Design Formulas That Always Look Expensive

Updated 05/06/19

In a world where our Instagram feeds are filled with luxurious hotel rooms, Gucci loafers, and private planes, it takes a lot of discipline to not have . We may want to decorate like , but we know our budget more closely resembles that of an up-and-coming model who just scored her first gig. While we may not have a champagne budget, we can certainly fake the look with a little décor savvy.

Of course, doesn’t have to mean forgoing high style, but navigating the sea of products and prices isn’t always a walk in the park. We’ve rounded up our favorite effortless, expensive-looking so you can make your home look like a million bucks even if your budget is closer to a thousand. Get inspired by seven décor combinations that always look expensive—no matter their price tag.

cheap décor formulas
Courtesy of Homepolish

Celestial Prints + Sleek Sconces + Layered Linens

Elevate your bedroom by layering different linen textures and framing an inexpensive set of prints over your bed. The black frame around this black print makes it look extra luxe. Hang sconces instead of having bedside table lamps—even if they’re plug-in—to get that hotel look.

Rejuvenation Cypress Long Sconce $269 $239
West Elm Sari Silk Two-Toned Pillow Cover $29 $10
Little Lark Full Moon Print $33 $29
brass kitchen
Courtesy of Lonny

Brass Kitchen Pulls + Subway-Tile Wall + Drafter Stools

It’s a combination we all know and love: Inexpensive classic subway tiles and brass hardware create a timeless look that will give your kitchen luxe appeal. For a bigger impact, take your subway tile all the way to the ceiling and tone down the room with rustic, industrial stools.

Rejuvenation Massey Bin Pull $11 $9
Merola Tile Cobble Subway Ceramic Mosaic Tile $18 $9
Baxton Studio Varek Oak Brown and Rust Bar Stool, Set of 2
Baxton Studio Varek Oak Brown and Rust Bar Stool, Set of 2 $162
all-white bedroom
Nicole Cohen

All-White Bedding + Canopy Bed + Metallic Sconce

There’s nothing more serene and plush-looking than an all-white bedroom. Keep the monochrome palette by playing with height and textures. In this bedroom, a pair of metallic sconces makes a subtle statement to pull the whole room together.

Crane & Canopy Soft White 400 Thread Count Sheets $30
Arteriors Trinidad High Blackend Iron Wall Sconce $675
Room & Board Architecture Bed $1399
mid-century dining room
Amy Bartlam

Statement Chandelier + Midcentury Chairs + Round Mirror

A round mirror has the uncanny ability to elevate any space. Pair it with a statement chandelier in your dining room and accent your table with simple but well-designed midcentury chairs for a look that’s both modern and sophisticated.

Classic Cafe Dining Chair - Individual
West Elm Classic Cafe Dining Chair $149
Lambert & Fils Beaubien Suspension $800
Project 62 Round Decorative Wall Mirror $50
neutral living room
Courtesy of One Kings Lane

White Sofa + Marble Coffee Table + Camel Throw

White and camel (and every tone in between) make the ultimate chic color combination. Be bold enough to try a white sofa (you can Scotchgard it against stains and spills), and casually drape a camel throw over one of the sofa’s arms. Call it instant sophistication.

West Elm Marco Sofa $1299 $1039
Monaco Throw
Serena & Lily Monaco Throw $348 $150
CB2 Slab Marble Coffee Table $349
neutral bedroom
Tessa Neustadt via MyDomaine ; DESIGN: Alexander Design

Slipcovered Linen Bed + Oversize Mirror + Mayan Throw

A slipcovered linen bed is not cheap, which is why it looks so effortlessly posh. Every once in a while, a great deal will come along for a slipcovered linen bed—but if it doesn’t, fake the look with a slipcovered headboard and matching bed skirt.

IKEA Hovet Mirror $129
EQ3 Slipcover Linen Bed $1449
Ara Collective Black & Cream Handwoven Chiapas Throw $155
glam living room
Nicole Franzen

Traditional Turkish Rug + Black-and-White Photography + Sputnik Chandelier

There’s something about black-and-white photography mixed with a traditional Turkish rug that has a refined and timeless air. Complete the look with a bold brass chandelier and midcentury chairs.

Lucent Lighting Sputnik Chandelier $445
Ralph Lauren Home Richmond Rug $660
Marc Gabor Mood Indigo $160

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This post was originally published on January 2, 2018, and has since been updated.

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