Ways to Make Your House Look More Expensive
Flip through any magazine now, be it fashion or home related, and you will be bathed in page after page of glamorous, luxurious environments. It’s no secret either that those rooms don’t come cheap.
Many years ago, as a young designer, a potential customer came to a first meeting with my then boss, a veteran, refined designer who’d been practicing for about 25 years. She opened a magazine and introduced a double page spread of a room my boss had designed about 10 years before. She proudly announced that this room represented everything she wanted in her home and she wished to hire him on the spot. Smiling, my boss asked her if she had any idea how much the living space, represented so beautifully in that double page spread, cost? She said no but immediately brought the meeting to a close when my boss jotted down the figure and shared it with her on the back of his business card.
Smart shopping, a keen eye and a willingness to roll-up your sleeves can go far these days in creating expensive looking interiors without needing to fork over large sums of cash.
Here’s a listing of 4 Simple Ways to Make Your Home Look More Expensive:
1. Large scale art adds a bit of theater to any room. Single large images, diptychs and triptychs all deliver big effect where-ever they are hung. High-resolution images can be printed at very large scale then cut appropriately and framed in pre-fabricated frames bought at Ikea. Your costs are very low and your decorating impact monumental.
2. Drama is King. Who wouldn’t love to wrap an entire space in expensive wall covering for that over-the-top-look? When budget won’t allow for the whole room, select one wall or a single section (the back of a niche, or other architectural detail) and create a splash with the newspaper there. To expend the high-style look match the paint onto the surrounding walls to that of this paper. You will be pleased how far the drama will go. Find a Focus. Every room must have a focal point. Fireplaces are gold for just this reason. They focus everything in the room. If you don’t have a fireplace you must create focus or direct attention to something else concentrate worthy (such as a view). A fantastic trick for creating immediate focus is a larger than life mirror, either wrapped or casually leaned against a wall. Hit up your favorite local retailers for colossal framed mirrors and invest knowing you are going to get a great deal of bang for the decorating buck.
4. One High-Style Piece. If your budget prevents you from filling your room with high-style, designer bits then sew one mind-blowing piece and twist the rest of the room . A dramatic cabinet, an odd antique chair or a super-chic cocktail table can add all of the punch needed even if the rest of the room doesn’t carry the identical decorating wattage. When this is the case it’s great to dress out the space in similar, neutral colours (tans, taupe and cream are wonderful for this) to heighten the effect of your designer piece. And never pay full retail for that high-style piece. Check out eBay, CraigsList and flooring sample sales in your favorite expensive stores. You will be amazed at what you can find!