Luxe Living: 9 Genius Ways to Make Your Home Look Expensive

Green bed linen
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Want a home that could grace the cover of your favourite interior’s mag? From cosy studios to oversized family abodes, you don’t have to spend big to make your home look expensive. A hint? It’s all in the detail. Invest in a few key, statement pieces and we guarantee your home will go from drab to fab quicker than you can open a paint can. Here are nine decorating tricks that will give your home instant luxe appeal.

1. Linen that impresses

There is so much to love about linen, practical, durable and effortlessly cool. You can use it throughout the home – living room, dining, but especially the bedroom. Linen is also great for layering and adding texture, which is perfect for that touch of luxe. For a fantastic range that covers the full scope, CULTIVER is the go-to. 

2. Artwork that wows

Make a statement with beautiful art. A cost-effective way to add beautiful art to your interiors space is with large scale framed prints, for that instant upscale feel. If your wall space allows, sit two side by side for a cool contrast. 

3. Pops of green 

From lush plants that sit inside decorative weaved baskets, or brass and terracotta planters, a pop of greenery in the home gives an instant – and inexpensive – update. Fresh flowers, or even a simple cotton stem inside a vase adds so much to an interior. For the non-green thumbs among us, faux plants can work just as well.

4. One-of-a-kind pieces

A simple yet very effective way to add a touch of luxe – sourcing one-of-a-kind gems adds to the story-telling aspect of your home. Start collecting objects that come in the way of timber, stoneware or glassware to inject a bit of personality. Curated homewares and second-hand stores are a treasure trove for these unique finds, and you can find some great bargains too. 

5. Breezy curtains 

For that elegant, luxe look, ditch the curtains that drop just below the windowsill, and instead opt for a sheer, lightweight fabric that drapes demurely all the way down to the floor. Sheer curtains are on trend versatile to almost any scheme, or for those who want more privacy, light-filtering curtains are a great option.  

6. Light up your home 

Pendants not only look good, but they add a whole other layer of texture to your interiors. Depending on the space and style your working with, oversized sculptured pendants can look amazing, otherwise, opt for a simple yet gorgeous pendant that is both practical and beautiful to look at, like the Jube Bedsise pendant from Mondoluce. 

7. Rugs that are soft underfoot

Year-round, rugs add texture and effortless style to any interiors. You need to get the proportions right though, as when it comes to rugs, size matters (a lot). Too small, short or narrow, and it looks cheap and out of place. Perfectly proportioned and large-scale rugs, however, can make a room look stunning. We’re huge fans of handmade Moroccan rugs, but jute rugs are a great affordable option as well. 

8. Styled vignette

A simple, yet oh so effective way to make your home feel more expensive. Thoughtfully place items that you love and have collected over the years on a vignette. The trick is to not overdo it by cluttering the space. But when beautifully styled and pulled together, it adds so much to a room. 

9. Cushions and throws

From the bedroom to the living room, soft, textured cushions and throws work wonders on any space, adding an element of comfort, luxe and ease. Have fun playing with different size cushions, textures and hues. And what’s more, they’re an easy and affordable way to spruce up the home when the seasons change. 

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