When it comes to interior design, there are endless directions that you can go in. I think we all secretly crave a little bit of class in our homes, although we probably all have a different idea what it means to us.
What does a touch of class mean to you?
My style is pretty eclectic, so when I think of classy I think of antiques, treasures and old things. Perhaps you want to bring a touch of exotic, bohemian charm to your home, maybe you prefer shabby chic. Perhaps classy means cutting edge style, shiny fabrics and glittery textures, or something exceptionally well made. It’s entirely up to you.
People assume that if you want to bring class into your home then you’ve got to spend a great deal of money. That’s certainly one way to do it, but it’s far from the only option available to you.
Here are some ways that you can bring a touch of class into your home without breaking the bank.
One of the best ways to inject a dose of class into your home is through the huge of bold pieces of furniture that make a clear statement. Places like Oak Furniture UK are perfect for this. A large oak dining table can bring a sense of elegance to any home, or perhaps your bed could stand to be a little more distinctive. Sure, you don’t have to suddenly fill your home with huge amounts of Victorian style furnishings, but a few places here and there where you let your furniture stand out and speak for itself can be incredibly valuable.
Second-hand shops are your friend. In fact, when it comes to decorating and furnishing your home, they’re like a best friend, dependable and good at keeping your secrets.
I’ve found some really classy pieces of furniture and homewares, many of which have been antique, at incredibly low prices. The trick is to search second-hand stores, auctions, charity shops and reclamation yards. Some of these items might need a little bit of TLC to really look their best, but that’s a small price to pay for quality at such a bargain price.
Keep things simple
The easiest way to drain class and elegance is to make a room look cluttered and overly busy. If you want class, keep things simple. Let the bold furnishings of your home do the talking.
Keep the colours on the walls plain and subtle, and avoid filling your home with too many knick-knacks and souvenirs. I’m learning over time that keeping things simple will make those items that you do have in your home stand out all the more.
Of course, it’s totally possible to go too far with this so try to avoid falling into the trap of ending up with a home that’s so simple it looks practically abandoned and empty. Things that tell a story have a kind of unspoken class of their own, which is why I love ornaments that have history, meaning or real sentimental value. Taking points make a house feel like a home.
Your idea of a classy home could well be different to someone else. The key is to think about what connects with you and what you want your home to communicate. Then the fun of turning it into a classy reality can really begin.