How do you create that 'no expense spared' feeling minus the associated price tag?
The key to making your dream home renovation a reality is knowing where to splash out for maximum impact, according to Beaumont Tiles' Design Specialist Christie Wood.
"2019 styling is a world of colour - really anything goes - it's a dazzling blend of unexpected materials, mismatched combinations, patinas, and paired back styling.
"Perfect for the budget conscious as there are infinite combinations of on-trend looks that can be efficiently and economically achieved.
Here are Christie's top-three tips for achieving the look of luxury without completely blowing your budget:
Pick one feature: Knowing what to splurge on and where to, will do wonders for your budget (and your home!). For the bathroom or kitchen, pair back styling by selecting one luxury feature.
This will not only create a gorgeous focal point for your space, but it will also lift the entire feel of the room.
For the bathroom or ensuite, invest in a feature tile wall or vibrant vanity splashback.
Whereas in the kitchen, splurge on lavish tapware to set the tone of sophistication.
"Hexagons and penny rounds come in an array of shades and create a dramatic impact to any space. They're easy to lay as they generally come on a meshed backing - making them perfect for DIY projects," Ms Wood said.
"Subway tiles are another way to complete the luxe look for less. The key is to use them in an unexpected way like laying them in herringbone or on an angle. For those who are daring, pair them with a coloured grout like navy blue - perfect for a coastal chic or a global fusion inspired project.
"Beyond tiles, consider matt black or brushed gold tapware or a statement bath. Gold gives an affluent edge to nearly anything, and nothing screams high-end more than striking matt black finishes." Or, combine both looks with Beaumont Tiles' Elbrus Tower Basin Mixer in Black Rose Gold.
Consider look-a-likes: The good news is, with improvements to the quality of digital inkjet printing, it's never been easier to emulate a look for less. Finishes like timber are elegant and timeless, but they can also take up your entire budget in one hit.
"Timber-look tiles are easily the most ground-breaking and best option if you want the high-end timber look but simply don't have the budget. Not only will they look as good, but they are also easier to maintain, and are water, dent and scratch resistant; not to mention are allergy friendly too," Ms Wood said.
Create space: Attempting to create a luxurious feel in a space that's cramped and cluttered is almost impossible. To make the room more spacious, choose tiles that have 'expanding' properties.
"Large-format or slab tile designs should be your go-to here as sizes can go up to three meters," Ms Wood said. "The fewer grout lines you see, the more expansive your floor will look. You should also ensure you tile from floor to wall - terrazzo is a great option to compliment."
She said another great way to expand your space while adding a touch of elegance is with textured or 3D tiles.
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