Have you ever visited a luxury hotel and wished you could just live there? Recreating that same luxurious feeling in your own home doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are nine tips for giving your home that same elegance on a tight decorating budget.
Focus on the entryway
When you enter a luxury hotel, the lobby is the first place you start to experience the luxury. That first impression immediately puts you at ease. Do the same thing with your home. What’s the first area you see when you walk in? Make that area instantly welcoming and free of clutter. Not only will it immediately set the tone for your guests, but it will also help you relax when you walk in the door after a long day.
Invest in lavish bedding
Beyond the front door, every good hotel knows that the bed is the most important aspect of your stay. While a quality mattress is something you should have, bedding is the next important thing. Upping your thread count can give your bedding the feeling of luxury that you crave. Ever noticed how most hotel bedding is white? Research has shown that white bedding gives you that feeling of crispness that allows you to relax.
Allow the architecture to shine
Crown molding, wooden beams, hardwood floors, built-in bookshelves — you don’t have to pretend these architectural details are expensive; they are. Make those features as prominent as possible, making them the focal point of the room.
Décor is expensive. One way you can replicate a more expensive feel with cheaper accessories is by looking for those with more weight. Large or heavy decorations automatically carry an air of luxury with them. Accessories that are thin or lightweight are going to seem cheap even if they aren’t. With larger items, less is more. Allow large décor to stand alone, without a lot of clutter around it, to make a statement.
Update the fixtures
The devil is truly in the details, and paying a little more attention to small details, like fixtures, can go a long way toward making your home feel luxurious. As mundane as doorknobs, light switches and air vents can be, replacing them with new and updated ones will make your home instantly feel more elegant without costing you too much money. On that same vein, installing a backsplash in your kitchen is a detail you can add yourself that will add just that hint of luxury.
Don’t forget climate control
Do you feel relaxed when you walk into a room that’s hot and stuffy? What about cold and clammy? Climate control is important! Programmable thermostats that you can set to automatically adjust are fairly inexpensive and can make a huge difference in how your home feels.
Add flowers and greenery to every room
Flowers automatically add an air of luxury to a room. Placing some in every room can help you maintain that feel throughout your home. This doesn’t have to be expensive either. You can even buy a bouquet from the grocery store then separate the flowers by either color or type and put into smaller vases. This is one way to make grocery store flowers look more expensive while spreading out the beauty.
Utilize natural light
Dark, lifeless rooms will not feel as luxurious as those with natural light. Make every effort to allow the natural light in your home to shine freely with these three tips.
Keep it clean
Another luxury hotel secret is cleanliness. Likewise, you’ll want to keep your home clean to maintain that feeling of luxury. Polish your floors and dust your bookshelves. You don’t have to have housekeeping come every day as long as you maintain a regular schedule of cleaning and organizing.
These tips can help your home feel luxurious and put guests quickly at ease. You can put your feet up and relax after a long day of work — now just order some delivery and pretend it’s room service.