You may think of your home as ordinary and long for elements that will give more of a feel of luxury and elegance. Adding special touches to your home can be as small as new lighting in a room, to major renovation. Take a look at your budget and get a plan together. Start with one room. The primary bedroom is a great place to start. Think in terms of lamps and lighting, bedding, and window treatments.

There’s no reason to go overboard. Shop the discount stores for amazing duvet covers, curtains, and accessories. You can easily transform your bedroom into a retreat. Let’s talk about some other things you can do to add a touch of elegance to your home.

Exterior

Making your home more elegant and beautiful doesn’t necessarily mean just working on the interior. Think about your curb appeal. Start with something small like your front door. A worn out, peeling, or dirty front door creates the illusion that the interior will also be worn and tired. Add a fresh coat of paint to your front door in a dramatic color to catch the eye. Think of adding a brass kick plate and hardware to up your front door game even more.

Think about adding a fresh coat of paint to the entire exterior. If you have damaged wood  or siding, you should repair it before painting. Hiring a siding contractor can help make sure that job is done right. Then put on a nice neutral paint color with complimentary trim. Your home will look brand new.

Add a personal touch

Check Pinterest for décor projects you can do yourself. Think about repurposing things you’ve stored away. If you have paintings in outdated frames, paint the frames with the latest craft paint. Search for different staging techniques to get a feel for ways you can rearrange your furniture. Try upcycling an old shelving unit by painting it. You can breath life in to outdated pieces of furniture with just a bit of paint.

Be mindful of any home repairs, that may be needed. Always start there first. You don’t want to end up essentially putting a band aid on a broken finger by painting over damage. 

Add an accent wall

If you have a nice big wall in a room, think about not just painting it, but adding a little extra architectural feature. Creating a board and batten wall is not as difficult as you’d imagine. Again, check out idea boards to see how easy it is. If you have a smooth wall; start by adding three inch strips of wood vertically spaced on the wall. Then add cross boards, caulk and paint. This can truly transform a plain room into something dramatic and elegant.

Choose your paint colors carefully. This wall should be done in a color that compliments the other walls in the room.

Bring in some nature

Another easy way to freshen up your home and add elegance is to incorporate plants into your design. Plants can brighten up any space and make it feel more inviting. If you don’t have a green thumb, don’t worry – there are plenty of low-maintenance plants that are perfect for beginners. Science shows that having living plants in our homes actually reduces stress and can elevate your mood. They also naturally clean the air by absorbing toxins and releasing oxygen. Living plants have a positive effect on the people who live around them. They also give a sense of peace. Most houseplants are not difficult to care for and usually only require watering and occasional fertilizing.

Remember the only rule you need to follow is to add things that you love. Small elegant touches will give you a feeling of turning your home into your castle.

 

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