If you’re contemplating giving your living room a high-end makeover, making the right design choices can be challenging. After all, what is it that really makes a room look luxurious? Is it replacing your sofa and coffee table with more stylish pieces? Not necessarily. While expensive furniture can elevate the style factor in a room, it doesn’t guarantee a high-end look, nor does it fit everyone’s budget.
When helping a client efficiently revamp their living room, I turn to a couple of tried-and-true interior design tricks — going big and using luxe finishes — to create high style without overhauling the entire room and breaking the bank. Here are eight ideas to give your living room high-end style, along with some tips for getting that luxe look on a budget.
Whether it’s a table lamp, ceiling light or floor lamp, a lighting source can also be a statement piece. Try adding drama via oversized lampshades, a glamorous gold lamp base or a modern crystal chandelier. A shiny finish or a large size can give a room a high-style focal point.
Mirrors are the quintessential accessory to add light, the illusion of more space and a shiny, luxe feeling. Try hanging at least one large mirror above a sofa, credenza or showcase feature, such as a fireplace.
When it comes to artwork in the living room, the bigger the canvas or framed art, the more high-end the room will feel. Large artwork creates a gallery look, which appears expensive.
A rug that easily fits under all of your essential furniture (sofa, coffee table and any armchair) will make your room feel bigger. This is key when you’re looking to raise the bar on style and elegance in a living room. Here the large rug showcases all of the furniture. Its large size helps the eye travel and take in the expanse of the room, including the stylish accent chair and colored pouf. Compare the look here to how the space would look with just a small rug under the coffee table. A diminutive size might look like a bath mat, and would also make the room look smaller.
Hang window treatments as high as possible on the wall, or even from the ceiling. An elevated placement creates volume and gives the illusion of a higher ceiling, something many luxury living rooms feature.
Make the small investment in throw pillows and throw blankets made of luxe textiles. Look for fabrics such as silk, metallic linen, velvet and even faux fur. These fabrics not only look and feel expensive, but their textured surfaces also will help create a layered and highly styled look when placed on your existing furniture.
Choose textiles in hues that add a hint of color and complement your current sofa or armchair. Or make a statement with your glam pillows and add a more dramatic pop of color.
Add a couple of large decorative accessories in the living room, like a wood sculpture or large vase containing one botanical piece. The oversized piece will create an artful silhouette.
Similarly, a minimalist featured accessory will create a focal point, helping to distract from the less-desirable aspects of the room, like a piece of worn furniture.
I think these are supers ideas on how to create designer looks in your home.
Alix Flamm is an interior designer working in the Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Irvine, Tustin, and Laguna Hills of Orange County, California.