How To Decorate Your Home To Look Expensive For Cheap

As a mom, interior design expert, and the blogger behind Design Post Interiors,  Beth Barden  knows a thing or two about creating an inspiring and functional home.   Below, she shares her insight, plus how to decorate your home to look expensive for cheap.

Hi and thanks for welcoming me into Nicole’s beautiful blog!  I am so excited to be here and share some of my thoughts on decorating.  I am a firm believer that you can make any space pretty no matter your budget.  I thrive off of creating spaces that are just as functional as they are inviting and I hope to shed a little light on how to make your place feel expensive with some of my tried and true tweaks!  Here are some examples from my house and client projects.

Paint Your Walls

One of the easiest ways to decorate your home is to paint, especially if you venture into textures and pattern.  The area over my fireplace always felt blank to me but I didn’t want to invest a lot of money in art.  We painted stripes and it immediately became a focal point of the room.  When you can’t change architectural details use paint to fake a little interest. [View my living room HERE]

How To Decorate Your Home To Look Expensive For Cheap

Hang Curtains High

By hanging curtains even with the ceiling (or at least 10 inches higher than your window frame) it immediately gives a room height.  Even the smallest spaces can feel grander by just increasing the height of your rod.  You can see how I gave my living room height by hanging the rod right under the crown molding. [View my living room HERE]

 
How To Decorate Your Home To Look Expensive For Cheap

Utilize Area Rugs

If you have spent any time on my blog you know that I have a serious love for area rugs!  I do not feel that a room is complete without one.  They add pattern, color, and texture.  There are so many great options these days for scoring inexpensive rugs too so you don’t have to wait for your “forever home” to add one to your decor.  One of my favorite tricks is layering rugs as well.  This is a great way to cut cost also- just put down an inexpensive natural rug and layer your favorite pricey rug in a smaller size!  That’s exactly what we did in my client’s library.  [View the library HERE]

 
How To Decorate Your Home To Look Expensive For Cheap

Use Matching Containers For Storage

Clutter is a quick way to make your house look less expensive.  It detracts from any of the hard work that’s been put into decorating so don’t forget design atheistic even when it comes to storage.  If you are going to add baskets to hide extra toys or bins to organize your pantry make sure they all match either in color/material or size (or both!)  Now clutter is at bay while also looking well-thought out.  I even utilized this tip in my mudroom to corral shoes. [View my mudroom HERE]

 
How To Decorate Your Home To Look Expensive For Cheap

Change Out Hardware

Most people can’t afford to just change out furniture on a whim but that doesn’t mean you can’t change the look of it with small tweaks.  One of the best ways to do this is by changing out the hardware.  These knobs are really cool as well as these handles!  An old piece can be brought up to date or given a little visual interest with a fresh set of knobs.  I even came up with this simple DIY in my guest room! [View my guest room HERE]

 
How To Decorate Your Home To Look Expensive For Cheap

 

Change Out Light Fixtures

Lighting is a close second to rugs!  Spending time on these details is what sets a room apart.  With so many inexpensive lighting sources, DIY conversion kits, and an abundance of cool options, theres really no excuse for builder basic lights!  I love the capiz chandelier in my guest room and wall sconces on my landing! [View our landing space HERE]

 
How To Decorate Your Home To Look Expensive For Cheap

 

Use Vertical Space Wisely

Space-planning is as important as accessories.  Don’t just focus on the big areas…small corners can provide the perfect spot for floating shelves or a cabinet for storage.  By utilizing these areas you draw the eye up and create more room for interesting accessories and design details!  We took this blank wall in our dining room and added storage and display area. [View our dining room HERE]

 
How To Decorate Your Home To Look Expensive For Cheap
 

Add Fresh Flowers

You may have noticed that I also always add some version of fresh flowers or greenery…this is another simple way to brighten up your space and it can be something as simple as a few branches cut from your yard!  
 

How To Decorate Your Home To Look Expensive For Cheap

All Photography – Ariana Clare Photography 

I hope that you found some simple ways to make your home feel decorated even if you don’t have tons of money to spend.  Take a minute, look around and see if there are some ways you can alter things to feel more expensive, more creative or maybe just more you!  If you want to find more examples of how I implement these tips check out my Home Tour and Portfolio tabs.  You can also shop all of my favorite home decor products HERE!  Thanks so much for having me Nicole and I hope to see some new faces over at my blog and of course on social media!  Come say hi!

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  • Reply 7 tips to make decor look expensive for cheap - Design Post Interiors March 3, 2016 at 11:08 am

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  • Reply Arielle March 3, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Love Beth’s blog and these tips! Always a fan of bold paint choices and filling the house with fresh flowers.

    • designpostinteriors
      Reply designpostinteriors March 4, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Thanks friend!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Her home is gorgeous! I completely agree!

  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle March 3, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I LOVE this! I always watch interior design shows, and I think, “There’s no way I could afford that.” Great post.

    • designpostinteriors
      Reply designpostinteriors March 4, 2016 at 8:07 am

      Oh, you totally can! There are so many tricks just with styling to help you get the look!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 10:06 am

      You can definitely get a look for less! I’m all about saving that money πŸ™‚

  • Reply Janae March 3, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Love these ideas!

    • designpostinteriors
      Reply designpostinteriors March 4, 2016 at 8:07 am

      Thank you!!

  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy) March 3, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    I am all for saving some money – especially when it comes to decorating my home. Thanks for the tips.

    • designpostinteriors
      Reply designpostinteriors March 4, 2016 at 8:16 am

      Gotta save our money for shopping and wine πŸ™‚

  • Reply Amanda March 3, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    All of your suggestions are spot on. I agree that hanging curtains high, taking advantage of natural light, and introducing fresh flowers and plants makes such a difference.

    • designpostinteriors
      Reply designpostinteriors March 4, 2016 at 8:30 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog March 3, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    I love the window seat and matching valance and pillows! Such an easy and quick change that can absolutely give new character to a room! Thanks for sharing these!

    • designpostinteriors
      Reply designpostinteriors March 4, 2016 at 8:31 am

      I love using fabric in that way- makes such an impact!

  • Reply bri March 3, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Great Tips! I totally agree that changing hardware can make a world of difference!

    • designpostinteriors
      Reply designpostinteriors March 4, 2016 at 8:27 am

      It’s such a fun and simple update!

  • Reply The Southern Thing March 3, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Fresh flowers was never something I focused on until recently. They make such a difference!

    • designpostinteriors
      Reply designpostinteriors March 4, 2016 at 8:26 am

      I didn’t either until the last couple of years. Such a simple luxury!

  • Reply Ricci March 3, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    These are all great tips!! I am redoing a few rooms in my home and can’t wait to utilize some of these tips!

    • designpostinteriors
      Reply designpostinteriors March 4, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Oh great! Send me updates- I would love to see what you do!

  • Reply frugalfamilymadenaturally March 3, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Awesome advice! Unfortunately, my home is mostly bare because we just can’t afford to decorate.. I would love to get some nice area rugs, though and may consider your layering tip.

    • designpostinteriors
      Reply designpostinteriors March 4, 2016 at 8:24 am

      I hear ya! Even during this “bare” time try just moving your things around. That always satisfies the itch in me!

  • Reply noemi March 3, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Great ideas that make total sense! Great photos , I am still working on that πŸ™‚

    • designpostinteriors
      Reply designpostinteriors March 4, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Two words…professional photographer πŸ™‚

  • Reply Michelle March 3, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    LOVE the stripes! Actually, everything is gorgeous and great tips. I couldn’t believe what a difference hanging curtains high made in my home, and I MUST focus on the lighting next.

    • designpostinteriors
      Reply designpostinteriors March 4, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Oh yes, lighting is a huge game changer!

  • Reply lilflowermama March 3, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Can I just move in so pretty and great tips!
    xo, Nicole
    lilflowermama.com

    • designpostinteriors
      Reply designpostinteriors March 4, 2016 at 8:22 am

      Ha ha, come on over!

  • Reply Ratisha Goyal March 3, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Just loved the way you accessorised the window area. Your ideas are lavish in aesthetics. Definitely going to adopt them in my home. Thank you for sharing.

    • designpostinteriors
      Reply designpostinteriors March 4, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Wow thank you for such nice compliments!

  • Reply jennyblaisdell March 3, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Love this!
    All of these tips are so great when you’ve ballin’ on a budget.
    I am dying to have a window seat someday.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • designpostinteriors
      Reply designpostinteriors March 4, 2016 at 7:59 am

      That window seat is my favorite spot in our whole house and it has tons of storage so win win!

  • Reply Angie@chasingmyhalo March 4, 2016 at 12:52 am

    This is wonderful and super helpful. Layering area rugs is genius! Pinning, tweeting loving!

    • designpostinteriors
      Reply designpostinteriors March 4, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Who doesn’t love an excuse to buy TWO rugs?! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Keisha March 4, 2016 at 12:59 am

    Great tips! Beautiful blog

    • designpostinteriors
      Reply designpostinteriors March 4, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Thank you!!

  • Reply Krista Williams March 4, 2016 at 1:54 am

    This is so so lovely! I just moved to LA from NYC and I need a post like this. I really love the idea of hanging your curtains high – it makes all the difference!

    Amazing! xo
    Krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

    • designpostinteriors
      Reply designpostinteriors March 4, 2016 at 7:57 am

      It really does! The room automatically feels bigger!

  • Reply Emma March 4, 2016 at 7:21 am

    So many fun (and inexpensive) ideas to totally change the look of your home! I’m looking to buy my first home and definitely will be decorating on a budget so thank you!

    • designpostinteriors
      Reply designpostinteriors March 4, 2016 at 7:56 am

      So glad you were able to find some helpful tips!

  • Reply Chrystie March 4, 2016 at 9:05 am

    These are all great tips! I’ve also become best friends with gold spray paint…which also has made some of my seemingly bland items look super chic πŸ™‚

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 10:22 am

      YES! Gold spray paint is my go-to color. Gold lover right here πŸ™‚

  • Reply Miss Angie (@MySoCalledChaos) March 4, 2016 at 11:04 am

    These are such fabulous ideas! I couldn’t hang my curtains higher unfortunately, my walls have no studs-what is up with that? Blah. Also area rugs are so expensive.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Boo! How does that happen? It is crazy the differences from house to house!

  • Reply Bella Bucchiotti March 4, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    So many great ideas! I am always changing up pillows and bedding as an easy way to freshen things up. I seem to like to change things seasonally!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Thanks for stopping by, lady! I definitely agree with you πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey March 5, 2016 at 2:29 am

    I love all of these ideas! Painting the walls would indeed make such big difference but sometimes it’s too much work. I love putting fresh flowers too!

  • Reply Hannah March 5, 2016 at 4:05 am

    I love all of these ideas!! A fresh coat of paint can do absolutely wonders, as well as changing out light fixtures or hardware around the house or apartment. Thanks so much for all of these wonderful ideas!

  • Reply Anna Clarke March 5, 2016 at 10:48 am

    You have a beautiful home! Thanks for sharing! Great tips, too!

  • Reply Natalie March 5, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    We’re working on updating our house, and I’m planning on doing as many of these as I can. I wish we had hardwoods instead of carpets (they’re coming eventually, but they’re just not in the budget yet), so I could rock some awesome and colorful area rugs!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 10:24 am

      Area rugs are amazing! Good luck on your project!

  • Reply Eileen Mendoza Loya March 5, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Stunning and beautiful! Now that my kids are all grown ups, I can start planning for a make over for my home. No more fear of children knocking things over or breaking figurines and vases. Love all the suggestions and tips. Thanks!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Thanks for stopping by! Beth’s tips are so great!

  • Reply seasidemermaid March 5, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! I’ll have to incorporate some of these tips in my home. Thanks for sharing! – HilLesha

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Thanks for stopping by! Yes! I just love how Beth decorated her home!

  • Reply Maggie Branch March 5, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    I completely agree that changing out hardware can make all the difference! My kitchen went from kitschy to nice by changing out the hardware!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Yes! That is such a great tip! The hardware makes a big difference!

  • Reply saycherry March 6, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Thank you so much for sharing these tips. I agree changing colors and light fixtures can make a huge difference. I have started re-doing my study and will apply all these tips there. Great post πŸ™‚

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Beth has the greatest tips when it comes to interior decorating πŸ™‚

  • Reply roch March 6, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Painting the walls can absolutely turn and transform a worn out home to a modern-looking one. It’s important to choose a bright and visually attractive color for that to happen.

  • Reply Shannon Gurnee March 6, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Those sound like some really great decorating tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by πŸ™‚

  • Reply Holly Young March 6, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Great post, love the baskets for shoe storage in the mudroom. Paint can do wonders I agree!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien March 9, 2016 at 10:10 am

      I love her baskets! It is great to have them all match! Game Changer!!

  • Reply TruZest April 18, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Never thought of using vertical spaces like that. I love how you hung all those shelves and turned nothing into something beautiful. Definitely going to try that in my condo.

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