9 Home Decor Mistakes To Avoid Like The Plague

Thought the plague was left in 16th Century London? Make these home decor mistakes and it could be dwelling in your home…

Here’s the home decor mistakes that you need to avoid like the plague.

1.Decorating Each Room As A Separate Entity

Imagine you’re walking into a home and are welcomed by a stunning bohemian-chic living room. You turn the corridor and see a 1920s style chandelier and shabby chic furniture. You walk into the bedroom and see a clean white space with a few modern cream furniture pieces. Confused yet?

Long story short, it’s important to imagine your home as one large book with many chapters. Although each chapter may vary slightly and build on the previous chapter, the overriding themes, characters and narrative voice remain the same.

Decide on an overriding theme, style, or vibe you want for your entire home, then build on this through the different rooms.

Decorate each room randomly and you’re left with a jumbled jigsaw puzzle that doesn’t quite fit together.

If you can’t decide on a home decor theme, check out our handy guide.

The home below has carried the neutral farmhouse theme through various rooms beautifully:

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2. Scrimping On The Details

When you’ve splurged on a large item, it can be tempting to go for the cheapest possible option when it comes to the smaller details. For example, combining $600 curtains with cheap plastic rods, or finishing off your new kitchen cupboards with cheap hardware.

Don’t.

Although you may think the small details go unnoticed, they will make the larger and more expensive pieces seem cheap and nasty.

On the other hand, a quick way to improve your home is by updating small details such as hardware, door knobs, taps and curtain rods.

Imagine how much this stunning marble kitchen would be ruined by cheap hardware…

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3. Wrong Rug Sizes

Pea sized rugs under sofas look utterly ridiculous. On the other hand, there’s nothing worse than a rug that is so huge it swallows up a whole room! A rug may be a relatively cheap decor piece, but choosing the wrong one is one of the most common decor mistakes out there!

If using a rug under a piece of furniture, opt for a rug that is larger than the piece itself. The rug should create an adequate frame around the furniture piece.

A perfect example is this bathroom rug below, which fits perfectly in the space between the bath and sink.

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Our bohemian print table runners make great decorative rugs for those areas that need that little something extra.

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4. Not Taking Location Into Consideration

A beach style home is going to look ridiculous in the middle of Manhattan. On the contrary, a farm style house is going to look ridiculous decked out like an industrial city pad.

Take your location into consideration and draw inspiration from this.

5. Too Match-y

Although we previously stated to run your theme throughout the whole home, it’s important that your home isn’t too match-y.

Rather than waffling on, we’ll let this photo do the talking:

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Too much of one color, print or texture can be a serious eye soar.

Instead, add a varied palette, accent pieces and different textures to create an eclectic and welcoming look.

Our printed pillow covers are a fantastic way to add variation to any room.

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6. No Prints

Scandinavian minimalism may still be all the rage, but you can still nail this home decor trend with a few prints here and there.

Lack of prints will look boring, clinical and cold. And who wants that?

Here’s a wonderful example of how you can keep your decor minimal but still embrace prints:

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7. All Furniture At The Same Height

Some may think that furniture of the same height together is the way to go. On the contrary, it’s one of the biggest home decor mistakes out there! Furniture on one plane of vision looks flat and an make a room look smaller than it actually is.

Here’s a fantastic example of using different sized furniture to add interest:

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8. Bad Lighting

Even the most Pinterest-worthy room can be totally ruined by bad lighting. Avoid lighting that is insufficient, overly yellow or sickly.

9. Clutter

Clutter is literally the home decor devil!

Although many home owners think of clutter as ‘mess’, clutter can come in more organized forms. Common unsightly clutter includes too many ornaments or decorations, an overkill of photo frames, or simply too much furniture.

Stand back and assess each room and consider if there is enough clean space to keep it chic and tidy.

If you can’t bear to part with anything go by the old mantra ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Check out our hidden storage space ideas.

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9 Instagram Travel Accounts That Will Fill You With Wanderlust

Whether you’re planning a world trip or just need a voyeuristic escape from your 9-5, these Instagram  travel accounts will fill you with wanderlust…

1.@doyoutravel

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Travel blogger Jack Morris will leave you longing for far away places, exotic animals and wonders of nature.

The 26 year old Brit now makes a huge living from traveling the world with his Australian girlfriend Lauren Bullen. Lauren also has her own super popular feed @gypsea_lust, which has over a million followers drooling over her travels.

The pair make a living from traveling the world together, canoodling in bright blue Balinese waterfalls, island hopping and enjoying brunches with giraffes.

Jealous? Us? Never!

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We can’t give you Taj Mahal views, but we can give you the hand crafted Indian decor pieces that make up this adorable setup.

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2. @ohhcouture

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If there were an award for the most stylish traveler to follow on Instagram, it would undoubtedly go to Leonie Hanne aka @ohhcouture.

The blonde beauty mixes premium hotels with Dior dresses and can be seen fluttering around Positano in frilly frocks, being adorable in Disneyland and enjoying brunches in front of the Eiffel Tower.

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Bring Leonie’s dreamy Positano hotel home with our beautiful range of printed pillow covers.

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3. @muradosmann

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Anyone who has an Instagram account will have seen #followme pop up on their feed. The trend was coined by Murad Osmann, who travels the world with his gorgeous girlfriend Nataly Osmann.

The photos often show Nataly stood in front of a beautiful destination in the said countries traditional dress.

A lot of effort goes into each and every photo and we love it!

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What can we say… we adore an Indian inspired bedding set!

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4. @theblondeabroad

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This Californian hottie certainly knows what makes a great travel pic! Follow her gram for endless bikini body goals, pretty destinations and bucket list inspirations.

In total, Kiki has traveled to a whopping 54 countries. We’d like to see the stamps on her passport!

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Erm… can we live in this lobby? Nope? Well we can still be inspired by those stunning prints…

Exotic Oriental table runner, shimmering spiral hand embroidered placemats

5. @saltinourhair

saltinourhair-instagram-feedThe peachy pastel hues and stunning beach destinations are why you need to click that follow button on @saltinourhair’s profile!

Dutch couple Hannah and Nick started their Instagram in May 2016 and, since then, have managed to rack up an unbelievable 91.3k followers.

Teach us yours ways guys…

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We can’t take you to a Moroccan bazaar, but we can bring you the printed goods!

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6. @swedishnomad

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Alex, The Swedish Nomad, began traveling in 2010 with just 1000 euros in his bank account.

Alongside his impressive Instagram account, Alex also runs a blog of the same name, which is jam-packed full of useful travel guides for a variety of destinations.

7. @femmetravel

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The best thing about @femmetravel is the variety. Unlike the other Instagram travel accounts we have featured, @femmetravel simply re-posts wanderlust-inducing travel photos from a variety of female travelers on the ‘gram!

This account is a fantastic way to find new travel feeds to follow, as well as inspire you for your own adventures.

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@femmetravel is also delivering the goods when it comes to decor inspiration? We are loving this Moroccan teal set-up. As a matter of fact, we may just recreate it ourselves…

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8. @xkflyaway

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And the winner of the most visually appealling feed goes to **insert drum roll** @xkflyaway!

This gorgeous couple takes us around the world in a pastel-hued array of stunning destinations, unreal views and beautiful scenery.

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We’ve got those colorful rugs covered, as for the balloons, you could always watch them on TV and pretend…

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9. @beautifulhotels

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This Instagram travel feed will have you drooling over all the stunning hotels you may or may not be able to afford.

It’s a fantastic source of home decor inspiration too.

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Just goes to show that a white table cloth is the perfect addition to any lush scenery…

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Which of these Instagram travel accounts is your fave? Let us know in the comments below…

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10 Sleek and Chic Ways To Use Gold Decor

Copper may still be ruling the ranks in the metallic trend, but gold decor is forever.

Metallic accents are a great way to add depth and dimension to any room in your home. Although you may be yearning for copper, chances are that in ten years times, it will be more dated than 80s chintz. On the other hand, gold has been a popular interior choice since the Ancient Egyptian times. Long story short: gold is a trend that is timeless.

Today we show you ten stunning ways to decorate with gold that will give your home a stunning and on-trend edge.

1. Gold Tapware

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For decades, silver has been our go-to hue for tapwares, shower heads and other bathroom goods. Despite this, there is something so stylish and eye-catching about gold tapware.

When paired with dark tiles or a statement pattern, gold tapware has a bohemian elegance that makes it a quirky and beautiful choice for any bathroom.

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Alternatively, gold tapware is perfect for a Scandinavian minimalist style bathroom. The combination of subway tiles, gold tapware and marble gives our inner-minimalist literal heart eyes.

2. Statement Gold Pendant & Pillow Covers

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A monochrome living room can be given a stunning modern edge with the clever addition of gold accessories.

The statement pendant light, gold pillow cushions, table and photo frame break up the greyscale decor and blend in the wooden floor.

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Paisley embroidered pillow covers and solid geometric pillow covers

3. Green and Gold

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If you are looking to decorate with gold in your living room, green may just be the way to go!

Although this combination may seem quintessentially ‘Christmas’, deep jungle greens and splashes of gold decor are a match made in tropical heaven.

Opt for deep, cool-toned greens such as emerald and teal to stop it from screaming ‘ho ho ho’.

4. Princess Dresser

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Every woman has an inner-Disney Princess waiting to come out and this regal dresser allows her to indulge in her childhood dreams.

A gilded gold mirror is perfectly modernized by a pin-leg dresser and sleek, golden chair. This sleek setup is sure to make her feel like the queen she is.

5. Cream & Gold Kitchen

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This kitchen is a perfect example of how items that seem so ‘wrong’ can be right in certain circumstances.

The thought of quilted chairs in a kitchen is enough to make us cringe. Despite this, in this creamy dreamy setup, they totally work! A glass table is a fantastic addition to the shiny gold and the statement printed rug and gold canvas pulls it all together perfectly.

Yes, it may be a little ‘Vegas’, but we love it!

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6. Desert Chic

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The sleek and stunning desert trend is driving home decor junkies wild this Autumn/Winter! With oodles of gold decor and leafy cactus prints, we are totally on the  bandwagon with this one!

A minimalist palette is given an edge of endless Summer with a cadet blue Summer and live greenery. It is given a classy edge with a mix of high-sheen and matte gold pieces.

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7. Texture Clash

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Gold decor pieces will feel right at home in bohemian style bedrooms.

A glitzy gold bed runner or throw will make a stunning contrast to macrame or delicately textured cream bedding.

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8. Moroccan Style Bedroom

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When it comes to Moroccan style decor, feel free to mix elements of gold and silver.

Contrast highly detailed pieces, such as this carved head board, with solid metallic accents. Compliment with gold-beige pillow covers or throw.

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9. Modern Indian Living Room

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Gold to Indian Decor is like white to Swedish decor, so indulge in it!

Uplift a white wall with a gold mandala throw. Add a rug with soft golden embroidery to compliment without being too over the top.

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10. Sleek & Slim

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Very fine and sleek gold furniture is huge right now! Add a hint of gold decor to your living room with a slim photo frame or metal-edged shelving unit.

 

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5 Instagram Hotels For Your Bucketlist

Once upon a time, hotel owners and managers relied on brochures, travel magazines and travel agents as their primary source of marketing. Today, it’s a whole different game; one that fits in the palm of your hands. The idea of ‘Instagram Hotels’ is something that more and more companies are looking into.

2017 is set to be more about influencer marketing than ever, with more and more of the travel market jumping onto its perfectly filtered bandwagon. And who can blame them? Instagram influencers offer a type of advertising that is not only glossy and picturesque, but relatable.

Take for example, popular travel bloggers Lauren Bullen and Jack Morris, who, before racking up a massive 2 million followers, were just normal, everyday Joe’s like you and me. It gives us that tiny glimpse of hope that we don’t need to win the lottery or be born a Kardashian to have moments of pure lavishness.

With more and more Instagram hotels popping up on our feeds, we can’t help but feel serious FOMO. As we sit on our 9-5 desks, we dream of that square of Marrakech pool with the perfect level of ‘Clarendon’. **Sighs**

Put down your phone and bring out your bucketlist, as we show you 5 Instagram hotels you have to visit. Plus, if you have the budget of a pauper, we show you how to bring elements of these Instagram hotels to your home decor. Double win!

Riad Yasmine, Marrakech

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@gypsea_lust

This is the one that haunts you in your dreams: that perfect symmetry, that tiled aqua pool, those impeccably placed palms. This slice of paradise is the Riad Yasmine in Marrakech, ‘a safe haven of peace’ with only seven rooms.

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Any travel lover will have undoubtedly seen several of their favorite travel bloggers floating in this heavenly pool, and that’s no coincidence. The Riad Yasmine was specifically created to be aesthetically pleasing, in order to go ‘viral’ on Instagram. The hotel regularly works with travel bloggers, who, in turn, share their perfect squares of paradise with their thousands of followers.

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As if the main pool area wasn’t enough, the rooms themselves also boast classic Moroccan architecture in a photogenic brick palette. To top it off, there’s also a cute resident cat called Bowie. And nothing goes viral like a cute cat.

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If a flight to Morocco is totally out of your league, take decor cues from the hotel’s clean, Moroccan tiles and neo-gypsy vibes.

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Glamorous border table runner

Azulik, Tuluum

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A favorite of celebrities and Instagrammers alike, Azulik is a jungle tree house wonder that suspends right into the Mexican ocean. This eco-retreat has absolutely no electricity, allowing guests to completely detach from the post-modern world and go back to nature, all whilst staying in the lap of luxury.

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There’s swings at the bar, staircases cascading down into the turquoise ocean and outdoor private bathtubs. Sounds like the perfect playground for adults!

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If that wasn’t enough to make you turn greener than Shrek, the resort itself is in a rainforest canopy and, quite literally, stands above the jungle.

Home Inspiration

Despite it’s reputation with Instagram royalty, the decor of Azulik is rustic, natural and clean. Bring this wanderlust-filled vibe to your home with driftwood, drapey white fabric and an abundance of greenery.

Embroidered leaf placemats

Elegant dahlia pillow cover

Urban Cowboy B & B, Nashville/Brooklyn

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The Urban Cowboy looks like the love child of a wandering bohemian and a concrete cowboy. With two photogenic locations in Nashville and Brooklyn, the Urban Cowboy is fast becoming a favorite destination for Instagram-lovers.

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@urbancowboybnb

The antithesis of the upmarket New York hotel, the Urban Cowboy Brooklyn is ‘a much needed antidote to the mind-numbing pace of Manhattan’. Known for attracting artist, this super hipster spot has certainly gained recognition in the two years it’s been open.

Home Inspiration

The decor of the Urban Cowboy is undeniably unique. Bring this Western-meets-bohemian vibe into your home with seventies style boho prints, carved wood and clashing patterns in brown tones.

Damask style table runner

Solid geometric pillow covers

 

Byron Beach Abodes, Byron Bay

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This Byron Bay holiday rental company offers a number of wonderful rental properties in the stunning, Australian coastal town.

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Clean white decor, immaculate pools and outdoor bath tubs make these properties truly amiable. Many of the properties have a unique, cottage-like charm combines with an edge of tropical bohemia.

Home Inspiration

Bring Byron Bay home with clean whites and blues, juxtaposed with cottage-like prints and splashes of cacti.

Chic jacquard table runner

Sophisticated two tone placemats

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes

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Celebrities and Instagram stars flock to this Southern France hotel in abundance and who can blame them? This former private mansion boasts a salt water swimming pool that is literally carved into a cliff overlooking the French Riviera.

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Although it’s been around since the 1800s, the Instagram generation have undoubtedly given it a new lease of life. It’s popular with the fashion pack and has hosted the Chanel couture house.

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If you dream of staying in this palace, why not inject its decor into your home? Think Marie Antoinette on vacation and you’re on the right tracks!

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Which of these Instagram hotels is at the top of your travel list?

 

 

 

 

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10 Easy Ways To Make Your Home Look More Expensive

Everyone wants their home to scream ‘opulence’; it’s a fact. Even the most laid-back, bohemian, home owner wouldn’t like their house to seem ‘cheap’, even if this is in a nonchalant, effortless manner. If you’re thinking about making your home look more expensive, I’ve got some great news for you: it doesn’t have to break the bank!

As a matter of fact, making your home look more expensive isn’t all about crystal chandeliers and marble flooring; its all about the details. Today we show you 10 easy ways to make your home look more expensive.

1. Change Your Door Knobs & Cabinet Handles

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A brand new kitchen may cause your poor wallet to weep in despair, but giving your kitchen an edge of expense doesn’t have to be so drastic. Simply changing your cabinet and drawer handles can really make your kitchen look more expensive.

Old, crusty or rusty cabinet handles can make your kitchen appear dreary and cheap. On the other hand, sparkling handles will have your guests asking ‘when did you get your kitchen done?’.

Similarly, new door knobs will transform both indoor and outdoor doors.

Word of warning: ensure you change your handles to ones that are the same size as the old ones to avoid unsightly holes.

 

2. Update Your Tables With Table Runners

Scraped, marked and scuffed tables can make your house seem a bit hobo-like. However, if you can’t afford new furniture, a printed table runner could be all you need to make your home look more expensive.

Give wooden tables an up-market, bohemian vibe with the exotic oriental table runner. Or add an air of luxury to a neutral painted table with the hand embroidered table runner.

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3. Makeover Your Entrance

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We often spend so much time updating the contents of our home that we forget about what is outside at all. Updating your front door entrance is a sure-fire way to make your home look more expensive.

Give guests a fantastic first impression by adding a quirky and stylish house number. Then set the scene with potted greenery, chairs and other suitable details. The general rule is to bring out the theme of your home.

4. Layer Up Your Details

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Although unnecessary clutter will make your home look cheap and messy, styled layers of details will make your home look as expensive as The Ritz itself. Think about the homes you see on Pinterest and in home decor magazines, they have those perfectly placed layers: the throw, the stacks of cushions and even the piles of coffee table books.

Take a step back and look at the layers of each room as a whole, then add detail and depth by adhering to a color palette. Throw pillow covers are a brilliant way to add details. Opt for intricate, hand embellished details, as seen on ornamental embroidered throw pillow cover , for a truly luxurious finish.

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5. Change Your Photo Frames/ Layouts

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An aurora of different photo frames propped on various shelves can look messy, and, as result, cheap. Give your family photos a chic edge by investing in matching frames.

Rather than placing your photos on shelves, try arranging them on a wall for an upmarket ‘gallery’ look. Or even create a stylish shelf wall for a modern look.

6. Update Your Window Trims

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Another overlooked element of decor, new, detailed window trims can literally transform your whole home. Opt for matching trims throughout the whole home to make it look like it’s part of the architecture. Marie Antoinette style mansion: here we come!

7. Add Gold or Copper

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Nothing says hundred dollar bills like gold, rose gold or copper accents. Although a gold-pillared hallway may be out of your league, small, stylish metallic accents may be all that it takes to make your home look more expensive.

For your living room, try adding gold or copper photo frames, throw pillow covers, or pendant lights. On the other hand, your kitchen can be transformed with the simple addition of gold tableware, copper hanging plants, or even a copper kettle or toaster.

Your dining room can be turned into an area for royalty with our chic jacquard table runner.

8. Re-stain Your Wood

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Rather than throwing out your wooden furniture, give it a new lease of life with a fresh coat of wood stain. Go for expensive and glossy with a dark, oak stain. Or add an air of expensive vintage by using white paint and wood stain to create a weathered, shabby finish.

This is a great idea for stair banisters and doors too!

9. Sheer Curtains

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Have you ever noticed that the most expensive hotel rooms tend to have sheer curtains? Add these babies to your home for a polished and expensive finish. For bedrooms, layer sheer curtains over black-out curtains for a beautiful finish. Hang sheer curtains alone in living spaces to let that natural light shine in.

10. De-clutter!

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A cluttered home= a cheap home! Make your home look instantly more expensive by removing all clutter from the naked eye! Hide unwanted ornaments, books and general nick-nacks away in built-in storage. Or, if you really have no space, box it up and push it under your bed frame!

Now invite those friends over and watch them gawp!

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