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20 Ways To Make Your Home Look Expensive (Budget-Friendly)

20 Ways To Make Your Home Look Expensive (Budget-Friendly)

 This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase using these links, at no cost to you. I only recommend products from suppliers I genuinely love and use, as an interior designer.


Two common questions that always come up in the interior design space are “How to make your home look expensive?” and “how to make your house smell good?” 

You’ll be glad to know that there are many cheap ways to redecorate that will make your house look like it should be featured in an interior design magazine. 

You don’t need to buy a bunch of designer furniture nor do you have to invest lots of money into hiring a handyman to transform your home. You will seriously be surprised at the ways you can elevate your home without breaking the bank. 

Besides, what better way to spend the fall season than updating your home?

How To Redecorate Your House On A Budget 

So, if you’re wondering how to decorate your home on a budget? Keep scrolling.

1. Change Your Bedding

When looking for bedroom decorating ideas, changing your bedding is one of the easiest ways to make your home look expensive and give your bedroom a total revamp. 

There are so many bedding sets to choose from but to really exude a luxurious atmosphere, you should choose a bedding set with neutral colours that also has a specific texture to it. These bedding sets can be found in your local homeware stores or even in your local supermarkets!

Want to take your bedroom to the next level? Add additional cushions that match the design of the bedding!

 woodland bedding

2. Add More Storage

From faking a built-in look with more shelves and bookcases or simply buying wicker baskets and storage boxes, adding more storage is a great way to keep your home looking presentable.

The best affordable way to do this is to start adding hooks around your home. On these hooks you can hang elaborate paintings, floral baskets, or even some of your high quality clothing pieces that can be featured around the home.


wooden hooks wood and brass hooks

3. Buy A Statement Rug

When looking for luxury living room ideas, the first thing that comes to mind is purchasing a statement rug. 

Designs of statement rugs can vary but for the most part, you’ll want to look for rugs that have a luxury feel. The material is way more important than the design, opt for a thick texture made from an unusual material and place it under kitchen tables and in living rooms.


blue statement rug dunelm

4. Replace Carpet With Wooden Flooring

Wood flooring costs can vary but if you’re willing to make a slightly more pricey investment, this method can truly elevate your home. 

Let's face it, homes that feature carpet give off a more cosy vibe whereas wooden floor tiles scream luxury. 

When selecting your wood flooring texture, you’ll want to choose something sleek and simplistic. White or red oak flooring is the most popular and can be quite affordable and there are always different types of laminate flooring available if you’re sticking to a tight budget.

5. Invest In A Couple Of Luxury Items

You don’t have to go all out with a marble bathroom or marble features all over your kitchen, however, investing in one or two luxury items can transform your home. 

For example, a grand fireplace or marble kitchen countertops can add a specific allure to your home in a more affordable way. 

If you’re not quite ready to make that purchase, instead try adding smaller features such as luxury candle holders or a well designed coffee table.


andrew martin blue living room shagreen coffee table Katia Cream andrew martin


6. Tune In On The Details

The little details in your home matter, stop neglecting them.

By simply replacing door handles and door knobs around the house, you can make your home look more expensive.

Here at Boutique Handle Co, I have a bunch of affordable door knobs, gold door knobs, silver door knobs (and more) that can be easily added into your home and fixed onto different cabinets. 

This is a simple way to create harmony and balance within your home without breaking the back. We cater to all interior design style preferences and interior design trends, you just have to pick your favourite!

Antique Brass Drawer Knob With Line Detail scroll brass handles

7. Select Vintage Furniture

By simply typing in “vintage furniture near me” on Google, you will get a bunch of cheap antique furniture that is for sale. Similarly,  vintage furniture stores pop up all over the place which each offer a chance to purchase furniture with a discount.

This is a great way to add a grand effect to your house that isn’t replicated in other homes. These luxury pieces often have unique textures that add a specific flair to your home and make your house completely unique to you.


8. Choose Moody Colors

Make your house look rich with deep moody colours.

Think like a billionaire and feature moody warm lighting throughout your home. When painting the walls of your home select moody colours such as navy, brown, dark greens, and burgundies to create depth in your home.

Farrow and ball De Nimes
Farrow and Ball   De Nimes No.299

9. Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers instantly brighten up a room. 

This is probably the cheapest way to make your house look expensive. You may have to make this investment every couple of weeks though, as dead flowers don’t seem to have the same effect.

Simply by adding a big beautiful bouquet of flowers onto a coffee table or kitchen counter, you can add a fresh feel to any part of your house.

10. Add Patterned Wallpaper

Adding an accent wall to your home is one of those inexpensive home improvement ideas that anybody can do.

If you’re tightening up your purse drawings for this renovation, peel and stick wallpaper is the most budget-friendly route to go down. There are plenty of different varieties of peel and stick wallpaper including peel and stick wallpaper for bathrooms, peel and stick wallpaper tiles and vinyl peel and stick wallpaper. All of these are very affordable and you can even fit this wallpaper yourself.

However, if you don’t trust your DIY abilities, then you can always hire somebody to make sure the patterns on the wallpaper align!

 South Beach Emerald Wallpaper

11. Stick With A Neutral Color Scheme

If you look up “luxury home decor” the results feature homes with neutral colour schemes and there is a good reason for that. 

When redecorating your home, neutral colours are calming and make the house feel much more peaceful. Plus, whites, beiges, and blacks tend to create a sense of luxury and high-end class. 

If you can’t quite say no to colour, consider using statement colours as accents around the room. Adding colourful accent walls, cushions or statement coffee tables keeps your home looking cohesive and expensive.

Juno White Vase cox and cox 

12. Elevate Your Outside Door

Don’t forget about the outside of your house, after all, many more people see that part!

To elevate the outside of your home, simply start by switching up your external door handles. From adding gold pull door handles or wooden pull door handles, there are many designs to pick and choose your favourite. 

Another affordable way to upgrade your home is by adding door numbers to your house or letters. This is a unique way to make your home stand out from others on the street!

 Round Art Deco Style Door Numbers

13. Improve Interior Doors

Speaking of doors, the doors inside our homes also get overlooked. Usually, our doors consist of solid wood that is quite frankly, a little bit plain and boring. 

 You can go all out and transform your doors to different shapes such as the trending sliding barn doors or you can simply paint your interior doors with a fresh colour. You can even trade your regular door knobs for a new sleek look!


14. Update Lighting Fixtures

It goes without saying that chandeliers in homes go hand-in-hand with an expensive style. 

Also, light fixtures often get forgotten when redecorating homes but the impact of changing these can be significant. 

Not only does the change of lighting bring a new ambience to your home but you can select various chandeliers and light shades that are made from different textures and come in different sizes that really change the vibe in the room. 

Consider purchasing new light fixtures and featuring them over dining tables or living room coffee tables.  

supermoon pendant pooky Pooky albafloss chandelier 

15. Select Contrasting Colors

If you’re redecorating your kitchen or simply looking for a luxury kitchen ideas, selecting contrasting colours in your home could be just what you’re looking for. 

We often gravitate towards white and grey colour palettes for kitchens but having standout appliances, kitchen countertops, rugs, or even a core kitchen island in a bright colour is a great way to make your kitchen your own. 

Go all out and customise kitchen cabinets to your chosen colour too! 

 farrow and ball mouses back railings farrow and ball

16. Choose Large Pieces Of Artwork

Looking for  DIY home decorating ideas? This could be just what you’ve been searching for. 

Head to a department store, grab a canvas and start designing your own art pieces to place around your home. If you’re not the artistic type, you can head into vintage furniture stores and find unique artwork there.

Large-scale art creates an illusion that the painting is worth much more than they are. Place a large canvas around your home (in bedrooms and living rooms) and discover how the art governs the attention in the room. 


17. Declutter

Arguably, the easiest way to make your home look more expensive that anybody can do is to start decluttering.

This is a totally free way to make your home feel more minimal which goes hand-in-hand with luxury.

You should keep in mind that everything that you keep should have its own home. Basically, nothing should feel out of place. You’ll be amazed at how much an impact decluttering can have on your home.

18. Use Gold Accents Throughout Your Home 

When you think of luxury, you think of gold, right? 

From gold door knobs, gold door handles to golden appliances throughout the whole, adding a hint of this shade is a great way to transform your home and make it feel much more expensive.

Brushed Brass Cabinet Pulls | Traditional gold cabinet pulls green kitchen

19. White Towels

Make your home feel like a spa by adding white towels into your bathrooms and kitchen.

All you have to do is head into your local supermarket and you’ll find luxury bath towels to use. Alternatively, you don’t even need to get up to make this change to your home as you can purchase the towels online.  

Remember, white towels do come with disadvantages. You will have to switch out these towels often as they tend to show dirt much more easily but the white towels will make you feel like you’re in a five star hotel, so it’s well worth it, in my opinion.

White Egyptian Cotton Towel

20. Switch Up Your Homes Scent

As I said, “how to make your home smell nice” is one of the key questions asked when elevating your home, so I thought it was well worth mentioning on this list. 

There are so many ways to change the scent in your house. Plug in fragrances, wax melts and candles are often the go-to choice. For those who prefer to keep their houses more natural, you can purchase various essential oils online that can be used in a diffuser. 

The best thing about switching up your home's scent? You can change the scent with the seasons. By doing so, you and your guests will have a sensory experience every single time you walk into your home.

Key Takeways

Okay, so those were my best ways to make your home look more expensive. 

You can go all out and start implementing these into your home or, start small with just one or two methods.

My favourite affordable ways to make your home look more expensive are (obviously) changing the door knobs throughout my home to match my other home decor, decluttering, adding fresh flowers, and keeping a signature scent throughout my home. What is your favourite? Let me know in the comments! 

Here at Boutique Handle Co, we offer affordable door knobs and door handles to take your home to the next level, be sure to check out the selection!


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