Don’t be afraid to get bold and use a few luxe materials or good “dupes” for luxury finishes. Consider using porcelain slabs that mimic an expensive Calacatta marble or polyester rugs that give the look of hand-knotted wool or silk rugs. If you have carpeting in the room, layer an area rug on top of the carpet to add interest, pattern and color.
Using sophisticated, rich colors adds drama and highlights features in the room. Try painting your walls and trim all one color for a classy, yet custom look. Adding applied millwork, such as wainscoting or panels, to this look creates even more elegance. Statement light fixtures can also make the room look high-end. There are so many options available online that look expensive but aren’t. Curate a cozy effect by adding wall sconces for ambient lighting.
Choose rich textures for your furniture fabrics. Swap out that microfiber sofa for one in faux velvet, chenille, rich tweeds or boucle to really show off your style.
Look for gently used or vintage pieces, such as end tables or coffee tables, to look like heirloom pieces that were passed down from previous generations. Get rid of box-store, “matchy” coffee and end table sets.
Add “jewelry” to the room by accessorizing, adding beautiful throw pillows, artwork and layers of texture. Don’t leave surfaces bare. You can easily find inexpensive accessories and art at retail stores, thrift shops or home décor websites. Have fun with it, and add your personality to the room. Expensive-looking spaces are always well decorated.
Amy Leferink is the founder and principal designer at Interior Impressions. Find more at interiorimpressions.org.