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5 Ways to Make Your Home Look More Luxurious

To understand what gives any home a look of class, exclusiveness, and wealth, there is a need to embark on a short but important history lesson. Before the industrial revolution, there was only one way to stand out of the crowd – hire renowned artisans who plied their expertise. It was a long and expensive process.

Today, with automation and mass production, artisans are relegated to the bin of history, yet the lessons from these perennial masters still remain. Intricate designs, infusion of noble metals like gold and silver, all implemented so as to mimic the past era in order to invoke a sense of wealth in the mind of a guest.

The question is, can you invoke the same impression with a tight budget?

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Avoid Spatial Incoherence

Having mismatched colours all over the place is a sure way to demonstrate low class. Fortunately, this is also the easiest and cheapest issue to rectify. If you intend to retain all the furniture, try to at least change the holstering in order to match other elements in the room. Specifically; walls, chairs, couch, couch pillows, carpet, and curtains.

A golden rule of interior design is to not have more than 3 complementing colours; everything else is up to you, and you can easily find out which colours best complement each other with a cursory online perusing. Consider this step a necessary foundation for all other embellishments.

Furnish the Walls

This can be done in 3 ways; painted motif (which requires a skilled room painter), hanging pictures with consistent-styled frames, and applying mould patterns on the edges of wall surfaces. Regarding framed pictures, it is no longer necessary to be obscenely rich in order to have classy art adorning your walls.

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In fact, this may be the cheapest way to hide the barrenness of walls. Simply look for images on Etsy that you like and think would fit nicely within the space, buy the digital print and have them printed and framed by hiring a printing service. They are dime a dozen, offering any kind of frame you need (or even frameless) while the price of printing itself is negligible.

That being said, 2-3 pictures per wall should suffice. Don’t overdo it.

Learn by Doing

If you see some room arrangement online that immediately syncs with your sensibilities, don’t be afraid to replicate it in its entirety. The trick is, you won’t be able to replicate it to the last detail, while at the same time the process of trying to replicate it will teach you a lot. In the end, you will likely end up with a satisfying décor that has its own uniqueness even if you set out to replicate someone else’s theme.

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Avoid Plastics

Plastic may be sturdy and convenient to clean but it will plummet the looks of a space. Instead, try to have wooden or wood imitations with glossy metallic touches. Once you set yourself with these criteria, you will be surprised to find for how cheap you can get very classy looking furniture – from mirrors, to tables and chairs. After all, you have come a long way in alloys and metallurgy from the olden days of infusing something with raw gold and silver.

Lighting

Lighting may end up being the most important piece of the classy puzzle. When switched on, lighting becomes the focal point of a space, but even when inert, lighting fixtures on their own can have a great impact on the entire room. Notably, take a gander at the selection from Lampwise to see what your budgeting options are, and how much of a compromise you are willing to make. In particular, if you have a larger room, try chandeliers lights, or even better, patterned wall lights.

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Takeaway

What comes off as luxurious is something that is well organised, selected with care, and complements other elements of the space in both style and colour. Once you understand this, the implementation will come easy.

October 10, 2018|Home Decor|

5 Quirky Wedding Ideas You Need

If there is one feeling you don’t want on your wedding day, it’s to walk away wishing that you’d done things differently. You don’t want to have another typical wedding reception, either.

You want something that people will talk about for years. It’s those unique things that become the stuff of family legend, where all stories start with: ‘do you remember when?’. Your wedding day is supposed to be the biggest, most amazing day of your life, and finding a wedding style that suits you often means looking beyond the norm in the pretty wedding magazines and thinking a little more broadly.

Whether you decide to check out tricked-out transport with all the bells and whistles, or you want to hire in a live Morris dancing group to entertain the guests while they have their prosecco and canapes, your wedding day has to reflect precisely what you want. So, to make that lasting impression, here are five of the quirkiest ways you can make your wedding memorable.

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Table Decorations

Many people go for the standard flower arrangements and table games as a way to decorate their wedding guest tables. With a little thought, you could go beyond that. What about instead of a standard flower bouquet in a bowl, you go a little better with flower arrangements in ice? It’s bold and unique and most people won’t have thought of it at all. You could also choose to swap flower bouquets for small trees adorned with twinkly lights!

Hang Out Space

A wedding is a place to mingle, but there’s often waiting around while photographs are taken and waiting for the bride and groom. Filling a space with squashy chairs and large bean bags is a good way to make a part of your reception room look inviting and give the guests somewhere to relax at the same time.

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Guest Transport

Some people are working close to their budget when it comes to providing wedding transport to their guests. You could choose to hire an entire bus and decorate it with ribbon, or you could go truly quirky and hire in some hot air balloons or a helicopter. You can customise each mode of transport to your wedding day and make it look great.

Live Escort Cards

Also known as ushers for the reception, you could have your guests taken to their seats and provided with a pre-meal cocktail. This way, you don’t spend money on printing seating cards and if you want to have a little something for the guests, why not go for personalised cake pops?

Party Bags

As a kid, party bags were a big deal after each birthday. Instead of offering favours at the end of the day, why not offer welcome bags, instead? You can have personalised paper tote bags printed and stuffed with goodies like labelled chocolates, a mini bottle of Prosecco and even a bag of confetti for you to throw at the happy couple.

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Your wedding has to stand out and be different from all the rest and these ideas can help you get there.

October 10, 2018|Weddings|
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