Your home should be a reflection of your personality and tastes, as opposed to looking like a cookie-cutter model taken straight from the pages of an interior design magazine. After all, your home is your safe space – a place where you can truly relax and be yourself.
In some cases, this could mean grabbing a paintbrush and adding a pop of color throughout – in others, it could mean finding ways to incorporate a touch of luxury into the space.
If you’re looking for the latter, you’re in luck. Here are seven ways to add a little luxury to your home.
Bring the outside in.
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We’ve been decorating our homes with plants for centuries, and the reasoning behind this is clear. Not only do they look and smell great, but they can also elevate even the most simple of spaces through the introduction of new colors and textures. There are also scientific benefits of incorporating house plants into your home, such as improved mental health and better indoor air quality.
As there are hundreds (if not thousands) of options to choose from, it’s important that you take the time to choose the right houseplants for your home. For example, you may be on the lookout for bright and bold colors, or something a little more chic and neutral. If you have pets, you should also ensure your chosen plants are pet-friendly or buy fake houseplants.
Brew your favorite coffee at home.
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According to a recent study, more than 125 million Americans start their morning with a cup of coffee. Whether you prefer caramel lattes or a shot of espresso – you can save a lot of money buying (and brewing) this coffee at home as opposed to stopping off at your local Starbucks on the way to work. Thankfully, this endevor can also be a great way to add a bit of luxury to your home.
For example, you could buy a Breville espresso machine for your kitchen. Not only will this help you to serve up barista-standard coffee each time, but its sleek and stylish design will help to elevate your kitchen countertops. Incorporating this device into your kitchen also means that your kitchen will smell like coffee – which is a win-win.
Upgrade your bed sheets.
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Turning your home into a more luxurious space does not have to be an expensive venture. In fact, it often centers around making small, yet impactful changes that enrich your day or take your stylistic choices to the next level. One way in which you can tick both of these boxes is by upgrading your old bedding. After all, its typically recommended that you replace your bedding every 18-24 months anyway.
For example, you could switch to silk bedsheets, which not only look great but give off a sense of total luxury. Not only can replacing your old, tired bedding help you to get more sleep, but silk bedding can apparently help with skin complaints such as acne. This is because silk absorbs less moisture and dirt than other fabrics such as cotton. It’s also associated with helping your hair retain its natural glow and reducing split ends.
Adopt a minimalistic style.
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If you want your home to feel more luxurious, it’s important that you don’t overdo it when it comes to your interior design choices. Clashing fabrics and busy spaces create a sense of chaos that is never present within a luxury home – where design choices are often more simplistic, timeless, or understated. Furthemore, minimalistic homes create a sense of comfort and stability. As such, now may be the perfect time to transform your home into a minimalistic style.
Minimalistic design can also make your home appear much bigger than it actually is, by creating empty spaces in each room. This means that your furniture and belongings do not appear to be crammed into small spaces, creating a sense of claustrophobia. Furthemore, it also presents you with an excellent opportunity to declutter your home. While a little clutter is unavoidable (especially if you have a lot of young children around), it could actually have a negative impact on your mental health. For example, a recent study found that “women who reported more clutter in their homes had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol throughout the day compared to women who had less clutter.”
Think about lighting.
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The right lighting can dramatically transform the atmosphere inside your home. For example, dim lighting creates a sense of romance and intrigue, whereas natural light makes spaces appear brighter, cleaner, and often more spacious. As such, you should try to find as many ways as possible to allow more natural light into your home. For example, you could swap out heavy curtains for lightweight blinds, or simply endevor to ensure they’re always open during the daytime.
You should also make changes to the rest of the lighting within your home. For example, you could hang a chandelier in your dining or living room to bring some old glamour into the space. Alternatively, you could hang fairy lights in your bedroom for a warm and cozy atmosphere that makes going to sleep each night all the more inviting.
Think about wall art.
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Hanging art throughout your home is another great way to make the space feel more luxurious. However, it’s important that you choose the right art for your home. Choose something that you genuinely like, as opposed to thinking about whether or not it will make your home look luxurious. Remember, you’re going to be seeing this artwork every day – so you should at least enjoy it.
You should also ensure that your selected artwork blends nicely into the room you are placing it in. While you may want it to be the room’s focal piece, it should not contrast too greatly with other fixtures in the space, such as wallpaper or furniture. This is because luxury design often focuses on creating a sense of harmony and structure – meaning your art should complement your room, not clash with it.
If you can’t find any art that speaks to you, why not make your own? Luxury design is about being unique – and nothing is more unique than artwork you have created yourself, as this means the piece will be truly one of a kind. Alternatively, you could have each member of your family paint a canvas and display them proudly side by side. However, you should choose a theme or a color scheme ahead of time for your paintings to ensure they blend nicely together.
Choose a color scheme for each room.
As mentioned above, cohesivity is often key when it comes to making your home appear more luxurious. This is because it suggests that each and every design choice is purposeful, as opposed to simply having been thrown together based on whatever you could find at the store. One way in which you can improve your home’s design to this effect is by choosing a color scheme for each individual room in your home.
While neutral shades and color schemes are often closely associated with luxury, because they’re clean, sharp, and polished – don’t be afraid to add a splash of color here and there too. After all, a splash of color can really work to liven up a space that would otherwise appear dull and lifeless – and can impact your mood quite considerably. For example, studies in color theory have found that yellow shades elevate your mood and happiness, whereas pastel shades can create a simple, soothing effect.
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