There is no such person who does not dream of owning a stunning, luxurious home to be proud of. The desire to make your interior look more expensive is deeply embedded in human nature and is based on the fact that the house should reflect your livelihood, your passions or your lifestyle.
Most people, however, give up on the idea because they take inspiration from expensive and unreachable magazine samples, but the truth is, things don’t have to be this way.
Sometimes it is enough to reproduce an expensive taste with affordable materials to create a glamorous interior. This should be enough to add glamor to the interior of your home without spending a fortune on it. This is like:
The mirror game
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Big or small, mirrors are classic glamor accessories that add light, depth and sophistication to any room. There’s a huge difference in cost from one mirror to another, but the good thing is that even the cheapest ones look amazing in a simple design. Few of them will make your place look expensive even without a French show stopper that could be a drag on your budget.
Colors chosen with care
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The “magic” is to apply high-intensity shades such as turquoise or red on an elegant background of neutral shades and shimmering metals.
You can also opt for a sophisticated tone-on-tone look, crispy contrasts such as black and white, or inconspicuous patterns in pale colors.
Designers usually recommend champagne, blush and light blue as colors of elegance that underestimate the power of your investment without attracting unnecessary attention.
Cut off expensive wallpaper by framing it
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We’re absolutely sure that you wouldn’t mind dazzling smooth velvet damask wallpaper, but at the same time we are all aware that covering entire walls with them can cost a dime.
Why not take a smaller roll instead and frame it with thin-walled molded parts? This strategy saves a lot of money and still produces the high-end looks that you want to get.
Glass tables in the entrance area
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Glamorous mansions and expensive residences have large and well-decorated entrances. The first thing to consider when recreating her appearance is how to make what you have visually bigger. The trick is pretty simple: you need a clean glass table with no details or accessories. You will be surprised by the effect!
Glamorous fabrics and pieces of furniture
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Your chaise longue or ottoman might not look as expensive as you need it to be, but covering it with luscious charcoal velvet can do the job right. If your budget allows, you can of course always choose more exclusive solutions (for example the noble boudoir-red Crushed Velvet).
Velvet is essential for glamorous homes, as it can give even used furniture the expensive shine of a luxurious interior. When it comes to colors, try to stick to jewel-bright tones, especially those that immediately grab attention (purple, green, and blue).
Sleek and shiny interior
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Having a Hollywood-inspired bedroom isn’t that difficult these days as there are plenty of highly lacquered finishes that can give your average furniture that long-awaited glamorous look.
Think Lucite side tables that sparkle in the daylight or even freshen up your vintage pieces with metallic paint.
Stick to the shapes of the bold Art Deco geometry, mirrors and metallic surfaces with sharp designs. Lastly, find a small vanity and a Broadway-inspired makeup mirror. Sounds perfect doesn’t it?
Modernize the fireplace with a screen
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As wonderful as they are, fireplaces are avoided in modern interiors. So if you have one, dress it up with sleek and beautiful screens.
It could be a mirror, a fancy gold board, or any other shiny accessory that you are thinking of right now. It’s one of the easiest, most affordable changes you can make at home, but it’s also one of the most powerful things to do. Try it out and you will see!
Make use of the oversized triptych
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There is nothing more glamorous than a gallery feel achieved by showing off statement art, even if your collection isn’t the most expensive it has ever been.
Large triptych canvas can really grab attention, especially if you’re looking for a place to let your own creativity run wild. If you’re not that artistic but still want to save a few bucks, think of a talented friend who can help you.
Replace the devices
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Does the dishwasher seem a little dated for your chic makeover? Replace it! Do the same with the oven, dryer, or washing machine. The devices don’t have to be the most expensive you can find, but rather those that look classy enough to add to the contemporary look of your home.
Chandeliers in unexpected places
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Chandeliers are more and more common in rooms where nobody expects them. Very often you can find them in the bathroom, in the kitchen or even in the hallway.
Depending on what you like, you can opt for whimsical or colored crystal chandeliers, including those decorated with birds, flowers, etc. There is a wide variety of modern designs available in all sizes and colors.
Upholster the headboards
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Sounds ‘hotel-like’, doesn’t it? An upholstered headboard creates a luxurious breeze from the first moment, which doesn’t necessarily make it expensive.
In fact, the smart ones among you can make your own upholstery, either with pre-cut foam, MDF, or plywood and any suitable fabric you like. There are few universal options you can’t go wrong with, such as taupe silk or chocolate suede.
The power of gold spray paint
Gold spray paint is the perfect means of reviving old furniture with a little TLC. It’s very handy for rusty metal accessories that can even be completely sprayed after detailed sanding.
With gold spray in the toolbox, you can even turn garden stones into tasteful decorations and place them on the coffee table or between your books on the shelf.
You can do the same to freshen up flower pots, drawer pulls, or plastic figurines. They will look significantly more expensive!
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These are the favorite goodies of chic cafes and restaurants, and there is a good reason for them. Few foliage springs and fresh flower arrangements can convey the feeling of everyday luxury, even if they don’t cost the earth.
Buy them regularly from the local grocery store (especially pouch flowers or long-lived plants) or plant your own yard when you have enough time.
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Natural stone looks elegant everywhere, which is why it is used on large surfaces such as hall floors or walls in the living room.
Stone creates the impression or the size, but in case you can’t afford it, remember that ceramic tile has the same power.
Floor length curtains
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The longer the better, that’s the rule when it comes to curtains and drapes. These are real synonyms for luxury land, made of both cheap fabrics and expensive lace.
All you have to do is use feed and hang on hidden tracks. Ideally, there should be an equally long voile behind them so that you have enough privacy.
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Crown molding is another interesting tactic to add glamor to your space. You can hang it on the ceiling or on the baseboards – either way, it’s the real jewelry your home needs to look more expensive.
The door and window frames can also be sculpted in case you want them to look more stylish.
Clustering the pillows
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You probably already know this, but it is simply unbeatable! Padded pillows are extremely stylish and personalized. When arranged in bulk, they express confidence and excellent taste.
The best thing about them is that they don’t cost a lot of money to buy.
Glass table tops
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While this is a rule for coffee tables, not many people dare to apply it to the dining table. But why not switch to this interesting base and buy a dining table with a completely transparent glass top?
It will certainly look admirable, but it will also make the place airier and fresher.
Use your own imagination
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First, it will be cheaper. Hiring a designer or finding solutions that may not be exactly reproducible is a huge time and money cost.
Instead, take your time and design the things you already have. Divide them according to their similarities – this is a simple trick that takes a few minutes, but it is also a shortcut to an expensive looking home.