7 Simple Tips to Make Your Living Room Look Expensive
The living room is often the first place home decorators look at when they’re ready to revamp a space. As the central component in any home, it should reflect your tastes and aesthetic, but what if your champagne style is at odds with your canned-beer budget? Scroll through for seven tips for making your living room look luxurious and timeless (and only seem expensive).
A cluttered, overaccessorized space can look messy and disorganized rather than chic and sophisticated. Pare down your collection, and only retain pieces that have sentimental value or evoke strong memories. A simplified space will enable the remaining elements to really shine.
Nothing brings down the feeling of sophisticated luxury in a space quite like a huge black television placed front and center. If fancy mirrors that conceal the TV aren’t in your budget, visually minimize the presence of your screen by creating a gallery wall or salon-style art arrangement around it. Although it won’t entirely disappear, the frame of the television will blend in with the other artwork and distract the eye.
Give your room a custom look by using vintage or antique textiles to make throw pillows or cover small pieces like seat cushions or upholstered stools. The unusual fabric will inject your room with a unique element and will personalize your space.
Prevent your room from becoming a sea of straight lines and circular forms by introducing an element with an interesting shape or unique silhouette. A tree-root coffee table or unusual side chair will feel like a piece of art in your living room, adding an unexpected and wholly artistic component to your design.
Create a focal point and give your space some wow factor by hanging an oversize piece of art by itself on one of your living room walls. The look is chic and high-impact with very little hassle. Keep your eyes peeled at flea markets and thrift stores for large pieces at reasonable prices, or get creative and make your own.
Give your space a sense of wisdom and incorporate a piece with some patina and age to it. Anything from a mirror to a small side table or accessory will do the trick—the older the better. If it gives off an air of “I-was-purchased-at-a-French-flea-market-and-came-from-an-old-château,” it will do the trick.