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I’m a home decor expert – here are 7 cheap tricks to dress your home like a celebrity, including a clever mirror trick

WE all love imagining what it must be like to live a luxe celebrity lifestyle and we can’t get enough of peeking inside their homes on social media.

But while at first it might seem out of reach to achieve the look in your own home, turns out that with a little know-how, you can achieve the celebrity look on a mere mortal’s budget.

The enviable interiors of Billie Faiers can be achieved at home

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The enviable interiors of Billie Faiers can be achieved at homeCredit: Instagram/billiefairsofficial

Here, interior design expert Georgina Burnett, who has appeared on This Morning and vlogs for The Home Genie, shares her top tips for adding a touch of showbiz magic to your gaff.

mirror magic

If you’re looking for an instant glam-up, take a leaf out of Stacey Solomon’s book and start by adding a statement mirror.

Georgina says: “Oversized ceremonial mirrors not only become the highlight of a room, but also make it appear larger and more glamorous.

Stacey Solomon regularly posts pictures of her kids on her Instagram and shares her home hacks

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Stacey Solomon regularly posts pictures of her kids on her Instagram and shares her home hacksPhoto credit: Instagram/@staceysolomon

“If you place one on the opposite side of the room from the door, you actually create the effect of an extended room.

“Put one across from a window and you spread the light all over the room.

Large mirrors don’t have to cost a fortune, but they do have to look classy.

Georgina says: “Either buy it used, or spruce up less appealing ones by painting them with something like chalk paint, which even sticks to plastic and gives an elegant matte finish.

“Or you could go funkier with flashy colors that exude A-lister confidence.”

light it up

Unless you’re famous, you might not literally see your name in lights, but you can still use lighting to your advantage around the house.

Georgina says: “Even the shabbiest of rooms can become a superstar with clever lighting.

“If the space can take it, go big with your lighting fixtures.”

If the price of chandeliers has you panicking, Georgina recommends buying beloved items online, at charity stores, markets, and junkyards.

“Remember to bring light throughout the room – lamps on different levels can make all the difference,” she adds.

“Beware of dark corners that need to be well lit to spread energy around the room and also get warm with your lightbulbs.”

A bold light fixture like this one in Mrs Hinch's household can really make a big impact in a room

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A bold light fixture like this one in Mrs Hinch’s household can really make a big impact in a roomCredit: Instagram/mrshinchome

declutter

This one is free, but arguably one of the most difficult tasks to implement and maintain.

Georgina says: “It’s very rare that you see a celeb show off a messy mansion so it’s time to clean up.

“While their lives in the limelight may be chaotic, their homes generally appear quiet, and there’s little to see to tell the beans about what goes on behind closed doors.

“To get the look you need to clean all the surfaces. When decluttering, ask yourself if an item still serves you.

“If the answer is no, then his time in the spotlight is over and it has to go.”

Celebs like Olivia and Alex Bowen are unlikely to have cluttered or messy homes — at least in photos

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Celebs like Olivia and Alex Bowen are unlikely to have cluttered or messy homes — at least in photosCredit: Instagram/thebowenhome

Be confident with color

You may not be able to afford to redecorate every time there’s a new trend like a celebrity tin, but you can still ensure you keep up with the times by keeping your walls neutral and adding pops of color.

Georgina says, “You also really need the right color schemes if you’re going to have your celebrity slip.

“The mistake most people make is to just throw everything they already own in one room and hope for the best.

“Choose bold color schemes instead—think bold and confident.

“That doesn’t mean you have to go at the expense of renovation. Instead, make the most of your furniture and accessories against a more neutral background.

“This is a cheaper way to swap out colors when fashion changes.”

You need to be sure about your color choice, like Stacey

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You need to be sure about your color choice, like StaceyPhoto credit: Instagram

Smart with color

While celebrities can count on interior designers to help them perfect their color scheme, this isn’t the cheapest option.

Georgina says: “Luckily you don’t have to spend a lot of money – get a color wheel from Amazon for a few pounds instead.

“This simple tool will help you build your confidence in color.

“Not only does it show you which colors will work in harmony and accent, but it also guides you through more sophisticated color schemes so you can add the wow factor to any room.”

natural talent

Dried flowers are the perfect long-lasting accessory - like this arrangement in the Bowen household

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Dried flowers are the perfect long-lasting accessory – like this arrangement in the Bowen householdCredit: Instagram/thebowenhome
Houseplants like the Owens are a cheap and effective way to add a sense of elegance

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Houseplants like the Owens are a cheap and effective way to add a sense of elegance

When you can’t afford to fill a room with quality accessories, houseplants are all you need.

Georgina says, “It’s a very simple and inexpensive way to add star quality to a room.

“Look at inexpensive plants and nurture them back to health, and you also have the satisfaction of having saved a life.

“If you’re worried about keeping them alive, cut a small bottle in half and perforate the bottom.

“Put this in the ground and fill it with water and it will gradually release the water, which is what most plants prefer.”

You can also give your home a red carpet look by filling it with flowers.

Georgina says, “Obviously we can’t all pay for bouquets that are constantly changing, so go for dried or preserved bouquets instead.”

quality before quantity

Adding a few eye-catching pieces like Gemma Collins' bar stools to your home will make for a great talking point

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Adding a few eye-catching pieces like Gemma Collins’ bar stools to your home will make for a great talking point

After all, sometimes less is more.

Just as fashion stylists advise clients to wear an expensive garment to ensure they are runway-ready, interior designers like Georgina have similar advice.

Georgina adds, “When you invest in a high-end piece of furniture, it enhances everything else in the room and saves you money overall.

“Make sure it’s a statement piece that will become the focal point of the room for maximum impact.”

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Jessica MacLeish

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