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Make a statement

Make a statement
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Dining room tables, stand-out rugs, light fixtures, chandeliers and sofas all have the ability to upgrade a home’s sense of style. Identify a few key pieces that you see and use often (especially if they’re ones that are visible from several other rooms) and decide if it makes sense to budget for a splurge.

Light up the room

Light up the room
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Natural lighting and source lighting is very important to a room. “Make sure you don’t block windows, and be sure to add table and floor lamps throughout your space for a huge statement,” Jillian says. The look of a bigger room is priceless. Pricey light fixtures might be better suited for your wedding registry.

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Personalise your towels

Personalise your towels
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Find plain white towels too ho-hum? Add a simple DIY detailing to basic towels to show off your signature style, suggests luxury interior designer Charmaine Wynter. “Just select a coordinating ribbon colour and pull out your sewing machine,” she says.

Mix up your bedroom set

Mix up your bedroom set
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The easiest option won’t always pack the biggest punch. “If you have a dresser in a bedroom with a matching mirror, it makes the room much more interesting if you hang a different mirror over the dresser,” says interior designer Myrf Bowry. No need to throw that matching mirror out, she says; just hang it in another room.

Add voluminous accessories

Add voluminous accessories
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Expensive items tend to have weight and volume. Avoid flimsiness at all costs: add an extra panel of curtain to your curtain rod, and search for quality carpets and throws that feel great to the touch. Additionally, accessorise with weighty accent pieces; vases, picture frames, and ornaments should all feel like they’ve got something to them.

Opt for custom-fitted blinds

Opt for custom-fitted blinds
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“Any badly fitting blind within the recess looks cheap if not sized correctly to the window,” says interior designer and stylist Nicola Croughan. Spending just a little more on a made-to-measure style is much more elegant, she says. She recommends picking plush Roman blinds and wide-slat wood blinds, and says to pick a water-resistant roller blind for bathrooms and kitchens to prevent mould.

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Create your own statement artwork

Create your own statement artwork
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If your room lacks a pre-existing focal point, create one using artwork. One option is to create a multi-panel piece (one picture blown up and printed onto three panels hung next to each other) or a gallery-type display of frames.

Keep your home clean

Keep your home clean
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Follow the rule of threes (objects look best when organised in odd numbers, especially threes) and leave a generous amount of white space on your walls and surfaces. When it comes to looking luxe, less is always more. File paperwork out of sight, find a home for everything, and clear the clutter.

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Up your thread count

Up your thread count
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No matter what your bedding style, increasing the thread count for your sheets will instantly make your sleep space more luxe, says Wynter. Your home won’t just look expensive – it will feel it.

Add a centrepiece

Add a centrepiece
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No need to wait for a dinner party to elevate your usual table setting. Something as simple as fresh-cut flowers can make it seem like you’ve put time and effort into your dinner table, says Henry.

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