Welcome to Decorating Diva, where every week we share fresh, fun ways to update your home and spice up your living space! If you’ve ever wanted to give your home a more lavish look but were deterred by potential cost, we’ve got some great news: Home décor with a luxurious twist doesn’t have mean spending a fortune. We’ve put together some easy ways to add opulence to every room while sticking to your budget.
Lush and lavish – for less
We got the inside scoop from Mary Cook of Mary Cook & Associates about simple and affordable ways to give your home a more luxurious look. And she knows luxury -- Cook recently designed all of the Trump Chicago model units and has designed for Pete Wentz's Chicago nightclub, Angels & Kings. She shares her tips with the Decorating Diva below.
Think about lighting
One of the easiest ways to give every room a more lavish feel is to change the light switches for all of your dining chandeliers, sconces and other general lighting to a dimmable version, Cook says. "Being able to control lighting can help you set the tone for any kind of function, and make the overall feeling richer, more formal, more romantic and much more luxurious," she explains.
Incorporate texture and pattern
Texture and pattern are great enhancers to any room, Cook says. "Adding texture or pattern in key places can create dimension, add interest or contrast, and the result is a more upscale and luxurious feel," the designer explains. Here are a few easy ways to do just that:
Mix it up
Using a variety of patterns and textures together really helps to enhance dimension and luxury, Cook says. Silks, leathers, woven fabrics, wool and varying patterns can all be combined in the same space to create real richness.
Opt for richer hues
Cook suggests using deeper, richer colors as accents or as general paint colors to enrich the mood in any room. Jewel tones like navy, garnet, jade and amber can add luxury and sophistication when applied in just the right proportions – just enough to accent the space. Think pillows in garnet or amber, a jade accent wall or even a dark navy throw on the back of your livingroom couch can add a more sumptuous look to the room.
Make it metallic
Metallic finishes in accessories and furniture can give your home a more opulent look for less and Cook shares a few simple way to do this.
Focus on finer details
Don't discount the small details, Cook says. "Generally speaking, the more and finer the detail, the more luxurious the space looks," she explains. Spend time focusing on the details at all levels of a space – from the texture on the wall coverings to the ornate carving on your candleholders – to make sure you haven't missed an opportunity to add impact.