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Designer Secrets to Making Your Home Look More Expensive (Without Spending a Lot)

These simple decorating tricks will make your home look more expensive and luxurious without you having to spend a lot of money. Try them out! When you look at or walk through a high-end home, you instantly and subconsciously pick up on the level of customization. The details, even if not immediately apparent, lend to this impression of quality and luxury.

While there are a lot of factors that go into designing and building a high-end home, there are many details that you can copy in a lower-priced or “track home” to make it look custom. It’s a lot easier to make a home expensive than you may think if you follow some easy decorating tips and tricks.

Here are our favorite tricks for making a home look more expensive:

How to Make Your Home Look More Expensive


One of simplest high-end details you can add to any home is molding. Every home should have clean, well-kept baseboards, but if you take it a step further and add crown molding, your home will instantly look more upscale. This is a project you can do yourself on a low budget or you can hire a contractor to do it for you. Make sure you take the height of the room into account; lower ceilings should have a thinner molding while taller ceilings look better with a thicker molding.

There are other types of molding that can add a nice, luxurious detail to a room, too, such as a chair rail in a dining room or a few rectangles trimmed out on the wall above a sofa for a wall art alternative.


The right lighting is imperative to great design, but certain types of lighting can really raise the apparent value of your home. Uplighting is especially effective. Lighting the trees in your yard from below, for example, creates a stunning effect that is used in a lot of high-end landscaping, particularly around luxury hotels. Inside, you can light your artwork, place lights below the cabinets, light the inside of glass cabinets, or even light the shelving in your entertainment center for a subtle glow.


To instantly upgrade your kitchen or bathroom cabinets, switch out the hardware on the doors and drawers to something more upscale. This is a small investment that can make a surprisingly big difference on how the room feels. You can even switch out the knobs on your interior doors for the same effect.

Cabinet Details

Another way to upgrade your cabinets is by adding extra details to them, such as paneling. Finishing off the doors and end-caps with some trim will make them look like they were custom-built, even if they weren’t.

Luxurious Textiles

Certain textiles have a more luxurious appeal than others. Faux fur, for example, instantly brings a touch of glamour to a space, such as on a throw or accent pillow. Extra pillows in general will make your sofa or bed look more luxurious. Any fabrics that are a little thicker are going to have a more upscale quality to them, too, so keep that in mind when shopping for accents, such as curtains or bedding.


Neutrals are always an elegant choice for design because they are classic. Though you don’t have to stick strictly with neutrals, leave plenty of white space and contrast with black will help your home look more expensive. Use color as an accent and leave your base palette neutral for a more timeless appeal that not only looks more upscale, but is also easier to change with the seasons and as your tastes evolve.

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