Looking to add some class to your new home or fixer-upper? You don’t have to break the bank or have fancy things to be classy. Here are five easy ways to make your house look and feel more sophisticated.
Renovate Your Kitchen
Besides the living room, the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the entire house. if you’re looking to add some class to your home, the kitchen is definitely the place to start. If you don’t want to do a complete kitchen remodel, then probably the most important kitchen renovation project is to refinish (or install) hardwood flooring. Wooden floors are key for that level of sophistication you’re looking for. Other things you can do to additionally spruce up your kitchen might be installing stainless steel appliances, adding a tile backsplash, or giving your cabinets a fresh paint job.
Add Pops of Color
Adding a few pops of color throughout the house will set the tone for a classy and uplifting vibe. Accent colors like yellow, lavender and mint green can add a touch of fun and sophistication without being too overbearing. Depending on your style, you can incorporate these colors around the house with the following items:
Fresh Flowers (Save extra money by using your own garden flowers)
Pillows (Pillow covers refresh the look of old pillows)
Window Curtains (White sheer curtains are great for brighting up a room)
Area Rugs (check out Cottage & Bungalow’s rug guide )
Kitchen Accessories (Display colorful noodles in clear decorative containers)
Paint for accent walls
If you’re going for a more upscale vibe, metallic colors, like gold can give your home a touch of elegance since it tends to be associated with both success and luxury. Gold color looks good with all types of decor, especially hardwood flooring, marble, and more simple designs and decor pieces.
Buy Quality Furniture
As you know the living room is the main focal point of any home. The key to a beautiful living room is purchasing the right furniture. However, quality furniture can come at a hefty price. Fortunately, consignment shops, estate sales, and antique stores usually offer quality pieces that won’t burn a hole through your wallet. If you can’t quite find what you’re looking for, try getting your furniture reupholstered (or DIY for a cheaper option!) to match your new sophisticated decor.
Keep it Clean
One of the most obvious qualities of a sophisticated home is a clean home. Keeping your home clean is one of the most affordable ways to keep your home looking elegant — sometimes without even spending a penny! Make sure that your windows are clean at all times, declutter when necessary, and hide all cords or wires from plain sight. A good way to keep yourself and your home organized is to add some shelves to store books, movies, plants, and anything else that may be cluttering your home.
Sometimes just a couple subtle touches can bring the sophistication up a notch. A few changes you can make to your home might be:
Adding chandeliers or other elegant floor/table lamps for a warm, welcoming touch
Acquiring a couple of pieces of classy but inexpensive art
Placing candles throughout your home
Even taking just a few simple steps to improve the inside of your home can make a world of difference in the look and feel of your home, in addition to increasing its value in the long run.
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