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9 simple tricks to make your home look elegant

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Creating an elegant home is no mean feat. Pairing and joining the correct combination of elements to ensure the design is refined, graceful and exquisite often requires a plan and certain design proficiencies. However, decorating an elegant abode is easy if you have the right tips and tricks. This is where we at homify are here to help!

We’ve collated 9 simple touches that we believe will transform your dwelling from crude to classy, from graceless to grand and from dull to delightful. These decorating tips are straightforward enough to undertake over the weekend, meaning you can start planning your domestic DIY today! Interested? Check out our 9 suggestions below…

1. Focus on your home's illumination

Discovery Primea | Manila:  Living room by Nelson W Design
Nelson W Design

Discovery Primea | Manila

Nelson W Design

Professionals know the benefits and stylistic advantages of a good lighting setup. Multiple light sources are the best way to help an interior to feel elegant. Instead of simple downlights or single bulbs focus on lamps, recessed track lighting, shelf lighting and wall-mounted lamps.  

2. Don't over accessorise your bathroom

Too many accessories within the bathroom definitely ruins the ambience and can offer the opposite of elegance. Remove any unnecessary items and keep the space minimal to evoke a clean sense of class and refinement. 

3. Add a standout light fitting

 Living room by LEIVARS
LEIVARS

Wimbledon

LEIVARS

A standout chandelier or light fitting is definitely the best way to add an eye-catching and impressively elegant fixture to your home. With plenty of different options and styles, there are numerous varieties to suit a range of interior aesthetics. 

4. Go symmetrical with your furniture arrangement

Rearrange your furniture into a symmetrical style to enhance the feeling of elegance within the space. Take some cues from this example and add lamps on either side of sofas, while placing seating away from the walls if possible. 

5. Add sumptuous throw rugs and cushions

 Living room by House Envy
House Envy

Cosy Home

House Envy

Rugs, throws, cushions and blankets are ideal for adding that final touch of elegance within a room. Invest in thick textiles and quality materials, while placing them in an organised fashion upon sofas, beds or seats. 

6. Don't forget your window dressings

Window dressings are essential, and will really add a sense of elegance to your home. Simple and effective, opt for heavy drapes to instill a sense of opulence, or stick to something sheer to maximise natural light. 

7. Hardwood and laminate over vinyl or carpet

Hardwood floors ooze lavishness and luxury, and often look a little more elegant to their vinyl or carpet counterparts. Although re-flooring an apartment or home might seem a large undertaking, laminate floors can often offer a more simple solution. Additionally, you might want to consider only changing one room's floor, to reduce costs and time. 

8. Remember to arrange accessories daily

 Living room by Bhavin Taylor Design
Bhavin Taylor Design

Hampstead Heath Apartment

Bhavin Taylor Design

A simple and easy way to incorporate a little elegance in your home is to remember to arrange your accessories. Line up throw cushions, refresh flower bouquets, and fold throw rugs to keep the space looking neat and tidy. Set aside 5 minutes a day to do this, the small amount of time will definitely allow you to keep your home looking elegant and shipshape. 

9. Choose your paint colours carefully

Avoid gaudy hues in your home and instead opt for colours that reflect refinement and grace. Choose shades that are earthy or tones of white, and pair them with darker contrasts such as navy or purple. For features, or to impart a burst of brightness, you might want to consider fresh spring tones or lighter cheerful hues. 

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