Sneaky, Sneaky: Ways to Make your Home Look Expensive

Everybody wants those great home designs we see on websites and television programs. The problem is those improvements may cost way over our budget. Not to worry! Trying not to spend a lot to make your home look as high-end as it is makes it achievable. Take time and care arranging things in the most ‘eye-catching’ way possible. Small and inexpensive updates have a great impression – be sneaky.

Here are few tricks from’s Jamie Wiebe to pull if you want to add the illusion of luxury in your home.



According to, declutter is to simplify or get rid of mess, disorder, complications, etc. This is one of the great first steps to transforming your home from average to exceptional. Try walking through each room and get rid of anything that you really don’t need and connects with your personal style. You might face tough decisions most especially those with sentimental valued items, but it might be a good time to store it or let it live in another room with similar family treasures.

After you’ve decluttered, prevent any stuff that piles up like kid’s toys, shoes by the door, mail/papers on the dining table. And try to find right places for your stuff in order to live in a more organized way as possible. Maybe an upgraded closet with beautifully sorted nooks and crannies would make it look so fabulous.



deep cleaning

Intensive cleaning on a weekly basis is not an easy way to do, most especially with the hectic lifestyle we have right now. Maybe a once or twice a year deep cleaning is a good trick to make your home look far more luxurious. Examine and search your home for ignored areas that may have become dirty and absolute gross throughout the days passed by. You’ll want to pay special attention to the grouting, says designer Young Huh. “Having old tile cleaned and re-grouted makes a huge difference in having your bathroom look sparkly and fresh,” she says. This is the best process which is simple and inexpensive. Also get sparkly new floors – minus the refinishing. An immediate lift to finishing up on wood flooring will be the result of steam cleaning.



light fixtures

Most designers add lots of light fixtures to divide spaces visually; this would make a small space grand. No matter what size of a room you have, lighting can make a difference in how the room feels.

Perhaps pick two or three lamps of larger scale with similar shades and then mix in slimmer less obtrusive metal floor and wall lamps to bring lighting all around the room. Mixing in glass lamps can also prevent lamp overload. You can have an outlet put into the floor near the perimeter of a conversation area for a lamp cord if it isn’t convenient to plug it in the wall. Use warm-colored light bulbs to glam it up.



Low on budget for kitchen renovations? Swapping out old, out-of-date hardware for a new one may have a similar effect for much less cost.

Update your brushed-steel drawer pulls; it will give your kitchen an instant update. Make an adventure of it and make it scream your own style. There are lots of attractive options in any décor style.

Fresher countertop and faucets is another change that can make your home look much valuable. Prepare a budget to exchange your dated sink accessories for something fresh that matches your brand new hardware.




New home paint job always make an old home feel fresh. Make sure to choose beautiful and appropriate colors for an instant makeover. A surprising pop of color can make a huge difference in adding personality to a home. You can turn an everyday room into extraordinary spaces. For more painting ideas, check out Benjamin Moore’s website.

Don’t just paint your walls; try adding color to your furniture, front door, and window trims, or even the hardwood floor.




Try adding vignettes to add visual interest to an otherwise bland area. If you look up the definition of a vignette in the dictionary it can be defined as many different things. However in terms of the interior design and decorating world it basically means creating arrangements or displays around your home. Think of it as creating a beautiful still life to tell a visual story. You can make a vignette on top of any flat surface: a dresser, table, bookshelf, countertop or window ledge. You can use accessories like vases, mirrors, plants, greenery, photos or other personal belongings to create a mood, just like a movie set designer does for a film. A vignette makes a room look more polished and pulled together.

Here are some tips for creating striking vignettes in your home according to

  • Build your vignette around a light source.
  • Choose objects to support the style and theme of your room.
  • Use color in your vignette to coordinate a room.
  • Display objects in odd numbers.
  • Vary the height of the objects.
  • Stick to a theme.
  • Create depth.
  • Vary the textures of objects.


And before you know it, you’ll be posting pics of your gorgeous, fresher home.

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