Decorating can be an expensive task, especially if you have an eye for show-stopping looks and one off designer pieces. We all want our homes to look and feel luxurious, but how do we manage to pull off a high-end feel without spending our life’s savings? Cocolea is home to Melbourne’s finest collection of beautifully crafted, custom furniture and décor pieces. We believe furniture should be more than just functional, it should enhance the feel and aesthetic of a room, lifting a space to a stylish new level. Let’s take a look at a few easy styling tricks and clever design decisions which can help take your lounge room from lacklustre to luxurious in just a few steps.
Choose Luxurious Fabrics
Cushions in natural linens and furniture made with buttery soft leather or lavish velvet can really lift a room and make the whole setting appear more expensive than it is. You don’t need to go overboard with luxe linens, investing in a quality bespoke velvet armchair or classic chesterfield couch with a quality throw and beautiful window furnishings can make an interior look well-considered and more opulent without splurging on the whole room.
Use an Accent Colour
Similar to dressing yourself, when stylishly dressing a lounge room, there should be a common thread, and the simplest way to achieve this is through colour. Whether you decide on accents of gold or splashes of navy through artwork and accessories, pick one colour you can use as a highlight and stick to neutrals throughout the rest of the space. This allows you to spend on the highlight pieces and save on the base palette.
Include a Statement Chair or Two
Instead of updating your entire living room furniture and décor with high-end designer pieces, start by adding just one or two statement occasional chairs. One splurge on a custom chair, can elevate the entire space providing a more luxurious look. It may be your only expensive piece in the entire room, but that one investment can do wonders for lifting the whole interior. Unique occasional chairs can create a beautiful focal point in a room, make a space appear more elegant and sophisticated, and are highly functional as they provide alternative seating to a standard sofa.
Add Metallic Elements
A few metallic surfaces help add a luxe look to any room but use restraint, overdoing it can have the opposite effect and make the room appear cheap. A beautiful gold leaf mirror, a polished brass side table, a stool with stunning copper legs, a few vintage silver accessories — these are all small details that can take your living room to the next level.
Focus on Lighting
While a lounge room should be well lit, layered lighting creates the ultimate luxe look. Work with the windows and natural light in your room and strategically place table and floor lamps for the perfect combination. Incorporating a sunning chandelier will also ramp up the opulence. A mix of lighting will allow you to create an intimate ambience when needed, maximise warmth and add character to the room.
Invest in Art
Art is an easy way to add instant value to your space, and you don’t have to spend a fortune. Think large scale prints and oversized photographs in sleek frames. Choose pieces that complement your personal style and taste and also tell a story. They will add charm and character and create a point of interest and conversation in the room. Depending on the size of the room you should stick with anywhere between three to five pieces, so the room doesn’t feel cluttered, but ensures no wall goes without. Play with different hanging heights depending on your furniture, and try a statement sculpture or for instant sense of style.
Achieving a luxurious look in your lounge room doesn’t mean you have to spend a small fortune. Choose your décor items wisely, splurge on just a few pieces that will create an impact, and you’ll have a high-end living space without breaking the bank.
If you are looking for affordable yet luxurious furniture and décor for your home, get in touch with the team at Cocolea today. We have a stunning range of hand-crafted, bespoke furniture, lighting and décor accessories to turn any room into a high-end space. Browse our collection online now or contact us today to book an appointment to visit our showroom.