We live in a world of constant change. We notice changes in the fields of art, interior design, and clothing, but also of a socio-economic nature, which determines us to change the focus of our work and rethink the interior space.
Before Covid created a pandemic, many of us used to spend more time in the city with friends, restaurants, and cafes and on most vacations. The current situation is forcing us to spend more time at home, so the often neglected decoration of our homes is back in the spotlight. In the meantime, as many people are looking for solutions to make their homes more attractive, more valuable, and more comfortable, I have started to make some practical suggestions to make the interiors more expensive, more precious, and more upscale, while also being more appropriate to the current style of living.
1 How to arrange the interior to look more expensive?
It is said that the first impression is the strongest. Therefore, my advice is that when you furnish or rearrange your home, the décor created does not convey a sense of lack of value and character. You can also get an ambiance that creates a sense of valuable and sophisticated space on a smaller budget. The secret is to choose the right materials and many decorating techniques.
2 But what is the meaning of LUX? What is affordable?
When we hear the word "LUX" or "PREMIUM", we think of expensive items, finishes, and precious materials, and luxurious interiors. So how do you make LUX accessible? Designers used these techniques early on in the arrangement but didn't talk about it. To be clear: an accessible LUX means the right optimization of the budget, i.e. allocating it in a balanced, correct, and reasonable way in the project.
When we allocate the budget, we all know that most of it are invested in the building and renovation phases, even if we notice the aesthetic part first and appreciate the comfort. From here on, the real challenge is to create a space that looks great while optimizing the budget as much as possible. The luck of modern technology has not only helped us replicate many natural materials, but has also made us more environmentally friendly. Sustainability, i.e. recycling materials, avoids exploiting natural and mineral resources while reducing the cost of manufactured products. Thus, we end up replacing natural stone with ceramic tiles or using natural wood for the production of particleboard.
Conclusion: The secret to cost optimization and obtaining affordable LUX results means choosing ranges, replacing natural materials with their natural counterparts, finding local producers for custom products, and paying as much attention to execution details as possible.
If carrying out a complete renovation, start with the surface treatment
There are decorative solutions that do not make the interior look more expensive. In this case, I am referring to finishes that mimic expensive materials such as marble or granite. For example, you can choose tile floors that mimic solid wood or decorative wall tiles that mimic marble and other natural textures. There are also various wall decorations on the market, such as stickers with 3D models that mimic spaces or wallpaper that mimic expensive textiles and patterns.
3 The magical power of color
Even if at first glance you don't see any connection between color and the idea of being expensive, there are still some colors or even color combinations that can create the feeling of being cheap or expensive. Monochromatic decor (i.e., predominantly black and white) can look more expensive than solar colors (yellow, orange, red, etc.). In the range of colors that can bring prestige to decor or furniture, I would undoubtedly include the royal colors, i.e. gold and silver, but also in the glamour category are bright colors - purple or violet (associated with luxury, quality, balance). Intense colors such as burgundy red, emerald green, oil blue, or navy are also very effective.
4 Decorating Tips
It is not an exaggeration to say that you can achieve great results even with a small intervention. In an already arranged space, you can make a few impactful changes without too much inconvenience or commitment. If the furniture is old or dull, you can replace it with other handles that have abstract shapes or royal colors to make it look chic. Another intervention is to insert various metal elements in the decor, such as tables, chairs, consoles, etc. Last but not least, rely on colors, this time you can achieve the above suggestions.
5 Which decorative elements to investing in
If you are planning to make a new purchase during this time, think first of all about changing your lifestyle. Realize or not, you spend more time at home than in the past. Therefore, focus on lounge furniture: sofas, armchairs, sun loungers. You need comfort and functionality more than ever, so focus on durable and versatile sofa models with components that can be moved according to your body position. You may need to work on the sofa or be with your family on the TV. To give your sofa or armchair a premium look, choose something in velvet. Or, if you already have a sofa or armchair, upholster them with several velvet throw pillows covers or 100 pure mulberry silk pillowcases.
During this period, the focus should be on dining room furniture, as meals are eaten at home much more often than before the pandemic. Instead of purchasing chairs or eating dinner on the sofa, it is best to purchase a dining room set. Don't have enough space? Buy a set of folding pieces that tighten up when not in use, or choose retractable tables that can be used in a variety of ways - dining and office tables.
Discussing these suggestions further, I suggest that now is the right time to invest in essential elements of home décor: tables and chairs and chairs with tables. If you work from home, buy quality office furniture by not compromising on quality and by purchasing ergonomic adjustable chairs that provide comfort and help maintain proper posture while working.
I hope these tips and suggestions will help you decorate successfully and adapt to your current environment.
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