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    27 Ways To Make Your Home Look More Expensive

    Thanks to these tips, you'll need very little elbow grease (or cash) to make your space look luxurious.

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    1. Want the look of a swanky hotel bathroom or spa? Try these stainless-steel and glass soap dispensers that look expensive but are actually quite reasonably priced. The uniform look will make your showering experience feel so fancy.

    A customer review photo of four soap dispensers in their shower.
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    Promising review: "I purchased these to use as shampoo, conditioner, and body wash dispensers. I wanted our shower to look like a spa! They are great quality and many people I know have copied our idea, so they are a hit! Very high quality, the plunger part is always the most important part. These are metal and not plastic, something that seems to be hard to find when looking for dispensers." —Rebecca Morea

    Get set of two from Amazon for $14.99.

    2. Make old furniture look new with a budget-friendly DIY project. Use this toile peel-and-stick wallpaper with a country-life theme to add new life to an old dresser or nightstand.

    Wayfair

    Promising review: "I have been looking for this type of peel-and-stick wallpaper, and Wayfair had it in the exact color I wanted! It is very easy to work with, so if you attach it incorrectly, it comes off and can be reapplied so easily." —Bernice

    Get it from Wayfair for $1.35 per square foot (available in red or gray).

    3. Give your bedroom a luxurious upgrade without investing in a completely upholstered (and therefore more expensive) bed frame. This tufted headboard will give you look and the comfort without needing to spend bookoo bucks.

    Reviewer's headboard in white is shown
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    Promising review: “I wish there were more than 5 STARS. This headboard is beautiful, very well made, the legs are easy to put on, comes with everything you need. The color, fabric, and button tufting are magnificent!!! When I finish building my home I will be purchasing more for the guest rooms. I bought a king size and it fits perfectly. A+ on quality and got it four days before estimated delivery.” —D.B.

    Get it from Amazon for $74+ (available in twin, full, queen, and king and 10 colors)

    4. Turn your stairs into something out of an interior design magazine with a set of removable tile decals. They come in a roll just like tape, so you slap them on your risers and — boom! — you're done.

    The stair decals are shown installed on a flight of stairs; the decals are shown in a roll
    Quadrostyle / Etsy

    Quadrostyle is a woman-founded brand from Aussie designer Gabrielle Morabia. With operations based in Bali and an HQ in the south of France, Quadrostyle embraces all corners of the globe and takes inspiration from the traditional tiles found in the Mediterranean, Latin America, and Scandinavia.

    Promising review: "What a great upgrade to my very old, tired stairs — the product shipped quickly, was very forgiving as I worked with it, and it only took a couple hours to complete the project. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!" —Valerie

    Get it from Quadrostyle on Etsy for $14.46+ (available in six heights and two finishes).

    5. Use peel-and-stick removable wallpaper to create a faux reclaimed wood accent wall for a fraction of the price of installing costly real wood. Simply cut the paper to your wall's size and stick on. It's really that easy.

    Reviewer's bedroom shows the faux wood wallpaper on the wall
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    Promising review: "Ordered seven rolls to do a bedroom wall and completed it around three months ago. First off we noticed that six rolls were all identical but one was a little different. We used that roll strategically and it actually enhanced the project target than detract from it. My wife and I completed the project, including prep work, in just a couple of hours. We immediately loved it. There were a couple of spots where we did have to peel it back and reinstall. You had to be super careful because it could tear, and the adhesive maybe didn't feel as strong initially. I'll tell you what though, all that changes when you take a hair dryer over it and warm/smooth it once it's all installed. The adhesion is great even three months later. We did make a mistake with a tear/hole, but we cut out a patch from scrap that matched perfectly and we defy you to find it! If you're looking for a pallet wood look, I highly recommend this paper. We are very, very happy with this purchase." —David Robinson

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in five sizes).

    6. Antique and vintage mirrors are timeless, but unfortunately they can be really expensive. Instead of blowing your savings, try this antique-inspired mirror that's less than $20. It's super lightweight because it's plastic, so no need for heavy-duty hardware when it comes to hanging it — some folks just use tape.

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    Love the look of the flowers behind the mirror in the first photo? Recreate the look with some peel and stick rose wall decals ($9.99). Or if you want something a bit more modern consider these tropical flowers and palms peel and stick wall decals ($9.99).

    Promising review: "This was everything I had hoped it would be. It is light, easy to hang, and just beautiful! The weight really helps in the installation as I have plaster walls and can use those Command strips on this. Some mirrors are so heavy — this one isn't. It's just beautiful. Highly recommend. Quick shipping, too!" —Jane G Chlapaty

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three colors).

    7. Consider upping your curb appeal with a beautiful autumn wreath that'll perfectly illuminate your porch as the days get darker sooner. It's pre-lit with 35 clear lights and trimmed with orange gourds, pine cones, and berry clusters.

    A reviewer's lit fall wreath
    Wayfair / Debbie from Franklin, OH

    Promising review: "This wreath looks good all lit up. It really looks great with all my other fall decorations from Wayfair." —Julie, Virginia Beach VA

    Get it from Wayfair for $69.99 (originally $96.99).

    8. Make your whole home smell like decadence by using this candle with a scent inspired by YSL's Black Opium perfume. With notes of mandarin, pear, jasmine, orange blossom, patchouli, vanilla, and coffee, this candle doesn't just look and smell good, it's also vegan and cruelty-free, and uses no paraffin wax.

    A stock photo of the Floriental Vanilla candle is shown
    Dossier

    Get it from Dossier for $39.

    9. All of the shows on Bravo and HGTV feature fridges that are expertly organized and labeled. Steal the look with some fridge organization labels that have a ton of font, size, and color options.

    Organise Life / Etsy

    Organise Life is a small business out of Australia that focuses on pantry and home labels.

    Get it from Organise Life on Etsy for $1.53+ (available in small, medium, and large).

    10. One of the best ways to give your bathroom a major upgrade without spending a ton of money is to swap out old and tired lighting for new pieces. This three-lamp wall sconce has major farmhouse vibes, which is the most popular interior design style right now.

    Reviewer's lighting is hung above a mirror in the bathroom
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    Promising review: "I really wanted a black light fixture for my bathroom remodel, but most of them are high dollar. I found this for half the price of most fixtures and it’s perfect! It looks better in person and ties the room together perfectly. I love it! Don’t look anywhere else!" —Jayme

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    11. Want the look of an expensive bathroom but lack the funds for a complete makeover? Cover up your unsightly tub with a gorgeous shower curtain designed by Justina Blakeney, the bona fide queen of bohemian interior design.

    The shower curtain covered in a leafy pattern is shown in a bathroom
    Jungalow

    Jungalow by Justina Blakeney is a Black- and woman-owned business based in Los Angeles that creates all sorts of boho-inspired home decor, from pillows and bedding to planters and wallpaper. Justina is the author of the New York Times bestselling book The New Bohemians, among other books.

    Get it from Jungalow for $49.

    12. Want the look of luxury without the hefty price tag? Try some dining chairs that are upholstered in PU leather — aka artificial leather. PU Leather is actually a wonderful material for dining chair upholstery as it doesn't stain nearly as easily as traditional leather and can be cleaned with way more common household products.

    Reviewer's dining chairs are around a circular glass dining table in the kitchen
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is my second order of these chairs because I wanted more of them! They are delivered two in one box, packed well, and are easy to assemble. I just built two and it took me about 15–20 minutes total. I think they are really comfortable and hold up well. We’ve used the chairs (from my first order) for about about a year now in our kitchen. There are five of us and the chairs still look brand-new!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $117.72+ (available in gray or white).

    13. Use a special shelf for books that — thanks to unique hardware — literally makes it look like your books are floating on the wall. An easy and very cool way to show off your favorite pieces of literature that are sure to wow your houseguests.

    Amazon, Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed

    From BuzzFeed staffer Kayla Boyd: "I love my floating bookshelves because they save a lot of space and since I colorized them, they look like fun decor in my room. It definitely helps me get excited about reading more since they're so cute and visible. The shelves were also super easy to hang and, as you can see, they're very sturdy." —Kayla

    Promising review: "These are so much fun! We ordered the small size, which fits standard hardback books (approximately five to seven hardbacks in my experience). They're a great way to add some extra storage to our very small home, and we've placed them in our hallway so people ask us about them all the time. I'd highly recommend!" —LaBuenaVidaMere

    Get it from Amazon for $20.93+ (also available in sets of three).

    14. Add a peel-and-stick subway tile backsplash to your kitchen to create a more finished look. This is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your kitchen's aesthetic, and because they're stickers you won't lose your deposit if you're a renter.

    Reviewer's kitchen before and after installing the kitchen tiles
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’ve been wanting to try peel and stick tiles for a long time and I’m so glad I found these for our kitchen facelift! They are so easy to apply and look amazing! I love that they are actual-size subway tiles as well! They’ve given our kitchen the last very important piece that it needed!" —April Grill

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in six colors).

    15. Or if you want a peel-and-stick backsplash that has more of a wow factor, use this one that mimics Talavera Mexican tile.

    Before and after photo of the backsplash in a bathroom
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "The adhesive is great! My house doesn't have AC so it gets hot and humid, often leaving me concerned the tiles may fall off the wall. But, these tiles have not even made an attempt to fall off. I made sure to clean the wall with TSP cleaner and then wipe down with plain water as I went. These are super easy to cut and install around outlets, light switches, cabinets, etc. Super affordable way to add personality to your kitchen or bathroom!" —andrea

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99.

    16. If you have an ugly bathroom floor, consider a vinyl mat that looks like tile. It's also antifungal, hypoallergenic, thermal insulated, and 100% recyclable.

    A person walking into their shower next to the mat
    Art Maison Canada / Etsy

    Art Maison Canada is a small Canadian business in that makes vinyl art mats.

    Get it from Art Maison Canada on Etsy for $20.77+ (available in five sizes).

    17. Create a gallery wall with a set of eight framed pieces of art in various sizes. The themed art will create a cohesive look without being too matchy. Bonus: This kit comes with a sheet of paper that shows popular layout options, so you don't have to spend hours going "OK, so where should THIS one go?!??!?!"

    Reviewer's bedroom shows the prints above a small sofa
    amazon.com

    The set comes with two frames and art in 12"x16", 8"x12", 8"x10", and 6"x8" sizes.

    Promising review: "These photos are so nice and great quality for the price. My family room needed a little changing, and these photos were awesome! I also love that the seller provides a sheet of different ways to hang the photos." —Critic

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (the frame color is available in natural or black).

    18. If you have a bathroom with outdated cabinet pulls or knobs, consider swapping them out for something that's on trend yet timeless, like these black matte-steel cabinet pulls. If you rent, simply put the old ones in a shoebox or bag under the sink so you can swap them back in when it's time to move out.

    Reviewer's bathroom shows the black cabinet pulls
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Perfect! They were exactly what I was going for! Great quality, very durable, and actually have some weight to them. Great purchase for replacing all of the hardware in my kitchen and bathroom for the camper I am remodeling. Definitely would recommend, especially at such an amazing price. Great value for great quality!" —Summertime

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in quantities one through 60 and in black, gold, or silver).

    19. An easy way to add luxury to your home is by incorporating a lot of wonderful houseplants into your space. If that's intimidating because you have a hard time keeping plant babies alive, try a pack of food spikes for fertilizing every type of flowering and foliage houseplant you have. Each stick provides up to two months of food for your plants, which eliminates the need to constantly fertilize and check the soil for nutrients.

    finger pushes green chalky stake into soil
    Amazon

    For best results, replace spikes every 30 days in spring and summer; replace every 60 days in winter and fall.

    Promising review: "I swear by these plant food spikes!!! The package says they are for indoor plants, but I actually use them for all of my outdoor plants, especially my herbs. I first tried these after planting some basil and other herbs that seemed to be taking an eternity to grow. I figured I'd give them a try since they were so inexpensive and wow!!!!! Within just a few days, my plants had grown more than double what they had grown in the previous several weeks!! One of my friends (who also enjoys gardening) came over to my house and was in awe of how big and healthy all of my herbs were. When I told her about these spikes, she went straight from my house to purchase some and had the exact same growth results." —GatorDO17

    Get a pack of 24 spikes from Amazon for $2.79.

    Read our full explainer of the Miracle-Gro Indoor Plant Food Spikes here.

    20. Don't spend big bucks on a traditional nightstand. Instead, consider this gold end table with a charcoal-gray top that's big enough for storing all your bedside essentials. The tabletop has a lip that curves upward around the edge, so if you ever spill snacks or liquids it won't make a mess on the floor.

    The circular table in a gold metallic tone holding a small flower pot, glasses, and a photo frame
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This table is FANTASTIC. Putting it together literally took three minutes. It's sturdy, attractive, and the perfect size for decor and some books. HIGHLY recommend." —KayKay

    Get it from Amazon for $47.99 (available in three color combos).

    21. Install floating shelves in your bathroom to give your pretty things a place to shine. Most bathrooms just have a few towel rods, so installing these will give you plenty of opportunities to show off your fancy candles, ceramics, and hand towels.

    Brown floating shelves with white plant vases and green towels hanging below
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    Promising review: "These shelves are so beautiful! My bathroom doesn't have a counter around the sink so this is perfect. It is modern and sleek and the wood and cast-iron shelves are very well built and sturdy. I was surprised that these are such high quality considering the price." —Vincent

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in five colors).

    22. One of the easiest ways to have a fancy home is by upgrading your bedding situation with a set of buttery soft microfiber sheets. The thread count is 1,800, which means you'll feel like you're floating on a cloud every time you plop onto your bed. Even better: They're wrinkle-, moisture-, and fade-resistant.

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    Promising review: "They feel like butter. I feel like an angel when I get into bed at night. We will be buying more. We like these better than our MUCH more expensive sheets. Do yourself a favor and get these today." —Matt/Jenn

    Get them from Amazon for $21.24+ (available in five sizes and 13 colors).

    23. Lack of whimsical mood lighting got you down? Try this string of rechargeable fairy lights so your luminous decor ambitions can be achieved.

    Reviewer's fairy lights are placed around a fireplace
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These lights are great. They really add a lot of ambience to my office. I love that they come with a remote and have adjustable brightness and many different modes for different looks. The remote also came with a battery so you're ready to go right out of the box. I like them so much that I plan on buying another set for at home. You can't beat the quality for the price these are being sold for." —Billy

    Get it from Amazon for $13.59+ (available in 33 feet or 66 feet lengths).

    24. Mood lighting is essential to any high-end home, and these flameless LED candles are exactly what you need to achieve that goal. Each pillar is battery operated and controlled by a remote. The "flames" flicker when they're turned on, and you can use a timer so that they turn off at a certain time.

    The led candles are all different sizes
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are amazing! The real wax surrounding the bulb makes them look and feel pretty authentic — much classier than the plastic stuff I was seeing at the store. The remote works beautifully, and it's nice that you can choose flicker or steady light. I think I'll order another set to use during the winter holidays too! Again, these are much nicer quality than any other electric candles I've seen, and the remote makes managing the lighting super easy." —Amazon Customer

    Get the set of nine from Amazon for $35.30.

    25. If your bedding looks like it needs its own spa day, try a seasonal quilt set adorned with all sorts of adorable woodland critters. It's reversible, so when you grow tried of looking at owls and foxes you can flip it over for a beautiful white flower pattern on a navy background.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "After looking at what seemed like hundreds of bed covers, this one really stood out. It isn't flowers or weird geometrics. It's an interesting woodland grouping of animals and leaves with autumnal colors and setting. The quality is very good. I'm using an ivory bedskirt with it and couldn't be happier." —RWMo

    Get it from Amazon for $73.44+ (available in twin, full/queen, and king sizes).

    26. Or if you want to change up your bedding but without creating a completely new look, try a set of satin pillowcases that not only look great but are wonderful at preventing hair breakage. The ultra-silky material is nonabrasive, so it'll be soft against problematic skin, too.

    Stock photo of a bed with green satin pillows on them
    Amazon

    Promising Review: "LOVE THESE! They are a beautiful shade of gray, well made, and a perfect price! I ordered these to help protect against hair breakage and I've already noticed a huge difference!!!" —shawnellnewberry

    Get them from Amazon for $8.49+ (available in four sizes and 14 colors).

    27. Use a vintage-inspired rug to create the look of an expensive antique one that'll have your friends and family going "OMG, how did you score such an impressive rug!??!" It comes in a plethora of sizes (including circular and runner), so there's a size and shape for everyone.

    The rug is shown in a living room
    Boutique Rugs

    Promising review: "We love the Bodrum area rug in the dining room of our Historic 1887 house. And so does our doggie. (She kind of blends right in). It is soft under our feet although the pile is not very high. We love the subtle, yet vibrant colors to add a punch of brightness to the room. I’m so excited to add some blue to our color scheme. We love the rug so much we got a second smaller one to put under our coffee table! I feel as if we redecorated just by adding new rugs." —Kim J.

    Get it from Boutique Rugs for $34.12+ (available in 34 shapes and sizes and 11 colors).

    You to yourself after you've made all these ~luxurious~ home upgrades:

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