Affordable Elegance: Make a Room Look Expensive Without Breaking the Bank

Who says a room makeover has to be expensive to be beautiful? There are many ways to give your room the transformation it needs that’s been long overdue without spending a fortune. You don’t have to get the most expensive paints, tiles, and whatever else you need for your room’s makeover. All you need is some time and effort to find the best deals you can on each thing you need to start renovating. Just because it’s affordable doesn’t mean it’s cheap, and just because it’s expensive doesn’t mean it’s durable.

It’s not hard to make your room look more expensive than it is. All you need is an understanding of the different materials and finishes that you can apply to a room. It will help you get past the idea that spending more means better quality since you know which material or finish will work best for each job. When you dedicate time to learning these things, you’ll thank yourself later for saving yourself a lot of money in the long run. And in the end, you’ll get a room that looks fit for a millionaire without actually spending millions.

With that out of the way, let’s get down to business and start renovating. Here are some ideas that can help you make your room feel more luxurious without spending too much:

The Walls

By far, the most underutilized space in a room is the walls. But there’s so much that you can do to it to give your room a more elegant and expensive look. Here are some of them that you could do yourself


You might think to yourself, “How is ordinary paint going to make my room look more expensive?” Well, paint can look more luxurious depending on how it’s applied to your walls. Don’t just pick a single color and stick with it. Get creative and paint up patterns, stencils or even make a design yourself. Don’t just leave a wall looking flat with one color. Play with different shades of your color of choice to add more character and depth to your room. But if you’re not up for a possibly messy endeavor, then maybe this next tip will be more up your alley.


Wallpapers are an easy way to quickly change the look and feel of your room without much work. They come in many colors, patterns, textures, and more that are sure to give any wall a more luxurious feel. And if you want to stand out from the rest, you can opt to use discontinued wallpaper instead. You can choose a design that’s available in just the right amount to cover your whole room and buy it. That way, no one else will have the same wallpaper as you. And the best part of it is, it’s super affordable! So go and get searching!



There’s a reason why most high-end restaurants and hotels use dim and warm lighting in their spaces. It’s because it provides a cozy and elegant vibe. With that said, you can do the same for your room. Layering multiple light sources can help diffuse or emphasize shadows of your furniture. It adds more drama and emotion that most rooms don’t have.

Another part of lighting that can add to the elegant aesthetic of your room is the type and look of the light fixtures you choose. Pick from long pendant lights that hang from the ceiling, freestanding lamps that stand on their own, or wall lamps that attach to your walls. And depending on how elegant or extravagant you want your room to be, there’s always a lighting fixture that will fit your aesthetic. It’s all about spending time to find the one that fits perfectly.


From your curtains to your bedsheets, fabrics can play a role in adding elegance to the room. Cover your windows with long flowing curtains, and you can already get a hotel-like experience. You don’t have to spend that much on them too. Instead of getting thick and expensive curtains, you can opt to buy a couple of affordable ones and layer them on top of each other. It could give the final curtain a fuller look and allow some interesting pockets of light to shine through.

You can also add carpet and runners that will help give you different textures to feel when walking around your room. A great example of them is area rugs which cover a larger area and give you more than one texture for your flooring. And depending on what kind you get, they can also become the centerpiece of your room or a focal element that can serve as the room’s contrast.

Final Thoughts

Making a room feel more elegant and luxurious is not up to the price tag of the materials you use. But it’s in stocking up on knowledge of different materials and finishes that work well together. With a bit of time and effort, you’ll be able to find affordable choices that look just as premium as the higher-end materials.

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