It’s arguably one of the biggest challenges DIYers face – achieving a luxurious look while getting the most out of your budget.
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.
“There are many ways that DIYers – whether novices or pros – can capitalise on any sized budget and inject a little luxury into their home,” says Ms Wood.
“It’s all about being strategic with your choices to create that ‘no expense spared’ feeling minus the associated price tag.
“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 to transforming your home into a luxurious space on any budget – big or small:
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,” says Ms Wood.
“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.
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,” says Ms Wood.
“My personal favourite is the Maison Cedar, closely followed by the Elegance Timber Tortora, especially when they’re used throughout the home and into an outdoor area or poolside deck.”
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,” says Ms Wood.
“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.”
Another great way to expand your space while adding a touch of elegance is with textured or 3D tiles, says Ms Wood.
“Add depth to the space with the Marwari Structured Mix 200×200.”