How to Make Your Home Look Expensive on a Budget

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We all want our homes to look nice. Yet sometimes we wonder if our budgets will restrict us—are our Pinterest dreams just pipe dreams? Absolutely not! Below, we’ll show you five ways to make your home look expensive without blowing your budget. 

Start Neutral

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When you start with a neutral color palette, you’re not only creating a sophisticated space but you’re also allowing the room to grow with you. If you decide that you want to give the room a makeover later, all it will take is swapping out the smaller furniture or accessories. 

Splurge on Investment Pieces

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Think about how you shop for clothes: The things worth investing in are classic, timeless—shoes, handbags, coats. The same goes for your home! Invest in key pieces that are worth spending a bit more on to complete the look you’re going for.

Splurge worthy items? Sofa, dining room table (and chairs), bed headboard/frame, and rugs. 

Less is More

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Operating with this philosophy in mind is so important in our homes. When a designer is hired to create an interior space, each piece has been carefully selected. It is either functional or beautiful, and usually both. When we can eliminate the things we don’t really need, we give the important things room to shine. 

Make it a Treasure Hunt

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Sometimes we look up from our Pinterest boards only to realize that our dreams come with a steep price tag. Maybe that Barcelona chair (we know you’re guilty, too!) we love threatens to blow our living room budget. With a little digging and patience, you may find that you don’t have to give up those dreams. Check out How to Save Money Decorating for our complete list of tips for furnishing your home on a budget.

Layer in Details

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You’ve bought all the furniture; your house is technically furnished, but it doesn’t feel complete. A luxurious home always has layers: books and candles decorating the coffee table, a rug covering hardwoods, floor to ceiling curtains framing the windows, throw pillows or a cozy blanket laying on the sofa and bed, crown molding marrying the wall and ceiling—the details are what make a home feel personal and complete. Pay attention to layers and details that could make a big difference in your space. Tip: Changing the hardware in your home is a quick, inexpensive, and instant upgrade. 

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