Designing a Luxury Home on a Budget
Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
We all have an idea of what our dream home would look like, after all that is what places like Houzz and Pinterest are for right? You wish you could have those little personalized spaces and upscale feel in your home that makes it stand out from the ordinary. Sometimes we believe that the home we envision is far too luxurious for our budget but that is not true. But with a little creative thinking anything is possible! There are many ways to stretch a budget through good planning and a few helpful tricks that can give you the luxury you desire without breaking the bank. Let’s explore the different ways you can achieve a sense of luxury in your home and make your dreams come true.
It’s in the details
Often it is the small things that have the greatest impact on the overall look and feel of the home. Together these modest items can combine to give any space a sense of luxury and elegance when planned properly. Some of them include:
- Window treatments
Implementing these design styles can do wonders for your home. Window treatments are meant to enhance your windows giving a luxurious feel. A bare window can make a room look empty and unfinished. There are various options including floor length curtains, layers, and even simple valances. Each is intended to accent the window and add depth to the area. Backsplash is another wonderful way to add character and charm to your kitchen without hurting the budget, plus it provides texture and protection from grease splatters and such. It can also be turned into a nice focal point when a contrasting color or pattern is selected. Both lighting and plumbing fixtures are a wonderful way to instantly add a little luxury to the kitchen or bathroom. Warm metals like brass and gold have become more and more popular as they add something unique to the design. They work well with multiple color choices like white, gray, and blue as well as integrate with various styles whether farmhouse or traditional. Luxury is not just about looks but also how it makes you feel which is why rugs are a great choice for your home. The texture and layering it brings to your living space is important and adds comfort too. Size is important when selecting a rug and a good rule of thumb is for it to never take up the whole room but should give sufficient coverage that extends under a portion of the furniture. Jewelry and luxury often go in the same sentence so when we talk about hardware we usually are emphasizing what it can do for your cabinets. Coming in so many colors and materials, the choices are endless and the cost is not bank breaking. Be sure to talk with your designer about what details to include in your renovation or refreshment of your home.
Often luxury is not just found in certain things but in how they make us feel, the overall style of a room matters and should be given careful consideration. It is important to know what style makes us feel comfortable as well as sense of elegance. Take inventory of the images saved in your Pinterest boards, are there certain colors that stand out to you? What about materials such as glass, leather, or even wood? What type of finish do you prefer? Gold, brass, bronze, copper, brushed nickel, silver? Are there specific places that you have stayed at like a vacation home or resort where you loved everything about it? Try to remember specific details that you could implement into your own home. Knowing the answers to these questions can help you and your designer formulate a renovation plan that will give you those luxurious vibes on budget. Luxury and comfort definitely go together especially at family gatherings.
Additional interior design tips
When it comes to designing a luxury home, much of it lies in the overall interior design plan. Here are a few more tips that can help you create a luxury feel and keep it that way.
- No clutter
Clutter will always be your number one enemy to quelching the feeling of luxury. A space that is crowded and cluttered never feels upscale so be sure to have a plan in place to deal with the clutter before it becomes a problem. Don’t yield to the temptation of forming a junk pile of mail, papers, and magazines that you never intend to read. Either throw it away as soon as you bring it in or put it, like magazines, where you will read them such as your nightstand or coffee table. Have a designated area for shoes, coats, and backpacks in a closet near the door or in a mud room. This eliminates a mess in the entryway plus speeds up your routine since you will spend less time looking for the things you need, and we know that time is also a luxury. Furniture plays a big part in the design of your room but you don’t have to buy the biggest piece to make it feel fabulous. Pairing a couch with a nice textured pillow over a plain one can make a big difference. Add a nice lamp stand and coffee table and you are on your way to chic. Color can also have an impact on luxury and sometimes dark palettes can feel more luxurious than the classic neutrals such as gray and white. A black accent wall or even ceiling can transform your home into a luxury suitable for any palace. You can even go dark with accent pieces and furniture with a few pops of warm metal or glass. A final touch is artwork. A large piece on the wall can be not only a focal point but a sense of elegance that demands attention. It does not have to be a specific picture, it can be a fun abstract piece that speaks directly to you. A little of these will always go a long way.
Designing a luxury home on a budget
Budget is an important word when doing a renovation or even refreshing your space. It is not a random word thrown in for good measure but meant to be the guiding light for the project. This is what helps you decide what and how much to purchase but that does not mean you are stuck with a boring transformation. Creative thinking and careful selection can give you the luxury you want but within your set standards. Talk to your designer about ways you can include some of these things into your home then when it is all said and done you can sit back and enjoy the view.
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