We are home experts – 7 ways to make your house look expensive & IKEA is your best friend

YOU don’t have to spend a lot of money to have your dream home – with the right tools, you can fake it until you get it.

Or even better, simply to keep pretend and see the savings pile up.

Design choices like a neutral color palette can make your home look luxurious on a budget

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Design choices like a neutral color palette can make your home look luxurious on a budgetPhoto credit: Getty

As the home experts at Lifehacker explained, thoughtful decorating choices can make your home look elegant and expensive.

No one but you will know your decor was cheap—even if you fake a high-end home feature with a little help from affordable IKEA products.

IKEA IDEAS

Built-in bookshelves are a drooling feature for many homeowners.

Unfortunately, they’re a big expense, and building shelves that are custom-designed for your space takes a lot of work.

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“Fortunately, there are ways to hack IKEA bookshelves see like they were custom made for your wall,” wrote the pros at Lifehacker.

The trick is to leave out the back of your bookshelves like the popular shelves from the Billy collection and paint the wall behind to match.

Then use fiberboard or plywood to fill gaps between shelves and top things off with crown molding — no one will be able to tell that your bookshelves were a cheap IKEA find.

SHIFTING INTO NEUTRAL

Choosing the right color scheme also goes a long way in making your home look classy and expensive.

“When you think of high-end spots like Restoration Hardware and Crate & Barrel, their websites, stores and social media accounts often provide a neutral base for large pieces of furniture and rugs,” the experts explained.

You can use “white, off-white, cream, taupe, beige, gray or greige” as the basic colors for the living room or bedroom.

Then add pops of color to accent your favorite parts of the room, like bright pillows and interesting knick-knacks.

HANDLE IT

The cheapest way to update your space? Adding new hardware.

Drawer handles, cabinet handles and towel rails are inexpensive and easy to install. You don’t need anything except a screwdriver.

“Drop outdated or greenish hardware and replace it with sleek, contemporary options,” the experts said

THINK

A small, dark room needs a mirror. Maybe two.

“Not only do they make a room appear larger, they also boost the light and give the room a brighter, more airy feel,” the Lifehacker experts explained.

An inexpensive mirror from HomeGoods or Target can instantly make your space appear bigger and brighter.

You can even position mirrors across from windows to increase the light in a room.

Try a combination of hanging and standing mirrors throughout your home.

EASIER

You can swap out your existing fixtures for more modern ones for a surprisingly small investment, the pros said.

Play with floor lamps, desk or table lamps and ceiling lights to create a unique look that’s all yours.

“Install oversized pendant lights above kitchen islands or dining areas and sconces on either side of your bed,” the pros advised.

Also remember that soft lighting is the way to go, not glaring: “Use warm bulbs and dimmer switches wherever possible,” the experts added.

KEEP IT TRIM

Does your house already have moldings? This often-overlooked upgrade can have a huge impact on your space.

“Molding adds a subtle, sophisticated sophistication to any space,” the experts wrote.

You can experiment here and try crown molding, paneling or simple picture frames in your space.

In any case, pouring “can take a room from ho-hum to high-end at a relatively low cost.”

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Increase the appeal of your home and impress guests before they enter by repainting your front door.

This is an especially important change if you are trying to sell your home. Cleaning the entryway can make a big difference.

“Pay attention to the handle and door lights,” the experts advised. “Are they weatherbeaten with black spots?”

If so, replace them and make sure your porch flower pots, seating, and welcome mat are tidy too.

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When you’re not sure what color to paint your door, keep things looking sharp with an upscale classic.

“Black looks the richest and most sophisticated,” wrote the pundits.

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Jessica MacLeish

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