A good majority of us have a budget to go by when it comes to decorating our living rooms. Whatever your style and budget, there are few tricks on how to make your living room look more expensive than it actually is.
It’s not about keeping up with Joneses! Everyone is going to spend and splurge their money differently. So whichever decor pieces you decide to invest more in, that’s totally up to you.
What you want is a balanced look for throughout the living room. So there won’t be a big difference when it comes to decorating the rest of the living room.
Here are the best tips on how to make your living room look more expensive!
How To Make Your Living Room Look More Expensive
1. Layered Lighting
Creating layered lighting in the living room will make a huge difference. And will step up the look and feel of your living room immediately. In the living room it’s important to have different light sources because we generally use our living room for lots of activities.
So if you only have the one ceiling light above, consider adding a couple more lighting sources around the space. Look at how the the living room is used or how it could be used. If you have a smaller nook or seating area you could add a floor lamp or a table lamp for that area.
You could also highlight the main features in the living room. Bring attention to your gallery wall or large piece of artwork with light sconces. The light sconces don’t have to be hard wired, there is a great lighting hack you can try!
Using neutral colours gives an understated sense of elegance to a space. It’s calming and as a blank canvas it brings more attention to what’s actually in the living room space.
With a neutral colour its easier to bring in colours and patterns without feeling overwhelming. Warm whites, creams, earthy tones and darker moody colours will work well your walls for the expensive look.
Wallpapering is another way to go to make your living room look more expensive. Of course there are different price ranges when it comes to selecting wallpaper. Choose a wallpaper design that fits according to your budget.
Peel and stick wallpaper is great option if you’re not wanting to make a permanent decision straight away. A neutral wallpaper that has some texture is a good in between option and will give off a luxe style.
Putting up curtains in your living room gives a luxe feeling to the space. Curtains finish off the room nicely. As long as the curtains are put up properly. One of the ultimate design mistakes if not done right!
Even if you’re going for a simple design style, you can opt for sheer curtains. Hang your rod above the window and close to the ceiling as you can.
5. An Area Rug
An area rug grounds the seating area and really uplifts the space. So many times we can skip the rug for the sake of expense (so we think). Or we go for a smaller rug just to have something under foot. Even when it’s far too small for the living room.
But including the right size rug in the living room does make a great impact to the room. Natural rugs likes jutes, seagrasses and plain wool rugs tend to be more affordable. So you can get a good rug that easily fits the space for your living room.
6. Large Scale Artwork
Art work can be so underrated when it comes to decorating a space. But a large scale piece of artwork can work wonders in making your living room feel more expensive.
Sometimes one big piece can make a bigger impact than a few smaller pieces, like a gallery wall. I still love a good gallery wall! But go for a single big piece if you’re wanting more of a high end feel to your living room.
And just because an art piece is bigger, doesn’t mean you can’t get affordable artwork. You can make your own abstract canvas and hang it on the wall.
Domestika have some great courses if you feel like you need a helping hand. Or you might have a talented friend you can ask. Then there are the online resources you can buy art from like Society 6, Desenio or Minted. As well as others.
7. Moulding Details
Moulding details on the walls and ceilings are great design detail to add.
Panelled walls and board and batten details add character to the living room. You can do the full wall height and panelling or just half way up. There are so many different designs styles you could try out with this option!
8. Try Black
Sophistication and elegance are just a couple of the many words associated with the colour black. Black is the fail safe when it comes to fashion. And its becoming more popular in interior design too. There is plenty of amazing inspiration using black for living rooms and other spaces.
If your feel like going black in the living room is too much for you or there’s not enough natural light, use black as an accent colour.
The Scandinavian design style is well known for using black accents. You can try painting the interior window trim black. Or picking out things like black curtain hardware and decorative accents.
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9. Layers & Textures
When it comes to your sofa, use layers and different textures for the cushions. Mix in large scale cushions with smaller ones. Play with the colours, materials and patterns to add interest to the design scheme.
If you’ve gone with a neutral colour scheme on the walls, the soft furnishings are going to be the main colour focus. You can layer in a couple of throw blankets on the sofa too. The soft furnishings give the cozy feel to the space as well as make it feel a bit more luxe.
Adding in some natural elements is an easy way to elevate your living room. Think about the different heights and shapes of the leaves you can use. That doesn’t mean you have to plants in every corner of the living room.
A strategically placed faux tree and couple of potted plants will take up living room up a couple of notches.
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Those are my top tips on how to make you living room look more expensive. I hope you found the tips helpful for your living room space!