Your aesthetic is a classy home with elegant furniture and decor. But classy and elegant furniture and decor are expensive. Isn’t there a way to make a home look luxurious without spending a fortune?
Yes, there is! One way to achieve your dream home on a budget is to buy generic furniture for an affordable price, roll up your sleeves, and do some touching up. You’d be surprised by what you can do with a bit of money, creativity, and elbow grease. Here are four ways to make your furniture look high-end without breaking the bank. A little effort can go a long way!
Swap Out the Hardware
An easy and inexpensive way to spruce up furniture with drawers is to swap out the hardware. A quick trip to the store, a few dollars, and less than half an hour of your time is all you need.
Head over to your local hardware store and pick out luxurious, modern knobs and pulls to replace the existing ones. Crystal, metal, and dark wood are all refined material options. Most knobs and pulls cost less than $5, which means you can upgrade the average console or dresser for only $25. Once you’ve chosen some hardware, head home, grab a screwdriver, remove the current knobs or pulls, and install the new ones.
An applique, also known as an onlay, is an intricate, three-dimensional carving with a flat back that you can adhere to any smooth surface. Appliques are a great way to add texture, depth, and interest to bland pieces of furniture. They come in a wide variety of designs and materials, and since you can paint and stain them, you can easily match them to your furniture.
Adhering appliques is simple, but it does take some time. Cover the back with a strong glue, press it onto your desired surface, and use C-clamps or a heavy item to hold the carving in place. Wait 30 minutes, and voila!
Change the Color
The next way to make your furniture look high-end is to paint it. A paint job can take your furniture from gaudy to fabulous. Neutral colors, dark colors, and metallic colors (like gold) are all considered chic and sophisticated. Stay away from bold and vibrant shades, at least as main colors, because they can make your furniture look too flashy.
If you have a chair or couch that you want to class up, reupholster it. Upholstery involves replacing the padding, springs, webbing, and fabric on furniture. That might sound complicated and costly, but it’s actually quite easy!
You’ll need some upholstery fabric, foam, quilt batting, staples, and a few tools, including a bread knife, pliers, scissors, a screwdriver, and a stapler. Use a screwdriver to pry off the old upholstery, cut some foam and quilt batting, place the new fabric over the foam and quilt batting, and staple everything in place. And just like that, you have a seat with new, beautiful upholstery in place!