You see amazing livingrooms in magazines, on televisions, and homeshows. But how do you really make your own livingroom look like luxuery. Realtor.com has a few ideas. Here is some of their insite.
1. Create a layered lighting concept
"Lighting is one of the most important concepts in a space, and one that's often overlooked. You want to have a variety of light sources to add depth to the room. says Jessica Davis, owner of JL Design Nashville.
2. Invest in textiles
"One of the easiest and best ways to dress up a room is with great pillows, "But they can be so expensive."says Christina Hoffmann, owner of luxury curated goods site Epitome Home.
Check out any place that sells fabric. You may find amazing scraps for a discount. Then find a tailor or you could also sew them yourself if you're crafty. Pick up some feather inserts (Hoffmann loves Ikea's) and you're set!
Also "an oversized, beautiful throw casually draped in the room will make it feel more luxurious and expensive," Hoffmann says.
3. Make sure your curtains hit the floor
Never, ever buy draperies that are too short.
"They look so cheap and store-bought," Hoffmann says.
Make sure to measure the window before you head to the store. You could also make your own on the cheap—just pick up a sheer, lightweight cotton fabric, and take it to your tailor or dry cleaner.
4. Invest in large-scale art
An oversized piece of art can both spark conversation and imbue your living space with an instantly cool, luxe feel.
Resist the urge to hit up Bed Bath & Beyond for an anonymous beachscape, though—experts agree that the best art has personal significance. Check out secondhand shops and estate sales for pieces with a backstory. 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).
5. Incorporate texture
Design experts recommend incorporating a variety of woods, glass, metals, and woven materials to create a look that's collected, not matchy-matchy. If you're on a budget, toss a faux-fur blanket or sheepskin throw on your couch, jazz up leather chairs with fun pillows in chunky knit cases, or incorporate brushed brass accent pieces on a reclaimed wood coffee table.
6. Roll out a large rug
"Small rugs dwarf your rooms. When your room feels bigger and airier due to a larger rug, it will feel more expensive automatically," Hoffman says.
7. Use metallics
"A metallic desk clock, pedestal table, or decorative accent can instantly add wattage to a room and up your fancy quotient," Hoffmann says.
8. Replace or add moldings
You don't have to knock down any walls, though. If you have narrow baseboards and molding, replace them with something thicker to achieve a more elegant look. Similarly, it doesn't cost much to add applied moldings (wainscoting, anyone?) to any wall to create more charm and character. If the idea of cutting into baseboards and walls makes you queasy, hire a pro.
9. Paint walls and trim the same color
A couple of coats of paint can dramatically change your space. Painting doors and trim a dramatic color can help add interest to the space and enhance architectural details.
10. Scour thrift stores for heirloom-quality pieces
Hoffmann likes to scour consignment and thrift stores for barware, glassware, mirrors, and art.
"If you hate the art but love the frame, buy it anyway and frame an unexpected object or black and white photos you can print yourself," she says.
Don't be afraid of mixing your antique-looking finds with your newer store-bought pieces.