How to make your home look more expensive on a budget

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Image from The Glitter Guide via Pinterest
Ever returned from an amazing holiday in a fabulous hotel, and felt that your own home was lame in comparison to the luxurious space you’ve spent the last week in? Or found yourself pining over Pinterest boards for interiors inspiration, only to question how you’d ever afford to decorate your home in that way? Decorating can be a really exciting time as you pick out new furniture, colour schemes and accessories to spruce up your living spaces, but achieving the right look can often have a big strain on your bank account. If you’d love to transform your decor but don’t have a large budget, then take a look at these tips to get your home looking straight out of a magazine in no time.

Keep it minimal 
A cluttered space is the last thing you’ll want if you’re hoping for that elegant look. Introduce some discreet storage options to hide away any bits and bobs that don’t need to be on display, and carefully arrange furniture and your best ornaments in a way that really compliments the room. Think of your home as a showroom - everything that’s there should be there for a reason!

Find some abstract accessories 
Arty designs and abstract patterns can be a great way to add some sophistication to any room, and there are plenty of cheap options available. Work some DIY magic by printing out artwork and prints you love, buying some cheap frames and hanging imagery around each room. Cushions, throws and rugs are a great way to insert some abstract style into any space, and there are plenty of affordable contemporary rugs out there with quirky designs that can bring a room together perfectly. 

Maximise your space 
If your home is a bit on the small side, consider bringing in ways to utilise the space you have. Mirrors are a great option for this, with large mirrors giving the illusion of a bigger space, especially when placed across from the entrance of the room. Getting rid of heavy curtains or blinds from your windows is another easy way to open up a room, or substituting them for a more simplistic design if you want to keep some privacy.

Disguise your electronics 
Nothing ruins the appearance of a well put together room like a games console, huge TV or wires and plugs tangled together. Think of clever ways to hide away your electronic items so that they don’t distract from the design of the room. This could mean buying a cheap TV cabinet or mounting flat screen TV’s on a wall, and experimenting with inventive ways to hide cords. Placing your router in a fancy box is another great tip, with simple but effective results.

Finish off with some flowers 
Lastly, take some interior style inspiration from the Parisians and decorate your home with a selection of beautiful botanicals. Flowers can instantly breathe new life into any room and give that welcoming feel that hotels love. Look for cheap bouquets of flowers that you can re arrange yourself and place these on coffee tables and cabinets, perhaps substituting pricey vases with mason jars or old wine bottles for a creative alternative.

Do you have any tips or advice? Where are your favourite places for homeware? 

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  1. When I move out I'm going to buy Ikea furniture and upcycle it with Pinterest DIY's.
    Kathryn /Cherries in the Snow

  2. Flowers are a great way of brightening up any space! X

  3. I think flowers are always a good idea! And I am a big fan of ikea lol, but I love buying more unique pieces to add in with it :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  4. Agree with adding some flowers to make everything look better! X

  5. I always go for the most minimal looks, I think it looks so stunning and classy!

    Danielle xx

  6. I spend hours procastinating on Pinterest at decoding small spaces on a small budget and that is where I would start x

  7. I need to have a serious declutter within the next couple of weeks as it's driving me mad. Babies come with so much mess.

  8. Some great advice! I think a minimalistic home looks more expensive x

  9. Minimal & clutter-free is key for me! xx


  10. We are going to do our bedroom this year so these are great tips xxxx

  11. This is just what I needed to read!! I've just moved and its fab to see tips on how to decorate and make my flat look lush x

    Abi | abistreetx

  12. Some great tips here - I've been having a de-clutter today x

  13. I recently redesigned my room and I think keeping things minimalistic is key. I adore how it turned out and didn't cost much at all. X

  14. I love finishing off a room with flowers.

    Kristy |

  15. I love basic accessories, like candle's or cute trays/dishes.

  16. Hiding electronics and cords are hard! Such good ideas though x
    Kathy x

  17. Such a lovely post! I always want a minimal home, especially work space but it just never happens for me lol!
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  18. These are some great tips, I like trying to keep things quite minimal, it definitely makes a difference in the space!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

  19. These are such great tips, flowers really do make a home more cosy x

  20. I agree wholeheartedly! I always bring in some clever accessories to make the rooms my own :)

  21. I definitely think minimal is the way to go! Otherwise you can end up overcrowding the space with a whole clash of things x


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