How to make your home look luxurious with these genius budget tricks

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Australian interior gurus are sharing the simple ways they have made their spaces feel ‘luxurious’ without breaking the bank.

With many feeling the pinch due to Australia’s cost of living crisis, homeowners have come up with a number of ways to make their interior design look expensive on a budget.

Many said small things like lamps, candles and house plants go a long way to elevate a space.

While others said things like a chandelier over the stairs, motorised curtains, and golden door handles and tapware were not as expensive as they thought.

‘What are some (relatively) inexpensive additions that can make a house feel more luxurious?’ one woman asked in a Reddit thread.

Home style lovers are sharing the simple ways they have elevated their space to make it look luxurious without breaking the bank from lamps and candles to fridges with ice dispensers

The query drew in dozens of answers with one recommending a hack that doesn’t cost any money at all.

‘Uncluttered surfaces and spaces feel luxurious to me, instead of buying more storage just get rid of meaningless crap,’ they said.

‘Space. Clutter doesn’t feel luxurious,’ a second agreed.

Someone said an extra $200 they made the blinds in their bedroom remote controlled.

‘Sounds gimmicky but jeez it’s nice to press a button rather than hear the clicking sound of the plastic rope every morning and night. Might not meet your inexpensive test but luxurious for me nonetheless!’ they explained.

‘Custom fitted blackout curtains, a really sharp paint job, WiFi range extenders (if the size warrants)’ a second listed.

‘I’ve been playing with the idea of replacing all the old light switch plates and door handles in the house with nice, matching gold/brass options. Might be something to consider,’ another suggested.

Someone said an extra $200 they made the blinds in their bedroom remote controlled: ‘It sound gimmicky but jeez it’s nice’

‘Plants are a big one. Can be real or faux. Entry way shelf or side table with a dedicated pocket throw (or something that holds your keys, wallets etc). Entry way shoe cabinet,’ one user wrote

Some where keen on splashing a little extra cash on their fridges.

‘A garage fridge and freezer, so you can buy in bulk and run to the shops less, entertaining and Christmas drinks and ice not a problem,’ one woman said.

‘A fridge with an ice dispenser. That’s when I knew I had made it, when I could just push a lever and get ice, and never again needed to fill and empty ice cube trays,’ another wrote.

‘Relatively inexpensive if you’re buying a new fridge anyway, obviously not if you have to go out and get a separate fridge.’

Lighting was a hot topic with some interior lovers suggesting low-level lighting and candles.

‘If you have stairs consider chandelier lighting (there’s some great inexpensive options out there),’ someone explained.

‘Lamps, whether they are a desk lamp or floor lamp,’ a second wrote and a third added Edison bulbs from IKEA can make regular lighting look more high end.

‘Top quality bath towels. The type that you get excited about using because they are big, soft and luxurious. Research some quality towels and look/wait for a sale,’ one budgeter said.

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Others said things like a chandelier over the stairs, motorised curtains, and golden door handles and tapware were not as expensive as they thought

‘Candles help make a place classy and more elevated, makes a nice art piece as well. Don’t even need to light them,’ a third replied.

‘Plants are a big one. Can be real or faux. Entry way shelf or side table with a dedicated pocket throw (caddy or something that holds your keys, wallets etc). Entry way shoe cabinet,’ they continued.

Someone said changing the kitchen cupboard and drawer handles can give a space a luxe and cheap update while another suggest a ‘goose neck’ tap to make cleaning the sink easier.

More suggestions included built-in furniture and storage, wall mounting the TV, installing ceiling speakers, and good quality shower heads.

‘In terms of renovation or extension: Upgraded door heights. An extra 200mm on your internal doors makes a space feel so much more balanced,’ one person answered.

‘Frame your wall art, doesn’t have to be custom frames as you can buy cheap frames and just get the mat board cut to size if needed,’ a second chimed in.

‘Cushions – they don’t need to all be expensive, but having a couple of nice ones mixed in with the others can be good.’

‘Little things like nice cushions, throws, wall art, vases etc can add a luxurious feel. Get some in sales and also look for bargains in thrift stores etc,’ a third agreed.

More tips and tricks to make your home style feel more luxurious on a budget

Replace loose knobs on cupboards.

Replace kitchen cupboard hinges with soft close hinges. (Some types of hinges you can simply snap on a soft close doohickey)

Paint your fence, nothing is uglier to me than a nice brick house and a grey rickety fence.

Try to keep up with the dishes and washing, so you don’t have to look at the mess. A clean and tidy space goes a long way.

Soft furnishings, rugs and covers strapped over chairs and lounges , soft lighting , reading lamps, rugs. Even prints and paintings on walls.

A large, thick wool rug with a nice pattern for the lounge room. The last one I got, I found it online for a few hundred bucks.

Invest in your bed, either a new mattress or just some high quality linen sheets.

Update and raise the height of curtain rods. It instantly makes the room feel taller.

Just chuck some Aesop hand wash in the old bathroom and when empty, refill with home-brand stuff.

If you have an older kitchen paint the cabinet doors and put new handles, if you are half decent at DIY a new bench top is also perfectly doable.

A bin that’s hidden! Also 100 per cent agree with the motorised blinds.

A butlers pantry if you have the space. There are plenty of DIY options to keep the price down.

Go to a thrift store, pick up some ornate, gold-coloured frames for relatively cheap, and fill them with prints of old-timey renaissance-style paintings.

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