Making your home look expensive isnt about trying to ‘flex’ or make it appear to your family and friends that you have more money than you really do.
Desiring an expensive looking home is just about trying to create a space that feels luxurious, welcoming which makes you feel totally relaxed and comfortable.
If you’re looking for some smart tips and tricks on how you can create a more expensive look in your home without breaking the bank, then read on for my favourite home decor hacks!
If you like this post make sure to check out These 9 Things Are Making Your Home Look Cluttered for even more advice on how to make your home look the best it possibly can!
DOLLAR STORE DIY IDEAS
There are so many wonderful ways that you can use things from the dollar store to create luxury, stylish looking home decor pieces to place around your home to add that personal touch.
Just take a look through Pinterest, and you’ll very quickly become inspired by all the DIY ideas that you see.
You might even decide to create something totally unique from your own imagination, or have a go at recreating a dupe of a piece you spotted in a high end store that is currently outside your price range. My personal favourites are dollar-store recreations of items from Anthropology and West Elm.
CHOOSE NEUTRAL COLORS
If in doubt about choosing a colour palette that is going to create a sophisticated environment, always opt for neutral tones rather than bright, garish colours.
Neutrals never go out of style and the lighter shades will make even the smallest rooms appear more spacious. You can also check out 7 Tricks From Designers To Make Any Room Look Bigger for more advice on making the most of your space.
Whilst a bold statement colour can look amazing in some homes, its very easy to get it wrong, or make the space look even smaller if you’re already working in a cramped room.
You might also find that the bright shade you chose goes out of style, or you simply get bored of it. Choosing a neutral colour palette right from the start will save you money on redecorating as often just because you’re bored of the colour.
Less. Is. ALWAYS. More!
It might sound like the opposite would be true, but filling your home with knick knacks and clutter can actually take away that expensive looking feel to a room.
Picture a 5 star hotel suite like this one in the Nobu Hotel in Los Cabos, Mexico. These suites are very often minimally decorated with natural colours and textures. I love this suite that is finished off with simple white bedding, black and white artwork and lots of clean looking wooden trims
CREATE YOUR OWN ARTWORK
Artwork is a wonderful way to make the space more personal, jazz up plain walls, and add a bit of colour and glam to a room.
There are so many stunning prints available in stores such as Anthropology, Urban Outfitters and Oliver Bonas, but unfortunately they’re usually extremely pricey!
You don’t need to spend a fortune on photography or artwork to make an impression in your home.
Grab some acrylic or watercolour paints from your local craft store and have a go at creating your own abstract paintings. Or perhaps you’re a great photographer? Have some of your best snaps printed and frame them.
I’ve even framed gift wrapping paper before – some of the expensive gift wraps have the most beautiful designs and even at £10+ for a single sheet, that’s a lot cheaper than investing in a framed print from a store.
INVEST IN RUGS
If you’ve only got the budget to splash out on one expensive piece for the room you’re transforming, make it the rug.
Adding a high quality rug will totally revamp the space by adding texture, warmth and possibly a splash of colour (done right).
Whilst the ‘fluffy rug’ trend will probably stick around for a while – try to broaden your horizons and consider a different style of rug such as a Persian, Moroccan or Jute design.
INVEST IN WINDOW DRESSINGS
Window dressings are another textile feature which can really add that final touch of class to a room, which is so important if you’re wanting to make your home look expensive.
First of all, make sure every room has window dressings. Some people skip them altogether which is certainly one way to make the place look unfinished.
Next, make sure to choose something that is both practical and stylish looking. Consider whether you need blackout dressing – perhaps for a bedroom – or is the window overlooked by neighbors or passers by? If so, then you might want to opt for a blinds and curtain combo that can be kept closed at all times whilst still letting in light.
Try and avoid outdated styles such as netting or metallic Venetian blinds – these will just make it look like you’ve not replaced them yet since the last person lived in your home…
KEEP IT CLEAN
Finally, as simple as it sounds, just keep the place clean and tidy.
Your home could be adorned with the most expensive furnishings and ornaments that money can buy, but if you also have dirty dishes, piles of paperwork and clutter all over the place, it’s just not going to give that stylish impression that you’re hoping for.
Having a totally spotless home at all times just isnt possible, especially if you’re a busy mum or working full time. However, most of us could manage a 10 minute daily tidy session in between deep cleaning your space. So just make time to keep on top of your chores and you’ll have a much clearer mind as well as clean home.
For more tips and advice on keeping your home clean and tidy, check out 6 Cleaning Tips To Save A Tonne Of Time.
To Finish Off…
I really hope you enjoyed this post and that you’ve been inspired to give some spaces in your home a bit of a makeover.
Make sure to let me know in the comments what your top home decor tips are, and check back here soon as I post brand new fashion, lifestyle and home decor tips on The Angelina Archives every week!