Here are 40 ways to make your interior visually rich. Consider these helpful pointers to make your space as luxurious as it can be.
1. Mixed furniture
Mixing old armchairs with modern ones or a large sofa with a recliner of a different design and style is a fashionable technique that designers use in different interiors. No furniture sets or identical chairs! Wooden chairs can be adjacent to plastic ones. Therein lays success: simple furnishings look much more expensive.
2. Monochrome interior
Right doesn’t mean boring. Colour can have unusual shades within the same room, where it is supported by small details and accessories. Often, the monochrome interior looks more striking and rich, better and more expensive.
3. Vintage items
An antique armchair, a rug fashionable in the last century, an antique chest or an old copper lamp – any of these items will immediately add gloss to the interior. But you don’t need to place all these things in one room at once; otherwise, instead of a visual rise in price you will get a vulgar version of eclecticism.
4. Statement wall
Decorate one wall in the room with expensive wallpaper or mirror stickers, and paint the rest of the surfaces in neutral shades. The result will be exactly what you wanted to get.
5. Natural wood
Natural wood works equally well in modest and luxurious interiors of any style. It adds a sense of warmth and character into a living space. Wood decor and furniture can instantly add natural rusticity to a space and is the perfect way to display nature’s infinite beauty. Simple, untreated, or colorless varnished wood. Leave all the knots and cracks in sight, do not paint over them – natural motifs always make the interior more pleasant and expensive.
6. Natural light
Natural light is one of the best of lighting scenarios. If you’re fortunate enough to have an appropriate layout and lots of large windows, go for a living room here. Let it be done in soothing shades and with just one or two accessories – the light will do the rest! No curtains required!
7. Thoughtful zoning
Zoning with furniture is often used. It’s a good idea to divide the room into functional parts using wall décor, textile and lighting. The option is inexpensive, but very effective.
8. Wall art
Wall decor such as an unusual poster is a great technique for creating a rich interior with small means. Please keep in mind that it’s better to purchase a canvas by a little-known artist than a reproduction of a recognizable masterpiece. Let your interior be original. Moreover, at exhibitions, opening days and flea markets, you can find worthwhile paintings at an affordable price.
9. Live plants
Big and well-groomed by all means! A few large plants in expensive pots or just stylish wooden pots will transform the interior for the better. It’s a well known trick.
10. Leave the ceiling alone
Everyone has become obsessed with ceilings! If you think sensibly, by focusing attention to the ceiling you only remind everyone of its existence … and about its height. Nine-foot ceilings will never turn into majestic castle one. Fool the eye and get the look by hanging your drapery and hardware as high and close to the ceiling as possible. This will draw the eye up and give the appearance of a loftier space.
11. More air
When in doubt, remember that less is usually more. A few chic, quality pieces will make your space look more elevated than an abundance of lower-quality pieces. The rich interior assumes a large area of the premises. But if you do not have one, you can correct the situation and visually increase the space in various ways:
- painting walls and ceilings in the same colour
- smoothing the transition between the ceiling and the wall by baseboards
- placing a large mirror
- using plain furniture with thin legs
- placing a large plain carpet on the floor
In order to create a sophisticated-looking space, simplify your styling and pare things down. Giving items space to breathe means they can really stand out and shine.
12. Fresh flowers
It’s all about how you arrange the flowers and the vase you arrange them in. You don’t need to brake the bank to add luxury to your space. A simple (read: cheap) bouquet from the grocery store can be all you need to add sophistication.
13. Gold Spray Paint
There’s no greater tool to add glamour to your interior than gold spray paint. A single coat can take small accessories like picture frames, vases, and trays from bland to beautiful. Try painting a shelving unit, side chair, or mirror frame. Gold is inherently luxurious, and adding touches throughout a home adds a sense of luxury in a way nothing else can, but don’t overdo it.
14. New hardware
You’ve probably heard this one before, and for a good reason. Swapping out your standard hardware for something more modern and chic will immediately elevate your space for pennies on the dollar. Change handles on your furniture. Today, they produce a huge variety of different accessories – from simple to luxurious, and the price often allows you to choose what resonates more in your soul.
15. Statement furniture
Give your furniture the spotlight it deserves with a few simple yet expertly styled pieces for an overall richer experience.
16. Crown Mouldings
Like most architectural details, crown mouldings are associated with rich homes. They bridge the gap between the walls and the ceiling, adding a finishing touch that looks both traditional and elegant. Despite this perception, crown moldings can be installed for very little money, particularly for people with decent DIY skills.
17. Large Scale Art
Large-scale art makes a big impact, and as a result, can make it look like you spent a lot of money. Choose large-scale photography or something abstract and vibrant to really make a statement. If you’re on a budget, get creative and do it yourself (all you need is a giant canvas from an art supply store and the medium of your choice).
18. Ceiling Medallion
Want to add instant class to a room? Nothing works as well as a decorative ceiling medallion. They were particularly popular in the Victorian era, and putting them in today’s homes can bring back some of the elegance of that time. This architectural detail adds luxury in a way nothing else can.
19. Nailhead Trim Furniture
Based on historical detailing, this topical trend has continued as a decorative extra that has stood the test of time and found resurgence in style. Dress up a plain piece of upholstered furniture with metallic nailhead trim. Applying nailhead trim to furniture is an easy, DIY way to quickly get a high-end look. Nailhead trim is made up of super tiny, flat nails that add a small detail to furniture without standing out too much.
20. One but striking piece
Instead of furnishing an entire room with expensive furniture, focus on one impressive detail. It can be a spectacular headboard, a carved antique sideboard inherited from your grandmother, a mirrored wall in the living room, elegant wallpaper (just one wall is enough to paste over), a painting or … whatever.
21. Maximum closed shelves
The fewer things in sight, the more spacious the room looks. Choose furniture so that there are as few open shelves as possible. The less we see rubbish (and all our figurines, assorted books, magazines and you never know what else, are nothing but rubbish), the more expensive and stylish the interior will be.
Gold has become a classic colour that can fit into any interior and bring luxury to it. Of course, making “Versailles” from a typical apartment is not a good idea. Measure and taste. A few golden accents in a room will help to make the interior chic. What it could be? Whatever: curtains from “liquid gold” fabric, self-adhesive 3D stylish sticker, a vase, and anything else. You can also choose wallpaper with a golden glitter and apply it on one wall or only on a part of the wall.
23. Half-empty shelves
Sometimes, in order to make the interior look richer, you don’t need to buy anything. On the contrary, you should remove some items from the shelves. Leaving the shelves half empty will reduce visual chaos and will favorably highlight the remaining things: books, figurines, and framed photos.
24. Folded screens
This almost forgotten piece of furniture will bring an atmosphere of luxury to your home. Screens are associated with oriental charm and expensive interiors of Japanese emperors. A self-made screen will give the apartment a special uniqueness. In addition to the aesthetic function, do not forget about the practical purpose of the folded screen: it will elegantly separate an open-concept layout or help to make a working zone in the living room.
25. Metallized textiles
One of the latest trends in interior decor is textiles with metallic reflections. Innovative materials, luminous fabrics, imitation of iron wire and metallic sheen are at their pinnacle. The shades are dense and rich: caramel, bronze, copper, and silver. Now, some manufacturers have gone further by using foil printing, which allows you to create a patina effect and keep the fabric soft. The variety of metallized textiles is amazing. Fans of a shocking fusion style will find bright flashy colours; fans of calm harmony will select materials of soft shades.
The rich look of velvet on furniture upholstery looks as chic as crystal chandeliers. Interior designers know how to make expensive furnishings from inexpensive home textiles by adding a couple of pillows with velvet pillowcases or one armchair with velvet upholstery. Even in a very modest apartment velvet curtains will do the trick. Also, there is no need to buy new furniture or look for an upholstery service. For any budget, for any room … there is no limit for your imagination. If you want to dramatically transform your living space, this is the perfect option.
27. Flax linen curtains
Flax linen curtains look unusual and stylish in any interior, modest or luxury. Once in ancient Egypt, up to 250 m of the finest linen fabric were obtained from only 1 kg of raw materials, and the canvas itself was incredibly delicate, flexible and light. You would be surprised how homely and warm it becomes in a room with a window covered with natural linen, how softly the sunlight flows through this natural fabric, and how cozy it is in the evening with a floor lamp near a window with linen curtains …
28. Golden curtains
Golden curtains are an easy way to add luxury, beauty and comfort to the interior of any room and they are super modern now. And this luxury is absolutely affordable. Deep folds of highly reflective curtains visually make the room more spacious, add light and air. They look very original, but fabrics with a metallic sheen of gold are simply gorgeous!
The easiest and simplest way ever! An area rug visually separates the open floor plan. Boho? Rustic? Traditional? The rug you choose can instantly change the whole aesthetic of your room. The use of area rugs of colour can help you to “colour-code” zones in a room. It’s another powerful way to define separate spaces in your open-concept living space.
30. Removable 3D wallpaper
Wallpaper is appropriate for all interiors without exception. There are many different types of wallpaper but anyone can create the appearance of an expensive interior – you just have to choose wisely. Whether you are after marble, brick or wooden looking walls in your home, you can achieve that with self-adhesive and removable 3D textured wallpaper. It is an amazing option to add a touch of class to any room! It would look absolutely tremendous and truly transform your home.
31. Removable 3D wall stickers
Take your decor game to the next level with removable 3D wall stickers! With 3D wall stickers you can almost instantaneously transform your home into something absolutely stunning that provides you with a new look and a nice homely sensation. Thanks to innovative technologies, wall stickers are of the highest quality now – meaning that no shine or reflection will be causing any problems, and that they are rip-bubble-peeling-free due to their durable and long-lasting nature, masking any imperfections on your walls. If you have never applied wall stickers before there is no need to worry; it’s easy, just peel and stick – it’s a sticker!
32. Non-glass removable mirror stickers
Non-glass removable and self-adhesive mirror stickers can be placed anywhere almost in no time: peel and stick. They stick directly to the walls, tiles or doors, so no need for a heavy mirror, a handy man, nails, or drilling holes.
- Can you cut them? Yes, you can! And more – their flexibility enables them to be fitted round pillars and curves and any convex surfaces.
- Does acrylic mirror scratch? Should the surface of an acrylic mirror ever become scratched, an acrylic polish can be used to restore its surface, unlike glass.
Don’t wait, start making your mirrors a magical way! So, peel, stick, enjoy!
33. Lighting fixtures
Introduce distinct lighting. Lighting is one of the most important concepts in a space, and one that’s often overlooked. It can do magic in any interior.
Mirrors are a cunning way to deceive the eye. They double your space and can be used to enhance something or deflect attention away from it. Mirrors are the main components of luxurious interiors. The bigger the mirror, the richer the space.
35. Matte dark colours
When dark colour palettes are executed properly they are stylish, rich, and larger than life. They make a room special and intimate in ways you’d never be able to achieve with a lighter shade. Dark colors may be scary to some, but they can add drama and character to your space.
36. Faux fur
It’s so cozy. It’s so rich. It’s so welcoming. And today, it has become a toasty hot interior design trend. The appeal of faux fur is in its blend of opulence and coziness, and its ability to make a room more expensive. Faux fur is especially adept at making a cool, modern space cozier.
37. Mix of styles textures, colours and patterns
It is easy to make a room faceless by following only one style, colour, and texture. Designers are of the opinion that the interior looks really expensive when different elements are mixed up in it.
You can create a rich and dynamic composition through the use of contrast. Place two or more elements that have opposite characteristics together and enjoy the result. Sweeping lines and geometric shapes, silk and velvet, deep shades and light colours combined can create a deliciously warm and cocooning interior, with contrasting textures and a touch of glamour.
Metallic elements are understated accents in interior design and can be truly eye-catching, regardless of whether they are radiant high-lustre or mellow matt. Metallic surfaces can also have different finishes. Depending on the look, it can be exciting to combine matt and high-lustre pieces.
40. Natural stone
Any natural stone, be it marble or granite, adds a sense of luxury to the space. Even one piece of furniture, for example, an island tabletop or a fireplace cladding, draws attention to itself and visually increases the cost of the interior.
Have fun with your decoration project!