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8 tips for making your home feel more expensive

Created: 08/08/2018

Whether you’ve bought our own home or are renting, for most of us, having a home that looks like something straight out of a show home brochure would be a dream. So how can you give your home those extra touches of splendour without breaking the bank? Before you call for local handyman services, we have 8 easy tips you can follow.

1. Add a frame around your television

Luxury is all in the details. Adding a small frame around your TV is a great for sprucing it up and helping it blend in with the rest of your décor.

Courtney from Tuft & Trim loves this particular look: “I know I had a hard time trying to imagine what could make our huge TV blend in with my living room and not stick out like a sore thumb. After MONTHS of looking around for ideas, I finally found a solution that I loved.

“Whether you find an old frame at a thrift store, or make one yourself, it’s a great solution to making your TV wall more attractive.”


2. Upscale knobs and handles

Knobs and handles so easily overlooked, but this is a simple trick that will accent your home and furniture with minimal effort.

Head down to practically any hardware shop and you’re sure to find some luxury knobs and handles to replace your old ones and give your living room, kitchen and bedroom a quick and easy revamp.


3. Paint your vinyl flooring

Did you know you can paint over vinyl flooring? Tasha from Designer Trapped says it’s the perfect way to give your bathroom or utility room a fun and fresh update.

"I had seen the laundry room makeover by Kelly at A View Along the Way and fell in love with it.  She had painted her vinyl floors and they turned out beautifully, so I gave it a shot.

“My painted vinyl floors are gorgeous and have been held up beautifully for over 4 years now! No chipping or peeling. I'm amazed!

“Each step takes no more than 10 to 20 minutes. I found painting my floor moved FAR more quickly than painting walls. I think all of the steps combined took me less than 2 hours (excluding drying time).”

Want to give it a try? View Tasha’s step-by-step guide here.


4. Add more greenery

“Fresh flowers are the best thing you can add to a room to give it an instant lift,” says The Spruce.

“They breathe life and add a great burst of colour. If you want your home to look more expensive, splurge on a large bouquet in strong, deep colours. This doesn't mean you need to have a giant, over-the-top display in every room, but make sure any arrangements you display are not sparse. A big, bountiful bouquet of flowers on a coffee table or mantle adds instant class.”


5. Paint appliances with liquid stainless steel paint

No need to trade your appliances in for a sleeker stainless steel version – paint them instead!

“Stainless steel appliances can make a kitchen look sleek and modern,” says SFGATE “But they can also be the finishing touch that brings you over-budget on your kitchen remodel. Faux painting your appliances to look like stainless steel allows you to have the same high-end look without the price tag.”

See SFGATE’s tips for getting your appliances looking silky smooth here.


6. Use the rule of 3

When it comes to your décor, have things grouped in multiples of threes. This trick is widely used by interior designers as it supposedly draws more attention to the items in question.

“The guideline of threes say that things arranged in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable, and effective than even-numbered groupings,” says Apartment Therapy.

“Apparently, it's just how our lovely brains work. For one, three is the smallest number that can be used to form a distinguishable pattern in our heads. Also, when you see an odd number of things, your eye is forced to move around more, which makes for a more interesting visual experience.”


7. Experiment with dark wood and velvet

To really give your home a sleek and luxurious feel, dark wood furnishings and velvet are sure to give your home that added touch of grandeur.

Houzz also suggests using dark wood in your bathroom: “Lots of modern bathrooms stick to a completely white and grey palette. However, dark-wood elements in a scheme ensure a surprisingly luxurious look. Here, a contemporary vanity unit adds a deep tone that lifts the space beyond the everyday into proper boutique territory.”

Houzz also suggests being brave with velvet: “Even if your sofa was second-hand or in the sale, if it’s in velvet, it will add an expensive sheen to the room. Choose jewel-bright colours, such as pink, green or blue, to really add some look-at-me glamour.

“If a vintage velvet sofa is out of your price range, try a pouf or single armchair, or add timeless velvet touches with cushion covers or a slinky, shimmery throw.”


8. Make a statement with rugs and lights

Upgrade your rug and ceiling lamps to something loud yet elegant.

Houzz says: “A stylish geometric rug doesn’t have to cost a fortune, but it can be the piece that pulls your room together and makes your interiors scheme feel finished. Arrange key furniture pieces around it for maximum impact, as they’ve done here with the sofa, pouf and coffee table. Don’t forget to add a line of plumped up cushions, which is an easy trick that never fails to make living rooms seem more expensive and chic.”

When it comes to lights, Glamour suggests going big: “You'll get the most bang for your buck with a dramatic piece, whether that's a chandelier, a floor lamp, or a grouping of pendants. The tendency is to put a small fixture in a small room, but the opposite is true.

“Hanging an oversize chandelier or pendant lower than expected might feel risky, but it creates an impactful look that by virtue of its boldness feels rich.”

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