collaborative post // The pandemic and its subsequent lockdowns meant Brits spent an exorbitant length of time in their homes over the last two years. As a result, many have felt inspired to tackle new home improvement projects and embrace their inner interior designers.

If you’ve decided to give your home a new lease of life, you may be wondering where to begin. Trends come and go but one look that will never go out of style is the one that says, “I splashed some cash.” From picking the right curtains to layering your lighting, you can make your home appear expensively decorated, even if you don’t have the budget for an extortionate interior design bill.

Here, we explore four simple DIY design tricks to make your home look expensive:

Choose the right curtains

The general rule with curtains is the heavier they are the more expensive they look. Avoid flimsy, lightweight fabrics where possible as these will instantly make your home look cheap. If thinner

curtains are your only option, you can create the illusion of them being fuller by inserting curtain panels.

Consider using curtain ring clips rather than simply hanging the curtains directly from the rail. Not only will this make your home look more lavish, but it will also make it much easier to pull the curtains open and closed.

Wall moulding

Plain white walls will make your home appear cheap, so consider adding some moulding to your space to create an opulent look. Installing wall moulding is very straightforward and it’s a fun, creative project to undertake too! You’ll need to invest in some good quality tools such as these handsaws to ensure your moulding is applied effectively.

Layer your lighting

Choose a range of different styles of lighting to brighten each room in your home and position them so that they’re all pointing in a different direction. This will allow you to highlight different features in the room and provide a high-end finish.

When it comes to choosing your lights, opt for luxurious styles like chandeliers, as well as modern fixtures such as pendant lighting. This will make your home look more expensive while still maintaining a contemporary aesthetic.

Create illusions with furnishings

If you compare your bedding to that in a magazine or interior design webpage, you’ll notice the duvet in the photo looks luxurious and full, whereas yours lies flat.

This is because the bedding in the photo has been doubled up, so you’re looking at one duvet layered on top of another. This is a simple way to create a more sumptuous appearance and make your bed look more expensive than it is.


  1. I love these ideas!! I’m actively trying to figure out my decorative style and I love the luxury but it’s already really expensive & adding kids to the mix makes me not want to buy anything at all! These are a perfect starter tips

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