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Making Your Family Home Appear Luxurious on a Budget

We all have our dream homes. We’ve been planning them from when we were little and would draw castles with turrets, stables and a huge slide coming out of the roof down to the front garden. Admittedly, our ideals change over time. We grow up and frankly, the idea of having to slide down a waterslide to get from our bedroom to the kitchen doesn’t sound all too appealing anymore. But we still have a good idea of what it is that we want from our homes. So why is it that so many of us don’t have the homes that we’ve always wanted? Well, other responsibilities start to take priority. When you have little ones, it’s easy to neglect your living space. Who can blame you? When toddlers are flinging their spaghetti at the walls and you’re rushing everyone out of the house for the school run, the interior design probably isn’t the first thing on your mind. On top of that, children are expensive. We don’t necessarily have the spare cash to start altering our homes to the image of perfection. But don’t lose hope. There are still a few easy ways to glam up your home without taking weeks of your time and breaking the bank. Here a few ways that you might like to try out.

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Lighting
Most of us stick with standard light fittings: a pendant bulb hanging from a ceiling rose with a pretty shade. This is functional and absolutely fine. But there are so many options available that you should be aware of. The epitome of fashionable lighting is the world renowned crystal chandelier. These fittings ooze class and decadence. In the past, these would have cost you a pretty penny, but there are much more affordable options widely available nowadays. The crystals will glitter as the light hits them and the light will refract beautifully around the room. You will feel like a real life princess or Queen in your living space.

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High Gloss Furniture
Okay, you might want to leave high gloss furniture well away from communal spaces. We all know how prone little ones are to laying grubby fingers on any surface within reach. But that’s not to say you have to sacrifice this beautiful feature in your own room. Check out wardrobes, chests of drawers and bookcases with a high gloss finish. This looks especially fancy in black, as the surface will shine wherever light spreads across it. High gloss furniture looks high end, but many large furniture suppliers now stock high gloss finish products, since they have seen a rise in popularity over recent years.

Rugs
Kids mean mess. So chances are you’ve already thrown dreams of cream carpets out of the window until they’re a little older. For family spaces, wooden floor or tiling tends to be most convenient. After all, it’s much easier to scrub red juice and bolognese sauce off a wooden floor than thick shag pile. But that’s not to say you have to stick completely to hard floor surfaces. Find an affordable rug and place it wherever you wish. If the worst comes to the worst, you can replace it, without having to root up the entire room’s flooring. But while it stays clean and intact, it will pose as a cozy feature, adding warmth and mature design to any living space. Keeping your home clean on a budget is just as important as looking good on a budget. You can purchase a vacuum cleaner for under $200, and it will be perfect for maintaining a clean home.

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