Thursday, February 23, 2023

From Plain to Premium: Budget-Friendly Ideas to Make a Room Look More Expensive

Bathtub faucet on a soaking tub in a white bathroom.

In every homeowner’s perfect fantasy world, we would all have professional interior designers standing at the ready to make our homes glimmer with luxury, sophistication, and style. Unfortunately, the reality is that creating magazine-ready rooms costs a lot of money, and what design professionals recommend may not always be within everyone’s budget.

Luckily, there are hundreds of hacks for achieving a custom, upscale look without breaking the bank. Thanks to the rise of DIY-ers and other trends like repurposing antiques, it’s fairly easy nowadays to get a high-end look for an inexpensive price tag. 

With just a few strategic updates and some simple restyling, you can take your home from plain to premium, making it look like you spent a lot more than you really did. 

Here are our favorite premium hacks that will make any space feel like a million bucks.

Gold finish bathroom sink faucets on a double vanity with blue tile backsplash.

Give standard hardware a fresh facelift 

You’ve probably guessed that hardware would make our list as one of the easiest but impactful updates for added luxury. This is because new hardware is quick, inexpensive, and instantly transformative. Whether you opt for a new bathroom faucet finished in Luxe Gold like this Brizo model, or you decide to upgrade your tub with a sleek wall-mounted faucet, swapping outdated hardware for something more modern will elevate any space. From kitchen cabinets to bedroom furniture, there are plenty of knobs just waiting for an upscale revival!

High tech medicine cabinets over a double vanity in a modern bathroom.

Add tech-focused features for a “smarter” home

We all like to be in the loop with the latest innovations in technology, and many (like Google’s Alexa or Amazon’s Echo) have already made their way into our homes. But there is a whole host of affordable tech-focused home decor that can make a room immediately more upscale and cutting edge. For example, this gorgeous high-tech medicine cabinet gives you a mirror with one-touch task lighting, USB charging ports, and a touch control audio system to play music. You can even swap out your boring old toilet for this innovative model, which comes with cool features like a heated seat, deodorizer, and UV lighting for self-cleaning. From smart appliances to motorized window shades and self-watering planters, adding tech-focused upgrades will give your home an overall “smarter” and modernized vibe.

Furniture style vanity with gold fixtures and blue tile backsplash.

Customize your walls with decorative molding

It might surprise you to learn that one of the most budget-friendly ways to give your home a luxurious feel is to bring your walls to life with decorative molding. With a little focused time and some DIY know-how, you can add your very own decorative molding in a single weekend! The fun part is choosing a design that sparks an upscale quality – like a curvy shape or a leafy, Romanesque pattern. If you don’t trust yourself to take on the project, hiring a professional is still relatively inexpensive and will definitely be worth the investment long term. For added elegance, make sure the molding matches the existing color of the walls so everything looks seamless and sophisticated.

Marble sink with wood vanity and tall faucet on a bathroom sink.

Integrate some metallic items for added flair

Integrating a few metallic items to a room will give it that luxe look you’re hoping to achieve – just be careful not to overdo it! Things like a gold-leaf mirror, a few pieces of vintage silver, or a brass table can all make a room feel more expensive and will communicate glamor on their own. When it comes to metallics, it’s okay to think small and contained. In other words, a little goes a long way. A good approach is to think about decorating with metal like choosing jewelry for an outfit. In doing so, don’t be afraid to mix metals to make your accessorizing a bit more unique!

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