There’s no doubt about it: our homes are our sanctuaries, and they are also a reflection of us – either who we are now, or who we feel we would like to be.

As a result, many of us strive to make our homes look and feel as stylish, inviting and luxurious as we can, even if our decorating budgets are very restricted. We do this, not only to impress our friends and family whenever they come to visit, but also for our own sakes – to create the kind of environment that we believe our loved ones deserve.

Of course, if you feel like your abode doesn’t currently give the best reflection of who you are, and you want to make it both look and feel more luxurious and inviting, don’t worry. There are several things you can do to achieve your goal, even if your funds are rather limited.

Invest Your Decorating Budget On Some Statement Pieces

One of the most effective ways to uplift your home and make it look more lavish is by purchasing some truly show-stopping furnishings or accessories. Just a handful of stunning pieces dotted throughout your house can make all the difference to the home and how you feel about it.

Not sure where to find these statement items? Antiques Boutique allows you to sift through literally hundreds of stunningly preserved antiques and vintage fixtures, fittings, and accessories. With so many to choose between, you won’t have trouble finding a few gorgeous pieces of genuine history that will suit your budget – and your décor.

Clear The Clutter

Another technique you can use to make your home look instantly more opulent is to tidy away all that clutter.

After all, if you take a look at the images of celebrities’ A-list pads featured in glossy magazines and splashed across Instagram, you will probably find that the vast majority of them don’t seem to have a single coffee table book, ornament or plant pot out of place.

To help you create that pristine, uncluttered look, take a look through all of your belongings and see how many you actually need. Sell or donate anything you don’t want anymore, and find stylish storage options for all the rest – from seagrass baskets to upcycled chests and ottomans with storage compartments.

Treat Your Feet

If you have uncarpeted floors, then you can quickly spruce them up and make them look and feel more sumptuous by investing in some gorgeous rugs.

These days, there are plenty of chic but affordable rugs available that will provide the perfect treat for your feet. Best of all, there are so many different materials, patterns, and colours to choose from, that will add instant style and texture to any room in your home.

Here’s a sneaky tip: to make your new rugs seem as expensive as possible, opt for over-sized versions – the softer and more plush, the better.

Choose An Expensive Palette

Finally, if you’re keen to break out the wall paint and rollers, the key is to select an expensive-looking colour scheme.

Use your favourite A-listers as inspiration again and you will probably find they have a preference for sleek and glossy neutral tones. These include white, silver, black, grey, cream, and beige.

Of course, if you start hankering for a bit more vibrancy, you can always create a colourful accent wall using richer, bolder paint colours. Alternatively, you can invest in some pretty, patterned wallpaper for your bedroom, complete with gleaming velvety curtains and bedding in decadent hues, for an upscale boudoir that you’ll relish spending time in.


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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