We all want our homes to feel like castles; like perfect representations of who we are and what we’re about. Yet, creating a dream home is no easy task and it is expensive to boot. So, how do you incorporate a little luxury without breaking the bank? Is there a way to add timeless touches to your castle even if your budget is not castle sized?
Of course there is. You just have to get creative. The truth is that great interior design isn’t based on how much a family can spend. You could have all the money in the world and no clue about how to put together a room. The real secret is understanding how to use signature features to make the space shine.
This guide to some of the timeless touches that you can add to your home will give you some helpful ideas.
Invest in a Great Fireplace
Spending money on either restoring an existing fireplace or shopping for beautiful fireplaces is one of the best ways to decorate a home. This is a truly classic feature and one which will never go out of style. Open fireplaces, with decorative mantels, have always been considered very sophisticated and classy.
Use Moulding and Trim
If you’re looking for an easy way to jazz up a basic space, add some high quality moulding and trim. It provides a visual framework for the room, while also conveying a feeling of absolute perfection. Plus, it’s really simple to measure, fit, and install. It isn’t as expensive as you think either, but it does have a reputation for being rather chic.
Create a Focal Point
A focal point can bring disparate parts of a room together and give it a cohesive and coordinated vibe. The simplest way to pick out a focal point is by identifying an existing architectural feature. For example, a fireplace or a large bay window. Invest some time in making this part of the room a feature which instantly draws the eye.
Choose Warm Colours
It is possible to create any mood that you want with the right paint colours. For instance, tones like blue, grey, and green convey calmness, but they can feel a little cool and unfriendly in places like the lounge or sitting room. To make guests feel at home, opt for warm and inviting colours like red, orange, brown, and yellow.
Add Some Great Chairs
One of the areas that you should think about having a little splurge on is your armchairs. There is nothing quite like a big, comfortable chair. It gives a room that timeless appeal and it guarantees that you’ll always have somewhere amazing to kick back and relax. Add some soft scatter cushions for extra cosiness.
Pick the Right Lighting
Lighting can make or break an interior space, because it has the power to entirely change its appearance. With the right lighting, you can have one room during the daytime and a different one after dark. Use fixtures with wide, open shades for lots of unfiltered light and narrower, more delicate fittings for a softer look. Also, coloured bulbs can be a great way to create different moods within a single space.
Keep It Immaculate
To get the most out of the rooms in your home, you need to keep them tidy and clutter free. While this is not always easy, particularly if there are young children or pets in the house, piles of toys, clothes, magazines, or possessions will make the space look smaller. If necessary, dedicate a utility or spare room as a ‘holding’ area for stray items. When it comes time to clean, simply empty this room of stuff.