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5 Pocket-Friendly Ideas That Will Make Your Home Look Expensive

Achieve a sleek and fancy aesthetic with these easy tricks

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Photography: Hans Fausto (Main Photo)

Investing in pricey items may benefit you in the long run, but it's not always necessary if you want to make your space look expensive. A big ticket item, valuable art, or European fixtures are bonuses when decorating. Another secret to achieving that polished look in your home is to design with intention. It’s all about focusing and giving attention to details that will make a big impact in the look of your space. Luckily, there are affordable must-dos you can work on. Get that refined-looking space you’ve always wanted by following these simple ideas:

1. Consider installing baseboards.


This doesn’t seem like much but it can make a whole world of difference. Adding baseboards to your rooms gives that finished look and immediately elevates your space. The best part is, it’s relatively cheap and easy—you can even try DIY. If you have a larger home, you can take it up a notch by installing crown molding to your ceilings or even adding trim to your windows and door frames.

2. Choose the right paint color.


Picking the right color and shade of paint can make or break a room so choose wisely. It’s best to go with neutral colors such as eggshell, greys, and beiges. Stay away from anything too bright and striking to avoid making your home look cheap. But if you do want a bit of color for your rooms, make sure it’s in a shade that works for your space and complements the rest of your furniture.

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3. Update your hardware.


In spaces like your kitchen, you don't need to spend on a complete overhaul. Transform your space by replacing your drawer pulls and cabinet knobs. Ceramic pieces and quirky picks can add personality even to a tiny cooking area.

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4. Set up vignettes.

Another way to make a space look polished is by styling it. Small vignettes are a great way to decorate a space without putting too much pressure on you to tie everything together. Save money by using stuff you already have like books, lamps, vases, and vintage-looking chairs, to name a few.


5. Add a touch of green.

Indoor plants are a great, inexpensive way to make your house look put-together. All you really have to do is choose a plant that matches the look of your space. Put them in a nice pot or basket and you’re good to go. To create an illusion of height, you can go for tall indoor plants that can create an instant tropical feel in the living area. Mini potted wonders can brighten up lackluster nooks, too.

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