8 Ways to Make Your Home Look More Expensive

Hello!  Hope you are doing well today!  If you're like me, you're always drawn to expensive things, but like most people, my budget doesn't support my taste!  One thing most people, including buyers and sellers, can agree on is that we like homes that look expensive. A home that looks expensive is easier to sell and the appraisal usually comes back higher. That's a win for sellers!   And if you're staying put, enjoying the house that you want to stay in, a more expensive-looking home is quite satisfying.  It can be very calming, relaxing, and inspiring. Today I'm sharing 8 Ways to Make Your Home Look More Expensive.  I'm personally going to work on this first one.

1.  More Layers of Bedding

Most of us have a fitted sheet, flat sheet, 2 pillowcases, and some sort of top layer - a quilt, comforter, or duvet.   For the colder months, we may even add a blanket.   If you want your home to look more expensive though, double-up on your bedding.  Have four bed pillows, two that you sleep on, and two that have shams to match or coordinate with your top cover.   Then add another comforter or duvet folded at the foot for more plumpness.  The expensive-looking trend right now is to use linen or linen-looking, neutral colored bedding. Top it off with throw pillows and a throw blanket.   I love the tassels, textures and layers here in this photo by Dear Lillie Studio.  

2.  Large Throw Pillows 

plump pillows

Pillows!   Some people love them and others hate them.   Regardless, if you want your home to look more expensive, adding large scale pillows can really make a huge difference.  Let's face it.  They are usually only for a decorative purpose, but it's like putting a bow on a package.  The package is usually pretty plain without it.  Choose pillows that are down-filled and get an insert that's one size bigger than your pillow cover.   Then they'll keep their shape and look extra expensive.  I like groups of three for sofa corners and on beds.   Single bolster (long and skinny) pillows look great in a chair.  I'm loving all of the pillows here by Studio McGee.

3.  Layered Lighting

Most builders only install one light in the middle of a room.   That's the bare minimum amount of light for a room, and bare minimum doesn't help your room look more expensive.  To make your home look expensive, you should layer in more lights.  Add table lamps, floor lamps, wall sconces, art lights, and consider switching out builder-grade fixtures to something more impressive.  How many light layers do you see in this room from Traditional Home?  Did you also notice the candles?  Another tip...make sure all of the lightbulbs are matching and are not too blue or too yellow.   When selling, make sure you also choose high-wattage bulbs to make your rooms look big and bright.

4. Wall Molding

Installing molding can definitely make your home look more expensive.  Now this one may not be one that you want to try for selling just because it takes longer.  But, ooooh, molding can really make your rooms look amazing!  The trend right now is to keep skinny molding (the old traditional kind) the same color as the walls, so if your walls are pale blue, paint your molding pale blue as well.  Don't highlight it by painting it white.  That's a very dated look!  Board and Batten is very popular as we see in this picture by Tidbits and Twine.  Very expensive looking, indeed!

5.  Remove the Packaging

Now, I'll admit that I rarely do this one because it takes time and energy.  It's not convenient, but I admit that it's a way to make your home look more expensive.  All of the soaps and shampoos, detergents and cleaners CAN look better. No, I'm never going to do this with all of my cleaning products, but if they are on "display" where others can see them without opening cabinet doors, using nice bottles and containers to display these items will definitely look more high-class!  See how pretty all of these soaps are in this huge jar in this image?    Expensive-looking!


6.  Hanging Curtains

photo: Pinterest zimmo.be

I think I've written about this one before.  Short, dinky curtains look cheap.  In order to make your home look more expensive, hang curtains that almost go as high as the ceiling.  And hang them wide, so that when opened, they cover the wall next to your window, not your window itself.  Bigger windows make houses look more expensive. Add to that, neutral curtains are usually preferred, since its part of a neutral palette, which we will talk about on number seven.  

7.  A Neutral Color Palette

Photo: Pinterest

A neutral palette is one that looks expensive.  That doesn't mean that you can't have color, not at all!   But, if you were going to spend $10,000 on a sofa, would you purchase a cream-colored version or a red one?   Probably cream because it's so expensive that you'd want it to last a long time and have a classic look.   Having too many colors creates busyness in a room and makes it look cluttered and smaller.  A neutral palette provides a large background that can highlight textures, greenery, and special items.  It helps your home look more expensive!

8.  Large Scale Artwork

This photo from julesandjetsets.com highlights one piece of large scale artwork.  I truly believe that we could all just have one large, fabulous piece of art in each room of our homes and that would be enough.  Maybe you could also have a mirror, but often-times we have large windows that take up a lot of space anyway.  If you want your home to feel expensive, pack away most of your small art and embrace the large scale pieces.  

Time for a Quiz!

living room furniture and decor

Which of these 8 Ways to Make Your Home Look Expensive do you find in this living room photo by luluandgeorgia?

1.  layers of bedding

2.  large throw pillows

3.  layered lighting

4.  wall molding

5.  remove the packaging

6.  curtains hanging tall

7.  neutral color palette

8.  large scale artwork

If you guessed #2, #3 (if you count the candle), #4, #6, #7, and #8 YOU ARE RIGHT!  That's what make this room feel expensive!  

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this post!  No matter the price of your home, you can use these tips to help you make your home look more expensive.  Have fun with it.   Here are a few YouTube videos that you may find helpful if you want some more inspiration.  

10 Ways to Make Your Home Look More Expensive  by Kristen McGowan

10 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Look More Expensive by Julie Khuu


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