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How to Add Luxury to Your Home

27 October 2018
Kevin Hartley

In a perfect world, we would all have a first-class designer on speed dial, ready to add to add luxury and sophistication to our homes. Of course, in reality, most of us don’t have that option. Luckily, there are other ways to achieve the upscale look you love without breaking your wallet.

Give Every Room a Focal Point

Decorating the room to emphasize a focal point is a great way to re-energize the space. While the terminology may sound fancy, a focal point simply refers to a singular spot where upon entering, the eye is immediately drawn. The easiest way to pick a focal point is by highlighting an existing architectural detail. Does your family room have a beautiful, old fireplace that’s gathering dust? Perfect. Spruce up the structure by giving it a new mantle or brick treatment. Is there a large window that lets in tons of natural light? Consider adding an interesting bench underneath to highlight its beauty. If you can’t find a singular detail to focus on, you can just as easily create one. Show off your artistic skills by painting a piece of art to display in your dining room or invest in a statement mirror for your entryway.

Splurge on Finishing Touches
Are you ready for a secret that interior designers have known for years? Splurge when it comes to the details. Focus on a few high-end items and buy the best quality you can afford. Replace your facet and drawer-pulls with copper for a modern farmhouse feel. Turn your bathroom into a spa by springing for hotel-quality towels, incense and soaps. Outfit your master bedroom with crisp white sheets and a fluffy down comforter. Buy a cashmere throw and drape it over your couch for luxurious napping. Surprisingly simple things can transform your home and the way you feel within it.

Curate the Ambiance
When it comes to ambiance, lighting and sound are key. Use natural lampshades to keep lighting soft and diffused. Consider changing outdated overhead lights with modern, sculptural light fixtures that speak to your decor. If you have overhead lighting in your space, install dimmer switches to allow you to control the brightness. Music can also add a luxe touch. Invest in a quality sound system and consider wiring speakers into the ceiling to keep hardware and wires out of sight.

Turn Your Bedroom into a Retreat
Is there anywhere in the home more fitting for luxury than the bedroom? Down pillows, crisp sheets and a comfortable mattress are key staples. If you feel like your bed needs a bit of updating to recapture that luxury feel, but you’re working on a budget, opt for some new bedding and a quality mattress topper. What makes a bedroom look like a million dollars are its thoughtful details. Consider adding black-out curtains and mounting your television to the wall for a hotel-quality feel.

Add Plants and Natural Elements
Adding elements of nature into every room of your home is a sure-fire way to luxe-up your lifestyle. They instantly change the atmosphere and add that kick your décor needs to stand out and to feel complete. Orchids are elegant, gorgeous and they continue to bloom in cycles. Use garden pebbles and moss as soil toppers to add even more natural details. A large palm plant can make a huge impact when placed in an entryway. If your thumb is far from green and the thought of house plants sends you running, then consider adding other natural elements to your home. A vase filled with spindly twigs, or a bowl filled with acorns, river stones or glass, are all wonderful ways to bring a touch of life to your home.

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Kevin Hartley, Broker is a Toronto based real estate Broker with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate | Signature Service, Brokerage. @Home is his lifestyle blog, an expression of his passion for home keeping though MAKING (Recipes), DOING (DIY), BEING (Health/Wellness) and DWELLING (Home Ownership, Sales & Maintenance).  Content not intended to solicit clients under contract.

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