How to make your home look expensive on a budget
Congratulations! You’ve bought your ideal new home, and now it’s time to decorate. If you prefer luxury interiors without the luxury price tags, read our tips for making your décor look expensive, on a budget.
1. Mix textures carefully
As is the case with clothes, you can tell a lot about the quality of an item from the fabric. If you want to add some luxe to your home, dress it with a combination of high-quality fabrics. Layering linen, bouclé, velvet, silk and soft knits will really enhance the level of luxury and cosiness in your space. These items don’t have to cost the earth – versions from high street homeware stores do the job perfectly.
Customising lighting is a great way to make your home feel more expensive. Tiktok users may be aware of the trend for turning off the ‘big light’ in favour of stylish lamps, wall lights and mood lighting. This can make a room feel less stark and more atmospheric.
If in doubt as to the type of light fitting to go for, bigger is better. A statement pendant or oversized floor lamp will add drama in spades.
One of the simplest ways to make your home look and feel more expensive is to keep a tidy space, free from clutter. When everything in a room has its own place, it will look more considered and streamlined. The best part is, decluttering doesn’t cost anything at all! It could even make you some money, if you decide to sell items you no longer want.
4. Pay attention to the details
You’d be surprised how much small changes, like switching out the hardware and enhancing carpentry, can alter the feel of your home. Finishes such as light switches and handles can be upgraded to brass or chrome. Painting skirting boards, doors and doorframes in a contrasting colour to the walls is also a stylish idea. Small and usually inexpensive touches, that can make a huge impact on the overall effect of the room!
5. Add flower arrangements
What do beautiful, luxurious homes in magazines have in common? They always feature stunning flower arrangements. Whether you prefer a simple vase of roses, sumptuous peonies or an elaborate seasonal bouquet, adding flowers will instantly elevate your room. Replacing fresh flowers is pricey, so you could save money with realistic silk ones that will stand the test of time.
6. Oversized furniture and prints
Oversized headboard, large wall art. Statement pieces like these add scale and drama that we naturally associate with luxury, but they don’t have to cost the earth. You can often find beautiful secondhand headboards on preloved websites, or DIY your own using plywood, foam and fabric.
The same goes for large wall art. Check charity shops and vintage markets for bargains, or get abstract with your own creation on an inexpensive canvas from a craft shop.
7. Fitted furniture
Before you say anything about fitted furniture being expensive, hear us out. Having a wardrobe or shelves fitted perfectly into a room goes a long way to making the space feel luxurious and well thought-out.
Luckily, when you buy a Persimmon home you have the option to upgrade to fitted wardrobes and office furniture, so all the hard work is done before you move in. Or, you could look online to learn how to DIY your own fitted units – just search ‘Ikea furniture hack’ and the inspiration will start flowing.
With these ideas as a starting point, you should have a good idea of how to make your house look expensive on a budget.