the extra mile, you can also add a decorative molding, cornice board or pelmet.
Unique Hardware Finishes
Cables will never pair with the elegant look of your home, so it’s always best to tidy them away, either behind skirting boards, carpet or furniture. And while you’re sorting out the cable work, now is also the time to add some hardware finishes to your home. Fix any light switches and sockets that stick out, and do a bit of a bargain hunt for door knobs and even faucets that have a one-of-a-kind look about them.
Paintings are a great way to create a focus point in the room, while also giving it a refined vibe. The first thing to make sure of is that the painting will match the rest of the room’s chromatic. If you don’t have enough space for a large painting, a set of smaller paintings that use the same theme and colors will have an equally stunning effect. Frames are also important, and should match the room’s color scheme, as well as the furniture.
Flowers and Houseplants
If you’ve ever looked up photos of elegant interior designs, you might have noticed that there’s always at least one plant in the picture. Whether it’s a potted houseplant or a flower arrangement in a stylish vase, plants are a very easy way to brighten up any room, and you can even use them as a decorative focal point.
Store Away Items You Use Regularly
Remote controls, chargers, empty cups, ironing boards, even make-up — as long as it’s an item you use regularly, it’s best to store it away, and only take it out when you need it. If you’re not sure which items should be put out of sight, simply imagine that you’re preparing your home for a showing, and ask yourself if it would be ok for visitors to see those items lying around.
Quality Over Quantity
Although the ‘less is more’ phrase was initially used to describe minimalist decor, it also applies to giving your home an elegant look. The key, however, is picking items that have a personal meaning to you, otherwise you risk making your home look bare and impersonal. So make sure your decorations are meaningful, practical, and aesthetically pleasing. Create a focus point in each room and work around it. Invest in quality finishes and furniture, display souvenirs from your travels, and refrain from gimmicky artwork or appliances.
Keep It Tidy
With your elegant home decor complete, there’s only one thing left to do: keeping it tidy and organized. Avoid clutter, create a cleaning schedule, and set rules when it comes to leaving stuff on furniture. Elegant decor should be both practical and give your home that high-end look that leaves visitors in awe.