10 Easy Ways To Make Your House Look More Expensive

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Want to make your house look like a custom home without spending a lot of money? Check out these 10 easy ways to make your house look more expensive.

Whether you want your bedroom to feel like a luxury hotel or just want to add some rich-looking details, there are lots of little ways you can make your house look more expensive than it is. Since I live in a builder grade home which was a boring square box when I moved in, I can tell you from experience it is possible!

Great ideas for making your house look more expensive without spending a lot of money! | 10 Easy Ways To Make Your House Look More Expensive

As many of you know, I live in a builder grade house that I have been updating so that it doesn’t look so builder grade. Along the way, I have found some easy and relatively inexpensive ways to do this.

Two of the big differences between a custom home and a cookie-cutter builder grade home are the quality of the materials and workmanship, and the number of custom details. Or in my case, the fact that there were NO custom details in my house!

Trying to upgrade all of the standard-grade materials in the house isn’t a very affordable (or efficient) way of improving the look of your home. But fortunately, there are lots of things you can do which are easy, budget-friendly, and make your house look like it was custom-made even if it wasn’t.

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  • Vases(❤️), velvet, mirrors(got my eyes on one from Neiman Marcus with beiveled edges), changing the switch covers and lights are my to do’s. Also will have to do something about my “matchy” living room set. Tips to break the eye focus on it is appreciated. Really don’t like too much going on in my living spaces, but your way of pulling various pieces together in your house tempts me a lot!

    • Thanks, Barbara! Your “to do’s” will definitely add some more personality to your room. I think that is the best thing for taking attention away from things like “matchy” living room furniture…give your eye something else to focus on 🙂 Another possible option is to put part of the set in another room…that will also help provide continuity throughout your house.

  • I have a small cottage house overlooking the lake.
    There are some areas that stun me on how to decorate and finish the spaces .
    Do you accept pics of spaces, then offer ideas on finishing them off with colors and designs?

    I’m trying to go for the craftsman cozy tranquil rustic look.
    There’s a project for everyone to weigh in on lol
    Please help?

    • Hi Zee…that’s not something I normally do. But if you want to email me the pictures, I’ll see what I can come up with 🙂

  • Replace the builder plastic light switch covers with nice metal ones, same with vent covers and air return covers. Makes a huge difference.

  • My Aunt Dorthy had the same skill in taking a plain house and turning it into a stunning home. Yes, it was “over the top” but oh my, what fun it was to go over there. When I saw your makeovers it reminded me of her. A home should reflect the personality of the owner. I am sure your personality is larger than life, thanks for sharing it with us.

    • Thanks, Barbara! I totally agree that your home should reflect your personality, and make you happy to be there. I hope everyone has a home that they love to live in as much as I do 🙂

  • The original room from Houzz is expensive, elegant, and well-edited. The color scheme you’ve chosen can work, but there are far too many things going on in this room. What you show in your den is every classic mistake an amateur makes. Mixing patterns is an art and careful editing is a must. The rug, the wall “art,” the fabric, the wall tile, the furniture. Way too much. This does not look expensive, it has the opposite effect.

    • Hi Gwynn…Everyone has their own taste in decorating. What is too much (or too little) for some is perfect for others. If you choose to take the “less is more” approach to decorating, that is fine for you. But, please don’t try to make everyone follow the same design rules that you do. How boring would the world be if we all decorated everything the same way?. One version is not “better” than the other, they are just different. I happen to love my room…and at the end of the day that’s all that really matters…

      • Wanda, you handle this negitive critizism very well. You are right, everyone should decorate the way they feel lead. At the end of the day, you have to live with it. Your home is your own Oasis.

        • Thanks, Michelle! I do believe that is the true measure of a good room design…if the person who lives in it loves it, then it’s a success 🙂

    • Hi Gina…A lot of the same principals will apply to small houses as they do to big ones. But you’re right that it’s hard to find pictures of smaller houses that show it. I’ll see what I can do about coming up with some 🙂

  • Thanks for all the tips… I loved scrolling through and looking at all the pictures! I loved your tip on repeating patterns and finishes to unify a room and make a look feel cohesive! Such a great tip! Thanks for linking up with us at Welcome Home Wednesdays last week… we can’t wait to see you tomorrow morning!

    • Thanks, Betsy! I read (and pinned) some great posts from your Welcome Home Wednesdays link party…so many great ideas! I will be stopping by again in the morning 🙂 Thanks for hosting!

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