10 Tricks To Make Your Home Look More Expensive

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Upgrade your home quickly and easy without downgrading your bank balance thanks to these genius tips. Perfect if you're looking for a quick makeover for the festive season or just to brighten things up.
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10. A gem of a lighting idea

Surprised at how costly designer lampshades can be? Then take matters into your own hands with a sparkling, home-made effort. Simply take one of your old hardback lampshades, or a buy a cheap, simple one in your desired size, and coat the inside in glitter or diamantes. Metallic-effect fabric will also work well. Next time you turn it on, your room will instantly feel a little more luxurious.
 
eBay tip: Pick a dark, plain lampshade to really enhance the lining you choose, and a energy-saving bulb so as not to melt the glue!
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9. Make a room feel bigger

Give the next room you redecorate a feeling of height by painting in two-tone. It doesn’t matter which combination you choose, painting in a second colour about two thirds of the way up your walls will make the ceilings seem higher than they are.
 
eBay tip: Make the lower colour the darker of the two to increase the sense of height.
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8. Self-lining designer curtains

Don’t splash out on expensive curtains for the spare room. Instead, pick up a double duvet – or larger depending on your window space – and cut it in two. With a bit of simple sewing you’ll have a great pair of thick, insulating curtains that match the bedding in the room. 
 
eBay tip: Fold over the top edges of each duvet half, sew and then cut to create hanging loops. 
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7. Add flair to your fan

Fans are often a necessary evil during the summer months; they’re rarely stylish and often give a room a slightly industrial look. Change that in seconds by attaching lengths of coloured ribbon to the grill surrounding the fan and get yourself all aflutter.
 
eBay tip: Spray a little of your favourite scent onto the ribbons so that it wafts gently around the room as the fan blows. 
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6. Chic lighting for small spaces

Perfect for dens, nooks and small studies, a light bulb hung by its cord from a wall-mounted bracket or hook will add a stripped-down look as well as helpful lighting. The bracket is the main attraction here so look for something that will stand out.
 
eBay tip: Hanging plants in the corner of your room? Why not suspend a low-wattage light bulb in among them? That way the light is much softer. 
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5. Pull down a work of art

You know that tired roller blind hanging above your landing window? Don’t get rid of it. Use it as a base for a favourite pattern or design. Pick a style – vintage kitsch is great for this – and simply cut to fit and sew or even staple it onto the existing blind.
 
eBay tip: Why not get the kids involved? Get a length of plain white curtain fabric and some fabric marker pens and get them to sketch a picture or pattern for you. And if you don’t like it, you don’t have to draw the blind! 
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4. Connect with the outdoors... in your bathroom

Some people go for a nautical theme in their bathroom, others clean art deco symmetry. But if you’re after a natural, earthy look, pick up some reclaimed wood/floorboards from your local builder’s merchant and layer them on one wall. You’ll be amazed at the transformation. 
 
eBay tip: This certainly doesn’t have to be a major project. All you need is a clean wall and some waterproof, all-purpose adhesive to fix each plank in place. 
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3. Reinvigorate your vinyl flooring

Before tearing up that down-at-heel vinyl floor covering, consider whether a lick of paint would brighten things up. Pick a pattern, choose your colours and, with a bit of patient hands-and-knees work, you could have a fab floor at a faction of the cost of new flooring.
 
eBay tip: Vinyl floor paint is very thick and gloopy, so use brushes you don’t mind throwing away after one use – otherwise cleaning them may take longer than the original paint job.
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2. Mirror, mirror in the wall

A clever trick to create the illusion of a window is to use mirrored tiles on a section of wall. If your bathroom or basement lacks a window, this is a
great way to inject reflected light. Plus, of course, you gain a ready-made mirror. 
 
eBay tip: You don’t have to stick to a plain mirrored finish. Use coloured self-adhesive film to tint your tiles. 
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1. Personalise your house number

These home improvement hacks aren’t limited to the interior. Take the house numbers nailed to your front door or gate. You probably barely notice them each day – so why not change them? Choose a streamlined font and immediately your home will display a dash of 1920s glamour.
 
eBay tip: Another one for young designers to get involved in. Ask your kids to design their own door numbers, then cut them out of wood with a jigsaw – or even use coloured Perspex.     
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