Now This Is How You Make a Room Look Expensive

Updated 11/17/17

It's easy to get swept up by the beauty of a room decorated by the world's top designers, as they seem perfect. Each piece of furniture or artwork is carefully curated, the proportions are always on point, and the spaces themselves are often architecturally captivating. And while it's true that we aren't all blessed with a penthouse in New York's tallest building, a sprawling Los Angeles midcentury home, or a chic Paris apartment, that doesn't mean that we can't aspire to infuse a little luxe into our everyday décor.

If there's one company that knows luxury better than anyone, it's the online marketplace 1stdibs, which connects the world's best art, furniture, and even jewelry dealers in one place. So when the company recently released its latest book Rooms of Distinction, featuring rooms from some of the world's most acclaimed interior designers, we had to investigate—what makes these rooms so special?

One thing we learned about eye-catching high-end rooms is that they often feature one piece that draws in the eye, makes the space unique, and elevates the entire décor. So while you might not have the budget to splurge on every single piece in your space, a good rule of thumb is to invest in one single standout piece—and let it shine for the rest of the space. Browse through a few rooms of distinction and their standout pieces—and find out how to make your room look more expensive.

Add a Classic Side Table

How to Make a Room Look Expensive
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How much you ultimately want to spend on your statement piece is up to you—sometimes a simple side table will suffice. In this minimal room by interior designer Michael Boyd, a pair of Eero Saarinen tulip tables steal the show with their architectural shape.

Saarinen Side Table
Knoll Saarinen Side Table $745
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Make Your Barstools Stand Out

How to Make a Room Look Expensive — Barstools
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Do you have a kitchen island? Let your barstools make a statement like they do in this home by Charleston-based designer Angie Hranowsky—where solid wood stools wrapped in rich leather make this Indiana home unique.

Lostine Jack Leather Stool $685
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Invest in a Luxe Daybed

How to Make a Room Look Expensive — Daybed
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Neal Beckstedt is known as one of New York City's most prominent designers, and this camel-and-cream living room is no exception. While every piece in this room is arguably a statement, our eye is immediately drawn to the only black piece in the room—an oversize daybed by Poul Kjaerholm.

Poul Kjaerholm Daybed PK80 $15000
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Poul Kjaerholm Daybed PK80 ( $15,000 )

Let Your Ceiling Steal the Show

How to Make a Room Look Expensive — Chandelier
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New York–based firm Ashe + Leandro unarguably knocked it out of the park with this artist's library/office. Everything from the crown molding to the floating bookcase and the Persian rug come together to create a unique and captivating space. But the true hero of this room is the Serge Mouille five-arm spider chandelier that hangs down from the ceiling. Without it, our eye wouldn't be drawn up to notice the beautiful architectural details.

Serge Mouille Spider Ceiling Lamp With Five Arms $9040
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Collect Eye-Catching Art

How to Make a Room Look Expensive — Art
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In a Laguna Beach home decorated by interior designer Matt Blacke, a mirrored piece by renowned artist Doug Aitken steals the show. Even though the rest of the space is meticulously designed as well, one could argue that, in this case, the artwork made the room.

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Doug Aitken NOW (price on request)

Focus on the Rug

How to Make a Room Look Expensive — Rugs
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No everyone is blessed with a double-height living room and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, but regardless of this Upper West Side townhouse's grandeur, the rich Moroccan rug is what steals the show. Interior designer Lucien Rees Roberts chose a darker rug to anchor the light and airy space.

ABC Home Casablanca Moroccan Wool Rug $10300
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ABC Home Casablanca Moroccan Wool Rug ($10,300 )

Choose One Statement Chair

How to Make a Room Look Expensive — Chair
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The entirety of this Antwerp living room, designed by Nicolas Schuybroek, screams understated luxury—the wood-beamed ceilings, the honed marble fireplace, the soft gray rug—but our eye naturally gravitates toward the mustard yellow velvet chair by Phillip Lloyd Powell. A new upholstery fabric is an easy way to give new life to a classic chair.

Phillip Lloyd Powell New Hope Lounge Chair $24500
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Phillip Lloyd Powell New Hope Lounge Chair ( $24,500)

And now, eight designer-approved tricks that look expensive but aren't.

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