Whether you’re flipping through an interior design magazine, saving photos to your Pinterest board or admiring photos of other people’s homes on Instagram, you’re bound to come across interiors that look expertly curated, perfectly designed and, well, incredibly expensive. If you’ve ever let out a sigh in hopes and dreams of someday being able to afford interiors that look luxurious, we’re here to blow your mind.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a limitless budget to create a space that permeates luxury, class and sophistication. In fact, all you need is to focus on a few key elements that are guaranteed to add value and win major style points. If you’re in search of savvy ways to take your interior design to the next level, this is the article for you.
Here are 6 simple home updates to instantly make your space look more expensive.
1. ) Stick To A Neutral Palette
A neutral colour scheme or palette is one of the main similarities you will come across when admiring photos of luxury interiors. For an expensive and effortlessly chic look, the golden rule is to opt for neutral colours whenever and wherever possible. Starting off with your walls, we recommend painting them in shades of pale grey, cream or off-white. This will create the perfect base for a fantastic contrast against your TV unit, artwork and other pieces of furniture and decor that are guaranteed to make your space pop.
2. ) Choose Velour
Once upon a time, velvet was a material exclusively reserved for royalty and nobility. In modern times, velvet is still considered a luxury material that oozes class and decadence. If you’re able to afford velvet furniture, absolutely go for it. However, if you’re limited by a budget (like most of us), velour is your next best bet.
Similar in look and feel to velvet, velour is a much more affordable option that also happens to be incredibly on-trend at the moment. A simple Google search will lead you to hundreds of options when it comes to velour occasional chairs, sofas, dining chairs and more. To keep in line with the luxurious feel, opt for rich jewel tones such as teal or moodier shades such as charcoal, burgundy or dark cerise.
3. ) Go Big With Lighting
Another tip to creating a luxurious feel is to use as many lights in your space as possible. We recommend choosing a variety of different types of lighting, from cosy floor lamps and hanging pendant lights all the way to elegant table lamps, recessed lighting and spotlights that highlight your artwork and decor. Our suggestion is to opt for warm white bulbs over cool white that can create a sterile look and feel to your space.
As a general rule of thumb, set up lighting in various heights and remember to use several bulb sizes to create a dramatic and enticing atmosphere. For some luxe lighting ideas, be sure to check out this article.
4. ) Perfect Your Window Treatment
Windows occupy a significant amount of space in any room, and paying close attention to your window treatment can make all the difference when you are trying to curate an expensive and luxurious looking space. We’ll let you in on a little secret – when in doubt, opt for full-length curtains. Curtains almost always look more luxurious than blinds, but bare in mind that hanging them wrongly can create the complete opposite effect you are going for. Before hanging your curtains, ensure that you install your curtain rod high in order to give the appearance of high ceilings that are often associated with luxurious interiors.
Also, make sure your curtain panels are wide and are made up of a good amount of fabric in order to create lots of folds: this will make them look way more sophisticated. If curtains aren’t really your thing, your next best option comes in the form of expensive-looking roman blinds. Avoid cheap and flimsy plastic or metal blinds and opt for woven jute or bamboo instead.
5. ) Embrace Metallics
It is no secret that gold has been used in homes to symbolise wealth for centuries. While there is no need to go out and spend your life savings on pure gold accessories and decor for your home, it can be useful to embrace metallics for a luxury interior design. Bathrooms and kitchens are some of the easiest rooms in the home to incorporate metallics by simply switching out old hardware and fixtures for newer, shinier options. Thankfully, there are many affordable yet luxurious-looking options for cabinet pulls, hardware and bathroom/kitchen fixtures that you’ll be able to find online.
Tip: If gold isn’t to your taste, you could always opt for brushed nickel, copper or rubbed bronze that offer a comparable element of luxe.
Keep Clutter At Bay
Clutter and mess are the antitheses of sophistication and elegance. Even the most luxurious interior decor is quickly brought down ten notches by the appearance of unsightly and distracting clutter. If you want to keep your space looking like it is worthy of royalty, it’s time to start decluttering and looking into smart storage solutions. Get rid of anything that you no longer need (donate to charity or give items away to friends/family) and find ways to store remaining items in a way that keeps them out of daily sight. This ultimate guide to decluttering your home is our favourite resource for anyone who feels overwhelmed or doesn’t know where to begin.
Tip: Smart storage solutions are a lifesaver. Our top choices include storage sofas, spacious ottomans and gas-lift beds that allow you to maximise your home’s storage potential while secretly keeping clutter out of sight.
Creating a luxurious looking home doesn’t always have to break the bank. By following these 6 practical tips, you’ll be well on your way to an expensive-looking home that others are guaranteed to be envious of. Thankfully, you’ll be able to share your secrets with them!
What are some of your favourite ways to make your home look more luxurious? Be sure to leave a comment and let us know!