Making your home look expensive doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune. With some carefully selected accessories, creativity, and a little bit of elbow grease, you can live in the lap of luxury and still have money in your bank account.
Well-selected art pieces can have a huge impact on the look of any room, and highlighting a large statement piece will make your walls look rich and stylish. If you’re not looking to splurge on a designer mural, create your own DIY art piece or buy a decorative piece that incorporates mirrors. The addition of mirrors reflects light and space, meaning your room will look bigger and brighter. Once you have your desired artwork framed and mounted, you can easily design the rest of your accessories to complement it and contribute to the overall theme of the room.
- Modern Additions
Modern themes and an expensive-looking space go hand in hand. By incorporating modern, unique pieces into your home, you can easily add practicality and style at a low cost. Check out a modern online store that features high-tech gadgets, unique concrete wall art, or super cool aquariums that guests will “ooh and ahh” over.
- Statement Lighting
If you want your home to look expensive, then most likely all of your lighting needs a revamp. Generic lighting fixtures look cheap and sometimes tacky, so splurge a little and update your fixtures throughout the house. Installing a chandelier breathes sophistication into any room, and wall sconces are elegant additions to any blank wall. Brighten up the area with better bulbs, and allow as much natural light into the room as possible during the daylight hours. You can add cute lighting to any outdoor spaces as well to provide an extra bit of oomph.
- A Touch of Textile
Customize your new look with the addition of unique textiles in surprising places. Patterned pillows, accent curtains, and a plush throw will add to comfort and style if distributed correctly. Use color sparingly, and stick with designs that aren’t too busy to ensure you don’t go overboard. Remember, chic and minimal are almost synonymous phrases when it comes to redesigning a space, so avoid chaos and keep surfaces clean with just a touch of decoration.
- Fake Rafters
Do you love the look of ceiling beams like I do? If so, then you’ll be excited by this next option. Regal ceiling beams are a staple of expansive and affluent homes, but if you don’t have rafters to use, don’t worry—you can totally fake it! Faux wood beams are a cost-efficient option and can be installed pretty much anywhere. Align several on your living room ceiling to give your home a rustic, luxurious feel for less money than real beams would cost. You can easily find faux beams at a local hardware superstore like Home Depot, or check out the options from Fauxwoodbeams.com.
- Hide Unsightly Wires
You might have some expensive electronics, but nothing kills the expensive vibe like tangled cords bunched up. Hide your unsightly wires with an at-home project, looping them through a pipe attached to the wall. Paint it the same color as the wall to make for easy camouflage. A sleek pipe versus a pile of wires? Always going to look better. There are also kits readily available to help you thread cords through the wall and into your mounted television.
Less is more when it comes to making a space look luxurious. Go with a minimalist approach and avoid filling up your rooms with knick-knacks that contribute to clutter. Clean lines and sparingly used accent pieces are tried and true ways to create an elegant vibe in your home.
- The Power of Palette
A light colour palette can make a room feel bigger and look cleaner, plus it makes picking accompanying pieces a breeze. By sticking with a more neutral palette, your space will look more expensive because of its simplicity—another lesson in minimalism, but this time with colour. Paint your walls in creams, whites, or beiges. If you’d prefer a cooler, more modern look, try differing shades of grey to pull your space together.
Don’t use your life savings to update your home into a modern, chic space. Utilize these tips to make your space worthy of a queen while keeping your wallet full.
*This is a collaborative post.
*Living room with fireplace photo from Shutterstock.