A Luxury Look for Less

Why should working to a budget preclude luxury? Follow these great ideas and achieve a high end look at very little cost.

 

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This kitchen is gorgeous but didn’t cost the earth, the only expensive item is the marble work top. The plain white units contrast beautifully with the dark floor and chrome appliances. Tiles laid brick style look expensive but don’t have to be costly. The link below shows how affordable these tiles can be, just £10 a square metre! http://www.webtiles.co.uk/rangecategory/metro200100/brick-metro-tiles/0/#
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Dark wood flooring looks fantastic in a white space such as this bathroom. You can get away with cheaper fixtures and fittings by using a dark wood floor but the flooring itself doesn’t have to be expensive.
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Adding extra architectural features can really make a difference. Here, the door surround has had various bits of trim (available from DIY stores) added to make a luxurious statement. The addition of the row of pots above enhances the look. The staircase is a very simple design but makes the  most of the contrast between the white walls and dark wood flooring.
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The cushions in this scheme look high end for two reasons.
1. They are larger than normal and
2. They have been overfilled.
Try putting a 24″ down inner into a 22″ cover to get the same look. The cushions and covers don’t need to be expensive. Down inners can be found cheaply on the internet (eg Amazon) or somewhere like Ikea or Dunelm Mill.
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To make the most of your windows, hang the curtains and blinds from the top of the wall and not the top of the window. This gives the illusion of taller windows which looks much more expensive. Also, consider interlining your fabric with cheap fleece. Ikea sells fleeces for around £3 which are perfect, simply stitch the fleece in between the curtain and lining and “hey presto”, you have much thicker, more luxurious feeling drapes.
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Think big in the bedroom! An oversized headboard looks really good and is very inexpensive to make, just a piece of board covered in foam and fabric stapled on top. A piece of moulding as a surround finishes the look. To achieve the buttoning, when you assemble the headboard, first glue the foam to the board, then screw small rings through the foam into the board, cover with the fabric and finally sew buttons to the rings. Voila, a gorgeous centre piece for your bedroom for very little cost. Plus you can match the fabric to your scheme.
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Another headboard idea which looks great in this striking fabric, the size of the board extends beyond the bed to behind the bed side tables.
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A third headboard idea! Use individually wrapped foam pieces to create a chequerboard effect. Fabulous!
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Big is not just for the bedroom headboard, think oversized pieces for lighting too. Large lights make a much greater impression, or try grouping lights for a dramatic effect. The lights do not have to cost very much. Expore your local DIY store, Dunelm Mill, Homesense for some great options.
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Another example of large pieces creating drama, there are three elements here.
1. The large pendant shades, this is a very easy look to achieve, any electrician can split one fitting into three.
2. The three plants sitting under each light adds to the effect, this needn’t be plants, it could be candles or pots.
3. The large picture in the background is actually a massive frame filled with photos and memorabilia to make a collage. It looks fantastic because of the size, a great idea!
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Do you have any other ideas for making a luxurious space without spending a fortune? Would it be useful for me to post how to make a headboard with photos? Please share!

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My name is Caroline Sutton and I'm a wife and mother of 3 children, passionate about food, keeping me and my family healthy, gorgeous interiors and shopping! I have a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and continue to be interested in the science behind diet and drugs. I also have a Diploma and City and Guilds in Interior Design and for the last 17 years have run a property company which develops, redevelops and manages rental properties: Sunlight Properties Ltd.

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