With incomes stagnating and people struggling to get by, the idea of living in a luxury home feels beyond reach. However, with a little guile, cunning and strategy, you can transform your ho-hum living environment into something that looks luxurious, even on a tight budget. Here’s how.
Install Recessed Downlights
Recessed downlights are light fixtures installed into a hollow in the ceiling. Not only are they extremely practical in rooms like the kitchen and bathroom, but they also give your rooms that luxe, modernist feel. What’s more, they’re inexpensive to buy and install, making them a great alternative to regular hanging lampshades.
For maximum effect, carefully position recessed lighting around the periphery of your rooms to provide light in spaces not served by your current setup.
Use Contemporary Wall Mirrors To Brighten Your Space
Interior designers know that mirrors have an uncanny ability to open up interior space and create a sense of volume. But you can use contemporary wall mirrors to give your home a luxury feel too, all on a tight budget. Modern mirrors are surprisingly affordable and come in a range of shapes and styles to complement your current interior themes.
Use LED Tape Lighting Along Coving And In Recessed Areas
LED technology has made it easier than ever for people on a budget to create luxury lighting setups. LED tape is essentially a thin, tape-like product containing LEDs which you can cut to length and place anywhere you like. LEDs are not a fire hazard, allowing you to place LED strips in coving or in recesses and alcoves in your rooms to create contrast and drama. You can connect LED tape lighting to dimmer switches too to provide adjustable mood lighting.
Add Touches Of Luxury Material
Gold, marble and crystal all smack of luxury. Granted, you’re not going to be able to create a marble floor on a budget, but you can use these materials sparingly to great effect. A marble-topped second-hand dresser in the bathroom, for instance, creates an immediate sense of luxury. Gold leaf on mirror frames (or even brass substitutes) exudes opulence, without emptying your bank account.
Go Big With Art
Walk into any luxury mansion, and you’ll notice something: the owners aren’t afraid to go big with artwork. Of course, buying an original piece of art by a famous artist is prohibitively expensive. But you don’t need to splash out on custom-created work to create a luxe feel in your hallway or living room. In fact, you don’t even need to buy paintings at all.
One of the things you can do is take one of your favourite photos, put it through a digital filter to make it look more artistic, and then have it printed out in a large format and framed.
Use Fresh Flowers
Finally, you can use fresh flowers to lift practically any space, whether it’s your hallway, living room or bathroom. Fresh flowers not only look great, but they give off a luxury, perfumed aroma, setting the mood in your home.
Sites like Furniturebox UK provide a range of contemporary wall mirrors that can add a special something to your room, at an affordable price.