A wave of interior decorating has swept through the world. With lots of time spent indoors [brought on by the lockdown imposed to prevent viral transmission], homeowners are turning inwards to channel their creativity and are turning their homes into their own personal palaces. If you too wish to get involved in this home decoration fad, then you have come to the right place, for we will tell you everything you need to know about making your home appear more luxurious and expensive. Making your home look nicer can actually boost your confidence and raise the property value! Win-win for you!
Here are nine styling tips to make your living room look more expensive.
1. Plantation Shutters
The mews of Knightsbridge, the streets of Staten Island, the Bel-Air mansions, and the homes of Monaco’s rich and famous all share one common feature: plantation shutters. Plantation shutters are luxurious, beautiful, and a great addition to any home [especially one that hopes to appear more expensive]. You can add these into your living room, and according to the blind’s specialists from Blinds-2go.ie, they will make your living area look much more elegant. Plus, you can prevent nosy neighbors from looking through your windows!
2. Persian Rugs
No expensive home, or a home that wishes to look expensive, can be complete without a Persian rug. Persian rugs come in a variety of shapes, sizes, designs, and colors. If you do not have the budget to buy an authentic Persian rug, you can buy a machine-sewn replica for a few hundred dollars. These machine-sewn replicas still look very nice and are a great way to add some color to your living room. Persian rugs are the height of luxury, and to give your home a really expensive aesthetic, you need one.
3. Paintings and Portraits
Paintings and portraits are a staple of every stately home. If you’ve no portraits of relatives, nor one of yourself [which would be awesome], why not just buy portraits of strangers. Try to source paintings of Barons, Lords, and Counts. It’ll really give your home an edge. You can find paintings and portraits in thrift stores and pawn shops. The older, the better. The older the portrait, the more authentic it looks, and the more ‘old-money’ it looks. Investing in paintings and portraits is a great way to make your home look more expensive.
4. Sound System
An expensive sound system in your living room is another way to make it look expensive. If you cannot afford one, just buy one second-hand. Due to the mass unemployment brought on by the SARS-CoV-19 restrictions, many people are selling valuable electronics for low prices. Also, Black Friday is only weeks away, so now’s the time to deck your home out with electronics. Invest in the best sound system your budget can afford. It is a worthy investment and will be a great way to relax and unwind after a long day in the office [if you are back at work].
5. Projector Screen
Projectors and screens are an alternative to television most often found in the homes of the worlds rich and famous. Providing you purchase a good quality projector and a large enough screen, you will appear very rich, and your home very expensive. The secret is that you can pick these up second-hand for next to nothing. It’s a great way to make your home more expensive and will mean that you, your family, and your friends can sit around and have cinema nights – which to this author is much-needed during this troubling time.
6. Leather Sofas [Chesterfield]
Chesterfields are the domain of Britain’s aristocracy, and they long have been. You, too, can cash in on these heritage pieces and get one for your own. The more expensive, the better. These sofas can last you a very long time and are a great way to give age and maturity to a living room. You can, as with much on this list, thrift them, although some people are funny about buying sofas second hand, so if you do not want to, you can likely find a budget option somewhere. Chesterfields are an awesome addition to any home that aspires to look expensive.
7. Statues [Marble or Alabaster]
Statues or figurines crafted from marble and alabaster in your living room is certainly a way to make it appear expensive [even if they’re faux marble]. These pieces can be dotted around your living-room; you can put them on shelves, tables, and cupboards. To give your home a very expensive aesthetic, why not consider having heads of Roman Emperor’s placed around your living room or figures from Greek mythology. They will be a great talking piece, even if they are not authentic [who’s going to know? I won’t tell if you don’t].
A common feature in stately homes and manors throughout the world are books, and lots of them, even if you do not read. Investing in a tonne of books is a fantastic way to give your home a more expensive vibe and give yourself a more scholarly aesthetic. Rich people read books, it’s actually a proven fact. By giving off the appearance that you read, even if you do not, you will exude wealth and your home too. The older the books, the better, so be sure to hit that local thrift store and buy out every vintage book you find.
9. A Globe
A globe cannot be skipped. Globes are, without a doubt, the object most synonymous with the scholarly and wealthy. Having a globe placed in your living room, even if it is virtually useless, is a fantastic way for you to appear wealthy and your living room expensive. Globes are a lot of fun to play around with and can actually benefit you intellectually. You can buy globes second-hand or brand new, either way, they are not very expensive. If you want to make your home look more expensive, along with the other points in this article, a globe is a must.
Now, with the help of this page, you can turn your home from casual to expensive. Having a more expensive-looking home, even if just for yourself, is a great thing to do, and can allow you to relax and feel more comfortable and confident when you have guests over.