How to Make Your Home Look Expensive

How to Make Your Home Look Expensive | Progression By Design

Whether you’re prepping your home to sell, or you just want to spruce things up a bit, these tips will make your home look expensive. The secret to creating an expensive feel to your home lies in the details. The right combination of small touches will add visual value to your home.

  • Fake Expensive Curtains
  • Paint Your Interior Doors Black
  • Add Large Inserts To Your Pillows
  • Enhance Your Crown Molding
  • Add in the Details

Many of the items mentioned in today’s post will be linked at the bottom to make shopping easier for you!

Fake Expensive Curtains

Custom curtains are a large component to a well designed room. Adding a custom touch to store bought curtains will give the room a custom designed look.

  • Mount your curtains at ceiling level. This will extend the eye upward and make the room feel taller and more spacious. I go into more detail about how to make your room appear larger in this post.
  • Add a banding to the bottom of the curtain to add color and more visual detail.
  • Add a trim or banding to the inside edge of the curtain panel.
  • Use a simple curtain rod that doesn’t detract from the visual aesthetics of the space. For example, when adding hardware to a room with darker colors stick to a darker colored rod.

Floor to Ceiling Dining Room Curtains

Paint the Interior Doors Black

Painting the interior doors of your home black adds a sleek touch. The crisp pops of black will add sophistication and detail to your space. This is an easy way to improve your cheap doors without spending large amounts of money on replacing them with higher end, expensive doors. Smaller, often over looked details like hardware and door quality can make your home look expensive without a lot of effort. Use a high gloss black paint to create this lacquer effect on your doors.


 Add Inserts Larger than the Actual Pillow

Get the full, volumized look of custom throw pillows by adding inserts larger than the pillow cover itself. This is a technique used by upholsterers when they create custom pillows for a customer. For example if you have an 18 x 18 pillow cover, the use a 20 x 20 insert at the very least!

How To Make Your Home Look Expensive | Master Bedroom

via Dorya Interiors

Create or Enhance the Appearance of Crown Molding

Enhancing your crown molding can add an expensive looking touch to your space. Add an additional trim underneath your existing crown molding to enlarge and enhance. Check out this great tutorial over on Our Home From Scratch! No existing crown molding? Paint a white band around the ceiling to fake the look of an existing molding.

 How To Make Your Home Look Expensive: Enhance the Crown Molding | Progression By Design

Add in the Details

Don’t forget about the small touches! Add a sleek stack of coffee table books, some fresh flowers, and a few well placed embellishments to add to the expensive look that you’re creating in your home. However, focus on minimalism, not clutter. Don’t go over board!

I would highly recommend spending the extra money up front on high quality silk flowers instead of opting to continually purchase real flowers. Repeatedly purchasing real flowers is extremely costly and will begin to add up quickly! The silk flowers will quite literally pay for themselves after a few months of not purchasing real flowers. One Kings Lane is my favorite source for silk flowers because they are often more than 50% off of the retail price! Additionally, I would avoid purchasing any florals from craft stores. These do not look realistic and are of very low quality. Your money is better off spent somewhere else that carries high quality floral arrangements.

Shop my favorite coffee table books, accessories, and floral arrangements (all under $100) at the bottom of the post!

How To Make Your Home Look Expensive | Progression By Design

via SF Girl By Bay





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  • Reply John @ Our Home from Scratch October 5, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Thanks for the mention! Great tips! Beautiful site.

    • Reply Marie Huang October 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks I appreciate it 🙂 Your tutorial was really helpful!

      Marie H.

  • Reply Becky October 7, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Oooooh, pretty! I love the tip about the pillows, I never thought of that.

    The curtain tip totally works too. I did that in my bedroom and it made a big difference 🙂

    Great post!

  • Reply Kelly January 1, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Great tips! We painted all our doors black and I love them 🙂
    XO Kelly

    • Reply kelly February 7, 2016 at 8:51 am

      i just ndid my doors black, also and painted my wood molding white, looks great, going to do my walls light grey, then onto my other rooms

      • Reply Marie Huang February 9, 2016 at 3:41 pm

        I’m sure that the rooms look stunning! I love the look of black interior doors so much!

        Happy Painting,
        Marie H.
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  • Reply Kelly July 22, 2015 at 5:07 am

    I think they stole your post

    • Reply Marie Huang July 22, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      Thank you so much for letting me know!

      Marie H.

  • Reply Alyson Leiva July 27, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Do you have any idea where the table and chairs were purchased from? I love them! Thanks!

  • Reply Nathalie February 10, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Thank you for your lovely post. I found the one with the curtains especially helpful. I can only not envision black doors.

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  • Reply Betty March 22, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Hmm…black doors? Will that work with a home that is Mediterranean/tuscan/spanish inspired?

    • Reply Marie Huang March 23, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Black doors look great in a contemporary or traditional home, but I’m not sure that it would have the same effect in a tuscan style home. Mediterranean style homes typically use dark browns instead of blacks. So in this case, I would just replace the actual door with a heavier wood door. This will be more expensive than just painting the doors black, but it will be worth the investment! Nice doors add so much to a space and can really elevate the overall feel of the home.


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