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I’m an Interior Designer – the easy way to make your home look WAY more expensive on a budget, and mistakes that make it cheaper

AFTER spending nearly two years locked in our homes, it’s no wonder we want to redecorate our spaces for a fresh start.

Well, you can put down your credit card because the mother-daughter duo behind online interior design courses, Clairrow, have revealed how you can upgrade your home on the cheap.

Mother-daughter duo Catherine and Alexandra Davin have revealed how you can make your home luxurious on a budget

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Mother-daughter duo Catherine and Alexandra Davin have revealed how you can make your home luxurious on a budgetPhoto credit: Catherine and Alexandra Davin
They also revealed how to accidentally make it look cheap

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They also revealed how to accidentally make it look cheapPhoto credit: Catherine and Alexandra Davin

Speaking head-to-head with The US Sun, mother Catherine and daughter Alexandra spoke about what can make or break your space.

The design team, who have over 30 years of experience in high quality residential interior design, explained that upgrading the look of your home can be as simple as adding a few cushions.

“Add cushions to a sofa or lounge chair for a more elegant, designed look,” Catherine recommended.

“You can find countless options in a variety of budgets and styles. Throw pillows allow you to add more pattern and texture to your space in a low-risk way, so they’re also easy to swap out when you want a refresh.”

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But not every pillow will do, make sure you have a suitable filling material no matter the size.

“You don’t want your luxurious upgrade to look limp and sad,” she explained.

“We always recommend buying a filler that’s two inches larger than the cover so the pillow looks luxurious and really solid on the sofa or chair.”

Also, you can get the same effect with rugs, but you need to make sure it’s the right size.

A rug that’s too small can actually make your home look cheap, according to experts.

“If a rug is too small for a room, it immediately repels the room,” reveals Alexandra.

“Floating furniture is unbalanced! Your rug should extend enough so that all of the furniture pieces sit in a specific zone on the rug.

“If that’s not possible, at least aim for the front legs of your furniture – your sofa, lounge chair or similar – to rest on the carpet.”

The same applies to curtains and curtains that are too short for the window they are attached to.

“The fabric of the floor-length window treatment was meant to just kiss the floor,” she explained.

“When the curtain ends a foot or two off the floor, it looks like tide pants and can instantly discredit a room’s beautiful design.”

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And the best thing about these three hacks is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make them happen.

Previously, Selling Sunset’s Mary Fitzgerald revealed that a quick way to make a home look luxurious is to add a quick coat of paint, even if it’s to distract from her biggest nuisance at home: laminate floors.

Pillows can make a home look luxurious, while a rug that is too small can make it look cheap

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Pillows can make a home look luxurious, while a rug that is too small can make it look cheapPhoto credit: Getty

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