Inexpensive Design Tips for a Modern Living Space
Everyone wants their living space to be up-to-date, but not everyone has the budget for a full-on, modern renovation. You might even dread fighting traffic to browse Orange County furniture stores only to fall in love with the furniture you can’t afford. Luckily, you don’t have to be rich to update your home. Here are some tips you can use to add a touch of modern to your living space without breaking the bank.
Check the Pillow
Most of us are accustomed to using pillows for additional comfort, but correctly chosen pillows can also add a touch of elegance. Make sure you select pillows that are large enough to rest on and are filled with something comfy.
If buying throw pillows, go for something a little larger than the standard 12 to 18 inches. You can often dress chairs, couches, benches, and other seating areas without spending a ton of money. Your favorite Orange County furniture store will have a wide selection of pillows for you to choose from that fit your home.
Try Unique Hardware
Most home improvement stores have walls and walls of hardware for your home. Sadly, these drawer pulls, knobs, and handles are all pretty standard. Yes, bulk hardware can be much less expensive, but they often lack an exciting look.
Try checking out smaller hardware stores, antique shops, flea markets, garage sales, and even online for unique hardware. You can often find high quality, expensive-looking, unique knobs, and pulls for a reasonable price. Better yet, you’ll have a fun look that differs from other houses on the block.
Bring It Together with Crown Molding
Crown molding ties together the ceiling and walls creating both a finished and modern look. Crown molding is one of those high-end details that really add to a room without a high cost. If you’re on a tight budget, consider buying plastic, paintable versions as they have a great look at a lower price.
You also have a variety of designs and widths from which to choose. If you really want to spice up things, add other kinds of molding throughout your home: baseboard, ceiling beams, columns, chair rails, etc.
Oversize Your Art
Place an oversized piece of art on one of your living room walls to create an interesting focal point. Adding art to your wall is a fantastic way to show off your personal taste. Keep your eyes open at flea markets, garage sales, and thrift stores.
If you want to feel creative, purchase some materials from a local craft store, and create something yourself. You can also substitute an oversized and tasteful photograph instead of a painting. You may already have a perfect image from a recent vacation that can be blown up to size.
Keep It Clean
One of the least expensive ways to create a modern look at home is to get rid of the clutter. Regular cleaning can make a massive difference to the look of your home. Clean windows allow more natural light to enter the space and create a large and open look.
Taking care of spots and stains right away helps keep your carpet, rugs, and furniture looking like new. Most importantly, a clean space helps your other accessories, like pillows, stand out. You’ll also feel more confident when hosting guests by your clean and modern home.
Do you have inexpensive tips for creating a modern space? Share your tips in the comments below.