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How to Make Your New Home Look Elegant on a Budget

When we hear or read the word “elegant”, we often associate it with something expensive or luxurious. This is probably why most home interiors nowadays look modern, simple, or even dull because making a room appear lavish is expected to cost a lot.

The truth is that you can make your living room, bedroom, and kitchen look as if it were a part of the White House without draining your wallet. In this article, we’ll discuss elegant home interior improvement tips practiced by popular designers.

1. Statement lightings

According to Rushda Hakim, a senior designer at Interior Marketing Group, adding a statement light fixture creates a center of attention in a living or dining room. It also makes the space feel more elevated and dramatic. There are plenty of fixtures you can buy online and most are under $300. If you’re good with crafting and electricals, you can even make one yourself.

2. Mirror walls

"We love to use a series of mirrors to create a statement 'mirror wall. Depending on where you purchase the mirrors, you can replicate this design technique for under $500. Think Ikea, Target, and Home Depot," said Hakim. Mirror walls are popular in the homes of high society members because of vanity.

3. Add moldings

Too much simplicity on your walls and corners can make your home look dull. So add moldings, especially if your walls don’t hang a number of artworks. Interior Designer, Erica Leigh Reiner, owner of E. Leigh Designs, said, “It doesn’t even have to be a gaudy, Victorian-style molding — a simple and single-shape, single-depth piece of molding will do the trick.” Moldings can cost from $1 to $25 per linear foot depending on the material of your choice.

4. Hang art

One of the easiest to install and affordable elegant home interior improvements is hanging works of art. They don’t necessarily need to be made by an artist. A family photo that’s shot well or a painting made by you would appear as expensive as a gala exhibit item.

“Make sure the art you select is the right size and scale for the wall you’re decorating, and remember you don’t need artwork on every empty wall. If you feel creative, a great way to get inexpensive artwork is to create your own. Head to your local craft store and you can find everything you need to create a beautiful canvas or framed custom artwork.” said Keysha Jillian, lead interior designer and owner of K. Jillian Designs, based in Tampa, Florida.

5. Floor-to-ceiling drapes

Aside from an attractive statement lighting fixture, the next objects a guest notices when they enter your abode are the curtains. Floor-to-ceiling drapes enhance the visual height of the room because it draws the observer’s attention upwards.

Hakim said, "To achieve this look you don't have to have custom curtains made — buy panels that are longer than you need and trim them from the bottom."

6. Roll out a large rug

Christina Hoffmann, owner of luxury curated goods site Epitome Home, says “When your room feels bigger and airier due to a larger rug, it will feel more expensive automatically.” On the contrary, smaller rugs make your room appear small.

It’s best to buy bigger and affordable jute rugs from discount home furnishing stores than small wool rugs that can be damaged by your kids and pets. Jute rugs cost from $50 to $300 depending on the build quality and seller.

Making budget-friendly elegant home improvements enhances the feel of your home. And when the time comes for you to sell your property, the interior photos are good eye-catchers that will make a lot of potential buyers inquire about your listing.

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