While we differ in our taste and style for elegant decorating, there are some basic principles of elegance where all can identify and differentiate level of elegance in homes. A beautiful space that you reside in is a reflection and extension of you, what you are and what you love.
Making your residence elegant does not necessarily mean you have to spend large amounts of money, or at all, if there already is a cohesive element which simply needs tweaking. Naturally if you have a fair budget, there are always ways to spend it!
Select two to three main colors for the main color palette followed by a couple more complimentary colors.
For example, you might choose as main colors cream, brown and green. The complimentary colors could be a few shades lighter or darker from "cream, brown and green" such as champagne, ivory, beige and pastel green.
Stay away from harsh colors or any color that heavily contrast other colors, unless you are aiming for contrast for a particular feature or reason.
Main items include major furnishings such as shelves and sofa, plus the room itself, in the form of paint and carpet.
Elegant home enhancements such as green leafy plants, photo frames, or drapes.
This central point or feature should be the thing that draws the eye or starts conversations when visitors enter. It might be a very elaborately framed mirror, an eye-catching painting, an unusual couch, a wall of pictures. Let only one thing be the sole attraction and everything else should blend around it.
When there is "too much" going on in a room, it becomes busy, creating a stressful, rather than unified, look.
Clutter includes the mail, shopping catalogs, and anything else that is not either pleasing to look at or serving some immediate purpose. Set rules about how there should only be five items on the table or any counter.
Don't let anything dangle or have too many display items and trinkets in your elegant home.
A beautiful, elegant home is one that shows that it is loved and well thought of.
Stay away from Zen looks, or overly minimalistic kind of decorating. Those belong to corporate offices where there is a very sharp, 'switched on' feel as opposed to a relaxed, cozy, warm environment.
The key to an elegant home is stringent selection.
Depending on the space you have, select a couple of favorite things that gives you great memories. It might be a lovely conversation-starter - things that you'll love to share with others.
Stick to a few selected styles and avoid anything that looks too opinionated, complicated or that might be rude.
* Avoid posters of celebrities. Use posters only if they are elegant and can be elegantly framed)
* Use joke and novelty items sparingly, if at all. This includes things like joke calendars and novelty appliances (telephones, kettles).
8. Ensure your elegant home is always airy and well-lit.
Preferably with natural light and in the evening with a soft warm glow. Lighting in a home makes and breaks the quality of elegance. In reading areas, make sure that there is enough light. Choose lamps that make sense, fit your style and theme, and aren't too gimmicky.