52 Home Decor Ideas That Can Make Your Home Look More Expensive
Even on a budget, you can create a home that looks straight out of a luxury magazine. Our decorating tips and interior design ideas will add an extra flair of style to your home.
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Home decor idea #11: Give the illusion of higher ceilings
If you can't raise your roof, literally, you might consider raising your window treatments. For these interior design ideas, Jillian suggests raising window panels to create an illusion of height and give it a grander feel. "Window treatment is often underrated and clients commonly overlook the impact it has on a space," she says. "An inexpensive way to achieve this tip is to simply add fabric to your existing panels. Once you find the perfect complimentary fabric, simply take it to your local seamstress to have him/her add the fabric at the top, middle, or end of the fabric."
Home decor idea #12: Add visual space with a mirror or two
Your eyes—and potential buyers' eyes—will be tricked into thinking a space is larger than it actually is with some sneaky mirror placement. Large mirrors will reflect the room back, making it appear more spacious—even twice its actual size. This floor-length mirror could do the trick. It's also one of 19 clever decorating tips to make a small bathroom appear bigger.
Home decor idea #13: Get rid of something super old or ugly
If a dated light fixture or piece of furniture constantly makes you groan, get rid of it. The project doesn't have to break the budget: Drab wall colors can easily be painted, and outdated knobs and hardware can be inexpensively replaced. Even dated kitchen cabinets can be painted white and instantly brought out of the '80s.
Home decor idea #14: Use bookshelves for more than books
Lines of books don't have to look like a stuffy library. “Intersperse with a few framed photos and interesting bookends,” says Ana Cummings, design expert on CTV’s Homes & Lifestyles Canada. “Make sure it is neat and tidy—that alone speaks volumes.” For some interior design ideas, these vintage shelves offer enough room for both books and trinkets. Find out how to expertly decorate a bookshelf.
Home decor idea #15: Add an area rug
Area rugs can really transform a space. "Area rugs help ground furniture groupings, define rooms, and add more interest to an area," Jillian says. "It is recommended that all of your furniture sit on the area rug, but at the very least, make sure the feet of your furniture are touching a portion of the rug." This grey patterned area rug goes with whatever color furniture you have in your room.
Home decor idea #16: Make walls shine
Lustrous wallpaper adds dimension to an otherwise flat area. Go for just a hint of shine with a semi-gloss or luster sheen to keep it classy, not gaudy, says Reiner. “Stick to simple neutral or semi-neutral colors, but look for a paper with a hint of a shine the light can bounce off of,” she says. If you have leftover wallpaper, you can always use it for craft projects to decorate the rest of your home.
Home decor idea #17: Stick to classic neutral walls
When in doubt on paint color, choose a classic neutral. Colors like beige, gray, greige, and yellow will always look fresh and on trend. What's more, they pair well with everything. Limit bold accent colors to accessories, and you'll never have to repaint an entire room because a bright color choice got to be too much. Here are expert tips for picking perfect paint colors.
Home decor idea #18: Choose deep colors
If neutral colors aren't your thing, bold colors can scream "elegant" with a bigger punch, says interior designer Douglas Graneto. "Deep hues with shiny finishes are the way to go," he says. "For example, a deep navy wall with gold and purple contrast within the decor can exude a glamorous energy that for sure can feel luxurious."
Home decor idea #19: Don't match finishes perfectly, coordinate them
Certain stains and finishes play well with others (for example, cherry wood marries well with oak, and hickory blends tend to work well with almost everything), but the vast majority do not. If you're looking to match your floor to your cabinets, or your faucets to your doorknobs, go for an exact match, or make a real contrast; aim for at least three shades darker or lighter. An almost-match has the tendency to look cheap.
Home decor idea #20: Splurge on statement pieces
Dining room tables, stand-out rugs, chandeliers, and sofas all have the ability to upgrade a home's sense of luxury. Identify a few key pieces that you see and use often (especially if they're ones that are visible from several other rooms) and decide if it makes sense to budget for a splurge. If you decide it's a go, choose colors and fabrics that are easily cleaned and not easily stained or destroyed. This chandelier would add an element of luxury to any home decor ideas for living room or dining room.