5 tips to decorate your home like a rich person, when your bank account is anything but

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Investing in foundational pieces will help you create a luxurious space on a budget.
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Homepolish

Luxury and richness come at varying price points, and creating a space that feels and looks expensive doesn’t always have to be costly.

“Sometimes when working with a limited budget, it’s easy to say ‘let’s play it safe,” Homepolish designer Ariel Farmer told Business Insider. “More often than not this route leads to the blah and boring world of beige walls and matching sofas and love seats.”

However, says Farmer, “You can just as easily achieve your aspirational home goals through sensible purchases and investing in foundational pieces with high impact.”

Below, Farmer shares five tips for decorating your home to feel rich when you’re on a budget.


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Make a statement with your dining table.
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1. Invest in a few primary pieces of furniture

If you’re designing a living room, for example, Farmer suggests investing in statement furniture, like the sofa or media console, because as “the largest and most utilized pieces of the room … it’s imperative they be functional and stylish.”

Farmer says it’s important to “steer away from anything too bulky, rounded or ‘of the moment.’ The pieces you invest in should be timeless and able to evolve with you.”


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Don’t be afraid to mix high-quality pieces with thrift-store finds.
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2. Or try a high-quality accent piece

Furniture doesn’t always need to be the big investment, says Farmer, especially if you already own an older or inexpensive piece you want to keep. Buying high-quality accent pieces, like pillows and throw blankets, can elevate the overall look of a room, too.

“Sometimes, that $200 lumbar pillow makes your thrift store find of a lounge chair seem like it was ripped out of the pages of the latest design magazine,” she said.

Ultimately, “it’s more about the mix of high and low and buying the best quality that your budget can allow,” Farmer says.


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Colored walls can go a long way in the design of a room.
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3. Get a good paint job

According to Farmer, “a good paint job goes a long way.”

She says it’s an “inexpensive way to add drama and glamour to a space,” without breaking the bank. “Life is too short to live in a white box (unless it’s intentional to the design of course!).”


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Mix furniture, throws, and rugs with different textures.
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4. Layer textures

Farmer is a big proponent of layering textures and materials in the home, just like you would layer clothing.

“One way to make your home appear rich and luxurious is to make sure you’re incorporating a variety of materials,” she said. “So go ahead and add in a faux fur throw on that velvet sofa of yours.”


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The chicest homes avoid matching completely.
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5. Avoid matching

It’s easy to get caught up in matching everything in a room, whether it’s color, texture, material, or pattern. Farmer says if you want your home to appear rich, “scratch that notion all together.”

“The most chic interiors often juxtapose different furniture (think: Louis XV chairs around a Saarinen table), textiles (think: a leather pouf on a Moroccan style rug), and finishes (think: mixed metals and faux shagreen accents).