Flip through any magazine today, be it home or fashion related, and you’ll be bathed in page after page of glamorous, luxurious environments. It is no secret either that those rooms do not come cheap.
Many years back, as a young designer, a potential customer 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 house and she wanted 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, price?
Smart shopping, a keen eye and a willingness to roll-up your sleeves can go far these days in generating expensive looking interiors without having to fork over large sums of cash.
Here’s a listing of 4 Simple Ways to Make Your House Look More Expensive:
1. Large scale art adds a bit of theater to any area. Single large graphics, diptychs and triptychs all deliver big effect where-ever they are hung. Your costs are very low and your decorating effect monumental.
2. Drama is King. Who wouldn’t like to wrap an entire room in expensive wall covering for this over-the-top-look? When budget won’t allow for the whole room, select one wall or a single section (the back of a market, or other architectural detail) and create a splash with the newspaper there. To expend the high-style look fit the paint on the surrounding walls to that of the paper. You will be pleased how far the play will go.
3. Find a Focus. Every room must have a focus. Fireplaces are decorating gold for just this reason. They concentrate everything in the room. If you do not have a fireplace you need to create focus or direct attention to something else concentrate worthy (such as a view). A great trick for creating immediate attention is a larger than life mirror, either hung or casually leaned against a wall. Hit up your favorite regional retailers for gigantic framed mirrors and invest knowing you are going to get lots of bang for your decorating buck.
4. One High-Style Piece. If your budget keeps you from filling your room with high-style, designer bits then sew one mind-blowing piece and spin the rest of the room . A dramatic cupboard, an unusual antique chair or a super-chic cocktail table can add all the punch needed even when the rest of the room doesn’t carry the identical decorating wattage. When this is true it is good to dress out the space in similar, neutral colours (tans, taupe and cream are great for this) to heighten the effect 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 will be amazed at what you can find!