11 Ways To Make Your House Look Expensive (On A Budget)
Make A Room Look Luxurious
Not only are high-end properties more valuable on the real estate market, but they are also infinitely elegant and stylish. However, a great number of individuals believe that they need a sizable budget to add a touch of glamour and luxury to their homes. Yet, all you need is little creativity and an eye for aesthetics and you’ll design a home that exudes sophistication and opulence.
How do you see luxury?
The first step is deciding what luxury means to you. Don’t be misled into thinking that luxury homes are those where all the furniture and accessories comes with a hefty price tag. You need to find your own sense of style and express it through your home décor while also implementing certain elements that will turn your home into a lavish paradise. You can start by finding inspiration in design magazines and collecting inspiration on Pinterest. This will also give you a deeper insight into interior design and help you decorate your home like a pro.
1. Use lighting luxuriously
Whether you’re a design newbie or an experienced enthusiast, you probably know how lighting can affect the general mood in your home. By installing appropriate fixtures, you’ll be able to create an ambience of luxury in your home effortlessly. A simple, yet effective solution is to install dimmers for a more comfortable and lavish feel. They will enable you to control and adjust your lighting depending on your needs and change the overall atmosphere in your home.
Dramatic lighting can also help you introduce a sense of luxury to your home. A beautiful chandelier above your bed or bathtub can be used as a luxe décor statement that will also bring some drama to your space. This doesn’t have to be expensive either because you can find glamourous fixtures in second-hand stores and at flea markets. Finally, you can also DIY and use metallic spray paint to give your old fixtures more glamorous appeal.
2. Create a clutter-free look
Simplicity and minimalism are another key feature of luxurious home design. By removing clutter from your home, you’ll let all those beautiful features stand out and contribute to the general appeal. This is a completely cost-free way to open up your home and transform it into an elegant sanctuary where tasteful details and lush fabrics can come into focus. Make sure that every item in your home has a clear purpose and its own place because this will enable you to control clutter and maintain a pristine, open and airy ambience.
3. Choose a rich palette
Colours offer so much inspiration when it comes to interior design while coming at a low price. With the right hues, you can create a rich, layered vibe in your home and a welcoming atmosphere. Subtle, neutral or muted tones will help you create a sense of simple, minimalist elegance while deep blues, purples and reds will give it royal appeal. However, you should keep in mind that colours can affect your state of mind, so you should pick hues that will meet the function of a particular room. For instance, when it comes to bedroom colours, you can go with a soothing, yet elegant palette of layered blues, beiges and soft greys. Neutral shades are a classic choice that will give your home a timeless flair, but make sure to layer them for a richer, warmer and less monotonous look.
Going with an understated backdrop will allow you to introduce pops of darker, more dramatic colours. For instance, navy cushions, throws or drapes can stand perfectly against a subtle base. On the other hand, if you decide to go with a bold and dramatic palette, make sure to create a balance using contrasting elements.
4. Decorate your walls
Beautiful wall accessories are always a great way to add character to a space. Artwork will not only elevate your home décor, but it will also give a unique personality to your home, allowing you to express your own creativity and style. You can choose different paintings, inspirational quotes or posters, but, for truly luxurious appeal and a wow effect, you should go with oversized wall hangings. Another stunning way to dress up your walls is to use wallpaper. Whether you decide to go with a single accent wall or wallpaper the entire room, make sure that the wallpaper style complements the general design of your home. Wallpaper with textured design, metallic finishes and elegant patterns is a sophisticated and affordable choice for a luxurious home.
5. Go with tasteful furniture
Furniture typically dominates a room, standing out as a focal point and creating a specific atmosphere. For a luxurious look, you should go with a simple, yet sophisticated furniture design that will make an impactful, but not overbearing effect. For instance, modern elegant lounges with clean lines and upholstered edges are a perfect option for a cozy living room. Such a simple design will help you bring a feeling of luxurious and elegant comfort to your home without creating a kitschy look. Don’t hesitate to invest in your furniture because it should provide your home with long-lasting appeal and comfort.
6. Embellish your windows
Dressing up your windows will help you create an extravagant look in your home. Not only is this a simple trick, but it’s also highly effective and budget-friendly. The key to creating a luxurious vibe lies in opting for rich, heavy and long drapes that will slightly puddle on your floors. Such window treatments exude elegance and sophistication and are typical of luxurious, formal designs. Furthermore, their rich, soft texture will add to the comfort of your home while their colour and design can create a striking contrast against a subtle backdrop or add another layer of elegant neutrality to your space.
7. Implement luxe materials
Certain materials, such as wood and marble, are emblems of luxury in home design. Therefore, it’s not surprising that they come with a price tag that may exceed your budget. However, you can still introduce them without breaking the bank. For instance, you can use tile that imitates the look of wood or use these opulent materials on a smaller scale. You can use marble for just a few impactful details, such as marble shelves or tile backdrop. Finally, you can also find stunning marble alternatives that will create a lavish look in your home at a much more affordable price.
8. Find elegant DIY projects
If you’re a design enthusiast with plenty of DIY skills, you can find a range of elegant projects that will help you give your home an extravagant flair. This will give you all the design freedom you need while also helping you discover the rules and characteristics of interior design on your own. Installing crown moulding in your home is a simple and infinitely elegant DIY project that you can try. Crown moulding is a subtle, yet classic way to luxe up your home on a budget. Elegant middle-wall millwork, also known as chair railing, and oversized baseboards are also stunning additions that will give your space a sense of classic luxury.
9. Invite nature inside
Natural embellishments are an essential component of interior design, introducing a sense of freshness and natural energy to your home. In a luxurious home, fresh or faux flowers can be perfect accent details, decorating your side tables, coffee tables and countertops. Fresh flowers will fill your home with a lovely aroma while also creating an atmosphere of sophistication and comfort. Greenery will also make your home much more appealing and comfortable by creating an airy vibe and positive atmosphere. In addition, splashes of green are a great way to break up the monotony of neutrality in a complementary manner.
10. Introduce metallic finishes
Welcoming varied metallic finishes to your home is another simple and affordable way to give your space a touch of luxury. You can simply change your locks, knobs, faucets and general hardware, or use spray paint to give them an uplift. For a more glamorous flair, you should go with glossy finishes that will also make your home brighter by reflecting light. Gold is always a great choice for an opulent ambiance in your home, but you can also go with other equally stylish options, including rose gold, silver, brass and others. What’s even better is the fact that you can find stunning, elegant and unique hardware pieces in antique shops, hardware stores and at flea markets. You can easily replace them on your own and introduce glitz and glamour to your home.
11. Let your hardwood floors shine
If you’ve been blessed with gorgeous hardwood floors, there’s no need to hide them behind wall-to-wall carpets. Instead, you should remove your carpeting and let your floors come into focus. If you want to dress them up a bit, you should use plush or antique area rugs. Stylish rugs can tie your rooms together, and introduce elegant patterns and colours while still revealing the beauty of your hardwood floors. Faux sheepskin rugs are quite affordable, yet infinitely stylish and elegant, bringing a feeling of comfort to your home. Antique rugs, on the other hand, will give your space a vintage flair, especially if they’re a bit faded. You can find antique rugs at flea markets and second-hand stores, or even discover one or two in your own basement or attic.
Creating a luxurious home can be quite simple and affordable, especially if you have a knack for designing. With enough inspiration, creative DIY projects and glamorous elements, you can design a space that exudes opulence and style.
Chloe is a graduated journalist from Adelaide and a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator. She loves everything related to decor, aesthetic and lifestyle topics. She is also passionate about photography. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take some stunning photographs of beautiful places. Beside all this, she enjoys drinking coffee and reading a beautiful book from time to time.