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Have you ever caught yourself watching Million Dollar Decorators and wondering how on earth can someone afford to spend thousands of dollars on a chandelier? Now try to watch it again, but carefully, and keep an eye on the details, instead of despairing on sky-high prices. You will come to understand that how some space looks depends more on creativity of the decorator and design tricks than on the price of furnishing and accessories. This means that with a couple of smart moves, your house’s interior too can look like a Hollywood crib.

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Have a Neutral Base

Neutral colour palette is the best backdrop for refine décor endeavours. It is a sophisticated start which can later adopt a lot of fine details. Neutral palette grows as you complement it with accents and accessories, and it is perfect if you change your mind about some pieces later on, since it goes well with everything. Some of the best neutral shades to choose are simple whites, ivory, warm grays, creamy latte, etc.

Invest in Several Key Pieces

Decorating on a budget means not only saving where you can, but also splurging where you must. It is similar as with shopping for clothes: you invest in several classic timeless pieces, such as bags and shoes, and save on t-shirts and skirts. In your house, you can invest in key pieces such as sofa, dining table, king size bed, and armchair.

Go for the Minimalist Look

Less is more approach leads not only to money savings but also to a more elegant appearance. Have you ever wondered why Scandinavian décor always seems so expensive, even though it has only a few furniture pieces? It is because of the attention invested in choosing each particular item, that has to be either beautiful or functional, or both.

Add Different Textures

Now, you have arranged all the furniture, but the interior still feels incomplete. Layering different details and textures will add the touches you need. Luckily, this is easy and affordable to pull off. A wide array of available cheap rugs will enable you to choose from contemporary patterned carpets or modern shaggy rugs. Additionally, you can layer the décor with book shelves, floor-to-ceiling curtains, throw pillows and cozy blanket on the armchair, sofa or bed.

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Warm up with Wood

A space that is designed in minimalistic manner can sometimes look cold and sterile. This doesn’t mean you should overcrowd it with accessories. Instead, add a single material that can bring in a ton of warmth – wood.  Do that with wooden furniture and by installing moldings (e.g. shiplap wall).

Use Expensive-Looking Fabrics

When we say expensive fabrics, which ones come to mind first? Those are usually leather, fur, velvet, silk and cashmere. The good thing about them is that almost all have a faux and a lot cheaper variant. Instead of leather, you can get a leatherette sofa; faux fur rug will look just as well as the real thing, etc. You can also buy details made of the originals, such as velvet throw pillows.

Create an Accent Wall

Accent walls are perfect for defining a separate area within a large space, highlighting a large focal point (e.g. the fireplace), pulling a viewer’s eye through a room, visually changing the proportions of a room and providing a backdrop that frames the furniture arrangement. You can create one by using a slightly more dramatic colour tone, by hanging artworks or photographs (opt for black and white, they tend to appear more pricey), hanging a mirror and in any other way that draws the eye towards that particular wall.

Layer the Lighting

Understanding how to layer lighting is the key for great interior, especially if you want it to look expensive. The most important thing to know about lighting is that every room has its own set of rules that depends on the function, e.g. the kitchen must be well lit because it is a place of constant work, while the bedroom has to have subtle lighting that should evoke calmness. The three main types of light a house should include are ambient, accent and task. Ambient serves to provide basic illumination (overhead lamps), accent highlights architectural features, while task is meant for specific activities (e.g. cooking, reading…).

Your home deserves everything any house featured in Million Dollar Decorators has, but when that is not possible, compensate for the lack of money with a surplus of love and creativity.