Your home is your sanctuary. Whether you own or rent, you spend a lot of time here so make it look its absolute best, with ease. When you think of an “elegant home,” what comes to mind? Luxurious, pulled together … but it doesn’t have to be costly either! Your home can look amazing whether you’re splurging or saving. Make your home look like you hired the best interior designer in town with some of our tips for making your rooms look top-notch elegant and filled to the brim with style.
Add some lighting fixtures.
Adding a gorgeous pendant light to your living room or directly over your dining table will have a strong impact, even if you don’t update anything else. If you want an easier way to add glam lighting and changing the look of your room, try a floor lamp or table lamps for a similar effect. As shown above, two matching symmetrical table lamps on an entryway console table gives a cohesive, polished look without the need for an electrician.
Try matching wall sconces on either side of your bed. Not only are these extremely practical and great for late-night reading or rummaging around in the dark, they look sleek and modern. This is a relatively easy addition to your bedroom that changes the look of the bed instantly.
Try a dark paint color.
We love the drama and sophistication that comes with dark colors. It’s true that light and airy walls open up the space and make it appear larger, but a dark navy paint or gray (or even black) is bold and glamorous. In a smaller space, especially, dark paint colors will make a big impact. There’s something about dark paint colors in a smaller living room, dining room, or even just as an accent wall that looks expensive and elegant. If you have a farmhouse living room, a dark gray shade will look elegant and match the style perfectly.
Pillows add instant comfort & style.
Glam style throw pillows on your bed and sofa are super comfortable and inviting but they also make your room look plush and layered. Create a cozy and elegant pillowscape that’s perfect for your space by mixing and matching throw pillows. Just be sure some of the pillows are large and overstuffed for an ultra-elegant appearance. Faux fur pillows and even a faux fur throw blanket to match on an accent chair are super luxe and add to an elegant vibe.
Don’t forget to accessorize.
Just like in fashion, a few decorative accessories can make your look pulled together and instantly enhanced. Similarly in interior design, add some decor around your home, on accent tables especially. Stack a few books on your console table, bedside table, or coffee table, add some wall art, and a few decorative vases, and you’ve just created an entirely different look in just a few minutes. But don’t go too overboard — a space that’s too cluttered can cheapen the expensive vibe you’re trying to cultivate.
Add window treatments.
Change the look and feel of any room with some floor-length curtains or even darker curtains for your bedroom. Sheer white, drapey curtains give your living room or dining room a light, airy feel that’s instantly sophisticated. It’s an easy update that makes all the difference for instant elegance.
Decorate with plants & flowers.
Plants and flowers breathe life and a sense of calm into your home but a vase with fresh flowers at the dining table can also add an elegant touch. Whether you go for real or faux, a potted plant and some flowers on your tables or in the corner of a room will add a dash of color as well as class and luxury without too much trouble. Plus, they make everyone happy!
Metallic finishes always looks good.
When we think of glam and luxury, we tend to think of gold. Gold metallic finishes do brighten up a space, pair with any color palette, and add lots of elegance. And when not too overdone, they make a space look fabulous. You can even mix gold and silver finishes for a uniquely modern look. Think a gold accent table or coffee table, glam bar stools or lighting fixtures if you want to start small or enhance a small space.
Now you’ve got some ideas on how to make a room look elegant. If you’re on a budget and want some quick, easy updates or want something more long-term like crown molding, hardwood floors, or lighting fixtures, you’re ready to make your home look ultra-chic. For even more decorating ideas, check out hayneedle.com.