Do they really need an indoor tennis court and a basketball court? How can you possibly play both at the same time? 

Have you ever been in one of those houses? You’re invited to a dinner party and find yourself torn between uncontrollable jealousy and maybe a desire to knock that weird green vase right off its plinth. Who needs a plinth in their home anyway? It’s ridiculous!

But the vaulted ceiling, modern color scheme, and luxury decor really do look nice…

Touring luxury homes can be fun, but also a bit depressing, especially if you aren’t exactly living the high life in your own residence. Maybe you’ll cheer up a bit with these tips and tricks you can follow to spruce up your living space and give your home a fancy facelift, so to speak. 

Keep reading to discover seven easy ways to give your living space—no matter how small—an expensive-looking makeover.

1. Luxury Art

Buy some frames and put up some art. Don’t go crazy with this concept; be sure to find pieces of art that work well together and bring attention and direction to your decor. It helps if the pieces you’re hanging have personal significance. So maybe don’t buy that generic landscape painting—unless it really resonates with you.

2. Lighting

Using lots of different sources for light in one room can give the illusion of added space. A lamp in the corner, the chandelier or hanging light fixture, maybe some tabletop lighting. You could even plug in sconces. 

3. Accessorize

A plant here, some throw pillows there. Accessories can really bring a room together after you’ve decided on the color theme and other important base designs. The more unified a room or house feels, the fancier it will feel. 

Be careful not to go overboard with too many accessories. You don’t want your space to feel cluttered; you want it to feel sophisticated and complete.

4. Rugs

Add a rug to bring other furniture pieces together into a cohesive or eclectic whole. And the bigger the rug, the more expensive the feel—it’s an automatic thing, trust us. There are loads of durable rugs out there; in fact, most of them are made to look chic while maintaining sturdiness. After all, it will be walked all over and have furniture placed on it. 

5. Modern Color Palette

If you want to know how to make your house look modern on a budget, you need to pick a color theme and stick to it. You don’t see random burst changes in theme as you walk through expensive modern homes. If there are changes, they’re subtle and still stick to an overall theme. 

If you’d rather have some variety in colors, start with neutral base colors and your house can become your canvas, with you as the artist holding the brush. 

6. Minimize

Going back to a previous statement about clutter; opt for a minimalist look and your home will feel and look that much more modern and expensive. The less clutter, the more space and room to breathe.

7. Raise Your Windows

Unless you’re willing to spend loads of cash on literally raising your roof, you can achieve the same effect by simply raising your windows. Extend the panes of glass to stretch from the floor to the ceiling or from their current base to reach the top of the ceiling. The more natural light you let in, the better; that’s a truth universally acknowledged in all things house-related. 

While you’re raising your windows, laying out your rugs, and plugging in your new layering light sources, take a look at some ready-to-assemble cabinets from Cabinet Corner. These versatile, affordable pieces will make a great addition to your home makeover efforts!