Are you constantly in awe of the amazing architecture magazine covers showcasing phenomenally decorated homes, perfectly staged and scattered with luxuriously looking details? You want that for yourself, don’t you? But then you remember that there are thousands of dollars invested into those rooms on the covers, and you definitely don’t have those funds. Don’t worry, there are ways to make your home looks just as amazing without breaking the bank. We’ll give you some ideas that will spark your imagination, and you can take it from there.

Start with a clean slate

If you want to make your home look elegant and luxurious, a paint job is a good place to start. Both warm (e.g. beige) and cool (e.g. grey) neutrals can serve well as the backdrop for the rest of your designing endeavors. A monochrome color scheme is the best choice, but if you consider that too boring, you can use different tones of the same color or introduce subtle elements of other shades.

Add a focal point

Every room needs something that will instantly draw attention. What that will be depends on your preferences. You can design an entire wall as a focal point where you will create a wall gallery, or use more subtle hints, such as one piece of artwork, a striking chandelier, a unique furniture piece, or wallpaper.

It’s all about the reflection

The combination of matte paint finish and reflective surfaces brings sophistication into any space. This is, at the same time, very affordable to achieve. All you need are a couple of stylish designer mirrors, which will serve both as decorative elements and a means to create the illusion of spaciousness. If they have metallic frames, they will fulfill their purpose even better. For their second task, the mirrors need to be located properly (opposite a light source or a window).

Shine on…

No, we haven’t finished with reflection yet. Not only mirrors and glass provide that sparkly lux feel inside a room. You can also use other metallic accessories, such as flower pots, vases, pendant lamps, light fixtures, coffee table, etc. Metals you choose will depend on the rest of your décor, but the types that are trending now are copper, brass, rose gold and aged silver.

Set the mood

The thing that affects the overall ambiance of some space the most is the lighting. Although the mood isn’t something that is tangible, there are some foolproof methods to do it properly. Layering the lighting types is the most efficient one. This means you should introduce ambience, task and accent lights, and create a pleasant and warm atmosphere.

Layer the textures

A room that has only one or two simplistic texture looks dull and poor. On the other hand, the room that is too cluttered, looks cheap and corny. It is up to you to find the right balance between the two and enrich the space with area rugs, throw blankets and interesting upholstery. Some of the most elegant things you can introduce are a velvet-upholstered sofa, sheepskin rug and a leather armchair.

A whole new window

Windows are essential, because they allow natural light in. However, they can also be used to enhance the “expensive-looking” interior design. Besides pulling the curtains back to allow plenty of natural light, you can make your windows pop by using upscale window treatments or installing shiny metal framing. Woven bamboo shades and wooden blinds are a subtle, yet effective addition to your million bucks décor.

Less is more

Interior design can certainly stir up your emotions and motivate you to buy and display various different items. However, it is important to be in control of the amount of items you are using in your place. Going minimalistic is the best road to take if you want to create a tasteful, yet exquisite interior, so throw away everything you don’t need and find adequate storage for the rest of your things.

So you see, there is no need to ask the bank for a loan. Your house can be magazine cover-ready in just a few steps.-

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