Flip through any magazine today, be it fashion or home related, and you’ll be bathed in page after page of glamorous, luxurious environments. It’s no secret either that those rooms don’t come cheap.
Many years ago, as a young designer, a prospective client came to a first meeting with my then boss, a seasoned, refined designer who had been practicing for about 25 years. She opened a magazine and presented a double page spread of a room my boss had designed about 10 years earlier. She proudly announced that this room represented everything she wanted in her home and she wished to hire him on the spot. Smiling, my boss asked her if she had any idea how much the living room, represented so beautifully in that double page spread, cost? She said no but quickly brought the meeting to a close when my boss jotted down the figure and shared it with her on the back of his business card.
Smart shopping, a keen eye and a willingness to roll-up your sleeves can go far these days in creating expensive looking interiors without having to fork over large sums of cash.
Here’s a list of 4 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Look More Expensive:
1. Make a Big Statement. Large scale art adds a bit of theater to any room. Single large images, diptychs and triptychs all deliver big impact where-ever they are hung. High-resolution images can be printed at very large scale then cut appropriately and framed in pre-fabricated frames bought at Ikea. Your costs are very low and your decorating impact monumental.
2. Drama is King. Who wouldn’t love to wrap an entire room in expensive wall covering for that over-the-top-look? When budget won’t allow for the whole room, select one wall or one section (the back of a niche, or other architectural detail) and create a splash with the paper there. To expend the high-style look match the paint on the surrounding walls to that of the paper. You’ll be pleased how far the drama will go.
3. Find a Focus. Every room must have a focal point. Fireplaces are decorating gold for just this reason. They focus everything in the room. If you don’t have a fireplace you must create focus or direct attention to something else focus worthy (like a view). A great trick for creating immediate focus is a larger than life mirror, either hung or casually leaned against a wall. Hit up your favorite local retailers for gigantic framed mirrors and invest knowing you’ll get lots of bang about for your decorating buck.
4. One High-Style Piece. If your budget prevents you from filling your room with high-style, designer pieces then snag one mind-blowing piece and spin the rest of the room around it. A dramatic cabinet, an unusual antique chair or a super-chic cocktail table can add all the punch needed even if the rest of the room does not carry the same decorating wattage. When this is the case it’s great to dress out the room in similar, neutral colors (tans, taupe and cream are great for this) to heighten the impact of your designer piece. And never pay full retail for that high-style piece. Check out eBay, CraigsList and floor sample sales at your favorite expensive shops. You’ll be amazed at what you can find!