We all want to have our homes look like a professional designer had a hand in their design, but we often lack the funds to achieve this “high end” look. The team at Fifth Avenue believes that living in a home that looks expensive and yet is easy on our wallet doesn’t have to be out of reach! Here are a few designer tricks to help you create the space you’ve always wanted.
It’s always a good idea to start with a plan. Focus on the rooms you entertain in the most and work your way back to the less observed rooms. We suggest you do a good clean, organize and de-clutter before your begin (less is always more). Showhomes look amazing because they are in prime condition, with the least amount of clutter possible. And it’s also a good idea to have a budget in mind for each room. It’s easy to go over-board, and having a strict budget will help keep you on track.
One of the least expensive ways to transform a room is to paint it, making the space look clean and new! If you’re dealing with a small space, use light colours to open it up and provide a spacious feeling. If you’re wanting to make a larger room feel more welcoming and cozy, move to a darker palette. If you’re afraid of using too much colour in a room, you can play it safe and still make a bold statement by painting an accent wall. The key is to choose a wall that seems deserving of special treatment (maybe a fireplace is on it, or an antique armoire) and paint it a muted hue, to give the space a new look, while keeping it sophisticated.
Proper lighting can make or break a room’s design scheme. Wall sconces, floor lamps and table lamps can be used to brighten dark corners or walls. Try under-cabinet puck lights to illuminate a variety of places such as bookcases or under shelves. Installing dimmer switches is inexpensive and gives you more control over the lighting of the room, giving it instant appeal.
Bring your furniture in, away from the walls to create comfortable conversation areas (remember not to let your furniture inhibit traffic flow throughout your home). Try and keep furniture in scale with the size of your room and with other pieces that you are decorating with. And remember to keep a consistent style of furniture. If your pieces work together, you can balance the room and add visual interest by mixing solid, heavier furniture with lighter, leggy pieces that have empty space underneath.
The addition of accents in your home can really bring a room together. We suggest using odd numbers of groupings for items like candle holders or vases. Plants, whether real or fake, add warmth while accent pillows are an inexpensive way to bring colour, texture and interest to a room. For windows, sheer curtains are a great way to diffuse natural light and a valance is a great way to dress them up. Area rugs help to define a space and ground the look you’re trying to achieve.
So you can see, it doesn’t take a lot to achieve an expensive look. Just follow these tips and tricks and you too can have a great looking home. Feel free to check out the selection of beautiful interior images on the gallery section of our community websites. Who knows, you might find some inspiration from one of our beautiful showhomes!