A Touch of Class: How to Create an Elegant Home Without Breaking the Bank

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Having an elegant home that looks as if it belongs on the pages of a magazine is a dream for most of us. But getting that kind of look on a tight budget is impossible... or is it?

What many people don't know is an expensive looking home can be surprisingly affordable. When you know what details to focus on and how to shop smarter, achieving what you want while staying within a budget is easy.

Let's discuss several tips you can use to create an elegant home without breaking the bank.

Update Your Paint Colors

Paint is one of the most cost-effective changes you can make to a room that has the most visual impact.

And when choosing paint colors to help make your home look more expensive, you have two options: dramatic and bold hues or soft and subtle tones. It all depends on what type of personality you want a room to convey.

For an even more upgraded effect, try painting the ceiling of a room. Or paint the interior doors of the house black. These looks are simple to do but add an expensive touch to what is normally overlooked areas of a home.

Use Crown Molding

Crown molding is a detail that is an upgrade in many new build homes. It adds a finished look to a room that would normally look cheap and plain.

That's why adding crown molding to your own home will bring the upgrade feel along with it.

And it's easy to add while sticking to a tight budget. Most crown molding is affordable, especially if it's made out of plastic.

The key here is this: the wider the width of the molding, the more expensive it will look. And to add even more visual appeal, consider installing high baseboards and ceiling beams.

Make a Statement with Lighting

Light fixtures are another way to set your home apart from the rest. While most builders and homeowners opt for simple, inexpensive fixtures, choosing a unique piece will give your home a pop of glamour.

But you don't need to pay the designer price tag for it. Check out thrift stores or flea markets for unique finds. Or shop sales at your favorite home decor store.

Look for pieces like chandeliers, a crystal ceiling fan, or anything that will make a statement in a room.

And consider mixing your lighting choices up a bit. Using floor lamps, table lamps, and recessed lighting in a room will give it an elegant and cozy feel.

Shop Smarter

Most people think to get an expensive look you need to pay the expensive prices. But changing that way of thinking will help you become a better shopper and save you money.

First off, know what type of look you are wanting. This will help you narrow down your search when shopping.

Secondly, steer clear of the expensive stores. Instead check out the discount retailers, thrift stores, and flea markets. You may stumble across many finds that could surprise you.

Say It with Accessories

Accessories are like what jewelry is to any outfit - your room won't look complete without it.

And you don't need to buy a whole bunch of accessories to change the look of any room. By adding a few key pieces, it will give an elegant look without spending too much.

Look for pieces with metallic color. Gold and silver are popular choices. Or go for a trendier look with rose gold or brass.

Dress up your windows with long curtains. By hanging them at ceiling height, you not only make your room look larger but add a touch of drama.

Hardware Is an Important Detail

Drawer knobs, door handles, and cabinet pulls seem like a little detail that isn't given much thought. But when chosen correctly, these little details can give a room major expensive impact.

Look for pieces that are high-quality, well made, and unique looking. These are worth spending a little extra on, but it still won't bust your budget.

A good place to find them is at antique stores, flea markets, or estate sales. Discount retailers are also good resources as long as the hardware is of good quality.

Cozy It up with Pillows

Throw pillows are a simple way to add an upgraded look while also upping the comfort level of any room.

Mixing and matching pillows with dramatic patterns, luxurious fabrics, and glamorous touches will give a designer look at a price you can afford.

Just make sure the pillows are plush, overstuffed, and soft. Throw in a few larger pillows for more effect. And adding a comfy throw blanket will finish off the look.

Keep Your Home Clean and Decluttered

One of the easiest ways to make a home feel more elegant is also the best for your budget - because it's free! And that is keeping a clean and decluttered house.

Regular vacuuming, dusting, and decluttering has a surprising effect on the feel of a room. Everything feels in order, it feels pristine, and that feels expensive.

Plus, when a room is clean and uncluttered, it allows the decor to become the center of attention. This is the entire reason you bought your pieces to begin with.

Establishing a regular cleaning routine will make it easy to keep your home clean without it feeling like an overwhelming chore.

An Elegant Home Can Fit into Any Budget

Just because you don't have a huge budget doesn't mean you can't have an elegant home. Using these tips will help you achieve the look you want while making your budget happy. It's a win-win for both of you.

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