11 Celeb-Proven Tips to Make Your Home Look More Expensive
If anyone knows how to achieve luxury at home, it’s the Hollywood elite. They are surrounded by the industry’s top tastemakers and have access to the worldliest finds. Some have a more tasteful interpretation of luxury than others, of course, which is why we’re looking to these celebrities for some décor takeaways. The best part? You don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve that high-end look. We discovered a few affordable finds to mimic their fancy tips.
French royalty like Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were the ultimate displayers of luxurious taste. So take a note from fashion designer Erin Fetherston, who, after relocating from Paris to New York, used French-inspired pieces to achieve a sense of regality in her home.
An over-the-top mirrored canopy bed may not be within your budget or even in line with your tastes. So follow Jessica Alba’s lead by sprinkling luxurious accessories like this brass gemstone box around your home to introduce an undercurrent of luxury.
When it comes to fancy finishes, gold is the cream of the crop. As you see here, metallic touches bring a formal feeling to Lauren Conrad’s home. Try spray-painting or gold-leafing a mirror, a chandelier, or any metal accessories you own to re-create the look.
The private Paris residence of rock star Lenny Kravitz, who has his own design firm, is as sumptuous as they come. Of course, the massive crystal chandelier and Ligne Roset have something to do with the opulence of this space, but the overarching theme here is scale. Using large-scale pieces truly takes everything up a notch, so go big or go home.
Symmetry is essential to classical design, and using it can give your home a polished, traditional look. The planters and lanterns framing Molly Sims’s front door instantly give the space a feeling of grandeur. Shop in twos and you’ll be on your way to an upscale home.
The best kind of luxury is the kind that isn’t just for show. We’re talking about a beautiful balcony you can escape to, a wood-fired pizza oven where you can make top-notch meals, or a glamorous chandelier like in Nina Dobrev’s dining room, where you can relax and indulge. Sometimes luxury is as simple as creating a private space where you can enjoy some peace of mind.
“Valentino is known for his fastidious adherence to elegance in all forms,” writes Vogue, and his homes, which have appeared many times in the magazine over the last 40 years, are no exception. One of our favorite takeaways from his Roman penthouse is his lavish use of pattern. Piles and piles of fabric—a tented ceiling, even—are decided proof that more is more. The trick is to use a mix of broad and small scales, as well as complementary colors, so the patterns don’t clash.
Luxury is all about having what most people don’t have, and using unusual shapes in your home is one of the most intriguing ways to set your space apart. The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies’ living room is anchored by a boomerang-shaped sofa, and it’s nothing like we’ve ever seen.
Tables covered in Swarovski crystals are not our kind of luxury design—let’s leave those for the oil barons. But what we do love is a more subtle introduction of shimmer: reflective surfaces. Kelly Wearstler created a gorgeous interpretation of this in Cameron Diaz’s Manhattan apartment, which she decorated with a wall of tinted mirrored tiles. The look is not overly flashy, but just glamorous enough.
For some people, luxury is all about making a big splash, everywhere. But we prefer the show-stopping moments to occur in restrained measures, and statement art is often the best option. In her Calabasas bedroom, Kourtney Kardashian hung a neon light that reads “Love Me.” It’s playful and cloying—and just the right about of flash.