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Bougie on a Budget: How to Make Your Bedroom Look Expensive

Transforming your bedroom into a lavish retreat does not have to break the bank. I'd be lying if I said I could get you 5-star resort quality on a motel budget (after all, I'm an interior designer, not a magician). However, with a few key upgrades and strategic choices, you can create a breathtaking bedroom that leaves your partner suspicious as to where the money came from.

1. Opt for White or Border-Lined Linens

Start with the basics: your bed linens. White bedding is a hallmark of luxury hotels for its crisp, clean feel. Elevate this look by choosing linens with a subtle border in a contrasting color, such as navy blue. This small detail adds a refined touch that implies a bespoke design.

2. Update Your Molding

Architectural details can dramatically alter the perception of a room. Consider upgrading your molding to add some sophistication to your space. Crown molding, chair rails, and baseboards in wide, intricate profiles can frame your room, drawing the eye upward and making the space feel more expansive and elegant.

3. Reconsider the Ceiling Fan

While ceiling fans are practical, they rarely contribute to the luxurious feel of a room. Consider a statement chandelier or a modern pendant to provide both function and flair. If cooling is a must, opt for a compact floor fan that can be hidden away when not in use. 

4. Invest in Larger Pillows

Swap out standard pillows for larger, more plush versions. Adding euro-size pillows or a mix of large and medium pillows creates a layered look that invites relaxation. Choose pillow covers in high-quality fabrics and posh patterns for an additional touch of luxury.

5. Install Floor-to-Ceiling Drapery

Nothing says luxury like long, flowing floor-length curtains. Hang the curtain rod well beyond the top of the window frame, making your windows appear larger and your ceilings higher. Materials like linen or heavyweight cotton in neutral tones or with subtle textures can enhance the sense of luxury.

6. Vary Your Lighting

Lighting plays a pivotal role in setting the mood of your bedroom. Incorporate a mix of overhead lighting, table lamps, a floor lamp, and even wall scones or pendants (if you're feeling extra fancy). Additionally, adding dimmers to overhead lights can instantly change the atmosphere from bright and basic to regal and relaxing. 

7. Paint Your Ceiling

You've probably heard of breaking the fourth wall - but what about painting the fifth (your ceiling)? Painting the ceiling in a color or pattern that complements the rest of the room can deepen the sense of space and luxury. A bold dark hue or a muted mural can transform a plain ceiling into a standout feature.

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8. There's Value in Vintage

Try and incorporate at least one vintage or antique attention-grabbing piece. It could be furniture, a mirror, a piece of art, anything (well, maybe not anything - I'm looking at you, shag carpet). Unique vintage pieces deliver texture, history, and personality to a space, providing a curated vibe.

The reality is that luxury is all about the details. Pay attention to the little things and implement these simple yet effective changes to create a higher-end look on a lower-end budget. 


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