3 Cheap and Foolproof Ways To Make Your Home Look Expensive
There are a number of tips and tricks which can make your home look much more expensive than it actually is.
Let's face it - we all dream of living in *that* big mansion in the country. But the reality is that unless we suddenly come into some money, the large majority of us will never get to live the life of luxury which we so desire.
However, this doesn't mean that we can't make ourselves feel like we're living in a palace. If you want to create the illusion in your home that you have won millions on the lottery, at least until that winning combination comes through for you, then we're here to help! Whether you're looking to put your property on the market or simply freshen up your living space, there are a number of tips and tricks which can make your home look much more expensive than it actually is.
Less Is More
It doesn't take a genius to work out that the fewer items you purchase for your home, the better it is for your wallet. The 1960s and 70s were awash with swanky apartments featuring rugs, chandeliers, buffet tables and bin bags. And although the Austin Powers timeline certainly has a place in history, it made rooms feel unnecessarily cluttered and impractical. Thankfully, minimalism is currently on-trend and so it's possible to modernize your living area without spending too much hard earned cash. Take the dining room for example. It's very easy to get carried away and fill every nook and cranny with a coffee table or a china cabinet. In reality, the dining room should simply contain a table, a place to sit and perhaps a place to drink cocktails (if you're so inclined). Job done.
Light is Your Friend
Many interior designers recommend using light to your advantage when decorating your home. This can give the illusion of more space, and the bigger your house appears, the more expensive it will feel. It's also worth pointing out that dark and dingy spaces not only bring the mood of the room down, they also make it seem as though you're not proud of your decor. And being proud of your space and owning it is psychologically very important when it comes to making your house seem more expensive. You can purchase a variety of different lights without breaking the bank; dimmer switches, plug-in lights and sconces also add flair to any living space and are relatively inexpensive, especially when bought online.
Although it may seem fairly obvious, this is perhaps the most important tip on the list. Thrift stores aren't the same as they were 20 years ago (ask Macklemore). In fact, they're now a gold mine for all things house related and feature a wide variety of almost-new items. Although you're more likely to find items which could be classed as "vintage", mixing and matching your antique finds with your newer pieces is a great way of giving your house a very current and luxurious vibe. Above all else, thrift stores are a cheap way to redecorate your home, and if you search hard enough, you're bound to find something that fits right into the theme of one of your rooms.
It's All About You
When it comes to making your house a home, the only opinion that really matters is yours (and your family's of course). However, that doesn't mean that you can't make your home look objectively expensive and up-market on a budget. While this list certainly isn't exhaustive, there's plenty on there to be getting on with which will make you feel like a king or queen in your own home. All you need now is some servants (by this, we mean kids) to bring you a drink while you're sitting atop your throne. Enjoy!