A mistake many homeowners make when decorating a new home is to follow whatever is currently trending. But it’s far better to go with tried and true classic styles that never go out of style. You don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve that timeless look. Here are a few ways to achieve a classic look without breaking your budget.
Artistic tiled floors
Do you have a small bathroom that just looks bland? Replacing the plain white tile with some patterned tile will give it a feeling of richness and luxury even if you don’t have the money to invest in walls and fixtures to match it. Try to choose tiles that have traditional patterns in neutral colors or you may have trouble selling your home down the road.
Get creative with mirrors
Mirrors not only reflect light but they reflect objects that are across from it. Some strategically placed mirrors can make a room feel larger and brighter and they can double as a kind of artwork. Think carefully about what each mirror will reflect back. You don’t want guests to see a reflection of your driveway or unattractive furniture so you have to try and place mirrors with a purpose.
If you don’t have the budget to replace all the doors, cabinets, and drawers in your home but you want to create a new look, you can still accomplish quite a lot by just replacing the hardware. Choose some high quality hardware for your doors, cabinets and drawers. Some nice knobs and pulls in the kitchen can drastically change the look. A nice, polished gold door handle for your front door or bedroom doors can make all the difference.
Mixing periods and styles
Not only is it okay to blend classic and contemporary styles, but it’s encouraged. Traditional touches throughout your home give it a sense of history will touches of modern will make your home look more sleek and new. If you’ve got a bunch of new home décor items from a local store, balance it out by displaying some family heirlooms or some antiques that you found in a thrift store.
You want to find the right balance between bright colors and muted tones. Too many bright colors throughout your home will clash with each other and create discord. On the other hand, if your entire home is painted the same neutral color and all of your décor items are similarly muted, your home will look uninteresting. Try to pair some bold colors (a little goes a long way) with softer grays or neutral colors to create a really bold look. You want to have colors that pop and you want the home to look stylish but it’s easy to overdo it if you’re not careful.
Source: Gephardt Daily