High end decorating can be achieved by anyone who wants it, no matter what the budget. Customizing the décor to fit your personality does not have to be tacky either like some would like you to think. Knowing what to keep neutral and where to kick it up a notch is essential to good design. Whether your budget is $500 or $5000, here is what you can do:

 

 

 

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1. Clear the space: Most people have everything they own in view. For some reason it makes them feel more prosperous. Big mistake! One of the processes of home staging is the de-cluttering process. I cannot stress the importance of clutter free spaces. Unless the wealthy homeowner is an eccentric, you will see purposefully placed art and accessories that are beautiful to look at. Editor’s Note: This bedroom is warm, but uncluttered.

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2. Room identities: Each room in the home needs to make sense. Make sure that the catch-all rooms are emptied and an identity assigned to it, be it hobby room, home office etc.

3. Large oversized wall hangings and groupings: Be it tapestries or modern art, keep it large! If you have a collection of small fruit prints, clump them together to make one large square or rectangle. Remove small isolated pictures and photos if they cannot be grouped. Blank walls help traffic flow. Editor’s note: This wall art by ‘My Full House’ could easily be done on a budget, but looks high end because it is the only art on that wall, and it looks deliberate. Nothing is cluttered, and accessories are chosen with thought.

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4. Area rugs: Update your shared spaces with area rugs. Group your conversation seating toward the rug and add fresh flowers and sofa pillows in a color pulled from the area rug.

5. Color scheme: As difficult as it is, staying with a color scheme is an important aspect of a professionally designed scheme. Keep your walls and major pieces of furniture simple, and then add your favorite colors in your pillows, art, and accessories. By doing this, it will cost you less to purchase and change out later and it is easier to figure out.

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6. Traffic flow: Leave plenty of space to move around all your rooms. Allow direct lines to enter and exit rooms.

7. Mood lighting: Adding good lighting to every room in your house increases not only the visibility of each room and its function, but also makes being in those rooms a pleasure without really knowing why. The light fixtures do not need to be expensive to do the job…they just need to be in the right place and to get that high end look, add dimmer switches.

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Article by Sheron Cardin.

Image Credits: Apartment Therapy, Darling Daly Design, One Kings Lane, My Full House, House Beautiful



6 Comments

  1. Christina February 5, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Great tips! What colour is the paint on the bedroom wall? I love it!

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  2. Julie April 13, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    I would also know the name and brand of the bedroom walls. trying to find the perfect gray and after five samples I am getting frustrated

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    1. Rachel August 12, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Did you find a gray yet? Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray is a good one. It’s light. A true gray (no purple/blue/green undertones). I will say, it’s weird though. It looked lavender as it went on, and it looks beige in the roller pan. But, once applied to the wall, and dried with 2 coats, you won’t regret it. You can search the color on pinterest and see rooms done in this colors. Good luck

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  3. Karen Fogel July 8, 2015 at 12:38 am

    Thanks for this article…Greatly appreciate this kind of info. I will surely to apply in my room. Thanks for sharing,

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  4. Lorrie And Coco July 20, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Wall colour looks very similar to what I have. French Silver by Berh.

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  5. jasmine ramons May 5, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing such an easy ideas to decorate the home, very useful tips.

    Reply

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