Colors are the essence of ambiance, and if you choose the wrong palette, you may end up with a cheap and unattractive looking atmosphere.
Fortunately, interior designer Arvin Olano has put together eight suggestions for making your home look expensive on a budget, focusing on the three-color rule.
Arvin is known by his followers for always giving his honest opinion.
His talent for designing lush styles makes his advice highly plausible.
In a recent YouTube video, review eight inexpensive tips that will instantly make your home look more luxurious.
Tip #1: Fix your color palette.
“The easiest way to make your home look luxurious is to make sure you have a cohesive color palette,” Arvin explains.
Rather than rushing to choose your color palette, Arvin urges viewers to follow the “rule of three colors” first.
You need to choose three primary colors. Brown, beige and ivory are used as an example.
Then, once you have your three colors, just add items with different shades of those colors.
“As long as she’s in the same family as your main color, she’ll be fine,” Arvin argues.
“You want the colors to blend seamlessly.”
This means that you should not try to match everything to be the exact shade of your three colors.
Tip #2: Add a metallic accent.
Do not go for a run to buy reflective metal decor, look for furniture made of copper or chrome.
“You don’t want to go overboard with these metallic finishes,” Arvin explains. “The signature pieces are meant to bring your spaces to life.”
If you fill your home with shiny gold and shiny silver, the space will look tacky.
These accents should be “touches” everywhere.
Tip #3: Update your lampshades.
“I think there’s nothing more telling than an old lampshade,” Arvin admits, telling people that the room is very old.
Look for structured, simply detailed shades.
“I love a good Empire lampshade,” Arvin says.
Tip #4: Increase your thread count.
“Luxury can also mean feeling comfortable, and an easy way to do that is to update your bedding,” Arvin continues.
Your comforter should be bulky so that your bed does not look flat.
Lightweight quilts make the bed look plain and empty, while ultra-light quilts give extra fluff.
Tip #5: Add high contrast.
“When you add these high-contrast pieces in your home, you make eye candy,” Arvin explains.
You can add high contrast with contrasting colors and patterns.
Mixing modern furniture with antique décor will instantly elevate the space and add the contrast you want.
You can combine rustic or feminine talk with masculine as well.
“In interior design, you always want to create that friction, that tension between materiality and color. That’s how you create depth, dimension, and luxurious-looking space,” notes Arvin.
Tip #6: Choose simplicity.
Simple design is always better than adding busy decor pieces.
Tip #7: Make sure your house smells good.
When you enter a room, the smell will grab your attention first, most of the time.
Arvin suggests using candles, a sprayer, or his favorite: diffusers.
“Just make sure your house smells good because if it’s bad…ah, my gosh, no, because it doesn’t matter how luxurious your furniture is if it smells bad,” he warns.
Tip #8: Invest in the pieces you use every day.
Whether it’s sofas, kitchen tables, or faucets, Arvin says it pays to splurge on them and save on other smaller decor pieces.
Your cheaper, more affordable pieces will look more luxurious next to the ones you invested in.
Arvin’s advice was a hit among viewers.
One viewer wrote: “I love how you make it available by comparing interior style tips with regular style and things people can understand in other parts of their lives.”
Another person was particularly excited about the three-color rule.
They commented, “Oh my gosh, this tip is so good! I was blown away by the rule of three colors, I didn’t hear it explained well, and now I feel at peace, thank you.”