We all love a little luxury. After all, we live in Florida! Here in Tampa, Clearwater and Pinellas County, our lifestyle and climate are luxurious compared with the rest of the US.
Of course, a little extra luxury never hurts. Upgrades and additions don’t have to be overly extravagant or expensive. With a little creative thinking, you can remodel to give your home a luxury feel without breaking the bank.
One of the first things anyone sees upon entering a home is the floor. Unique or distinctive flooring patterns can quickly provide a home with a luxury feel. Patterns of varying size tiles can be all it takes to lift a room to make it feel high class. Varying patterns, strips, colors or even a trellis pattern around each tile can make a huge difference.
The ceiling can provide a luxury feel to your home without huge effort. The design ideas are extensive: paneled, wood, crown moldings (paint them with multiple colors, too), coffered ceiling (sometimes called tray ceiling), or special textures.
Create unique ambiance by making your fireplace the centerpiece and focal point of the living room. Add your style, be it extravagant or strikingly simple. Even changing the mantle can provide a luxury feel to your home – marble, stone, reclaimed lumber, brick, you name it.
Applied wall paneling doesn’t have to be expensive, yet looks elegant. Paneling provides an ideal backdrop for artwork and furniture. Make a grid, either regular and symmetrical or irregular with varying sizes, textures, even colors.
What about venetian plaster? For a small cost, your home’s walls can take on the interior look of a Roman palace.
Then try some faux finish decorative paint designs. Painters will use sponges, rags, brushes, color combos, glazes, or even something as simple as stripes to boost the luxury feel.
You don’t have to remortgage to make your bathroom feel more like a spa. Just installing a pedestal sink alone makes a big difference.
If you pair that with a clawfoot bathtub, you’ll have style combined with a greater sense of space (created by the gaps under the vanity and tub).
Marble or granite countertops also up the luxury factor, as do jets in the bathtub and a shower recess with multiple spray jets and overhead lighting.
A crucial factor in luxury is the impression that nothing is ever cluttered and that storing things is effortless. Use the space of your home more effectively by building in custom-fitted storage cabinets, cubbies, nooks, bookshelves, other shelves, even desks. Make free-standing storage furniture obsolete and thus increase the space and flow in your home.
Nothing gives the impression of refinement better than beautifully appointed wine storage. Convert a closet into a glass-fronted wine cabinet. Or remodel a cabinet in the kitchen or living room. Just a simple upgrade like this will make you the envy of your friends, especially as you will have your favorite wines stored in ideal conditions and always available.
The Small Touches
In your kitchen, just change the cabinet doors, door knobs and drawer pulls. Your entire kitchen will look different. Think of it like jewelry – just a slight change makes a stunning look.
Or talk to your home remodeling contractor about lighting ideas. You’ve seen in theaters, clubs, shows and concerts how lighting affects moods, impressions and energy. Use the same principles in your home.
So, you see that giving your home a luxury feel can be a simple and painless task that pays great dividends. Of course, you can also go for a more extensive remodel, too. The choice is yours. As always, experts are available to help you at all times, with no obligation.
Greg Nelson is the owner of Nelson Construction & Renovations Inc. He is a Florida State Certified Building Contractor, creating artistry in all areas of design and construction projects. He is a musician, and artist. A husband and father, Greg appreciates all the wonderful elements of family life.
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