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How to Make Your Home Look Elegant on a Budget

When it comes to home interiors, do you have champagne and caviar taste but with a beer and nuts type of budget? Welcome to the club. Fortunately, there are ways to reflect elegance in home design without breaking the bank. Seth Leeb Architect specializes in custom residential architecture in New Jersey, as well as home additions and renovations. We work with modern construction and arts & crafts style homes, but in everything we do, we try to create a sense of elegance, beauty, and functionality that make clients happy for years to come. 

In this article, we’ll share what you can do to make your home look elegant on a limited budget.   

Declutter and Organize Your Home   

Every object in your home takes up space, time and energy. When there is a lot of clutter, you are consciously and subconsciously distracted by it and cannot focus on what is truly important in your life. We all know the truth behind the saying “less is more”. The first step to an elegant space is to declutter and organize your home room by room. This Psychology Today article states that a good house declutter will make you feel lighter and more productive. To start, focus on one room at a time and finish sorting it before moving on to the next. Sort the items into containers dedicated to the following actions: put away, fix/mend, recycle, trash, and donate. 

Creative Ways to Accessorize Your Home 

We all get a bit bored with our homes at times, it’s a normal part of being a homeowner. One of the best ways to feel you have a brand new home is to move furniture around. Exchange a single living room chair with one from your bedroom, and both rooms will feel and look new. How can you accessorize your home for a new, elegant look when you have a small budget? Here are some budget-friendly tips: 

  • Add new trim to throw pillows.
  • Spray paint picture frames a classic black to create a gallery wall as a focal point.  
  • Purchase a new throw blanket (on clearance preferably) to your bed. 
  • Paint the handles of your kitchen cabinets black for a more modern look. 
  • Pick fresh flowers from your backyard to make a beautiful floral arrangement for your kitchen table. 

Upcycle and Repurpose Furniture  

Craftsman-style homes are a particular specialty of Seth A. Leeb Architecture.  These types of houses have a lovely open-plan design with lots of wood cabinetry. We have even gone so far as designing the custom Craftsman-style cabinets for one of our clients. However, many people inherit family heirloom furniture from loved ones that may look dated, but are made with quality wood and can be reimagined with the right vision and skill. This is a great opportunity to repurpose the furniture or upcycle it with a modern look while supporting sustainable living. Paint side tables with a bold color like royal blue. Or If you don’t want to paint a wooden chair, cover the cushions with modern-style fabric or add new throw pillows. Another option is to replace the hardware on grandma’s dresser for a custom piece of furniture that now feels brand new.

Budget-Friendly Furniture: What to Look For in Thrift Stores  

After decluttering your house and discarding several items, you may feel it needs something uplifting to start your redecorating journey. Visiting a second-hand store might be just what you need. Here are some key items to look for in thrift stores to give your home a more elegant look: 

  • Full-length mirrors are classical items, especially the ones on a wooden stand
  • Dining room chairs in different but complementary styles
  • Any type of artwork that doesn’t include a stereotypical quote like “Live, Laugh, Love.” is a must for any elegant home

Seth Leeb Architecture is a full-service New Jersey-based architectural firm. Are you wondering how to make your home look elegant on a budget, while planning an addition to your house to accommodate a growing family? Contact us today for expert recommendations on cost-effective interior design tips, while leading your home renovation on time and on budget. You could also visit our website at: https://leeb-architecture.com/

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