Making Your Home Look More Expensive on a Budget

Making Your Home Look More Expensive on a Budget

August 30, 2021 | Love Where You Live | By: The Goodhart Group

If you’re looking to up the “wow” factor of your home without spending a fortune, read on. There are so many easy and creative ways you can make your home feel more expensive than it really is! Below are our team’s best tips for making your home look more expensive on a budget.

Making Your Home Look More Expensive on a Budget

Use A Consistent Paint Theme

A well-thought-out color scheme definitely gives a home an upscale feel, especially important in homes with an open floor plan. Use the same paint color for all connecting spaces. Select one or two colors and then use variations of them throughout the home. Save the boldest colors for enclosed rooms like a powder room. Or you can simply try to limit colors to the same temperature family (either warm or cool tones).

Add One Statement Piece
One special high-end piece or “bling” can elevate any room. Often, it’s a light fixture, mirror, or a bold piece of art. For art pieces, go big. An oversized piece of art, hung alone, has a big impact. You can often find inexpensive pieces at thrift stores and flea markets or established chains like HomeGoods.

Create the Illusion of Higher Ceilings
Expensive homes often boast grand, soaring ceilings. You can make your home’s ceilings look and feel higher with window treatments Also, hang curtain rods closer to the ceiling, and opt for long, flowy window treatments.

Upgrade Interior Doors
Take your interior doors from boring to bold. Beautiful paneled doors or sliding barn doors create instant drama and say “upscale.”

Make the Ceiling Stand Out
Architectural details on the ceiling make a home feel grand. Turn your ceiling into a focal point with this simple trick: Embellish the area around a light fixture’s attachment with a lightweight, polyurethane ceiling medallion then paint it your chosen hue. Or paint the ceiling a bold color.

Add Molding

Walls with molding definitely say “upscale” when compared to boring, plain walls. Crown molding instantly makes a room look more expensive. You can also get creative with narrow strips of molding for a picture-frame look. Add wainscoting or beadboard to give a room more character.

Undertaking a larger-scale renovation? Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind.

Try Creative Tile Treatments
Try mixing in different types of tile in the same bathroom that coordinate. For example, one tile on the floor and a complimentary tile for the shower. Floor and Decor has a lot of great tiles that resemble higher-end tiles, so this is a great option for affordable style. However, if you go this route, make sure all of the tiles come from the same dye lot for consistent color across the board.

Read our related post for more bathroom ideas.

Look for an Appliance Package.

Purchasing appliance packages makes it more affordable. For example, high-end appliance manufacturer Viking offers a very good deal if you buy a “package” of several of their products. It prices out to be significantly less expensive than buying each of the appliances individually (and less than other packages like the Subzero and Wolf).

Add Built-Ins
Whatever room you’re renovating, be sure to add some built-in shelving to amp up the high-end feel. Floor-to-ceiling shelving always makes a room feel grander.

The Bottom Line

You don’t have to break the bank to make your home look more expensive! There are so many creative ways for making your home look more expensive on a budget. Search out inspiration on sites like Pinterest and and always keep your eyes open for deals!

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