Are there ways to dress up your home without spending a lot of money? I’m showing you some great ideas for making small changes to make your home look expensive.
I decided to finally curate another awesome list of amazing DIY projects to inspire you to make your home look more expensive.
Since my first post about how to make your home look more expensive on a dime was such a huge hit… it helped me take action on this post.
This one can be for anyone in their space, but I really wanted to reach out to my fellow renters to show you all that there are simple and effective projects you can replicate to make your home look more expensive.
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I did my best to find only budget-friendly DIY projects to suit smaller budgets.
1. Distressed Floating Shelves
As I stated in my last post, the use of vertical space is crucial especially if you are renting a small apartment. Perfecting the art of maximizing your space can make your rental look and feel like a million bucks! Installing distressed floating shelves helps make you make use of the vertical space to create a chic yet cozy atmosphere.
Floating shelves add unique texture and depth to any wall, making them the perfect place for displaying artwork or knick-knacks from thrift stores. To make the most out of distressed floating shelves, opt for neutrals; warm whites, grays, taupes, and beige — this way you can use anything from metal and wicker baskets to plants as decor.
2. Decorative Mirror Set
Mirrors are an excellent way to make your home look expensive without spending a fortune. In particular, assembling and hanging a large mirror set is a great DIY project to make any room look larger and brighter. This can also bring the impression of higher ceilings or give the illusion of deeper sofas and will make the area appear even bigger.
Depending on your interior style, you can add character with art and textures which will emphasize the beauty of this project.
If you want something more subtle and neutral for the living room, you can choose mirrors in solid colors that make a chic statement – perfect for making small spaces look spacious! This DIY project is a very cost-effective way to create a large mirror set. This would be a great entryway or dining room decor. I found some of these mirrors on Amazon! That is a steal.
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3. Kate Spade Inspired Storage Boxes
If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to make your home look a little more expensive, IKEA storage boxes are the perfect solution! Giving them a Kate Spade makeover with some fresh fabric and ribbon can completely transform your space.
Concealed storage is always a great idea – whether it’s for bookshelves, craft supplies, stationery or other essentials, these IKEA boxes make organization both stylish and fun.
You get the convenience of storage without sacrificing design or aesthetics – and that makes organizing feel all the more rewarding. If you want to try this project, this is where you can get the boxes.
4. Classy Curtain Tiebacks
Adding a touch of class to make your home look expensive is as simple as adding some glam to your window treatments. Classy curtain tiebacks make all the difference, especially when it comes to drapes.
They can make ordinary curtains look like a million bucks with minimal effort and financial investment. All you need are some string pearls, and you can make these elegant tiebacks in no time! Now isn’t that something special? If you want to try this DIY project, you can get the string pearls here.
5. Twinkle Light Faux Canopy Bed
Adding a canopy bed with sparkly holiday string twinkle lights is a great way to make your home look and feel more luxurious without spending too much money. It adds an extra layer of ambient lighting to make the room look cozy and inviting, perfect for evenings with family or friends.
For an even grander effect, make sure to keep colors neutral and pick a sheer fabric that will catch the light perfectly. Whether you’re looking to make a statement or want to make your space extra special, this unique combination of warm lighting and comfort makes it the perfect addition to any home! If you need to purchase string lights, and to purchase sheer fabric.
6. Chanel “No3” Perfume Vase
This is the perfect project if you want to make your home look expensive for very little money. Instead of buying a generic rectangle glass vase, morph it into a Chanel N0 5 Perfume Vase with a simple DIY project!
Not only is this project incredibly cute and conversation starter-worthy, but it also makes your home smell great as well. Get some fresh flowers or a bouquet and place them in the cleverly decorated vase – voilà! With just one scent-filled accessory, you’ll make your home go from drab to fab in no time, without breaking the bank.
7. Lace Framed Accent Wall
I’m so impressed with this idea! It takes an ordinary wall and makes it look like a million bucks. The lace frame surrounding the accent wall is truly unique and has an upscale look. Choosing to make your home look expensive doesn’t have to break the bank; this creative outlet proves that.
It is definitely worth taking the time to make a statement with an accent wall like this one! I think the crown molding used to frame the accent wall is what makes this wall so special. It looks finished and polished.
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8. Trellis Stenciled Accent Wall
I did a DIY accent wall similar to this one and it took a lot of work but was totally worth it. It saved me a lot of money and I just used what I had to make it work. It turned out looking much more elegant and chic than my stark white wall.
9. Faux Entry Table With a Floating Shelf
I love this project so much! With the help of a little paint and a floating shelf, you can create a faux entryway table. This is such a clever illusion and solution for a small space or a rental space. To purchase a floating shelf like this one, I found it online for a great deal.
10. Vinyl Decal Wallpaper
Do you want to make your home look expensive without spending a fortune? Vinyl decals make it easy for you to make this happen! They’re easy to apply and their hassle-free removable nature means no fear of damage when taking them off.
Plus, you can make your own unique custom decals in no time with a Cricut Maker machine! Give your home the look of a luxury hotel with amazing vinyl decals that make decorating simple and fun.
11. Pedestal Sink Skirt
Getting creative and making your own DIY projects can make your home look expensive and beautiful! One of the best places to make this happen is in the bathroom, specifically with a pedestal sink.
Not only is it easy to make a tailored skirt that would make even the plainest pedestal sink pop, but you can easily conceal any unsightly items that might be stored away in a hidden box underneath. Prettifying your pedestal sink with a skirt will make it look as though you invested more money into it than you actually did, polishing off its entire look!
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12. Faux Built-in Bookcase
With this fantastic DIY project, you can make your home look expensive and luxe at a low cost. I’m head over heels for it! Nothing says fun like an Ikea hack and this one does not disappoint.
Transforming two Billy bookcases into beautiful built-ins is no small feat, but it’s definitely worth the effort. And the addition of a library ladder to the front of the bookcase really tops off the whole thing – adding whimsy, style, and practicality in one package. I love it!
13. Chevron Corkboard
If you are looking to create a cute command center or perhaps liven up your home office, this is the DIY project for you. Not only is it easy to do, but it is also really budget-friendly. Here is a similarly framed cork board that you could try this project on.
14. Glam Beverage Cart
Another fun DIY project is this amazing Ikea hack. This cart costs $29.99 at Ikea and will a little spray paint, this cart adds more beauty to a space, especially with the right bar cart accessories. I have seen other bloggers use marble contact paper on this bar cart and the results came out amazing. I found these fun swirly paper straws, and my favorite stemless wine glasses.
15. Faux Marble Table
This is another fun marble contact paper project. This project came out amazing and I think it adds a lot of sophistication to a space.
As we have seen, DIY home renovations can add luxuriousness to your home without having to break the bank. From installing custom-built furniture to creating a gallery wall or statement lighting, you can achieve a high-end look at a fraction of the cost. These projects require some creativity, effort, and time, but the results speak for themselves. Whether you’re looking to add an air of sophistication to your kitchen, bathroom, or living room, there are endless possibilities when it comes to DIY home decor projects. Don’t be afraid to get creative and try something new – you’re bound to be pleasantly surprised by the outcome!
Remember: with a little imagination, effort, and resourcefulness, you can transform your home and create a stunning home that looks expensive but won’t leave you bankrupt. So, what are you waiting for? Start crafting your own luxurious home today!
What did you think of this roundup? Which of these DIY projects would you actually do to make your home look more expensive? Out of all 15 DIY projects, which one was your favorite?
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I love, love the Chanel glass vase and the entry table .Beautiful
we are in the middle of looking for a new place.it can be a while before we find it but i am on the search for fresh new ideas when we do move.i will definately be making the fake side table with the book shelf.