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9 Ways to Make Your Home Look More Luxurious

To make your home look more expensive, you want to look at all aspects of the design. From the floors to the walls, to the ceiling, there should be no surface that is left untreated. You want to have a visual language from the pattern on your floors, to the colors of your walls, and finally what’s happening in the ceiling. You never want to neglect the ceiling and just leave it plain old white. Here are some ideas on how you can improve each aspect of your home to make its overall look more luxurious.

1. Add Architectural Detailing

white vase with floral arrangement against white wall with wainscoting

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Adding architectural detailing like molding and trim work. This includes everything from base molding, crown molding, to beautiful casings around your door, panel molding on the walls, wainscoting, chair railing, anything that you can apply to the surface to give it a cosmetic facelift. Architectural molding adds life, texture, visual interest, and makes a room look a lot more high-end.

2. Have Many Sources of Light

living room with high ceiling and moody warm lighting

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A surefire way to make a room look more expensive is to layer lighting. Once you have the general or ambient lighting which is usually some sort of overhead lighting, you can then layer on more accent lighting. You can have a really beautiful chandelier, light fixtures hanging down, sconces installed on the walls, and table or floor lamps. The idea is to have your eye travel around the room and let it rest on surfaces that you intend to draw the viewer into. For example, if you have a gallery wall, you will want some picture lights to accent the art and photographs to add visual impact. Remember, it is not having more lighting but having strategic lighting

3. Install Wallpaper

bathroom with black and white floral wallpaper

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The visual impact of wallpaper is not even comparable to paint. An easy way to make a room look completely luxurious is by adding wallpaper. There is nothing that screams glamour than a room that is covered in wallpaper. You can choose beautiful, neutral wallpaper that is just textured and has a faint glimmer when the light hits it. You can also choose a very bold and patterned wallpaper. It makes a room seem elegant, sophisticated, cozy, and very high-end. If you can’t afford to wallpaper an entire room, try wallpapering a smaller room like a powder room or you can wallpaper a focal wall. This will surely have the impact that you’re going for.

4. Display Large Art Pieces

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Nothing screams “wow” like a statement art piece. A really huge piece of modern artwork (or any artwork) has the power to anchor an entire space. Sentimental gallery walls are great but one large statement art piece simply makes a room visually more expensive.

5. Place Your Decor Symmetrically

canopy bed with two chairs in front of it

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One keyway to make your home look more expensive is to use symmetry in furniture placements. You want to use the principal of symmetry to ground the space and to create balance. If you have an accent chair on one side, try filling up the opposite space with another accent chair. They do not need to be identical; they just need to be similar enough, so it feels balanced. Just like in the bedroom, one nightstand does not have the visual impact that two nightstands do. That balance will help draw your eye toward the focal point of the room therefore making it look well-designed.

6. Group Your Seating

living room area with many seats and side tables

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Creating multiple seating groups also helps to make your home feel cozier. The idea is to create smaller seating groups and little zones based on conversation areas that you want to design. A seating group is characterized as anything with a chair next to it. It could be two chairs that are facing each other right beside a fireplace and it’s the perfect place to have a little game table. It could be a larger sectional with a few accent chairs that create a living room. When seating groups are created in the home, it allows the users multiple ways to enjoy the space and it makes your home look more custom and well-designed.

7. Upgrade your hardware

Modern kitchen

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Typical builder-grade hardware always comes in like a brushed aluminum or stainless steel. It is alright if that was your intent, but it could potentially make your home look generic and unplanned. The easiest way to make it look more expensive is to remove your hardware and give it a really beautiful spray coat of matte black paint. You can also simply buy more expensive-looking hardware if you don’t want to do a DIY project. In one afternoon, you can completely update the look of your entire kitchen, bathroom, or walk-in closet.

8. Stick to White Sheets

bed with tufted headboard, white sheets, and many pillows

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Have you ever walked into a luxury hotel with colored sheets on the bed? Chances are that most of the expensive places you’ve stayed at has plain white bedding. Crisp, clean, white, and bright sheets are the way to go if you’re going for that luxury look. Once you’ve removed those colored sheets, you will need to layer your bedding. Start with the sheets, your blanket, and then a beautiful duvet on top. You can still add pops of color through accent pillows and bed runners but typically, you should leave your sheets light, bright, and devoid of any saturated color.

9. Update Your Window Treatments

a window with white curtains, a couple chairs, and a white area rug

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Window treatments don’t have to be expensive, but you absolutely need to ditch those cheap blinds. If you’re looking at your window right now and there’s something plastic hanging from it, consider completely replacing it. Nothing makes your home look more inexpensive than plastic or vinyl hanging from the ceiling. You can replace that with really soft window coverings like a really beautiful sheer curtain, followed by blackout drapery that is layered in front of it. You’ll be hitting two birds with one stone. First, they’ll make your window treatments more functional, you’ll have the semi-privacy you need from the shear curtains while still allowing light to come in and you’ll have the blackout option for full privacy or if you want to darken up the room while watching television. Again, they don’t need to be expensive, you can get them from any store.

Remember that it does not take a whole lot of money to fool the eye into thinking that your home looks custom designed and more expensive than it actually is. You just need some creativity, a pair of fresh eyes, and some tips from this list to get you started. So, stop what you’re doing right now, look around your space, and try to name the top three things that you can do right now to make it look more expensive.

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