If you spend any time watching HGTV or looking at Pinterest, you probably have visions of what your home could look like if you only had an unlimited decorating budget. The good news is there are simple and relatively inexpensive ways to add elegance to your home. Here are 3 interior design tips to help you achieve elegance in your home’s interior:
Interior Design Tips
1. Get Rid of Wall-to-wall Carpeting
While it is true that wall-to-wall carpet makes a home seem warm and soft, it doesn’t add elegance to your home in the way that hardwood floors do. Carpeting holds bacteria and is an out of date look. Hardwood floors are a fantastic investment that adds resale value to your home, as it is viewed as a premium finish. They are easier to clean and can last a lifetime if cared for properly. If you feel your budget does not allow for wood floors you might consider a couple of options.
Possibly doing wood flooring in some rooms and porcelain tile in others. Wood flooring and tile work well together, you just want to consider the transitional heights of each material when meeting at a threshold or doorway.
Consider laminate wood flooring. Laminate flooring is durable and looks so much like real wood floors it can trick a pro like me. This can save you about $5.00 a square foot, including installation.
You can add a tremendous amount of elegance to any room in your house by choosing the right accessories. Floor length curtains are one of my go-to suggestions for quick interior design tips that add a lot of pizazz to any room design. Choose some beautiful wall hangings and large vases with flowers. Or make an even bigger statement by putting up 3D wall panels on an accent wall. Talissa Decor sells faux leather 3D wall panels that can easily add elegance without breaking the bank.
3. Update Your Lighting Fixtures
Your choice of light fixtures makes a big difference in setting the theme of a room. Forgo the standard light fixtures installed by most contractors, and instead, opt for something more elegant. Make a statement by adding a chandelier to a master bedroom or living room. Add pendant lights over your dining room table or wall sconces to add light to your entryway or hallway. Better Homes and Gardens has a wonderful guide for choosing decorative lighting in your home
You can make your home exude elegance whether your budget is big or small. A few finishing touches and accessories can completely change the feel of your home from the moment someone walks in your front door. If you need to be inspired consider hiring an interior designer and consulting with them about how to stay in budget while creating an elegant interior for your home.
Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design.Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, https://www.patriciadavisbrowndesigns.com/. She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and eHow.com talent offering design tips.
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