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10 Cheap Ways to Create a Luxe Space

Boost the plushy quotient in your home with a little effort and a little budget. Here are our picks for grand walls, floors, lighting and even luxurious air!

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Crown Jewels

Jewel tones rule when it comes to adding luxe color to rooms. Even better if it comes in a velvety texture. Slipper chairs are oh-so-sophisticated in a walk-in closet, as a perch when putting on shoes, or near a bed to hold a beautiful throw. This sapphire-blue gem from Amazon ($129) has it all.

Adding jewel tones was even one of nine ideas to use Pantone’s ultra-violet 2018 color of the year in your house.

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Give your home the luxe scent of a spa retreat. All you need is water, your favorite essential oils and a diffuser. This VicTsing model ($20) gets great reviews and is small enough to hide or fade away into the background. Lavender essential oil is relaxing, eucalyptus is said to support the immune system and neroli or grapefruit lifts spirits.

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Fine Faux Fur

Furry accents add texture, warmth and richness to a room—and now there are very good fakes out there, from Mongolian wool to sheepskin to cowhide. This faux sheepskin from Ikea ($15) is made from recycled plastic bottles and can soften up a seat, provide a cushy headrest on the back of a couch, or even a warm, fluffy place to change a baby’s diaper.

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Puff Pieces

Throw pillows can be exorbitantly expensive, but there are tons of treasures on artist-driven sites such as Society 6 (prices vary). Designs are available for every room and mood, from the hilarious to sly and sophisticated. These pillows give bigger brand names a run for their money.

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Run Along

Have a long, narrow hallway or a lackluster staircase? A vintage Turkish rug ($880)is never a runner-up. Install a runner for instant warmth underfoot and a dose of Vitamin C (that C stands for color) for the eyes. Prices vary by style, color and size. This little splurge will last a lifetime and pales in comparison to the cost of refinishing stairs or floors.

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Make your home more luxurious with pattern. While some wallpapers can indeed be cost-prohibitive, a stylish peel-and-stick ($40 per roll) can be affordable and just the trick. Paper an accent wall, alcove, powder room or even use as shelf-lining paper for your drawers for a hidden delight—isn’t that what luxe is all about, after all?

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Get Shipshape

Shiplap, wainscoting and other 3D wall panels are an easy weekend project to cover up dented, dinged or damaged walls. And, these textured walls improve your finishes and add structure and style to an otherwise nondescript room. This gray wood-tone shiplap ($106 per square feet) paired with the wainscot below looks upscale, fresh and welcoming.

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Go Gold

Warmer fixtures and accents add sparkle and shine, and they don’t have to be expensive. This set of side tables ($124 per set of two) has a slightly Moroccan feel, and the tops are mirrored for a little extra luxury. This is a steal for a set that can give new life to your living room. See, even on a budget there are ways to make your home look more expensive.

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Mood Lighting

Starting at around $20, a light dimmer switch is an Instant face-flatterer and mood-setter. Installation is a simple DIY home-improvement project, too. Prices vary depending on style and features. We like this Lutron rocker switch ($27) for its ease of use and clean design.

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Proper Address

Properly scaled and placed house numbers add a little opulence and a finishing touch. To up your curb appeal, consider these Neutra-style numbers, ($22 to $29 per number) which are classic luxe for mid-century modern types. Not a mid-century maven? Other styles and fonts abound.

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Katie Dohman
Katie Dohman is an award-winning freelance writer who has written about home, design, and lifestyle topics for more than 15 years. Her work has been featured in Artful Living, Midwest Home, Star Tribune, and Teen Vogue, among many others. She is currently living her own how-to story as she and her husband work through a complete gut remodel on their 1921 home—while parenting three tiny tots and dodging their dog and cat, who always seem to be underfoot.

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