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How To Elevate Your Space

In the time I've spent helping clients design their homes, the most frequent request is "how can I elevate our space without doing a complete remodel?" Creating an elevated space doesn't have to be expensive. With just a few simple changes, your room can be transformed in no time. In this blog I want to share those with you!

1) Fresh Paint

A good coat of fresh paint is the quickest way to update. You can create an entire mood with a change of color. Maybe you want dark and moody or light and airy, this sets the tone for the space and how you want to feel. You can play it up with highlighting specific areas such as window trim or a feature wall or have some neutral ground and let the paint be a subtle backdrop to build upon.

Depending on how big your space is, this can be done in little time and is definitely a do it yourself project. Saving time and money, yet creating a big impact.

2) Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important design decisions when trying to elevate a space. It is like the jewelry to an outfit, it is the final touch that sparkles and shines. Most of the time I chose my lighting selections in the first stages of design. This allows for you to place the electrical exactly where it needs to be, saving time later in the process. Whether it be overhead lights, task lighting, or accents there are plenty of options to choose from. Just like paint, new light fixtures can have a dramatic effect on the room available at a range of different price points. If I have a few extra bucks to splurge, I spend it on a good light fixture!

3) Bring in the vintage

Embrace bringing in tried and true pieces. Vintage has a story to tell on its own, whether that be your personal connections or the tales of times past. Mixing the old and new allows you to let your personality shine. Have a few heirlooms that will be generational along with a few new trends that may have no other purpose than making you happy at the moment. In every well designed space, this method is a go to for curating an elevated space.

4) Textures

Have multiple textures throughout. This gives not only visual interest, but you can refine and layer your space with comfort. Try swapping out things such as curtains, throw pillows or blankets. Having these things accessible for you and your guest is a sure way to let them know you welcome their company.

5) Live Plants

Any time I am stuck with a design space, I bring in plants, plants, and more plants. This immediately brings life into any drab space. Each has its own personality, shape, and color tones allowing you to hand pick the perfect one for specific areas. There are endless options from tiny accent plants to large potted trees. Plants will perfectly complete your elevated desires.

All 5 of these tips are my go-to's for transforming on a budget. Also, none of which require a contractor or major work. A few simple changes can have your guest wondering what designer you hired (or did you)?


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