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Make Your Home Look Expensive with These Easy Tips

Achieve the luxe aesthetic without breaking the bank

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Photography: Jilson Tiu (Main Photo)

Hiring an interior designer has advantages—you can achieve a streamlined space that's functional and comfy without worrying too much about costly mistakes. However, if you're still saving up for a major makeover, hiring a pro may not be on top of your priority list. No need to fret, you can still create an upscale look with a few handy hints and DIY smarts.

Getting the expensive, put-together look isn't impossible to achieve. All you have to remember is to decorate and design deliberately. By this, we mean carefully thinking about every detail and not just throwing pieces together to achieve a certain look. Get started with these ideas: 

Keep things seamless and unified.


This is the most basic way you can make your home look expensive. Sticking to a palette or keeping a few matching accessories gives the appearance of a well-thought-out space. You can start with buying matching frames for your gallery wall. They don’t all have to be the same size or layout; matching frame color will do just fine. You can also stick to a color scheme. Adding a few accent touches here and there are acceptable as long as you make sure you’re building off of a unified color theme.

Invest in large art pieces.


Larger art pieces provide a good focal point for spaces that need a little oomph without all the effort. Not to mention, striking art pieces are valued quite high so it makes it look like you spent a hefty amount for it. You don’t actually have to buy high-priced art. Find an affordable piece that you like (it can be an abstract piece or a landscape) or why not paint it yourself. Since it will be a big and captivating piece, you won’t have to fill your space with more accessories.

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READ: 8 Places Where You Can Get Affordable Art

Keep it chic and simple.


Nothing says cheap more than clutter so keeping it simple will do wonders for your space. Don’t mistake simple with bare though; you still want to decorate without overdoing it. You simply have to find the balance in your home. The size of your home will dictate the number of pieces you can bring in. Remember, you don't want to choke the space with too many things that can instantly turn into eyesores. Also, don’t just buy for the sake of accessorizing. Decorate with intention—there has to be a reason why you would buy any particular piece. The last thing you want is to buy something and discard it soon after.

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