How to Make a Room Look Expensive with Designer Tricks
Decorating a room on a budget can be frustrating, but you can still create a lavish look without breaking the bank. Here are six designer tips to make a room look and feel expensive.
Add Window Treatments
Draperies can make a room look more complete, elegant, and upscale. Plus, the ceiling will look taller, and the room will feel more private and sophisticated. If the expense of window treatments gives you anxiety, remember that they don’t have to be custom to add luxury to a room. Basic velvet panels, for example, are a good choice for a warm and luxurious look, and you can upgrade one room at a time. Just be sure to start with communal areas like the dining room and living room.
Incorporating a variety of luxurious textures, such as velvet pillows, cashmere throws, and hair-on-hide rugs, adds sophistication and makes a room look expensive. These small accents are inviting to touch, and instantly elevate a space and give it a moneyed feel.
A table buried under a pile of junk mail just doesn’t say “expensive.” That’s why less is more when it comes to decorating. Clutter makes a room appear smaller and just plain uninviting. To increase the luxe factor in any space, decluttering is key — which basically means displaying fewer and more meaningful items.
Display an Oversized Vase
A statement vase with an eye-catching floral arrangement is an easy way to make a room look expensive. Choose one you would see in hotels or restaurants. This is effective even in small spaces.
Tip: Use dried flowers, faux greenery, or found branches from your yard if fresh blooms are not in your budget.
Invest in Lighting
Lighting serves a dual purpose as a functional necessity and a decorative element. A cool fixture can double as a piece of art, and a decorative sconce or sculptural lamp can add elegance to a room. When lighting is used as the focal point in a room, it can set the tone by providing funk, sophistication, and style.
The best part? There are many affordable options available so that a lighting update can be done with any budget.
Rugs add pattern, color, comfort, and warmth to any room. They can make a space look put together and more expensive, even if they were a bargain find. Consider adding rugs to your living room, hallway, or bedroom. Not only will your space look more thoughtful and intentional, but your cold feet will benefit as well.