How to Make Your Home Look Luxurious on a Poor Man’s Budget

I get it – your home just isn’t cutting it lately. Something’s off. Or, maybe it’s always seemed this way, and you just can’t figure out what to do to bring it to life.

That might be because you have a taste for luxury and your current space just feels cheap and boring.

But don’t feel discouraged if you don’t have tons of cash to throw at costly home improvements. Take a look as this simple guide on how to make your home look luxurious on a budget.

Create an Illusion

One of the first steps for mastering how to make your home look luxurious without breaking the bank is to merely create the illusion of space. And don’t worry, you won’t have to tear down any walls or do any major renovations (though those wouldn’t hurt either).

Start off by choosing a monochromatic color scheme for your room. This allows your eye to wander naturally without being interrupted by sharp color changes that clue your brain into the true size of the room.

Some decorators have figured out ways to use area rugs with a neutral color palette to make the room appear larger. You can also hang mirrors of varying sizes to make a smaller room feel more open, or use paint strategically from room to room to create a sense of continuity of space.


Another way to enhance the aesthetic qualities of your home is to make use of accessories.


A simple room with a few pieces of furniture and a television may appear minimalistic and sometimes even classy, but after a while it becomes boring to the eye. That’s why you should find some of these items and use them in clever ways to make the room feel more alive:

  • A piano or other elegant instrument
  • A well-designed ottoman
  • Bookcases or other shelving displaying any collections you might have
  • Art or handmade knickknacks of varying sizes sprinkled throughout
  • Plants, real or (convincing) fakes
  • Printed animal skins
  • Potpourri

But remember, do not go to any department store and pick up their bestsellers. These trendy items may seem appealing at first, but after time they’ll grow boring and become obvious for what they are – in poor taste.

Keep it Clean!

This might go without saying, but you wouldn’t believe the simple things people let slip past them when trying to improve upon their homes. Keep your rooms clean.

And hey, maybe you’re a messy person at heart and you enjoy living amongst the clutter. That’s fine, to each their own. But maybe just limit it to one room where the public at large isn’t forced to confront your mess?

If you look online or in magazines at images of luxurious kitchens, do you ever see food lying out (other than decorative fruits and vegetables) or other mess? No. The most luxurious kitchens are utterly spotless, and if you work to keep yours that way, it will be far more likely to impress.

To encourage guests (and yourself) to keep a room clean, put a subtly designed smaller-sized trashcan somewhere nearby that isn’t close enough to draw the eye or the nose. Preferably in a closet or underneath a counter.

How to Make Your Home Look Luxurious Through Details

  • Crown Molding: To make your rooms seem taller, shorter, fancier, or as though the walls and ceilings are seamless, invest in crown molding (though be careful with the pricing!).
  • Perfect Paint: A new coat of higher-quality paint can bring a once-drab room to life.
  • Elegant Pillows: Throw pillows can turn a boring couch into a beautiful (and more comfortable) choice of furniture.
  • Window Treatments: Curtains cannot be an afterthought. Think about lighting, texture, and color.
  • Unique Hardware: Choose interesting doorknobs, faucets, handles, etc. that catch the eye.

Use a Focal Point

If you’re an artist, here’s the perfect opportunity to show off your work, low key. Or, maybe not.

One of the best ways to make an otherwise tiny room feel larger and more elegant is to center everything in the room on a central focal point. For many these days, that point is the television. And that’s okay, especially if your TV is the most interesting or utilized part of the room.

But if you have access to some fine visual art, put it up on the wall for all to see. Carefully arrange the objects in the room so that their lines and contours lead the eye to the piece. This may take some regular adjustment, because if furniture and accessories get moved around, the room can appear disorganized or messy.

Take Advantage of Sunlight

If you’re fortunate enough to live in a home with big windows or screen glass doors, you should immediately rethink the way you’re utilizing sunlight.

That natural light can bring warmth and life to a room like nothing else. So, when decorating, stick to neutral colors that won’t distract from the ways the sunlight spills across them.



But, you’ll still want one or two pieces that pop out in the room, so try for an eye-catching zigzag print pillow or a uniquely shaped coffee table to create more interesting textures in the room. The sunlight will only enhance these features.

Highlight the Unexpected

Sometimes, a room just feels as though it’s missing something. You know that there’s a key element you’ve overlooked that would really tie the room together.

So go out and find something! Go wild. Don’t think too hard about whether or not the colors will match or if it might be too distracting – using the element of surprise makes a statement about the quality of a home. It says the owner isn’t afraid to show it off and take risks.

So, to make your home feel more luxurious, buy that deer head for your living room wall and put a scarf on him. Think dramatic, and use a big black headboard for your bed in an otherwise white bedroom. Think extravagantly with your centerpieces and make them stunning. A crazy rug or a weird how-do-I-sit-in-this chair. Just be different, and highlight those differences.

Splurge When Necessary

While you’re probably reading this with the idea in your head that you want to master how to make your home look luxurious without spending too hefty a price on any one item, think carefully.

Sometimes, maybe even only once a year, you decide to go all out on something. With many decisions, you come to regret them later. But it’s hard to overdo it when customizing your personal space.

So, when you find your wallet weighing you down, think about that piece of furniture for the den or that breakfast table you can only picture in the most luxurious kitchens. These additions to your home will stay with you as long as you like, bringing a sense of sophistication to even the most plain of spaces.

In Conclusion

There you have it – you now have a better understanding of how to turn your house into a place you can happily call home.

If you have more questions on ways to customize your spaces, or on anything related to home improvement, financing, selling or purchasing, feel free to contact me today. As a real estate agent serving Austin, Killeen, and the surrounding areas, I’d love the chance to discuss your housing needs.