By Cora L. Diekman

Published on August 17, 2015

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Looking like a million bucks without actually
spending
a million bucks is sort of the goal, isn’t it? The same is true of our homes, where it is entirely possible to add polish and luxe without making a major (expensive) overhaul. Read on to find out how!

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add a ‘grown up’ chair

Every living space needs a chair that bridges the gap between comfort and glam.  It should be practical enough for everyday life, but chic enough to turn heads.  Opt for fabrics that suit your lifestyle (dark colors hide stains!) and look for details that set it apart from the rest, like metallic rivets, bold colors, and rich wood detail.

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incorporate metallics

Metallics are an easy way to add sparkle and glitz to any space.  Start small with accessory pieces, and build from there. Also, don’t be afraid to mix and match metallic colors. Gold, silver, and even brass, play well together when done in like pieces.

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rediscover wallpaper

Wallpaper has made a comeback in a chic and exciting way. Modern prints can be found to suit any design palette in bold colors, geometrics, metallics, and more. Instead of covering an entire room, keep wallpaper current by decorating a small area like a single feature wall or stairwell.

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mismatch your decor

A well-styled space looks thoughtfully curated over time, not purchased by the room à la one-stop-shop. Pieces should play well together and compliment each other, but not match. To shake up a monotonous yawn-worthy design, try a simple fix like incorporating a few elegantly mismatched table lamps.

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tame clutter

Nothing detracts from a beautifully designed space like unsightly clutter. Keep the chaos in check with modern storage solutions, like a well designed bookshelf or storage ottoman. For small spaces, opt for pieces that perform double duty, like a credenza that provides storage and also serves as a buffet.

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play with pattern

A thoughtful mix of textures and patterns elevates a room’s decor from flat to fabulous. No need to reupholster – you can instantly change things up with throw pillows and rugs!  Select a combination of different fabrics to add depth, and remember there’s A LOT to choose from: leather, metallics, cowhide, sheepskin, linen, silk, and hand stitched patterns, among others.

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upgrade artwork

Replace those framed poster prints with actual artwork.  A single quality piece can stand alone, serve as a focal point, and anchor the rest of a space.  Remember that artwork is an investment, so avoid trendy pieces, and choose something you truly love.

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add a bar cart

Nothing says ‘upscale’ like a well-styled bar cart, a piece that is especially well suited for small spaces. Carts are available in sizes perfect for petite rooms, and their rolling design means they may be quickly and easily moved out of the way when not in use.

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apply some light elbow grease

A little weekend DIY is the simplest and most inexpensive path to upgrade success. Focus on small projects with a big impact, like painting a bold accent wall, or repainting a tired piece of furniture. Think of new ways to use pieces you already own. Transform a cluttered collection into an eye-catching wall display, or hang a chic rug on the wall for maximum textural impact.