There are people who are able to buy a brand new home and fill it with fancy, shiny new things. There are people who buy historic homes and fill them with nothing but priceless art and antiques.
And then there’s the rest of us.
If your dream home resides solidly in a dream world, there are still lots of things you can do to Live the Life You Choose. Living in luxury doesn’t have to mean dropping a ton of money on your current home. You can have fancy without faking it—or without breaking your bank account. Here are five affordable ways to make your home look more luxurious.
Stick the Landing
It’s pretty obvious that the first thing people see when they enter your home is the entrance. But when was the last time you gave it a second look? A quality home visit is bracketed by its curb appeal. Even if you can’t afford a full exterior makeover, there are a few small things you can do for maximum impact. Paint the door a dark color to make it pop and use tall planters on your landing. Symmetrical plantings on either side of the walkway will further improve your entrance as a focal point. Finish by cleaning the front windows inside and out and clearing gutters and downspouts of debris.
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Ditch the Clutter
The most luxurious homes have one main thing in common: Every item in the home is chosen and placed intentionally. Level up your home by clearing it of excess clutter (or find ways to organize and store it). Paring down on collections and accessories will not only make your home look more chic, but is the easiest and most affordable way to stay on budget. When you are able to bring new pieces into your home, it will also be easier to find items that coordinate. Use the “one in, one out” method to avoid building clutter back up over time.
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Play the Matching Game
Every room needs a focal point, but it should never have a million. Avoid looking messy and unorganized (and unintentional in your choices) by coordinating the base elements of your home. Pick a color palette that is largely neutral and doesn’t distract from your styling. Update and coordinate your home’s fixtures by using matching metallics and styles for faucets and cabinet pulls. Pull structural elements like crown molding and wainscoting throughout the home. Finish by buying matching art frames in bulk. If you can’t afford to invest in new frames, it’s easy to buy simple frames from thrift stores and spray paint them a coordinating color.
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Go Old School
Nothing says class like classic or historical elements in the home. Even if the vintage look isn’t your thing, it’s easy to find an old mirror, framed poster art, small piece of furniture, or accessory that looks like it has a story behind it. Pro tip: keep an eye out for interesting textures, textile patterns, or sculptural elements. These items can make your home look customized to your taste and personality, as well as serving as funky or sophisticated focal points.
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Don’t Forget the Fifth Wall
You want your home to look luxurious from the floor up, so don’t forget the ceiling! Painting walls and trim the same color can also help simplify your home’s architectural elements and bring eyes up. Faux ceiling beams or decorative crown molding can help you achieve an upscale look that matches the rest of your style. If you’re already planning to replace outdated lighting fixtures, this could be a good time to give your ceiling some love. Decorative, light-weight ceiling medallions are a quick and easy method for adding major elegance and a classic touch.
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What strategies have you used to make your home look more expensive?
— Beverly-Hanks WNC (@beverlyhanks) April 2, 2018