Budget-Friendly Tricks Interior Designers Use to Create Luxurious Looking Spaces

Are you always sighing about interior design magazine covers or home décor TV shows? You want to make your place look exactly like that, but you’re well aware that you can’t afford half of the furniture and decorative elements famous designers use to create such luxurious spaces. Don’t fuss about that, there are some budget-friendly tricks, we, regular mortals, can use to mimic the sophistication of expensive designs. Here are some of them that will transform your home completely, without breaking the bank.

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A classy coat of paint

Painting is a one-way road to a home that looks fresh, new and clean. Still, it is a path with a lot of traps that can lead you to a cheap-looking space, even if you have selected an expensive paint brand. And since paint represents the backdrop for all of the following decorating endeavors, you mustn’t go wrong with it. To create a backdrop that bespeaks affluence and sophistication, you should opt for crisp white, light neutral or high pigment neutral hue.

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Detailing on the walls and ceiling

Let us stay for a while on the topic of walls and ceilings which truly can determine the tone of the entire interior. One of the ways you can make them work for you in creating a luxurious appearance is by decorating them with crown molding. This is an inexpensive project which results in a finished impactful look and complements the classy paint.

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Chic window treatments

The next thing that can help you in creating a canvas for furnishing are window treatments. They come in a variety of styles, colors and prices, so you can find some that will suit you both aesthetically and financially. Some of the guidelines you should stick to are avoiding flimsy and unlined curtains, choosing elegant colors and hanging the curtains close to the ceiling, so that you can create the illusion of height. If you are looking to save more money, consider buying materials in a fabric store.

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Floors as the stars of the show

People rarely think about floors as important decorative elements, and that is a mistake. For example, a hardwood floor creates a lavish look that can’t be achieved otherwise. However, this material is often a budget-buster, and there are many others that mimic its appearance without making you go bankrupt. Nevertheless, the synonym for affordable floor elegance is a rug. It is possible to find chic rugs in all colors and designs for a bargain price. Besides serving as the focal point on the floor, rugs can add texture, vibrancy, and warmth, especially when layered.

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Splurge on one piece of furniture

Furnishing is usually the largest investment in interior design, and if you are struggling with a tight budget, it would be best to try to find the best balance between price and quality. That doesn’t mean you can’t splurge on a single piece of furniture that will scream “Hey, look at me, I’m expensive and elegant”. That can be something large and conspicuous, such as a sofa, or depending on your budget, something small and more affordable, like an ottoman.

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The marvel is in the details

When you are done with all the major upgrades in the room, you need to enrich it with carefully placed and selected details. For texture, you can use pillows in luxurious fabrics (e.g. velvet, faux fur) and throw blankets. For added elegance, consider including metallic items in rose gold, gold, copper or brass. Glass items and mirrors serve the same function. You can complete the chic appearance with brand new hardware finishes.

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Now, light it up

One simple ceiling light fixture can’t do your beautiful design justice. You can find unique designer fixtures at flea markets or second-hand stores. By adding table lamps, floor lamps and other lighting sources, you are creating a layered look which reflects an expensive feel.

As you see, a high-end home isn’t just about the money you put into it, but also about the effort and creativity you invest. These tricks will help you achieve the maximum, while spending the minimum.


Tracey Clayton is a full-time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about traveling, fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

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