Decorating can be expensive.
No matter your style; paint, rugs, lamps, mirrors, furniture and all that goes into making a home beautiful and/or comfortable, doesn’t come cheap.
And if you’re going for a magazine worthy room, the budget can be blown before you get started.
While my budget is not high end, my tastes sure are.
I’ve learned a few tricks along the way to get a high end look without breaking the bank.
These ideas will work for most decorating styles.
The first is Display Something Antique ist.
In our contemporary world, antiques may be old school. But …..
if you want a give a room a sense of history and a rich feel, you need something that can’t be bought at a big box store.
You don’t need to fill a room with antiques to create that feeling of richness. This can be achieved with small accessories.
A metal engraved box, I recently found, is a wonderful addition to the living room at the cottage. I love
the greenish patina. I don’t know the age of the box. It may or not be an antique. It doesn’t really matter.
It’s the rich look without paying big bucks that makes this work for me.
Next include Curvy Shapes
Using a variety of shapes in a room adds interest and depth.
If you want the room to look more expensive, add some curvy items.
This can be in the accessories….mirrors, clocks, lamps etc.
The globe on the desk, the curve of the mirror, the round clock…all give the room interest.
The curves balance out the straight lines in the room.
The next ides is to add Fresh Flowers to the room.
Fresh flowers can change and lift the mood of a room. Go big if possible.
A big bouquet of flowers on the coffee table. mantle or side table adds instant class.
This artichoke statue adds curves to a bookcase balancing the straight lines of the shelves and books.
The recently painted (again) bookcase in the hallway at the cottage.
Have fun with these ideas and see the difference a few changes can make in the mood of the room.