5 (Affordable) Ways to Make Your Home Look Expensive

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1. It’s Okay to Splurge (Once!)

Our first tip may seem counterintuitive—splurge a little. But here’s the deal: You don’t need to replace every item in your home to give it that luxe feeling you love. You just need to make a statement with a focal point your friends and guests will remember. Whether you choose a big and bold art piece or invest in a statement chandelier, the goal is simply to get people talking.

2. Ground Your Look with A Rug

It may go unnoticed, but the rug is the addition that truly makes a room look lush and luxe. Rugs add warmth, texture, and color to your space and make your home look complete. We love a soft and cozy sheepskin for next to the bed or over your favorite armchair. Or, cover the room in a hand-knotted Tibetan wool rug to really elevate your style with plush mulberry silk. Typically, the larger the rug, the more of your furniture you are able to include on it, so the more custom and luxurious it will look. And if you shop rugs at KKH, you’ll be sure to find some affordable options as well. For extra help on sizing, feel free to read our rug guide.

3. Upgrade your Hardware

One easy way to totally transform your home is to change out your hardware. It’s an affordable way to upgrade your kitchen space without the cost of renovation or new cabinetry. We love the cabinet pulls and knobs you can find at big box retailers like Anthropologie, or head to a local flea market for some unique finds! You can also give big box retailers like IKEA an upgrade by tricking out the front panels, handles, legs, and sides of cabinets. If you’re not the DIY type, there’s a company we love called Superfront that will do it for you in a variety of colors and finishes!

4. Add a Touch of Texture

Take your room to the next level by adding narrow strips of molding to plain white walls for a sophisticated paneled look (or fake it with paint for faux paneling). You can also add texture by adding wall coverings that create a moody atmosphere. Explore our collection of very affordable removable wallpapers that are made to look like wood, brick, stone, and other textures.

5. Stay Classic

One of the best ways to ensure your home is always chic and timeless is to spend money on high-quality furniture and decor that never go out of style: the Chesterfield sofathe statement mirrora leather armchair, etc. The trick is to bring something new to these classic pieces, like an acrylic base or a stylish fabric, that’ll give your home modern appeal. Our Modern Classic collection is an assortment we selected just for this purpose!

All images via Kathy Kuo Home

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