How to Make Your Home Look Expensive: 9 Simple Hacks

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by Posh Pennies

Today's your lucky day if you want to know how to make your home look expensive without breaking the bank. I know some fantastic tips and tricks that can make your home look like you've spent a fortune, minus the actual spending a fortune.

I'll walk you through simple tips to give your living space a high-end aesthetic.

Large wall art

1. Use large-scale artwork

If you want your wall decor to look high-end, you should try introducing large-scale art pieces into your home. This will help elevate the look and feel of your space. Large-scale artwork draws more attention and can create a more impressive visual impact.

Large-scale artwork

There are many affordable ways to get large-scale art.

You can DIY it or shop on Etsy, Facebook marketplace, thrift stores, prints, printables, etc. Sometimes, using a large piece of art doesn't make sense, such as when your room is tiny or the ceilings are low, so use your judgment.

Cluttered home

2. Reduce visual clutter

The secret to getting the magazine look in any space is to reduce visual clutter. Visual clutter is the presence of too many conflicting items, colors, shapes, or patterns in a space that make it difficult for the eyes to focus.

Visual clutter can create a sense of chaos or confusion, making a space feel overwhelming and stressful and even reducing productivity or concentration.

Organizing items with glass canisters

There are many ways to tame visual clutter, but one effective and inexpensive method is transferring everyday items into nice-looking containers.

So, for example, you take everyday household items like soap, laundry detergent, and pantry staples and decant them into visually pleasing containers.

The containers you use could be recycled glass jars, pretty thrifted containers you collect over time, empty fancy liquor bottles, or whatever visually pleasing means to you.

Removing labels from packaging

3. Remove labels

If you don't have the time or budget to decant your items into other containers, you could remove the labels from your existing products instead.

It might not be as impactful as decanting, but when you remove the labels, you're left with a plain, neutral surface that can make containers and bottles look simpler and more streamlined.

This can create a cleaner, more cohesive look, especially if you have multiple containers of different brands and designs.

Labeled pantry

You can compromise and instead print out nice uniform labels that everyone can easily read and recognize.

Whether you choose to remove labels or decant, the point is that you're eliminating the clutter of multiple different packaging designs, colors, and labels.

Lighting with a dimmer switch

4. Install dimmer switches

When you can adjust the intensity of the light in your room, it allows you to create different moods and atmospheres. This control over your lighting can make your space more sophisticated and elegant.

There's nothing worse than having to turn on the dreaded overhead light when trying to create an intimate or cozy setting.

Dimmed lights

One area where I installed the dimmer switch was on the sconces in our ensuite bathroom.

If you put a bunch of effort into creating a relaxing sanctuary-type bedroom but then your connected bathroom has these super intense bright lights that are maybe even a different color temperature from your bedroom lights, it can create a jarring visual disconnect in the evening.

Large mirror above a fireplace

5. Hang a large mirror

If you're having trouble deciding what art style to choose, but you want to fill a gap on a large bare wall, you could always hang a large mirror instead of artwork.

Just like with artwork, mirrors can create a fantastic focal point in your room, but the bonus is that they don't have the potential problem of clashing with their existing decor or the pressure of choosing art.

Large mirror in a space

Mirrors are always a great option because they serve so many purposes simultaneously.

They fill wall space, are decorative, make your room brighter and feel larger, and usually have a pretty affordable price tag.

Staying on top of home maintenance

6. Stay on top of maintenance

Aiming to give your home a luxurious and sophisticated vibe takes more than just fancy decor. Paying attention to the finer details through regular maintenance tasks is critical.

Cleaning grout

These tasks may seem small and insignificant, but they are essential in elevating your home's overall look and feel.

I recommend making a list and going through your home about once a year to see what needs doing. Staying on top of cleaning, organizing, and other maintenance tasks can create a much more high-end space and make it nicer overall to hang out in.

How to use pattern in design

7. Introduce pattern

Another way to make your home feel more high-end is to introduce a pattern. If you don't have any pattern in your space, it can sometimes feel a little flat and dull. But learning to introduce patterns into your decor can take your space to the next level.

High-end spaces often use layering of textures and patterns to create a sense of depth and richness.

Incorporating pattern into design

If you're not sure how to incorporate patterns, one easy way is by adding a rug to a room. You can also bring patterns in through less expensive decor items like throw blankets and pillows.

Interior design with a cohesive color palette

8. Choose a cohesive color palette

One of the keys to making things look more polished and high-end is to pick colors that work well together and then stick to them throughout your home. It seems simple, but it's incredible how often this aspect gets overlooked.

It's very similar to what we were saying before about trying to reduce having a lot of different colored labels and bottles and things like that because it creates visual clutter.

Cohesive design in an open-plan home

Too many different colors or clashing colors or colors that don't flow from one room into the next can lead to a disjointed look that detracts from the overall ambiance of a space.

If you're using a cohesive color palette, when you get the itch to change things up, you'll be able to move your decor from room to room, and it will fit in wherever you put it.

Displaying fresh flowers

9. Display fresh flowers

Nothing beats displaying fresh flowers to add a touch of luxury to your space. They bring natural beauty and elegance and instantly make a room feel more upscale and refined.

Plus, the colors and textures and the scent of fresh flowers add depth and dimension, creating a truly visually appealing environment.

How to make your home look expensive

I hope these tips helped you learn how to make your home look expensive. What do you do to make your home look high-end? Share your tips in the comments so we can all learn from you as well.

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  • Jaggwire Jaggwire on Apr 06, 2024
    These are all pretty, but they don't feel "homey." No vacation trinkets, no place to set a cuppa joe in the morning . . . Pretty to look at doesn't make one want to sink down and sit a spell. These are good tips if you are planning to sell your home and want to "stage" it. For something that I'm spending this much money on, it had better welcome me, make me feel like I own it and live there. 😉