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5 Budget Friendly Ways to Get a High-End Look

Interior designer Jie Pambid shares practical ways to create a glamorous and sophisticated feel at home

Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

Do you want to have a posh condo but you do not have enough pesos to spare? Do you want to have an opulent house but your cash flow is limited? You are not alone! Many homeowners want to have the home of their dreams on a tight budget. Thankfully, you don't need to spend big bucks to get big results. You only need to be smart, resourceful, and creative.

If you want a space that looks expensive and luxurious, here are affordable decorating ideas to try.

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Keep it neat and organized

A clean home will always look chic and classy! With this in mind, say goodbye to things that you no longer need.

You have to get rid of old mess and clean regularly to create an airy, bright, and spacious sanctuary.

Click here for 4 easy steps for a clean and organized home.

Pay attention to the lighting

Invest in good, energy efficient, warm white or yellow light. LED lighting in warm white or yellow can immediately change your home's ambiance. LED lighting may cost more but they can last so much longer. More importantly, the right kind of lighting provides proper illumination and a touch of drama.

You must also think about owning two sets of lightsone set for general lighting and another set for ambient lighting. General lighting can be used everyday and the ambient lighting will set the mood in the area. In this room, the ambient lighting adds warmth and makes the shelves stand out.

RL Tip: No budget to install ambient lighting? You can purchase a nice floor lamp or table lamp!

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Stick to black, white, and gray for a high-end look

If you would like a timeless appeal, non-colors like black and white are your safest bets. Gray is another top choice. Play around with shades of gray in different parts of the room. You can also add black and white furniture and accessories. 

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Avoid prints and patterns

For a five-star hotel look, choose plain fabrics. You can try simple materials, silky fabrics, or rich leather. Plain cloth is more affordable and you consume less yardage since there is no need to observe a repeat pattern.

To create a consistent and cohesive look, find curtains and rugs with the same feel and texture. For example, if you have furniture pieces upholstered in cotton, choose soft furnishings with the same kind of fabric.

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Find glass and steel accessories

Opt only for glass and steel accessories. Don't display too many thingsjust display a few pieces on tables, shelves, and pedestals. You can also hang up black and white photographs in matte silver frames. These will help you personalize your space and create a look suited for royalty.

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