Interior design is the art and science of improving the interior of a building outlook in order to create an aesthetically pleasing indoor for inhabitants. Beauty is no longer in the eyes of the beholder; it is found in the hands of an interior designer. An interior designer works with clients to understand their desires, needs, and preferences for their interior spaces. The creativity starts with the plan layout, choosing a colour scheme, a design style, and a selection of materials and fittings. The skill is in the technical knowledge involved in the layout of all these facets. There is a saying that Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. Design is also a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose. Interior design is not bothered and needs to consider the locality of a building’s surroundings. If that is true, this writer would like to show you 12 ways on how to make your home look expensive.

1. Start with keeping a minimal interior look by decluttering your space and keeping the interior clean. Decluttering does not cost anything. Get rid of items that are no longer in use, spoilt, or in need of replacement. Ensure every item has a space designated for it. If you cannot find room for it, perhaps, the item is unnecessary.

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2.  The next step is the choice of colour for each interior element and space. Use a neutral colour scheme from white, cream, beige, or sky blue. Instead of a variety of pop colours, using various shades of the same colour can create a cohesive and sophisticated look. Add patterns or textured treatment to your wall paintings. Paint your doors a different shade from the walls.

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3. For Windows, hang window curtains/draperies from the floor to the ceiling with the curtain’s hem barely touching the floor. Extending window treatments to the ceiling makes a room feel taller and more grand. Also, choose plain pattern fabric of monochromatic colours for your curtains. Multi-designed or multi-coloured or multi-patterned fabric on the curtains makes an interior look cheap.

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4. When choosing lighting fixtures, use customised lighting to your advantage. A well-lit space can make a room feel more expensive, so consider adding dimmer switches, floor lamps, and table lamps to control the ambience of your space. Choose oversized lighting fixtures, from the chandelier to the bulb fixtures. Try using lighting fixtures with shading elements to help control the illumination level.

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5. For surfaces and countertops or worktops, consider using high-quality materials. Materials such as timber, marble, and granite. Use textures and patterns to add interest and depth. Mixing and layering different textures like velvet, leather, and silk can create a rich, sophisticated look.

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6. Add flowers, plants, and greenery; whether natural or faux greenery. The natural green colours give life, a feeling of the outdoor environment, and energy to a space. They can also add a touch of luxury, like a spa.

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7. For furniture, invest in quality furniture. Living room furniture coverings should be of high-quality materials, such as a leather sofa, suede material, fabric, and monochromatic colours of white, cream, or beige. Add throw pillows and blankets. Throw pillows and blankets can add a touch of comfort to any space. A solid wood dining table makes a room feel more sophisticated and expensive. Kitchen cabinets made of quality painted wood. Also, mismatch furniture within a space to break the monotony.

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8. For small interior spaces, hang large, full-length mirrors to create an optical illusion of space. Mirrors make a room larger and more open, adding to the luxurious feel.

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9. For bed covers, choose high-quality bed sheets of white colour. Investing in high-thread-count sheets and plush blankets in white or cream colours can make your bedroom feel more luxurious. The sheets feel crisp and clean and bring a luxury hotel vibe to mind. Use white or cream towels for your bathrooms; it improves the ambience of the space.

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10. For ornamentals, incorporate metallics and statement pieces. A few high-end pieces, such as a large piece of artwork or smaller pieces arranged in symmetrical or asymmetrical order. A few metallic accents, such as gold or silver. These ornaments add a touch of glamour to your space. Use stainless steel containers and dispensers for storage. Use intricate wall mouldings to style your space.

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11. When creating storage spaces, use many vertical spaces on free walls. Free walls refer to walls that are not along pathways or that putting up a shelf on them will not constitute an obstruction to passers-by. Install floating shelves for bathrooms and kitchens.

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12. Add any vintage element from mirror mouldings, rugs, bed heads, or nightstands. Incorporating designs from different eras adds more intrigue and sophistication to an interior design space.

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Ebelechukwu Ubaka is an Architect and a Writer with a zest for creating healthier and happier lives through Architecture solutions. She shares her views and opinions about Architecture and Architectural practice in Nigeria. She is on a mission to educate clients about how architects play a major role in their lives and how they can take advantage of such services.