Everyone wants a luxurious space, but not all of us want to shell out thousands trying to achieve it. Luckily, with our hacks to make your home look expensive, you can achieve your desired look without damaging either your pocket or the charming cosiness of your rooms. Suppress any temptation to throw everything away and go on a shopping spree – it’s tough, we know… The truth is, by going through simple steps like reshuffling your furniture, putting your DIY skills to work on some pieces, and clearing out old clutter, you can give your room the impression of being more ‘put together’ and expensive.
Follow these steps to transform this…
…into this in no time!
Establish your colours
A little paint can make all the difference! Decide on a colour scheme by picking three dominant, complementary colours. If you’re at a loss at how to pick, take a patterned item in your room, for example a rug or a piece of art you’re fond of. Pick a few colours out from this, making sure that they work well together, and that at least one of them is a light tone. Tip: if you’re struggling to decide, take a look at the colour wheel! Colours opposite one another will be complimentary. You can also have a look online to find colour schemes to your taste. We’ve put together a LOAD of looks for your perusal.
Before you get started building your room or adapting an old one, remember to declutter! Clutter is the number one thing that will prevent your room from becoming the luxurious haven of your dreams. If you can’t bare to part with it, hide it away! Always aim for keeping your decor minimal.
A good colour scheme is key in bringing a room together, making it look more coherent and neat, and by extension, more expensive. If you want to really perfect the colour balance, Mark McCauley of the National Design Academy advises to “divide the colors into components of 60 percent of a dominant color (walls), 30 percent of a secondary color (upholstery) and 10 percent of an accent color (accessories). Works every time!”
Small luxury accessories
Look for small, interesting accessories which will catch the eye and add intrigue to the room. These can be made or found for next to nothing! Keep an eye out at your local charity shops for anything which looks like it has potential. Old furniture which is looking a little worse for wear can always be sanded down and re-varnished or re-painted to look like new.
Failing this, you can always try your hand at DIYing accessories. This is a good place to start if you’re just getting into DIY, and you feel at a beginner level. Smaller objects present less pressure for perfection, as well as being cheaper in material cost.
This luxury table would be a pretty simple DIY! Take a piece of wood (or even large tile), four table legs and some fixtures to keep the two together (screws and brackets). You’ll have to stay tuned for a more detailed DIY 😉
Statement larger pieces
Larger pieces immediately capture attention, so bre creative and make a statement! You can obtain large pieces in the same way you’d find accessorizing furniture. Try your luck at some second hand shops, or see what people are getting rid of on sites like Gumtree. Remember – anything old can be sanded, varnished or painted to look like new.
Simple pieces can be changed up dramatically with only a little effort. Take the shelves above for example. They have been stained in dark varnish, and the fixings have been spray painted gold. As well as this, the shelves are arranged skew-whiff, creating a more interesting and eye catching statement piece.
Statement pieces aren’t confined to furniture. Stay on the lookout for large, interesting mirrors which will not only add interest but make the room appear larger and more spacious.
A lick of paint
Like we said, there’s no need to throw things away to achieve a fresh look. There are lots of times when a simple coat of paint can make all the difference. It will hide any sins of tiredness or dirt, giving your piece a new lease of life. Think carefully about the colour you want things to be (‘establish your colours’) and then repaint accordingly. The best way to do this is to strip off the existing colour, sand the piece, prime it, and then either coat on paint with a brush or use a spray paint cannister.
Make the little things count
Small, cosy items like rugs, throws and cushions can pull a room together. Go with things that match your chosen colour scheme, and mix up the textures to add dimension. Tip: you can add extra stuffing to your pillows to make them even more comfortable, as well appearing more expensive.
Adding greenery around the room also makes a huge difference! It will brighten up your space, as well as improving the air – a win win. If you don’t trust yourself to keep a plant alive (we’re with you there) try for something low maintenance. A chinese evergreen, pothos, spider plant, or any kind of succulent will be your friend here.
If our puns skills aren’t enough to convert you, we suppose you could always take the easy (cheat’s!) way out and get yourself an artificial.
Be sure to consider how your room is lit. Mount your lights on the wall to clear the extra space that lamps and standing lights would take up, and create a polished look.
Fancy DIYing something for your new swanky place? We have this tutorial for an expensive looking yet simple copper scandi table. If you’re worried about your space being too small and you’re looking for ways to enhance it, these clever hacks solve lots of space issues you may be struggling with. If you try out any of these hacks to make your home look expensive, or any of our other tips or DIYs, why not send us a photo over at our Facebook page!