How To Create A More Luxe Home On A Budget

When looking at new homes, home buyers with high expectations can sometimes feel disappointed with their options. In a world where wood paneling, blue bathtubs, and wallpaper in every room have been popular trends it can feel like a lot of houses on the market are eyesores.

An important factor to keep in mind, however, is what parts of the home are merely cosmetic and which are structurally important. If a home is in a neighborhood you love with all the structurally important systems in excellent shape you can still add it to the top of your list. Poor design choices, or lack thereof, can always be changed down the line. 

If you were hoping for a home with lots of character and detail but the neighborhoods you love are filled with ranches and builder grade homes don’t despair. There are plenty of style upgrades you can DIY yourself to give your home the luxe look you’re looking for. 

Ready to make a dramatic first impression? Wow guests with just a few of these simple upgrades. 

If your entrance opens up to a staircase you can create a drastic difference with just a small change. The newel post, that is the first main post of the stair railing, can be swapped out for something more ornate and classic. With plenty of options ranging from boxy posts with molding to something sleek topped with an ornate finial ball. Add more drama by choosing a contrasting color for the finial, newel cap, and railing from the main post and spindles.  

A large mirror placed in an entrance or along the length of a hallway never fails to make a statement. Place a pier mirror between windows to create more light and dimension to the room. Create a built-in look by adding molding and wainscotting painted to match the trim of the room. 

Add elegance by installing a ceiling medallion. Not just for the foyer they are also a great detail to add to your dining room, guest bedroom or home office. With a wide selection at your fingertips, you can pair one with a chandelier for a chic look or for a more modern flair coupled with a contemporary style pendant light.

For a truly classic look wall trim instantly makes any room look more luxe. Keep it simple with box shapes or opt for an art deco touch with more geometric shapes. Paired with other vintage elements wall trim brings a sense of refinement. If you’re aiming for a more effortless yet modern theme pair with a mix of mid-century modern and minimalist pieces.

When house shopping keeping an open mind as to what can be changed and what is imperative for a safe home makes all the difference in your shopping experience. Print out pictures for inspiration or create a board on Pinterest to keep the ideas flowing. As you look at each new house keep in mind how you can easily add these elements to create a more luxurious home with a quick weekend project.

4 Tips for Teen Bedroom Decorations

Teenagers have a different view on their bedrooms. While adults might see it as a room to sleep in, teens often see it as a place to escape from the world and crawl into themselves – a place they most confidently rule. Teens tend to be vibrant, social, and energetic, and so, their perspective of a bedroom is a space to hang with friends, play, do some work, and sleep. It’s more like their small apartment. 

At some point, some teenagers find it hard to choose bedroom decorations because they are conscious of the latest trends, and they want something that appeals to their personality. If you’re a parent looking for the best bedroom ideas for your teens, or you’re a teen looking to give your space some unique touches, this post is for you.

Find a balance between childhood and adulthood

Teens are in a stage of progressive development where they have to part with some childhood memories and grow into adults. After a while, teens wouldn’t love to keep the decorations of their childhood room because it might seem childish and ‘ordinary.’ There should be a balance here in determining things to keep from their childhood and ways to decorate the room so it fits the trends – remember teens are very conscious of that.

Treat the space as a multipurpose room

Teens love to be independent as much as possible, and their social lives won’t be complete without friends, tastes, and defined personalities. A teen’s room is not just a sleeping space; it doubles as a study area to get homework done, and a lounge to hang with friends too. Because of the multi-purpose requirements, it’s necessary that the room is versatile. You can have a corner dedicated to studying just by a bookshelf. For the lounge, a bench and a few throw pillows should do the trick.

Respect their tastes

As mentioned earlier, teens love their independence and at this stage, they develop interests in many new things. One good way of making their bedrooms a livable space is to hang quotes of their favorite sayings, or posters of their favorite celebrities. If your teen is one that loves music, for example, guitars and musical wall decor will add to their personality statements.

Go for bold colors and designs

Adults love calm spaces, but teens tend to prefer vibrant colors depicting high energy. Ask your teen for their favorite colors and implement them into the design concepts.

An interior designer can help you bring your teen’s bedroom to life. Speak to one today.

How To Fill The Walls Of Your Home With Inspiration

Once you have moved into a new home the first thing you might want to do is paint the walls. After the paint dries, however, you’re left with bare walls. You’ll need to find some great pieces to fill up that wall space. You don’t want to choose just anything to hang on your walls. Here’s some tips to help you find the perfect artwork for your home. 

Find What You Love

You shouldn’t base your art purchases solely on value. If you like something and it inspires you, you should buy it! Anything that you will enjoy looking at in your home each day should be a part of it.  

There’s More Than One Kind Of Art

You don’t need to fill wall space with all pictures or paintings. You can choose from a variety of types of artwork. From sculptures to photographs to canvas art, by using a variety of pieces, you’ll add layers of depth to every room of your home.

Shop Around

There’s so many places to buy art. From local shops and vendors to wider selections in common retail stores, there’s plenty of art to choose from. Find pieces to help you express yourself and keep good vibes flowing throughout your home. 

Find The Right Size

You’ll need to measure the dimensions of your walls and bring a photo of the room you’re trying to decorate with you to the art stores. This will make it easier to help you envision what the art will look like in your home.  

Keyword: Focal Point

The most important thing to determine in decorating any room is to find the focal point. You will either need to find a central piece for the room, or find some pieces to complement what’s already there. The design elements of the room need to be spaced accordingly in order to help you avoid a cluttered room.  

What’s Your Color Scheme? 

You may want to choose your art based on its “wow” factor. Everything has a color within a room, and this will be one element in choosing your artwork as well. You’ll need to think of everything from the wall color to the throw pillows. Art that is within the same shades of the room can work well, but sometimes you need something that gives the room a bit more “pop.” 

What’s In The Picture?

You don’t want to buy a picture of a palm tree if the room has a country theme! Consider the theme and mood of a piece of art in order to have it complement your room.

Most of all, shopping for art should be fun! Find pieces you love. You can even use what you already have. As long as it inspires you and won’t add clutter, you should keep the art in your home.