We are thrilled to have another guest post, 7 Ways to Make An Affordable Living Room Look Expensive, from Chloe Taylor! Be sure to read her bio at the bottom and link to her other informative posts. Thank you Chloe!
Getting the living room decorated either requires a lot of money or a super creative mind to start with. If you lack the money, but tend to do things your own way, you might be able to decorate your living room in a way that it still looks amazing and within your budget limits. In case you get stuck, here are 7 things you can do to make your living room look or feel more expensive.
Introduce Luxury by Adding a Fireplace
Most people don’t have the money for a fireplace. It enhances romance, privacy and gives that warm feeling of safety. In case you lack the means to afford one, you can always go for a perfect substitution: a faux fireplace. Place a few pictures around it, outfit it with a modern frame and voilà, you got yourself an elegant fireplace.
Dedicate Some Time to Beautify the Floors
Cozy and comfortable are the two things that a luxurious rug embues. Having one will help to make your living room look expensive, so choose one that will blend in with your room décor and give a bonus to its style. If you’re lacking inspiration, then look up the indigenous aesthetics of Australia and Oceania. Also, combining one or two patterned rugs from NZ will infuse your living room with a dash of simplistic yet sophisticated glamour. And who knows, perhaps you choose the one that will actually show you a whole new world, or a new fantastic point of view.
Fancy Mirrors Can Easily Add Glamor and Elegance
Yes, mirrors are fancy and cool as well, especially those old ones with big golden frames that look majestic compared to everything else. You can place them close to a window and the light will shine upon your room every day. And of course, the bigger it is the better it gets.
If You Appreciate Nostalgic Vibes, Then Get Vintage Artwork
Renaissance and retro never actually got old. These styles have just been overtaken by new styles, but they are still out there, looking to resurface. If you manage to find a few of those old-fashioned stylistic pictures or pieces of art, hang them on your walls. Let the world know that you are a big fan of nature and flowers, water lilies and windmills.
Throw, Refurbish or Replace Items That Don’t Feel New Anymore
Invest in a piece of furniture that is antique yet new in your living room — something that will give it that boost of value simply by being there. Let it look expensive and even let smell new like a new sofa or a new cupboard. Anything that will enhance luxury in your living room is fine. Most of the time these things aren’t really expensive; if your budget is limited and you don’t know how to get the most out of it, consider getting professional and effective accounting services.
Reimagine the Walls So They Will Complement the Space
Get ready to get your hands dirty. Choose a paint that expresses the color of money from a stylistic perspective. We are talking white if your décor is golden and black, or light blue to match it with darker colors. Do not go for red or yellow decors, anything that is too bright and colorful may detract from the “rich” element. If you don’t feel like painting, then opting for wallpapers can be a wonderful way to transform the space very easily and efficiently.
Lighting Matters More Than You Think
Take some money and invest in a new lighting. If you are able to get a custom looking chandelier that will elevate the style of your living room, you are in for the long run. Make sure it matches your living room, but still stands out above all other décor. Lighting should be there to accentuate the positives, so be sure to pick wisely. If you can’t settle for one big piece, then get a few smaller lamps that complement each other, as that is often a better solution if you can’t quite make up your mind.
Investing in these things can really set your home value high by looking the expensive part. Not only that, but it will look stylistic and modern. Your home will transform into something different, have a unique vibe yet still feel like your own space, which is the most important part. As long as you feel comfortable within it, you are on the right track.
Many thanks to Chloe Taylor for another great article to feature on Slipcovers for your walls!
About the author:
Chloe is an interior design consultant from Adelaide, South Australia and a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator. She loves everything related to decor, aesthetic and lifestyle topics. She is also passionate about photography. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take some stunning photographs of beautiful places. Beside all this, she enjoys drinking coffee and reading a beautiful book from time to time.