5 ways to make your home look expensive on a budget


We're going to show you how to create a designer feel in your home with quick easy ways without breaking the bank. From affordable and luxurious furniture brands to a few tried and true techniques, this post can guide new homeowners or anyone looking for a fresh look.

1. ~CURTAINS~

Finding these in an elegant fabric and hanging them near the ceiling will create a luxurious and upscale look in your home, because they will give an illusion that your room is larger.

Ways to make it look designer: Use a handheld steamer to remove any wrinkles easily, or pop into the dryer with a wet washcloth for 30 minutes. Always opt for floor length to avoid a "capri" look and buy longer curtains when you can. Places like JC Penney sell them at long lengths that are long enough for even 9-10 foot ceilings. If the curtains you order are too long, don't fret, you can use double sided fabric tape to shorten them easily without anyone knowing!

2. ~PILLOWS ~

For designer pillows that are on a budget-- look for pillow covers. Make sure to take all the wrinkles out and use white down inserts which are perfect for holding their shape after a designer pillow chop. Down also retains plumpness a lot longer than other kind of pillows. Try to choose pillows with fun but minimal designs along with several neutral solid color pillows to create a comfortable and stylish tone. Don't be afraid to add white faux fur pillows for a glam touch.

3.~ MIRRORS~

This mirror below is in my dining room and I love how it reflects the bubble chandelier, the lighting from the room across the hall, and showcases the French double doors of the study.

Leaning Floor Mirror

I love using mirrors and they are the easiest way to glam up a home. Mirrors and lighting play off each other and can be paired to create an illusion that the room is larger than it really is. Place the mirror strategically across a lighting source like a chandelier or a large open window to create this look. I have found all sorts of beautiful mirrors at American Signature Furniture, Home Goods and Uttermost as well.

3. ~LARGE RUG~

Opt for a larger, less expensive rug over a smaller, expensive one—especially if you have kids and pets, both of which can wreak havoc on wool rugs. Larger rugs make spaces appear larger and more fluid. Make sure to use a rug larger than 3 inches from each end of a dining chair and make sure it goes completely beneath all the legs of furniture in a room layout. I love rugs by Safavieh, found at Plush Rugs.

4. ~LARGE WALL ART~

Designer rooms often have a large conversation art piece. This can tends to be something oversize and attention grabbing. Having a large piece of wall art can give your living room or entryway a luxe and interesting feel. If you search and can't find any figurative art that speaks to you, simply find something in the colors you like. I can never decide on personal or figurative art, but I know I like white and bright tones. Therefore, I tend to pick neutral or anonymous abstract paintings in the colors I love. I love the way a thin silver frame looks surrounding a canvas. Check out Home Goods for a huge variety, secondhand shops and estates sales for some unique pieces.