Monthly Archives: June 2016

How to know when to Replace a Carpet

Although proper maintenance can dramatically extend the life of your carpet, every carpet that sees regular use will need to be replaced sooner or later. Some of the signs can be obvious, but there are others that may be more subtle.

To determine when you should replace your own carpet, consider the following top six signs that reveal irreversible wear and tear:

1. Stains in carpet

Are you covering up carpet stains with furniture and rugs when carpet cleaning fails to remove them? If your house is starting to resemble a minefield, it’s time for a carpet replacement. Most carpets come with a stain-resistant finish, but over time, the treatment fades and eventually leaves the carpet unprotected.

Luckily, professional carpet cleaners know tricks to remove tough stains. However, most carpet cleaners only clean to the base of your carpet, to avoid damaging the glue that binds your carpet to the pad and this doesn’t get any stains that penetrate deeper than the carpet.

“We have a system of flushing out deep stains with a flood extraction tool,” he says. In this method, Leffel floods the area with cleaning solution and uses a heavy duty extraction tool to remove the stain from the carpet and pad.

Sometimes, Leffel says, stubborn stains just won’t go away. Bleach, plant food, tea, wine and mustard are typically the toughest stains to remove, and carpet cleaners say many homeowners make the stains worse by using shoddy DIY stain-removal methods they find on the web, or store-bought carpet-cleaning products that can actually damage carpet with harsh chemicals.

Stains caused by pet urine, feces, vomit, mold and mildew are usually easy to clean if you act fast. But these biological substances eventually will absorb into the carpet padding, leading to mold and mildew buildup under the carpet. If the biological stains are in several places, consider replacing the carpet to avoid health hazards with mold. Leffel says they sometimes get creative with replacing small pieces of stained carpet by removing carpet from a rarely used closet.

2. Wear and tear on carpet

Has your carpet seen better days? Are you putting rugs all over it to cover rips and tears, or rearranging furniture to cover defects? Are your kids scared to lay on it? Matted carpet, tears and significant wear on the main walkways are major signs your carpet is on its death bed.

Polyester carpet fibers have a reputation of matting and losing their form. Once it falls down and loses its tuft, it doesn’t return to normal, even with professional cleaning. Nylon carpeting, however, is typically more resilient than polyester and responds well to carpet cleaning, even when matted down.

You might be able to fix small tears and rips yourself, or you can hire a carpet professional to make the repair. However, large rips and tears tend to signal the carpet needs to be replaced, especially if the tears are present on stairs or major walkways.

3. Stinky carpet

If you own a pet or haven’t cleaned in a while, you may notice a lingering smell on your carpet, but the odor should be gone or noticeably diminished after a proper cleaning. If it doesn’t, this means that the odor has penetrated deep into the carpet fibers, the carpet pad or the subfloor, and it may even indicate mold and mildew growth.

In cases like these, it’s often more cost effective to replace the entire carpet completely in order to fully eliminate the odor or odors.

4. Condition of carpet padding

Carpet padding is like the pillow under the case, the carpet is nothing but a layer of fabric without the padding. It helps support the carpet, working as a foundation and making it comfortable to walk and lay on. It buffers sounds and keeps a room quieter and even improves insulation.

However, carpet padding also absorbs many spills, and cleaning the carpet doesn’t necessarily clean the padding. Signs of old padding include unevenness, wrinkles and a crinkling sound when someone walks over it.

5. Increased allergy symptoms

Often, older carpets catch and retain more allergens and particulate matter, which may cause your allergies to act up. If you notice an increase in allergies, one source may be your older carpet.

6. Old carpet

Are you still using the 1970s shag carpet that came with your house? Have you had it cleaned several times? Believe it or not, carpet doesn’t last forever, even with good care. Most manufacturers say carpet should last for 3-5 years with proper care.

After 3-5 years, signs of wear show on the major walkways and the carpet fibers start losing their texture and tuft. If you find yourself cleaning the carpet over and over and not getting the results you want, it might be time to lay the carpet to rest. Signs of old carpet include color loss, fading, matting, ripples, wrinkles and lack of padding support.

So if it is time for you to replace your carpet at home or place of business call Home Select and schedule your FREE consultation now! We service the Danville, Alamo, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Blackhawk and Diablo area!

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Carpet or Hardwood

Choosing between carpet or hardwood flooring may seem like a simple proposition dictated solely by cost, but nothing could be further from the truth. When selecting flooring for residential and commercial properties – whether it’s carpet or hardwood – it is important to consider design, comfort, price and sustainability.

The Advantages of Carpet

Carpet in commercial spaces provides an opportunity for businesses to weave their own brand identity into their office space, says Shaw. Additional benefits of carpet include:

  • Carpet delivers underfoot comfort important in health care, education and retail settings where staff, patients and students are on their feet all day.
  • Carpet cushions slips, falls and noise pollution.
  • Carpet is a natural insulator, providing additional warmth in cold seasons.

The Advantages of Hardwood

“Wood enhances the beauty of a room and can increase the feel of comfort in public spaces,” says New York interior designer Robin Wilson. “Also, many people feel that hardwood can be symbolic of the durability of a business.” Other benefits of hardwood floors include:

  • Damaged wood can be sanded and refinished, rather than replaced.
  • Wood doesn’t collect as much dust and allergens.

Installation

No matter what kind of floor you choose, remember that proper installation is key for a visually appealing and durable floor. Before installing any type of floor make sure that:

  • The area is free of dust, dirt, oil, grease, paint, wax, moisture or any debris that could affect adhesion of the backings to the floor
  • The floor is level and smooth, and that depressions and cracks are filled with a liquid latex additive patching compound

You can find qualified installers by contacting the Professional Flooring Installers Association and the Certified Floorcovering Installers.

Maintaining Carpeted Floors

To prolong the life of your carpet and reduce maintenance, keep outside areas like sidewalks and garages clean, says Shaw. Additionally you should:

  • Place mats in both exterior entrances and inside transition areas from hard surface to carpet.
  • Develop a maintenance schedule, rather than a random series of infrequent cleanings.
  • Tailor your maintenance schedule to the amount of traffic, type of soiling and season.

Maintaining Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors may seem easy to maintain, but neglecting them can be expensive. Unlike carpets, you can’t fix major damage to a hardwood floor without a significant investment. To ensure you get the most out of a hardwood floor:

  • Use a damp cloth to blot up spills as soon as they happen.
  • Sweep, dust and vacuum floors regularly with a hard-floor attachment to prevent dirt and grit accumulation, which can scratch or dull the floor finish.
  • Periodically use a hardwood floor cleaner specifically formulated for use on prefinished hardwood floors.
  • Don’t wet mop or wash the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent or any other liquid cleaning material. This could cause warping and swelling and void the warranty.
  • Don’t use steel wool, abrasive cleaners or strong ammoniated or chlorinated cleaners.
  • Avoid buffing or a polishing machine on prefinished floors.
  • For tough spots on hardwood floors, such as oil, paint, markers, lipstick, ink or tar, use acetone or nail polish remover on a clean white cloth, then wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove any remaining residue.
  • For spots, such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper.

No matter if you are looking for carpet or hardwood, Home Select can help you figure it out. Call in or stop by today!

Now servicing the Danville, Alamo, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Blackhawk and Diablo area.

 

The Modern Roman Shade

Vignette® Modern Roman Shades feature consistent folds and no exposed rear cords, keeping windows uncluttered. Choose from different fold styles and sizes, and a horizontal or vertical orientation.

Features & Benefits

4″ full fold

SOFT YET MODERN

A 4-inch full fold for that traditional, yet modern, look at the window.

6″ flat fold

CRISP AND SOPHISTICATED

A 6-inch flat fold that is nicely pressed for a defined finish.

Architella®

COOL IN THE SUMMER, WARM IN THE WINTER

Our most energy-efficient version of the classic Vignette design – these shades trap air, creating an extra layer of insulation to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Tiered™

STACKED SOFTNESS

This option allows shades to stack up, down or anywhere in between.

Traversed with Vertiglide™

FOR LARGE WINDOWS AND SLIDING DOORS

Vertiglide offers an exceptional solution for large expanses of windows and sliding glass doors. Stacks right, left or anywhere in-between.

Absorb Sound

REDUCE OUTSIDE NOISE

Improve your room’s acoustics while reducing the intensity of outside sound. It starts at the windows. Simple. The degree of sound control will depend on the fabric you choose, so if this is an important feature to you, be sure to discuss it with your sales expert.

Top-Down/Bottom-Up

PRIVACY WITH A VIEW

The Top-Down/Bottom-Up feature offers a more versatile approach to light control. Open from the top, from the bottom, or find somewhere in-between–for the perfect balance of privacy and light.

Accents by the Yard™

FABRICS FOR YOUR ROOM DECOR

Fabrics are available by the yard, so you can create decorative accents for any room with matching fabric.

UV Protection

SUNSCREEN FOR YOUR VALUABLES

Protect your furniture, flooring and artwork from fading with at least 75% protection from harmful UV rays.

Lifetime Guarantee

FOR LIFE

Hunter Douglas products are designed and custom-assembled in the U.S. with the highest level of quality. But just in case, every window treatment from Hunter Douglas is covered by a lifetime limited guarantee.

 

Hunter Douglas Honeycomb Duette Shades

A wealth of choices for nature-inspired energy efficiency

The original single- and double-honeycomb Duette® shades come in multiple cell sizes, a horizontal or Vertiglide™ vertical orientation, and a range of light-control options from sheer to opaque.

Features & Benefits

Energy Efficiency

COOL IN THE SUMMER, WARM IN THE WINTER

Did you know that up to 50% of a home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows? That’s why we designed this unique cellular shade that traps air in distinct pockets to help keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

And while the honeycomb design is praised for its efficiency, its shape and overall aesthetic are nothing short of beautiful.

Double Honeycomb

EVEN GREATER EFFICIENCIES

Our double-honeycomb construction traps air even more efficiently than our single honeycomb by sandwiching two honeycomb cells between your room and the window.

Absorb Sound

REDUCE OUTSIDE NOISE

Improve your room’s acoustics while reducing the intensity of outside sound. It starts at the windows.

The degree of sound control will depend on the fabric you choose, so if this is an important feature to you, be sure to discuss it with your sales expert.

Vertiglide™

FOR LARGE WINDOWS AND SLIDING DOORS

Vertiglide™ offers an exceptional, energy-efficient vertical solution for large expanses of windows and sliding glass doors.

Top-Down/Bottom-Up

PRIVACY WITH A VIEW

The Top-Down/Bottom-Up feature offers a more versatile approach to light control. Open from the top, from the bottom, or find somewhere in-between–for the perfect balance of privacy and light.

UV protection

SUNSCREEN FOR YOUR VALUABLES

Protect your furniture, flooring and artwork from fading with at least 75% protection from harmful UV rays.

Lifetime Guarantee

FOR LIFE

Hunter Douglas products are designed and custom-assembled in the U.S. with the highest level of quality. But just in case, every window treatment from Hunter Douglas is covered by our lifetime limited guarantee.

 

 

Choosing the Best Lighting

Choosing the lighting fixtures for the house is one of the details you need to plan when decorating a new space. But the decision is not easy, not even if you’re planning a simple makeover or renovation. But you have to be organized and to to take things one by one, room by room.

Entryway

The lighting is very important for the entry because it can make your home look very inviting. So make sure you set an appropriate mood at the front door. A large lamp or chandelier can be a nice choice. If you have artwork displayed on the walls, accent lights can help you highlight their beauty.

  • A large floor lamp in a corner can give you the extra mood lighting this area needs
  • If you have a big entryway, then consider using more than one pendant light
  • Chandeliers are also great and they make the space look elegant and imposing

Living Room

It’s important to set the right balance in the living room. This is a space which is usually flexible and it used for entertainment but also as a place to relax. So consider using permanent fixtures such as chandeliers or pendant lamps but also take into consideration floor lamps and sconces. A dimmer switch is, of course, a must have.

  • A big chandelier can be the focal point of your living room
  • Make sure the chandelier matches the style you’ve chosen for the room
  • Ceiling fans usually need extra mood lighting such as these spotlights
  • Floor or table lamps allow you to change the mood in seconds
  • Sconces are great for highlighting artwork or certain accent details

Dining Room

The dining room is one of the easiest rooms to light simply because the dining table is always the focal point of the room. Usually, chandeliers are chosen for this area but pendant lights are also very popular. However, you can also add a task lamp or accent lights if you wish to put the spotlight on a certain accent feature in the room.

  • Use a low-hanging pendant light or chandelier above the dining table
  • Consider opting for big pieces such as this modern chandelier

Kitchen

The kitchen needs more complex lighting because there is no single focal point in this room. So you need overhead lights for basic tasks but you also need extra lighting in areas such as over the kitchen island, over the sink or the bar. You can have pendant light in all these areas.Spotlights are also a good option.

  • Consider having more than just one pendant light in the kitchen
  • You can have multiple types of lighting fixtures such as this combo of a chandelier and pendant lamps
  • Spotlights embedded in the ceiling allow you to position the light in key areas

Bedroom

In the case of the bedroom, the best choice would be warm light because it’s more restful and relaxing. Usually, task lighting is used on the bedside tables but you can also have sconces there. Also, consider using accent lights to highlight a photo or a work of art. Don’t forget about the dimmer switch, it will allow you to create the perfect ambiance in the room.

  • If you want something different, have pendant lights instead of lamps
  • Task lighting is very important in the bedroom because it lets you set a relaxing mood
  • Accent lighting can allow you to create an eye-catching backdrop

Bathroom

What’s important to know here is that sconces above a vanity mirror or beside it assure appropriate light for certain tasks but you have to place them at the right height (near face height) for the most flattering illumination. Well-placed accent lighting make the bathroom more welcoming so consider also having a chandelier, a pendant light and don’t forget the dimmer switch.

  • Task lighting is the most important type in the bathroom
  • A dimmer switch on the task lighting will allow you eyes to adjust in the morning
  • Above the tub you could have a chandelier or a pendant light

Office

Of course, a home office should focus on task lighting. It should feature lamps on the desk which are essential to reduce eyestrain but an overhead light can also be useful on cloudy days on when you’re working at night and the lamp is too powerful for the eyes. You should have a dimmer switch for the pendant light. Accent lighting is decorative and can help make the office seem more inviting.

  • If there’s not a lot of space on your desk then have hanging lights
  • Task lighting needs to be strategically placed throughout the room

 

A Few Benefits of Carpet

Noise and sound

Scientific studies confirm that “noise“ has a crucial influence on people’s well-being and health. Amongst other things, “noise” influences the ability to concentrate and, in extreme cases, may even cause pain and hardness of hearing.

A fitted carpet has excellent sound-absorbing properties, has been shown to reduce the transmission of impact noise and decreases both the noise level and the reverberation time (sound duration). Thus, carpets make a substantial contribution to noise reduction.

Thermal comfort

Textile floor coverings do not only give the optical impression of warmth. Due to their low thermal conductivity they also act as heat insulators. Therefore, direct floor contact prevents the foot heat from flowing off and the floor causes a pleasantly warm feeling.

Energy savings

The installation of fitted carpets helps to save energy. On the one hand, carpets act as thermal barriers, which means that the heat remains in the room and does not flow off. On the other hand, the temperature felt by residents has been shown to be 2°C higher than in rooms equipped with hard flooring. Both energy-saving effects reduce consumers’ heating costs.

At Home Select we have many different carpets to choose from that provide even more benefits than the ones mentioned above. Come take a look! We are servicing the Danville, Alamo, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Blackhawk and Diablo area!

Top Selling Hardwood Floors!

You have many options when choosing a hardwood floor for your home. Get inspired by our top choices!

Distressed Wide Planks

Wide-plank flooring is increasing in popularity, due to its beauty and fewer seams. It comes in a variety of wood types, but choose a distressed wood if you want a rustic look.

Reclaimed Pine

Most reclaimed pine comes from historical buildings. Using reclaimed pine flooring in your home has eco-friendly benefits and brings a historic touch and luxurious look to your home.

Red Oak

Red oak is one of the most popular flooring choices available because of its ability to coordinate with any design style. The reddish tones add to its beauty and its resistance to wear makes it a great option for high-traffic areas, such as a living room.

Ebonized Hardwood

Ebonizing wood is a simple way to add luxury to a space. The dark, opaque look complements many design styles but really stands out in a neutral, contemporary space. Dark hardwoods, such as oak, cherry and walnut, create the best sleek black look.

Reclaimed Wood

The natural features of reclaimed wood bring warmth, and it’s a stunning choice for a bathroom once it’s treated. Reclaimed wood can be incorporated in traditional and contemporary spaces.

Brazilian Cherry

If you want an exotic look, choose Brazilian cherry wood. The multitude of colors in the grain gives the floor a mosaic look. Aside from its visual appeal, its sturdy nature and affordable price make it a popular choice among exotic hardwoods.

Eucalyptus

To bring high style to your space, choose eucalyptus hardwood flooring. Its fast growth and high availability makes it an eco-friendly and budget-friendly choice. Pair the flooring with white furnishings to create an elegant look.

Home Select has all of these flooring selections and more in our show room! Stop by today and check them out! We service the Danville, Alamo, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Blackhawk and Diablo area!

How to Choose the Perfect Backsplash!

Remodeling a kitchen is hard, there are a ton of decisions to be made, and usually not enough time to make them!  Your kitchen backsplash is one of those design details you’ll want to spend some time on.

1.) Color or Neutrals?

Color is usually one of the first decisions you’ll make.  You’ll need to decide if you want your bacskplash to be colorful, or if you want to remain in the neutral zone.  Although a colorful backsplash has immediate impact, a neutral backsplash can add just as much character to your space. It all comes down to the other colors and materials being used in your kitchen and how your tile will pair, and your overall color preference.  Some people are drawn to color, while others find a sense of calm in a neutral space.

2.) Backsplash Height

Backsplash height is often a design detail homeowners overlook.  The backsplash has to end somewhere, but where it ends is up to you, although cabinetry can often be the deciding factor.  if you just want a hint of tile, only bring your backsplash up to the bottom of your cabinet or first shelf in an open shelving design. If you want more tile, you can often extend your backsplash to the ceiling in areas where there are no cabinets, such as over the sink, or over a stove.  A counter to ceiling installation makes the tile a focal point in your kitchen, so if you choose to bring it to the ceiling, make sure you’ve chosen a color, size and layout that you love.

3.) Material

The material you choose for your backsplash is just as important as color.  You’ll need to figure out which tile type will work best in your overall design.  Is it ceramic Tile, Glass?  Brick?  Handpainted, or EDGE?  This decision should be based on personal preference but also on the overall design style you are trying to achieve.  If your kitchen is rustic or industrial, Brick might work best.  If it is clean and contemporary, a crisp matte glaze from our ceramic Tile line will probably be your best bet.  

4.) Consider Your Countertops

Your tile backsplash is always going to be right up against your countertops, so it is important to make sure the two materials and colors work well together.  If you choose a colorful countertop material you’ll want to choose a neutral tile color (but you can still go wild with pattern!).  If your countertops are neutral, choose tile that complements the texture and tone of the countertop material.

5.) Shape and Pattern

Do you prefer classic shapes, or fun patterns?–Another important decision to be made.  If you want your kitchen to remain timeless in design, we suggest sticking with a classic field tile size such as a 3 x 6 in a subway tile layout, or even a 4 x 4 in a straight set pattern.  Field tile will transcend trends, making your tile backsplash a sustainable design feature. However if you are drawn to pattern, specialty shapes can be just as timeless when done right.  Our specialty tile shapes work well in both color and neutrals, but it is important to consider the impact they will have on your overall design.  You want to make sure the color and shape you are choosing fits well in not just your kitchen but your entire home.

6.) Budget

Last but not least, budget is one of the most important things to consider when choosing backsplash tile.  If your budget is tight, you’ll want to lean toward standard field sizes. However you can still add fun details like bordering a few Handpainted pieces with classic white field tile is a great budget friendly way to add handmade, artistic appeal to your kitchen without breaking the bank. Keep in mind that our specialty shapes and more intricate glazes do cost a bit more.  The manufacturing process is more detailed, and we make everything by hand.  Custom colors will also drive up your price.  So before choosing your dream tile, have a clear budget set.

If you’re ready to start giving your home a make over then call Home Select and schedule your FREE consultation now! We are servicing the Danville, Alamo, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Blackhawk and Diablo area!

 

Elegant Home Interior

Having a high-end looking home can be difficult, especially if you have a tight decorating budget. Fortunately, there are ways – even on a budget – that you can get the high-end look you dream of.

Interior designers have shared a few secrets over the years that have given homeowners some insight on how they can make their home look elegant without breaking the bank. From adding pillows and a fresh coat of paint to window treatments and hardwood floors, these are simple solutions you need to know about.

Here, you will discover 10 of the simplest and least expensive ways to make your home look elegant. Take the time to keep reading – you just might be surprised at these simple tricks to fooling your guests into thinking you live a high-end life.

1 ) Crown Molding – Details Matter

It’s all in the details. When it comes to decorating your home to look high-end and custom-made, details are key.  In this instance, the detail is crown molding.

Crown molding has a way of making a room look complete or finished; it brings the ceiling and the walls together, giving them an elegant appearance. Without this finishing touch, rooms tend to look cheap or unfinished.

Fortunately, crown molding is relatively inexpensive (especially the plastic, paintable versions), making it affordable on almost any budget. There are many widths to choose from, but if you want a greater impact, chose the widest trim that your budget will allow.  For the ultimate in glamour, try adding all types on molding to your home, i.e. crown, high baseboard, ceiling beams, columns, ceiling medallions, chair rails etc…

2) Paint – Color Matters

Paint color is perhaps one of the most difficult decisions to make when decorating a room, especially when the remaining décor will be based off the color palette. However, if elegance is what you are after, there are certain colors that add instant glamour to your home.

Choose one of these two color options—bold and dramatic OR soft, understated hues. These hues allow you to add instant elegance to your home. It simply depends on your color personality in terms of which option you choose.

Painting interior doors black is another great idea. It automatically creates an expensive feeling, without causing much damage to your wallet. If you choose this option, however, be sure to add some black accessories to the space to tie the overall design together.

3) Pillows – Comfort & Elegance

Pillows throughout your home serve two purposes. One, if they are chosen correctly, they can really punch-up the elegance factor. Two, they provide your guests with a little extra comfort on the couch, and offer a cozy, layered feeling to your rooms.

The comfort aspect speaks for itself, that is, if you choose pillows that are large enough to rest on, and soft. Speaking of size, you want to avoid the standard 12 to 18 inches for a throw pillow. Instead, choose something larger, such as a 22-inch pillow cover stuffed with 24-inch inserts.

Large, overstuffed pillows create a very plush, elegant appearance—and don’t skimp on the pillow inserts, down-filled is the only way to go.

4) Window Treatments – A Must-Have Accessory

It’s simple—a home without window treatments will look unfinished and cheap. Fortunately, window treatments are one of the most budget-friendly ways to add some elegance to your home, as well as much-needed privacy.

When selecting window treatments you want to make smart choices. For instance, choosing unlined flimsy materials look terribly cheap, even if they are the least expensive option. It is recommended that you avoid see-through materials. This does not mean that you can’t buy off-the-rack curtains. A lot of chain stores offer lined draperies that appear elegant and expensive —even though the price is right.

When it comes to window treatments stick with elegant materials such as natural silk, linen and cotton (polyester or man-made fabrics usually look cheap). If draperies are not for you, then try woven bamboo shades or wood blinds. Just be sure to dress your windows—they ensure your home looks elegant and well-designed.

5) Hardware Finishes – Opt for Unique

It is true that you can walk into a home improvement store and be faced with an entire wall of drawer pulls and knobs. However, that is the exact moment that you should turn and walk out the door.

These bulk hardware pieces are inexpensive, but they are also poor quality and cheap-looking. For a few more dollars – although not enough to break the bank – you can get elegant, more expensive looking pieces elsewhere.

Smaller hardware stores, flea markets, and antique shops are the best places to look. You can find heavy-duty, expensive- looking drawer knobs and pulls at a much more affordable price, giving your home the elegant and unique look you desire.

 

6) Lighting Makes a Difference

Most contractors will choose standard lighting fixtures, which are probably the same they have used over and over again in all the homes they have built. However, designer light fixtures will add more elegance to your home than the standard chandelier.

Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can use to get the high-end look without the high-end price. Start by looking at flea markets and second-hand stores. You will get a unique piece at a budget-friendly price. Or try this bloggers trick of adding a drum shade around an old chandelier to get the custom look everyone is craving right now.

Some pieces may require a little buffing or a new paint job, but can look like a million dollars for just a few bucks. In addition, be sure to have several different light sources, including table lamps and floor lamps throughout the home to increase the elegant feeling.

7) Hardwood is Preferred Over Carpet

It is true that wall-to-wall carpeting in a home is warm and soft, but it does not equal the same elegance factor as solid, gleaming hardwood floors. Hardwood provides a classic, elegant appearance and can be found at an affordable price.

Purchasing hardwood for your home will be an investment, but it is definitely a wise one. Hardwood lasts a long time, and provides a nice return on investment, especially if you ever resell your home. Laminate is another option, but be sure to buy the best laminate on the market to ensure a lasting quality. In fact, if it is a choice between laminate or plush carpeting, we say choose the plush carpet.

To get the most for your money, you will want to look at different types of wood, as some are more expensive than others. For example, birch and oak are usually less expensive than cherry. Also, consider choosing a dark color for a more luxurious appearance, but be sure to add a few area rugs to tie the overall design of the room together from floor to ceiling

8) Accessorize Your Home

Most average homes lack the necessary accessories to really bring that elegant touch to the space. While many may use the excuse that accessorizing would over-extend their budget, the exact opposite is true.

There are many affordable ways to accessorize your home while staying within your budget, especially if you think gold. Gold is associated with wealth and riches, and can instantly create an elegant feeling, as long as there is not too much gold in one space.

Accessorize with gold picture frames, gold mirrors, or one of the new, modern gold-legged tables that are appearing in designer showrooms.

9) Furniture Can Be Affordable

While many people feel that investing in expensive couches is not within their budget, buying cheaper furniture could cost you more in the end. They tend to look cheap and be put together poorly, which means they fall apart quicker.

If you want to have an elegant piece of furniture in your home, check out secondhand stores, estate sales, and consignment shops for quality pieces at a more affordable price. You may want to have the furniture reupholstered to match your décor.

The savings on the furniture still allows you room in the budget to get the items reupholstered, giving you a high-end designer look at a fraction of the cost.

10) Housekeeping— A Clean, Uncluttered Home is a Must

Surprisingly, one of the most affordable ways to make your home look elegant on a budget is actually free. All you need to do is clean and declutter your home. Weekly dusting and vacuuming can actually make your home feel high-end.

Secondly, cleaning allows you to take care of stains and spots on area rugs quickly, keeping them from being damaged and shabby-looking. The same is true for your furniture. Clean your windows, too—it allows natural light to readily fill the room, making it appear bright and welcoming.

Lastly, regular cleaning allows you to avoid clutter in your home. Not only do you feel better about your home, but it allows the other elements – pillows, accessories, paint, lighting, and flooring – to really stand out.

As you have discovered, there are several ways you can make your home look elegant on a budget. Choosing the right paint colors, avoiding cheap, poor quality items, and shopping wisely are the best tricks interior designers use to create high-end designs.

So come check out our design center in The Rose Garden! We service the Danville, Alamo, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Blackhawk and Diablo area! There is many different materials to choose from. Stop by or call today!