I’m an Interior Designer – Cheap and Easy Tradeoffs to Really Upgrade Your Home

Making your home look expensive and luxurious doesn’t mean you need to spend thousands of dollars on new furniture – it can be as easy as updating a few things here and there.

In fact, the mother-daughter duo behind online interior design courses, Clairo, Katherine and Alexandra Davine, have revealed what to do around your home in order to liven up it.

Alexandra Davine reveals what she tends to switch up to make a home look luxurious


Alexandra Davine reveals what she tends to switch up to make a home look luxuriousCredit: Catherine and Alexandra Davine.
Her mother Catherine also added her vision


Her mother Catherine also added her visionCredit: Catherine and Alexandra Davine.

Before you start shopping for the latest home trends, the first thing you’ll want to do, according to Alexandra, is you’ll want to change your space first.

“We always recommend that you first de-clutter your space,” she told The US Sun exclusively.

“Getting rid of unnecessary items or accessories gives an instant freshness to any home.

“Next, think of easy updates you can make yourself.”

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new paint

Alexandra explained that giving a room a new paint job is a great starting point.

“Don’t focus on updating expensive items like the sofa or the dining table.”

Instead, first start by giving your room a fresh coat of paint to make it look well cared for and therefore luxurious.

Not only that, but it gives you a clean slate to start with.

few things

The next thing you’ll do is focus on low-cost accessories, like pillows, lampshades, and even wall decor.

Not only will going into your home feel refreshing, it will feel comfortable, live in, and expensive.

The couple previously told The US Sun that adding cushions to a sofa or lounge chair “will create a more polished and designed look.”

Catherine added: “You can find plenty of options in a variety of budgets and styles.

“Thrown pillows allow you to add more pattern and texture to your space in a low-risk way, making it easy to switch them in when you want to update, too.”

Kitchen or bathroom appliances

Lately, social media is filled with people who swear that updating your closet hardware will instantly make your home look expensive. Alexandra agrees.

She explained, “These simple changes — pulling out a new drawer or updating towel rails — can breathe life into your space.”

Interior designer tips

Interior designers have shared tips on how to make your home look its best. Here are some tips:

Wall paper

Just like a fresh coat of paint can make your home look tidy, applying removable wallpaper can make your home look like a New York City dream.

These days, a roll of wallpaper can cost you between $5 and $10 for a great design.

“It’s amazing how an updated wallpaper can instantly elevate a space,” Catherine explained.

“And this is something you can usually do as an inexpensive DIY project.”

light fixtures

“Lighting is often overlooked in a room’s design, but it can instantly change the look of a room,” Alexandra explained.

She suggested updating loft fixtures with a modern pendant or swapping out the table lamp for a more streamlined option.

Additionally, you want to make sure you get the right bulbs.

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“We always choose a warmer glow in our spaces, because it creates a warm feel versus a harsher cold light,” she added.

“If you’re using LED lights, try a 2700K to 3000K bulb to add that home ambiance.”

Experts have revealed that a coat of fresh paint, lampshades and pillows can raise the level of a home


Experts have revealed that a coat of fresh paint, lampshades and pillows can raise the level of a homecredit: Getty

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