Leather sofas, granite work stations, limestone kitchen countertops and marble staircases are beautiful to behold, but hard to afford. Fortunately, there are many budget friendly options out there that are just as impressive and most onlookers won’t be able to discern the difference.
Some of the tricks will help you achieve the luxury look for less.
1. Welcome Veneer:
Solid wood is very expensive, especially certain species such as rosewood and mahogany. Veneer is the best because it gives you the look of wood without making you break the bank. Veneer is a thin piece of wood that mimics the wood grain and color of real wood. It is glued onto boards. Some veneers are so good that you cannot make out the difference.
2. Elegantly Engineered Parquet:
Original parquet flooring is a sign of opulence. Each parquet block is laid down individually. Now you can also enjoy the look of parquet for a lot less by choosing engineered parquet. It is much more inexpensive and hardly indistinguishable.
3. Faux Panelling:
Panelling adds a level of richness to a room, also giving it a period feel. However these are fairly expensive. Luckily, many MDF suppliers today provide pre-manufactured panels that only need to be glued onto the wall and then painted.
4. Splash up to the Splashback:
Got a dull kitchen? Change the splashback by adding porcelain tiles with a marble finish. They look similar to the real thing but cost a whole lot less. Add a few contemporary furniture style stools to create a fresh look.
5. Look for Steals at Garage/Yard Sales:
Visit antique fairs, boot sales, yard and garage sales for old modern desks, tables and benches. You can easily revamp these pieces by adding some varnish and polish. A converted bench looks great and works well as a seating arrangement for a dining table. Similarly, an old desk can make a great nightstand.
6. Faux Crown Moulding:
Crown moulding, coving and architraves are beautiful décor elements that elevate the atmosphere of any space. Usually made from plaster, these can be an expensive aesthetic element. Many DIY outlets offer a much more affordable alternative that is made from high-grade polymers. These are easily glued on.
There are some that come ready-primed, only requiring only a coat of paint. No one will ever notice that they’re not made from plaster!
7. Look for Stylish Furniture:
Having a modern leather sofa is a dream for most people, but considering the hefty price tag it carries, finding an alternative just seems like a better option. There are many modern furniture style sofas that are finished with luxurious fabrics such as velvet, suede and linen, which are all effective at adding richness to your space.
For more ideas on how to achieve a luxurious look for a lot less, visit Creative Furniture Store.