Saturday, 29 August 2015

Tips and Tricks to Bring Elegance to Your Home

Living on a budget is undeniably difficult -- you can’t buy all the things you need simultaneously and not to mention your wants. Utility bills, mortgages, loans and the likes only adds up to your expenses so sometimes you just have to sit down, accept and be content with what you have.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t upgrade your home the way you have always imagined it to be. You may not have the most glorious house structure but there are simple and hands-down hacks to make your home appear more expensive without damaging your pockets.


Frame your TV. If you want to upgrade your home in a budget, you can DIY a frame for your TV. Your living room will look more sophisticated and elegant by just doing this one hack. It’s like camouflaging your television, have your guests wonder where it is. Also, it should be easier now for you to decorate since your framed TV is now in style.



Supersize your artworks. If you love to decorate on your walls, why don’t you consider hanging a large scale artwork instead of small ones? You may opt to divide the large piece into three pieces and hang it accordingly to add dimension. Since we don’t want to burn your wallet, you can buy some in thrift stores for reasonable prices or if you prefer letting your creative juices flow, make your own and experiment on it. If you think you’re not that creative, abstract paintings will work just fine so no worries.

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Declutter. A messy living room with books, pillows, displays and the likes that goes everywhere in your unpolished look only results to making your room look cheap and littered. This doesn’t require decoration or designing, it only requires a lot of cleaning to cut the messy bundle. Get rid of the unnecessary objects you leave on display and the stuff that needs to go straight in the trash bin. Take note, leave you floor with a lot of space. That means putting your shoes in the shoe rack and your exercise equipment in your garage.

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Add a touch of green. No, we’re not talking about money or painting your walls green (unless you want to). Okay, you guessed it. It’s adding plants in your home such as a pot of flowers or a garden. Nothing more would make you home seem luxurious and expensive-looking other than plants. Not to mention, it isn’t really that hard to find if you’re not picky in terms of the type of plant you want.

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Interesting room element. Don’t you think a room that only offers you to see verticals, horizontals and rounds is a little bit boring, plain and uninteresting? Spice it up! Look for a structured room display such as an unusual vase, peculiar table/chair or an off-beat structured plant will draw the guests’ eyes to it directly. This could be your unique and stylish bed frame/bed board, your bold-colored flower vase, unusual center table display or artworks among many others. Of course, keep in mind the appropriateness of the element regarding your room motif/theme. It should be seen as a piece of head-turning art lying in your room.

Photo credit: My Domaine


Add mirrors. The vogueish ones, yes. Adding mirrors deliver an illusion of larger rooms and bringing elegance to a home. Thus, adding this sole piece is a leap to a luxury home design. Instead of the plain ones, opt for the old and historical looking designs to give your room a sense of significance. Go to antique stores for reasonable prices.

Photo credit: My Domaine


You see, there are lots of ways to upgrade and make your home feel and appear luxurious whether you’re on a budget or not. You don’t have to necessarily buy an expensive couch and dining set to upgrade your home, these tricks will work effectively just as you need it to. Experiment with what you currently have and continuously learn over the process. Good luck on revolutionizing your home!


About Chie Suarez

Chie Suarez is a passionate writer/blogger for PAAL Kit Homes, a company that manufactures and supplies steel-framed kit homes that help Australian families build their dream home. Chie likes watching TV series and movies, is inclined to music and has a deep interest in home design and decoration. 

Friday, 13 February 2015

Affordable Home Improvement Ideas for Everyone

Home improvement could involve structural changes that you may be planning either for personal satisfaction or for increasing the value of your property, to get returns on your investment; either way, you are looking at quite a massive budget requirement. Home improvements in prominent areas like your kitchen, basement and your attic sure can enhance the value of your property tomorrow; while you get to enjoy all of it today. Here are some smart tips to consider before taking a leap into this herculean task of home improvement.

1.     Compact Storage:

No one has ever complained about having excess storage space! Improve the value of your property and the utility of your home by maximizing its storage capacity. Utilize idle spaces and transform them into the most efficient storage spaces of your home. From floating shelves and cabinets in your hallway, tall shelves, to staircase spaces, there is an abundance of redundant spaces; you might not have considered. 





  2.     Easy Kitchen Makeovers:

One easy peasy way to give your kitchen a well-deserved makeover is by changing the small aspects of your kitchen like the cabinet doors and handles. You can even ransack an antique shop to get some timeless pieces of handles to replace the factory-made hardware that came with your cabinetry. Install a new faucet that goes with your sink & backsplash to give your sink a new look. Small changes like these are sure to have a big impact on the outlook of your kitchen. 




3.     Accent Walls:


Set up an accent wall that stands out from the other walls in your home. Your accent wall can feature a cozy fireplace, a surprisingly bold wall colour, a large wall art or even a collage of all your pictures put together to cover an entire wall. Prospective buyers prefer to have a gas fireplace in their next home as a gas fireplace is 77% high energy-efficient than a traditional wood-burning fireplace.




4.     Nature’s Signature Stuff:

A stone fireplace, a wooden accent wall and hardwood flooring are a sure way to add timeless value to your home. Nature’s signature stuff like these has a distinct capacity to enhance the aesthetic value of your home. Installing wooden beams to your ceiling will give your home an instant makeover. Make use of almost any nature-inspired upgrade to add instantaneous significance to your home.




5.     Lush Foliage Space:

Consider adding lush foliage to your home beauty. Trees around the house have plentiful benefits; from keeping your home cool, to fetching far more value than a house without plant life. Installing a garden patio sure is a great way to bring about a refreshed look to your home. Avoid planting trees inaccurately to avoid property damage from large trees - avoid planting trees too close to your building and take due care about the gap between two plants considering their potential size.




6.     Perfect Area Rug Space:

While investing on home improvements, quality must be the king. It is not only important to choose a genuine hand-woven rug; it is equally important to make appropriate arrangements to show it off too. Consider adding a beautiful Bokhara rug to your living room. A sunken living room space sure is a pleasing sight if its coziness is complemented with the best quality hand-woven rug that is conveniently available online.




7.     Collection Display Space:

Walls make amazing display gallery space for your home so why not utilize them to the max? Make provision for displaying your collections that could be as big as a guitar or as small as a figurine from your previous tour. Built-in shelving sure is an option to add depth and interest to your wall. Make use of molding and trim work to highlight this display space on your wall.


Author Bio:  This article was written by Preethi.  She loves interior designing, home décor and art & craft. She regularly writes for www.Alrug.com