30 Things That Make Regular Rooms Look Luxe
Exotic materials, bold art, striking architecture… high-end design has a way of grabbing our attention — and keeping it. So why not channel an opulent spirit in your own home? While you can’t fake great architecture, adding certain elements to your rooms can make a big impact.
Here are 30 budget-friendly ways to bring a luxurious look to your home, from investment buys to smart reno tips. Take your pick to make your home look a little bit richer — and a lot more memorable.
Adding a designer pendant or chandelier to a kitchen is a foolproof way to increase its style quotient (check out online retailers for markdowns if you’re on a budget). Invest in a piece that makes a serious statement, like this glossy Tom Dixon design.
A painterly design or pastoral landscape brings instant gravitas to a room, and these days, elegant removable murals are easy to find. Opt for darker, more dramatic tones to keep the look sophisticated.
You won’t regret investing in good quality, high-threadcount sheets and shams. Pure white linens will deliver a suite-like vibe, and let you layer on color with accent pillows and throws.
Designer wallpapers — like this iconic Scalamandré design — make a striking impression, but can be an expensive design choice. Smaller spaces like powder rooms, however, offer the perfect opportunity to embrace high-end motifs.
A long, elegant chaise instantly connotes languor and luxury. Place one in a principal bedroom, living space or den, then pair it with a small side table to place your cocktail on.
A polished gold, warm bronze or modern black faucet will pop in an all-white neutral kitchen — and there are more finish options on the market now than ever before.
Rooms wrapped in grasscloth wallpaper never fail to feel rich and cozy. We particularly love darker tones, like the wallcovering designer Tommy Smythe selected for this handsome den.
An underused niche can become a focal point if you pay careful attention to styling. Compose your display like a curator, and give only your most interesting objects plenty of room to breathe.
Make your bathroom feel like a high-end spa by appointing a pretty accent table — like this exotic inlaid piece — with scented candles, brushes, soaps and a vase of fresh flowers.
Deep shades of paint such as navy, emerald green and graphite are handsome choices for a principal bedroom. Here, Benjamin Moore’s Hunter Green makes the room feel particularly luxurious.
Plush and enveloping — especially on chilly nights — velvet seating delivers luxury in spades. It’s also a perfect fit with buttery leather upholstery.
A synthetic throw infuses soft, sumptuous texture into a principal bedroom or guest room. Keep the rest of your linens simple to balance out the look.
Chinoiserie vessels tend to be blue and white, but they also come in other hues like deep red. Whichever palette you come across, you’ll find these pieces look timelessly beautiful in any room.
Nothing elevates big-box cabinetry quite like traditional latches, knobs and pulls. These handmade pieces by venerable British kitchen company deVOL are especially charming.
Forget florals. The most striking entries and hallways make a splash with a sculptural potted tree in lieu of the usual blooms.
Whether you splash out on a mod designer tea set — like this cool Tom Dixon collection — or pull out your heirloom silver coffee service, a tray of showpiece vessels makes a refined focal point.
Abstract forms look stunning set on mantels, plinths or tabletops. Head to a local art show, studio tour or gallery to pick up an original piece (and, in turn, support the artist who crafted it).
Large-scale prints make a strong, dynamic impression. Invest in a custom frame and high quality matting for a high-end effect.
A fully stocked bar cart is a classic choice, but we especially love the look of a sleek tabletop setup. Corral mixing tools on a tray at one end of a slim console, and group glass decanters at the other end.
No budget for thickly veined quartz throughout your kitchen? You can still make a splash by installing a single slab as an attention-grabbing backsplash.
While adding coffers, faux beams or medallions to your ceilings is an extra expense, these kinds of details never fail to elevate a standard space.
A herringbone or chevron pattern underfoot is a timeless choice, whether laid out in light wood or ceramic tile.
Clad your ventilation hood in tidy panelling and paint it the same color as your kitchen backsplash for a seamless look.
Get inspired by this principal bedroom, where a tonal palette of sophisticated greys gives the space a rich, cocooning appeal.
Installing shutters is another upfront investment you won’t soon regret. We especially love them in an ensuite bathroom, where they provide privacy and natural light.
A simple way to set your subway tile apart from the pack is by selecting slightly irregular, textured tile with a handmade look.
Luxurious details like a custom railing, high quality runner or statement artwork turn a transitional space into a spot to linger.
A bit of shine brings out the depth of a room’s wall and ceiling colors, making the space feel extra special.
Hunt for a vanity with turned legs, interesting hardware or a rustic wooden finish to give your bathroom a bespoke aesthetic.
Adding a button-tufted banquette to an eat-in dining area is a simple way to inject both comfort and charm into a kitchen.