In need of an interior refresh but don’t want to spend too much? Keep reading, we’ve compiled our top tips to make your home look expensive without breaking the bank.
1. Start with the bare bones
Instead of opting for new furniture and accessories straight away, start by focusing on the basics. Walls, floors, and woodwork can easily be updated with a lick of paint to change the look and feel of the whole space.
For those looking for a more classic look, wood flooring is a great way to add character whilst making a space feel more expensive and refined.
L-R: Passionate Lilac and Friendly Neutral 1Litre paint from £21, YesColours. St Ives Oak Wide Planks £48.50 per m2, The Wood Flooring Co
“Goodbye accent, hello framing. Rather than an accent wall that can feel quite flat or dare I say it, dated. We’re framing our windows and door area for a playful burst of colour. This technique frames the outside world, connecting us to nature while positioning the landscape as a piece of art.”Emma Bestley, Co-founder & Creative Director of YesColours
Popular in kitchens too, instead of buying a whole new kitchen look at affordable yet luxe ways to enhance what you already have for example, re-painting your cabinetry.
Shaker Kitchens from £10,000, Olive & Barr
“Give a new lease of life to your kitchen island with a fresh lick of paint. Instead of taking on the large task of painting the whole kitchen, find smaller areas to inject a new seasonal colour. Choose a warming colour that complements the existing cabinets such as a dark navy or deep green.”
Al Bruce, Founder of Olive & Barr
2. Do your research
Trends come and go, before jumping on the next best thing, look to see if there’s an easy way to achieve the desired look.
Reeded Glass Panels from £16, Purlfrost
“A fluted style window can often come with a hefty price, not to mention the upheaval of having it fitted. Thankfully that’s where window film coverings come to the rescue, not only are they affordable and easy to install, you’d never guess the glass wasn’t an original. This stylish update can be used in almost every room in the home. It works great at adding privacy to onlooking neighbours or used on internal doors or cabinetry to create a designer look at the fraction of the price.” Joanna Baumard, Co-Founder of Purlfrost
3.The smallest change can make the biggest impact
Experiment with accessories to put your own stamp on your space without the need for a complete revamp. This is especially true in the living room where cushions, throws and accessories can easily be swapped over to create a brand new look.
Sandringham Large Right Hand Chaise Sofa Set 2 in Nature with Walnut Feet £4,899. Hampstead Cushion £49 and Penzance Cushion £79, Bridgman
“Dressing your sofa is an effortlessly effective way to express your style without completely redecorating your home. Choose cushions and throws that reflect your personality. Embrace your fun side with bold colours and patterns that create instant impact, or keep it calm and subtle with a mixture of darker and lighter neutral shades. Don’t forget that cushions aren’t the only accessory in your arsenal. Fold up your throw for a more refined look, or drape over the back or arms to keep things casual.”
Francesca Hadland, Styling Expert for Bridgman
The Rebel 1.5 Seater Snuggler in Forest Green £989, Snug
“Create a real statement by playing up to the colour of the sofa. Saturating the walls in a complementary colour will crank up the cosy factor and make the room feel instantly warming and stylish. Balance the room with sumptuous upholstery offset against rustic textures of wood, jute and metallic finishes.”
Dani Burroughs, Head of Product, Snug