Not all of us can afford a luxury apartment by the beach but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the finer things in life – we can all find our own slice of happiness with a home that is not only functional but oozes with your own sense of personal style and comfort.
Here are some handy hints that will turn your house into a luxury home for less.
- The art of luxury; there’s nothing more stylish than having beautiful works of art on your wall whether your taste is modern, impressionist or the classics. Art can of course be expensive but you can achieve the same effect by shopping smart. Local artists are a great place to start as they not only offer original pieces at really reasonable prices but by buying local you are supporting your local economy and encouraging creativity in your community. If original pieces are still out of your price range why not try prints set off in a beautiful frame that adds style and glamour to any room.
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- Make it hi-tech; by getting your home online you can add real value both in terms of price and most importantly comfort. Home technology systems have had something of a boom over the last decade from home cinemas to full automation like the C-Bus System. How far you go with technology is really down to budget and personal choice – not everyone wants or needs an automated sprinkler system for instance – but there are some must haves such as smart heating and lighting controls that combine form and function offering money and energy saving possibilities. The hi-tech home allows you to really manage how your home functions with appliances working together to build a system that is responsive to your needs. The perfect home doesn’t only look good, it feels great too!
- Keep it real; when you think of beautiful homes one thing that springs to mind is rich, opulent furniture made from the finest materials such as leather, silk and solid oak.If your purse normally runs as far as flatpack you might not be achieving the luxurious look you desire. Antique and designer furniture are investment pieces but they don’t have to cost thousands. Be thrifty and search antique shops, markets and secondhand stores to find furniture pieces that with a little love and restoration could become the central feature of your luxury home. Upcycling has become very popular and it’s not surprising given that it allows you to create pieces that are both bespoke and original and like your new technology systems work effortlessly together.
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- Fixture and fittings; finally set your new look home off with some high-class fixtures and fittings that scream style. Everything from soft-feel suede cushions, plush bedding that invites you to relax to art-deco cupboard handles to breathe life into fitted kitchens, there are plenty of ideas and choice to add the personal finishing touches to your dream home.