8 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Look More Expensive


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.

  1. Artwork

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Minimalism

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.

  1. 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.

This article has 28 comments

  1. Claire

    I love these ideas Sarah, my walls in my sitting room are magnolia but I have an accent colour teal in my cushions and art work on my wall to try and inject a little colour into a small space.

  2. Kiersten Millican

    I’m such a fan of rafters! I wish I could have them in every room. And the light color palette is exactly what I’m working with now, the contractor built this house with everything bright!

  3. Michelle

    These are really great tips! Thanks!

  4. Eva at Kid Minds

    You have very good suggestions. I especiallt like #8. I like to play with colors. In some rooms we have textured paint job that has a look of expensive wall paper. It looks really nice and not that expensive.

  5. BA Haggerty @FoodMarriage

    For some reason I have always loved beams and rafters! They give such character to a home.

  6. Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    These are great tips! I love your discussion of color!

  7. Debra

    We just moved and I need to incorporate some of these into our new place! Great ideas!

  8. Logan Can

    We updated the lighting in our dining room and foyer a few weeks ago and it totally changed the entire look and feel of our home. It’s amazing what one little change can do for a space. These are great ideas!

  9. Mar

    Statement lighting is a great way to add some pizzazz! Great tips!

  10. ana

    I think key art and light installations can make your home look a million dollars , especially if you frame them.

  11. Trish @Almost Sexy Mommy

    Great tips for people who are into minimalist style!

  12. JanetGoingCrazy

    Yes, this is what I needed. Thanks for the tips! My husband has been cleaning my semi-hoard lately and now I need to spruce things up around my house.

  13. Jenn

    Interesting, I guess I never really thought about it from this angle. Our style is very different, but we could definitely use some art on the walls and upgraded light fixtures (granted, we’re more into antiques than minimalist/modern, but the overall sentiment is the same).

  14. Kirsten

    -These are all great tips. Artwork and lighting really can make a difference. I will keep this as a reference when we go to sell our house, I think these pointers will come in handy.

  15. Jen K

    I definitely need to minimize. We definitely have too much stuff everywhere.

  16. CourtneyLynne

    These are some great suggestions! I love it when I see art work In people’s homes!

  17. Michelle @ Sunshine and Hurricanes.com

    Lighting is vital for a polished, decorated home. So many people skimp on it and it really shows. Great tips!

  18. Dogvills

    These are wonderful ideas. You really don’t have to spend much to make your home look expensive if you know just what to do.

  19. Susannah

    Ooo… Thanks for these tips! I’m going to have to remember them when we buy a place!

  20. Blanca

    Great tips!! I love a minimal and clean look so hiding the wires and also great lighting is important to me.

  21. Marwa (@Enthralling_g)

    I love your tips, this is exactly what I needed to know. Definitely agree with minimalism, you don’t want a cluttered home.
    Thanks for sharing your awesome tips!:)

  22. Erin

    These are fabulous tips! Especially hiding wires. We finally hid all of ours and it made such a difference!

  23. Tina

    I always need help with any type of interior decorating. I certainly need to hide all of my cords. They are a jumbled mess. Great tips! xo, Tina

  24. ashleigh

    I love how seamless our living room looks with our hidden wires. That little update really made the room look better.

  25. lexie

    choosing the right art is my most favorite part!

  26. Yona Williams

    Oh yes, artwork really adds a touch of sophistication to a room. Also, eye-catching lighting (like an ornate lamp or chandelier) does enhance the overall appeal of a room.

  27. nicole

    Great tips, I try to accomplish the “expensive look” on a budget. Thank you for sharing.

  28. bev

    Great tips

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