Décor Formulas That Always Look Expensive

Updated 02/11/19

In a world where our Instagram feeds are filled with luxurious hotel rooms, Gucci loafers, and private planes, it takes a lot of discipline to not have expensive taste. We may want to decorate like Kendall Jenner, but we know our budget more closely resembles that of an up-and-coming model who just scored her first gig. While we may not have a champagne budget, we can certainly fake the look with a little décor savvy.

Of course, decorating on a budget doesn’t have to mean forgoing high style, but navigating the sea of products and prices isn’t always a walk in the park. We’ve rounded up our favorite effortless, expensive-looking décor combinations so you can make your home look like a million bucks even if your budget is closer to a thousand. Get inspired by seven décor combinations that always look expensive—no matter their price tag.

cheap décor formulas
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Celestial Prints + Sleek Sconces + Layered Linens

Elevate your bedroom by layering different linen textures and framing an inexpensive set of prints over your bed. The black frame around this black print makes it look extra luxe. Hang sconces instead of having bedside table lamps—even if they’re plug-in—to get that hotel look.

Rejuvenation Cypress Long Sconce $269 $239
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West Elm Sari Silk Two-Toned Pillow Cover $29 $10
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Little Lark Full Moon Print $33 $29
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brass kitchen
Courtesy of Lonny

Brass Kitchen Pulls + Subway-Tile Wall + Drafter Stools

It’s a combination we all know and love: Inexpensive classic subway tiles and brass hardware create a timeless look that will give your kitchen luxe appeal. For a bigger impact, take your subway tile all the way to the ceiling and tone down the room with rustic, industrial stools.

Rejuvenation Massey Bin Pull $11 $9
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Merola Tile Cobble Subway Ceramic Mosaic Tile $18 $9
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Baxton Studio Varek Oak Brown and Rust Bar Stool, Set of 2
Baxton Studio Varek Oak Brown and Rust Bar Stool, Set of 2 $162
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all-white bedroom
Nicole Cohen

All-White Bedding + Canopy Bed + Metallic Sconce

There’s nothing more serene and plush-looking than an all-white bedroom. Keep the monochrome palette by playing with height and textures. In this bedroom, a pair of metallic sconces makes a subtle statement to pull the whole room together.

Crane & Canopy Soft White 400 Thread Count Sheets $30
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Arteriors Trinidad High Blackend Iron Wall Sconce $675
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Room & Board Architecture Bed $1399
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mid-century dining room
Amy Bartlam

Statement Chandelier + Midcentury Chairs + Round Mirror

A round mirror has the uncanny ability to elevate any space. Pair it with a statement chandelier in your dining room and accent your table with simple but well-designed midcentury chairs for a look that’s both modern and sophisticated.

Classic Cafe Dining Chair - Individual
West Elm Classic Cafe Dining Chair $149
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Lambert & Fils Beaubien Suspension $800
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Project 62 Round Decorative Wall Mirror $50
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neutral living room
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White Sofa + Marble Coffee Table + Camel Throw

White and camel (and every tone in between) make the ultimate chic color combination. Be bold enough to try a white sofa (you can Scotchgard it against stains and spills), and casually drape a camel throw over one of the sofa’s arms. Call it instant sophistication.

West Elm Marco Sofa $1299 $1039
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Monaco Throw
Serena & Lily Monaco Throw $348 $150
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CB2 Slab Marble Coffee Table $349
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neutral bedroom
Tessa Neustadt via MyDomaine ; DESIGN: Alexander Design

Slipcovered Linen Bed + Oversize Mirror + Mayan Throw

A slipcovered linen bed is not cheap, which is why it looks so effortlessly posh. Every once in a while, a great deal will come along for a slipcovered linen bed—but if it doesn’t, fake the look with a slipcovered headboard and matching bed skirt.

IKEA Hovet Mirror $129
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EQ3 Slipcover Linen Bed $1449
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Ara Collective Black & Cream Handwoven Chiapas Throw $155
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glam living room
Nicole Franzen

Traditional Turkish Rug + Black-and-White Photography + Sputnik Chandelier

There’s something about black-and-white photography mixed with a traditional Turkish rug that has a refined and timeless air. Complete the look with a bold brass chandelier and midcentury chairs.

Lucent Lighting Sputnik Chandelier $445
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Ralph Lauren Home Richmond Rug $660
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Marc Gabor Mood Indigo $160
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This post was originally published on January 2, 2018, and has since been updated.

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