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I’m an interior designer and these five hacks will instantly make your home look expensive

I’m an interior designer and these five hacks will instantly make your home look expensive

INTERIOR designer Faye Robinson-Hey says you don’t need to splash the cash to make your home look luxurious.

Here, Faye, who runs an interior design company in West Yorkshire called Robinson King Interiors, explains the styling tricks that will instantly make your home look more expensive.

Dress your bed like a hotel

Give your bedroom some hotel styling by dressing your bed with style.

By simply adding some styling cushions and a bed throw to the end of your standard duvet and bed pillows you can give it an expensive, luxury feel.


I like to use standard white sheets and pillows and then layer the bed with 3 x square cushions and 2 x smaller rectangle ones in front of those.

Adding a third smaller or bolster cushion in front of the front two can work great, also.

Keep patterns minimal and use similar, tonal colours. Add a throw to the end of the bed - faux furs or velvet work great for winter and lighter quilted or silk effect ones for summer.

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Style your home with the rule of three

Make sure your home is styled to perfection.

Shelves, side cabinets, bedside tables and coffee tables can be elevated by using simple accessories from shops like H&M, Ikea and The Range. For example, vases, ceramic pots, candles and faux foliage.

However, to really give your interior styling the luxury edge, use "the rule of three".

This means grouping different items in groups of three.

The odd number gives visual interest, use items that are at different heights, shape and texture to give an expensive, designer look.

Have a ‘scent’

You remember the homes you’ve visited based on the smells - good or bad. Use inexpensive scented candles, wax melts and diffusers to give your home an expensive smell.

Aldi does Jo Malone dupes which are very good.

Nice smells are inviting and give your home a clean, considered hotel feel.

You could even splurge on an expensive oil diffuser or two and then keep the bottle and refill it with a lesser expensive refill oil - as long as your space smells lovely your guests won't know how much the scent cost.

Always use white towels

Keep your bathrooms looking hotel chic by simply using all white towels.

White towels look clean, smart and high end, whereas having coloured and patterned towels out on display gives your bathroom a cheap and chaotic feel.

Keep your towels white by only washing with whites and using a colour keeper such as Vanish or Glowhite.

You can also add to the hotel feel by adding smaller rolled up white towels and flannels to an inexpensive rattan or woven basket if you have the space.

As with towels, keep bath mats simple and chic-white or wood ones work well.

Also, close away those plastic coloured bottles of shampoo and bath products when guests are visiting.

Never put on the big light

Use lamps instead of bright wall lights, downlights and pendant lights which can often give your home a stark, cold feel.

Use a selection of table and floor lamps to give a much nicer, softer feel to your home in the evenings.

Add to the cosy feel with candles and together with the home scent your home will instantly feel more luxurious and hotel like.

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