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7 Living Room Design Ideas To Make Your Space Look Luxe

7 Living Room Design Ideas To Make Your Space Look Luxe 7 Living Room Design Ideas To Make Your Space Look Luxe

This post was originally published in 2016 and has since been updated.

A few metallic surfaces help add a luxe look to any room, however it’s important not to overdo it. Ever see Donald Trump’s home? That’s too much! A gold leaf mirror, a brass table, a few pieces of vintage silver – these are all things that can help make your room look more expensive. It’s okay to think small. You only need a little to get a lot.

Animal prints and cutout rugs like this one go with any color palette and add an upscale feel to any room. (But go faux, please!)

A statement chair that stands out from the rest of your furniture adds character and charm, elevating the whole space.

Prevent your room from becoming a sea of straight lines and circular forms by introducing an element with an interesting shape or unique silhouette. A tree-root coffee table or unusual side chair will feel like a piece of art in your living room, adding an unexpected and wholly artistic component to your design (even on a budget).

A layered, thoughtful mix of materials and textures will give your space a custom-designed, luxurious look. Mix metals, glass, wood, a variety of textiles, and leather items to create a dynamic, inviting space. Carefully select each piece to suit your budget and let your room come together naturally.

Getting a rich-looking space doesn’t always mean expensive-looking pieces: It can also mean surrounding yourself with your favorite things, like a beautiful book collection, eclectic throw pillows, or accent pieces collected from your travels.

While what feels sophisticated and special is subjective (and doesn’t depend on price!), there are a few styling rules and tricks that will work to elevate most living areas. Here are 15 smart ones.

A room where all the lines are straight and clean will definitely fall flat. To add depth and interest to any room it’s important to use a variety of shapes. If the goal is to make the room look more expensive add some curvy items. These can come from anywhere – accessories, mirrors, lamps, furniture legs, the list goes on.

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Decorative molding lding is one of the cheapest ways to give your room a high-end look without spending big bucks.  And with a little time and DIY know-how you can do it yourself in a weekend.  However even if you decide to hire a professional it’s still relatively low-cost and well worth the investment. For the most sophisticated and elegant look, paint the moulding the same color as the walls.

Give your space a sense of wisdom and incorporate a piece with some patina and age to it. Anything from a mirror to a small side table or accessory will do the trick—the older the better. If it gives off an air of “I was purchased at a French flea market and came from an old château,” it will do wonders. Keep a keen eye out for affordable finds to stay on budget.

“For a sophisticated look, I always advise my clients to spend a little more on an iconic—not cliché—piece of furniture or design and go a little leaner on the rest of the room,” says interior designer James Tab of Laurel & Wolf. “I find having a mix of high-end and affordable pieces makes a room feel more interesting.”

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A cluttered, overaccessorized living room can look messy and disorganized, rather than chic and sophisticated. Pare down your collection and only retain pieces that have sentimental value or evoke strong memories. A simplified space will enable the remaining elements to really shine and it will keep you on budget.

But before you get started, there are a few things you should consider first. What is your design goal? How much room do you have to work with? How will the space be used? What pieces can you keep, and what needs to be replaced? To get you started, we compiled seven key tips for making your living room look luxurious and timeless (and only seem expensive).

Never underestimate the power of a super-soft throw, draped elegantly over a couch. It doesn’t cost much, but adds texture and a luxe feeling to even Ikea furniture.

Nothing brings down the feeling of sophisticated luxury in a space quite like a huge black television placed front and center. If fancy mirrors that conceal the TV aren’t in your budget, visually minimize the presence of your screen by creating a gallery wall or salon-style art arrangement around it. Although it won’t entirely disappear, the frame of the television will blend in with the other artwork and distract the eye. Plus, with a few thrifty finds, this idea works on any budget.

A chaise longue doesn’t cost more than a couch or armchair, but something about it looks so much more luxe.

While the kitchen and bathroom often take priority when it’s time to renovate, the living room is the first place decorators look when their home needs a revamp. As the central feature (and often the first room guests see), it should reflect your personal taste and aesthetic. But what if your champagne style is at odds with your canned-beer budget? At MyDomaine HQ, we never let finances get in the way of a stylish space, so we’ve come up with some living room design ideas for those on a budget.

Nothing gives a room a sense of wisdom and history more so than a lovely antique. Antique items have a patina that simply can’t be recreated in items found in big box stores. You don’t need to spend a fortune, just find something that looks like you might have picked it up at a Paris flea market. Large-scale accessories like lamps, mirrors and pieces of furniture are great, but small accessories can also do the trick. Antique boxes, sculptural wall sconces, or even antique picture frames can…MORE give your room a certain je ne sais quoi that makes it look like you spent more than you really did.

Bold colors, when chosen well, can look higher-end than bland neutrals.

Here, a super-modern chandelier serves as art, so the rest of the room doesn’t need to be overly loud, special, or expensive.

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Give your living room a custom look by using vintage or antique textiles to make throw pillows or cover small pieces like seat cushions or upholstered stools. An antique Turkish rug on the floor is another simple way to instantly create visual intrigue. The unusual fabric will inject your room with a unique element and will personalize your space. Alternatively, add a textural throw over a sofa or chair to ramp up that cozy factor.

A well-chosen wallpapered accent wall adds depth and richness to a small living area like this alcove.

There’s nothing like luxurious curtains that fit a space perfectly to make a room look bespoke and quite frankly, expensive.  That said, custom window treatments don’t always come cheap. But if you’re interested in making an investment in your room this is a good way to do it.

Investing in a single, incredibly cool overhead light easily improves the whole room—in this case, the juxtaposition of industrial lighting with dark mahogany wood looks elegant and modern.

If you’re lucky enough to have big windows, framing them with elegant drapes makes the whole room feel cozier—and classier—without sacrificing light.

The number one way to make a room look luxurious is with dim lighting. It may sound silly but everything (and everyone!) looks better in dim lighting. For each and every light fixture in your home add a dimmer switch. It’s not expensive and you absolutely will not regret it.

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What drives up the cost of expensive homes? Light and space—so fake more of it than you actually have with major mirrors in your living room.

Fresh flowers can instantly lift the mood of a room, and the bigger the bouquet, the more luxurious the look. That’s not to say you need a huge ostentatious display on every surface, but make sure any bouquets you display are not sparse, but rather full and lush. A big, bountiful bouquet of flowers on a coffee table or mantle adds instant class. Flimsy displays make it look like you cheaped out.

If you want your living area to look rich, choosing rich colors can do wonders. Think jewel tones like the shades of indigo in this room.

A single piece of colorful art that you truly love will bring elegant personality to your walls without looking too splashy.

Unfortunately, we don’t all have the budget to drop thousands to outfit our living spaces with designer couches, Persian rugs, and marble coffee tables. But that doesn’t mean you can make a room look a little more luxe through carefully selecting and styling the right pieces in the right places.

Glass bottles don’t cost a lot—but when they’re arranged together in a similar color palette, they have the prettiest effect.

Fuzzy touches, like these wool shag stools, add cozy texture and warmth, making a living area feel plush. (Faux ones work just as well.)

Don’t just toss items on your bookshelf or mantle. Create considered vignettes on every surface.  It’s not hard and the impact is massive. Check out these articles for tips on how to create coffee table and mantel displays.

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Create a focal point and give your space some wow factor by hanging an oversize piece of art by itself on one of your living room walls. The look is chic and high impact with very little hassle. Keep your eyes peeled at flea markets and thrift stores for large pieces at reasonable prices or get creative and make your own if you’re decorating on a budget.

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