How To Add Sophistication to Your Home
Having a clean, well-decorated and sophisticated home to come back to every day is one of the great pleasures in life. But why is it that nearly half of Americans haven’t updated their homes in the last five years, according to a survey done by HomeGoods?
Home renovations and full updates can take time, effort and money, and more often than not are a complex process. Luckily there are some styling and replenishing steps you can take to make your house more inviting and sophisticated without all that extra fuss:
Refinish Hardwood Floors
One relatively quick, easy and cheap way to spruce up your house is to refinish your hardwood floors. All you have to do is move the furniture for a short amount of time and leave the rest to the professionals. Refinishing your hardwood floors costs between $2 and $5 per squarefoot. Sanding the floors not only helps to preserve the wood, but it keeps them shiny so that every room looks brand new.
Organize Your Display Units
Organizing and adding a decorative touch to units like your bookshelves, mantels and coffee tables can be a quick and effective way of adding some luxury to your house. For bookshelves, try organizing your books vertically or horizontally and splitting them up with decorations like photos frames, flowers and small trinkets. For coffee tables, add some culture with some large coffee table books, coasters, and contrasting shapes. And for mantels, use your visual skills like symmetry and the rule of threes to organize decorations like plants and art pieces.
Add Some Decorative Detail
Sprucing up your house can be as simple as adding some tasteful details. Whether it’s a fresh bouquet of flowers, new curtains and window finishings or some decorative pillows, adding some fresh color and detail can make a huge difference. Try coming up with a central theme or some color coordination that brings the whole room together. There’s nothing worse than having extra details that clash with the rest of the furnishings.
Consider Crown Moldings
You may not believe it but crown molding can be the difference between a room that looks cheap and unfinished and a room that looks elegant and complete. Depending on the the style you choose, crown molding can be relatively inexpensive to apply but can be super effective in joining the ceiling to the wall and eliciting a more complete look. Generally, try picking the thickest trim that your budget can afford, as a thicker finish sees a greater impact on the whole room.
A decorative lighting fixture is a very effective way of adding some style to a room. Depending on the feel you’re going for, pick a dramatic luxury lighting piece that adds to the concept of the room. Furthermore, you can also play around with the actual lighting — try recessed lighting to add some extra drama and luxury to your household.
In conclusion, making your house look new and sophisticated doesn’t have to be a long and complicated process. Try adopting some of these tips to add some quick style and notice the difference in how your home looks and feels.