MATI CAU LIMITED SHARES THEIR TOP INTERIOR DESIGNER TIPS FOR CREATING A LUXURY HOME INTERIOR ON A BUDGET
The secrets to affordable luxury
If you are among the Nigerians who don’t think you can afford the home you want or who always believe that luxury homes are only for the elites; Well, think again! We’ve put together our top tips to help you create a Luxury Home Interior on a budget. Whether you’re dreaming of the ultimate in comfort or something profoundly unique, you can make it a reality.
First, when it comes to your home design and décor, always remind yourself that quality lasts and quantity clutters. So let’s see how our interior design team can help you with some tips for creating an affordable luxury!
1. Say NO To Clutter (Simple Is Luxury)
Luxury home interiors are of different levels and categories, but they all have one thing in common: no clutter. A clean and tidy place certainly feels and looks better than a messy one.
At the same time, having fewer, but quality items are way superior to having more of lesser quality. Showering knick-knacks and decorations all over the place are off-putting while having just one striking piece, that provides an anchor point in the room will seem deliberate and luxurious.
The same goes for furniture and pretty much anything else. Having free space is luxury in itself, you don’t need to buy sideboards, chest of drawers and armchairs for every empty corner, if they will have an effect on the budget you can spend on pieces you use every day, like your living room sofa.
Another friendly advice from our interior designers: you don’t need to do everything at once! If you get the interior designed professionally, of course, everything happens all at once, but when you DIY it, there’s no reason why you can’t wait for specific pieces. It’s easy to get exciting and feeling like you need to finish the project at hand, but in reality, it can be useful to wait and take a step back. Often you will find that after waiting for an extended period, you might have changed your mind about the items, or that you found a solution that would work better for the space.
2. Use Colours To Show Confidence & Style
One thing that is very common in luxurious interior schemes, is that they are all unique and special, and none of them is like the next one. This can often be achieved through a stunning colour scheme, where at least 3 different colours and their various shades are combined. So spend some time exploring your colour palette, but make sure it suits your family too! Mati Cau Limited have many ideas to inspire you; click here to read our blog post on the psychology and theory of colours or contact our experts for inspiration and ideas!
Start with pure colours and atmosphere, don’t get distracted by products and materials too early. Once you are perfectly happy with your colour scheme, you can start looking at items with confidence. Always go back to the colours you have decided on. It’s important not to start second-guessing yourself. Interior designers do it with confidence, and they are led by their creative instinct, and so should you be.
3. Coordination & Planning is Key To Luxury
A luxurious interior is evident from all its details perfectly fitting together. There are many hours of work and research going into each room and often the choice of each item. There is no short cut to this – however, it doesn’t cost you any money, so you should definitely take the time to do it.
Order samples from every finish you’d like to place in a room. Many suppliers will send you this to you for free, while others might charge you a small fee. Between paying ₦2,000 for a sample pot of paint or having to repaint your living room because you absolutely loathe it (or even worst having to live with it also though you can’t stand it because you hate the idea of having to pay for redoing the work!) it’s a no brainer.
Unfortunately, interior designers don’t have a magic power where they order materials and furniture from online or catalogues, and the colours and the sizes all fit together by themselves. Every single one of them checks the dimensions of the item thoroughly and even measures it out in the space to see how it will look like if necessary. Don’t assume it will be fine, spend the time to make sure that it will.
4. Shop Around And Buy Direct
Lastly, a practical, common sense interior design tip rather than trend advice! When shopping for materials and furniture, there are two types of retailers: One is a curated collection of items from various sources, typically with a wide range of objects and a good search engine, while the other is a manufacturer who is also selling their products directly. You want to aim for the latter option to avoid any mark-ups.
It’s great to get inspiration from big websites, but before you click on the buy button, make sure also to run a search on the manufacturer. Check if it’s company would be willing to sell you directly and if this could improve on the pricing, or just to see if you could get it anywhere else for less!
If you need any more guidance on how to create a luxury home Interior on a budget or would like to speak to our team, click here.