When we hear the word “elegance,” we usually think of formal and fancy. However, that’s not what it really means at all--well, at least not entirely. When we talk about elegance in home design we are simply referring to style and neatness. It’s sophistication without the flash. A polish or refinement, if you will. While you certainly can go for the formal and fancy, you can also opt for elegant touches that will give you just enough of a high-end look. Whether you’re undergoing a whole home remodel or simply just redecorating, there are many ways to add an elegant touch throughout. Here we'll take a look at some of the ways you can do that.
1. A sophisticated color scheme
Painting walls (and trim and ceilings) can be a real struggle for some people, but it doesn’t have to be. If it’s elegance you’re after, pick one of two color options: soft and understated OR bold and dramatic. Whichever way you go, these hues will allow you to add instant elegance to your home. All it really comes down to is which color option speaks most to your personality and style. A consistent and well-chosen color palette can tie your home decor together and create a sense of harmony and balance. Opt for colors that complement each other and avoid clashing or mismatched colors.
2. Long, full draperies
Want your room to look grand? Hang draperies full-length draperies! Not only do draperies provide privacy and climate control, but they also give your home that final polish. For the best look, hang draperies high up near the ceiling, but make sure they're still long enough to create a slight puddle on the floor. To give them a fuller, more luxurious look, double up the panels.
While you can certainly find nice and affordable draperies at most department stores, it’s always a good idea to consider having them custom-made. Custom-made drapes will be a bigger investment, but they are well worth it--even more so if you have any windows that are unusual in shape or size.
3. A large mirror
The right mirror can add dramatic flair, visual interest, and create the illusion of a larger space. Mirrors also come in handy for illuminating dark corners and standing in as artwork for your walls. Not only can mirrors be fun to decorate with, but with a little creativity, the right mirror can be a real show-stopper. For a big punch of elegance, opt for a mirror that’s not only big but in a grand shape. Read more about how to maximize your home’s style with mirrors.
4. White towels
When it comes to choosing hand towels for your home decor, both white and embroidered hand towels can be elegant options. White hand towels are a classic and timeless option that can work well in a variety of interior design styles, especially in modern and traditional settings... plus they are great if you love bleach! If you want a more decorative or ornate look, embroidered hand towels with intricate patterns or monograms can add an elegant touch to your bathroom or powder room.
5. Small tables
Little tables in round or square shapes can make a room feel more inviting. Tuck petite tables near a chair to offer a convenient place to rest a book or drink. While wood is a perfectly good material, don’t be afraid to try something new like glass or metal. A few unique options to up your game? Nesting tables, drum tables, and trolley carts/tables. Nesting tables are a versatile and practical option that can be used in a variety of spaces. They can be arranged in a cluster to create a unique and functional side table, or separated and used individually throughout a room. Drum tables with their circular-shape add an elegant and unexpected touch to a room. They come in a variety of styles, from minimalist and modern to ornate and traditional. Finally, trolley tables, also known as bar carts, are a classic and elegant option that can be used in a variety of ways like serving as a dry bar or tea/snack cart!
6. Incorporate Texture
Adding texture to your home decor, such as through soft textiles, natural materials, or interesting patterns, can create a sense of depth and dimension that feels luxurious and sophisticated. Focus on quality, investing in high-quality pieces, such as well-made furniture or luxury fabrics, can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of your home decor. Opt for materials that are durable and timeless, rather than trendy or cheap.
7. Luxury lighting
Lighting is an essential part of any home, which is why it comes as no surprise that good lighting can make a big difference in the overall ambiance of your home decor. Obviously, we need lighting to see--but it goes well beyond illumination. Fortunately, lighting comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and prices, making it easier than ever to update the fixtures in your home. Opt for soft, warm lighting that creates a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Learn more about choosing the right lighting for your home and what’s currently trending.
8. Excess pillows
Pillows are the perfect accessory. They can add color, pattern, and comfort in an instant, and can be switched out easily whenever the mood strikes you. They can pull together a design in a way not many other accessories can. Additionally, pillows are ideal for anyone looking for a change, without having to make a huge commitment. If you want an easy, elegant upgrade, pillows are the way to go. Read our blog on how to pick the perfect pillows.
Topiaries outdoors on the patio or porch and fresh orchids inside on an entryway table are both excellent ways to up the elegance in your space. If you don't have enough sun for real plants, try some artificial ones.
10. Hardwood flooring
While carpet can be soft and comfortable, it just doesn’t provide the classic, elegant appearance that hardwood does. Because of its popularity, hardwood can be found in a variety of colors and prices that make it easy for any homeowner to attain them. If it’s soft you’re after, incorporate an area rug into the space. Not only will a rug feel great underfoot, but it will also protect your floors and add an extra touch of style to your decor.
11. Crown molding
Crown molding has a way of making a room look complete or finished, which can be equated with elegance. Fortunately, there are many different types of crown molding available--many of which, are relatively inexpensive. Wider trim will give you the greatest impact, as will using it in other ways, such as ceiling beams, columns, ceiling medallions, and chair rails.
When you are looking to add a touch of elegance to your home, let us help. Our showrooms are full of pillows, fabrics, and accessories that will give you that stylish and polished look you’re after.