I’m an interior design professional – 8 inexpensive ways to make your home more expensive, including my 3 color rule

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COLORS are the essence of mood, and if you choose the wrong palette, you may end up with a cheap and unattractive mood.

Luckily, interior designer Arvin Olano has outlined eight suggestions for making your home look expensive on a budget, with a focus on a three-color rule.

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Arvin Olano explains eight ways to make your home instantly luxurious without spending a ton of moneyCredit: Arvin Olano/Youtube
Focus on the color palette and stick to the three color rule

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Focus on the color palette and stick to the three color ruleCredit: Getty

Arvin is known to his supporters for always giving his honest opinion.

His talent for designing lush styles makes his advice widely welcomed.

In a recent YouTube videohe reviews eight inexpensive tips that will instantly make your home more luxurious.

Tip #1: Fix your color palette.

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“The easiest way to make your home look luxurious is to make sure you have a consistent color palette,” says Arvin.

Instead of rushing into choosing your color palette, Arvin urges viewers to follow his “three color rule” first.

You need to choose three base colors. He uses brown, beige and ivory as an example.

Then, once you have your three colors, only add items that are different shades of those colors.

“As long as it’s in the same family as your main color, you’ll be fine,” argues Arvin.

“You want the colors to blend perfectly.”

This means that you shouldn’t try to match everything to get the exact shade of your three colors.

Tip #2: Add a metallic accent.

Don’t go running to buy mirrored metal decor, look for brass or chrome furniture.

“You don’t want to overdo those metallic finishes. Accent pieces are meant to bring your spaces to life,” says Arvin.

If you fill your home with shiny gold and shiny silver, the space will look tacky.

These accents should be “keys” everywhere.

Add brass or chrome accent pieces, but don't overdo it

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Add brass or chrome accent pieces, but don’t overdo itCredit: Arvin Olano/Youtube
It is important to update your lampshades and opt for simple

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It is important to update your lampshades and opt for simpleCredit: Arvin Olano/Youtube

Tip #3: Update your lampshades.

“I think there’s nothing more telling than an old lampshade,” Arvin admits, and it tells people that the piece is way too outdated.

Find simply structured and detailed shades.

“I like a good empire shade,” says Arvin.

Tip #4: Increase the number of threads.

“Luxury can also mean feeling comfortable, and an easy way to achieve that is to update your bedding,” Arvin continues.

Your duvet should be bulky so your bed doesn’t look flat.

Lightweight comforters make the bed look simple and empty, while ultra-lightweight comforters give it more fluffiness.

Tip #5: Add high contrast.

“When you add these high-contrast pieces to your home, you create a feast for the eyes,” says Arvin.

You can add high contrast with contrasting colors and styles.

Mixing modern furniture with antique decor will instantly elevate the space and add the contrast you want.

You can also combine the modern with the rustic or the feminine with the masculine.

“In interior design, you always want to create that friction, that tension between materiality and color. That’s how you create depth, dimension, and a luxurious-looking space,” Arvin notes.

When in doubt, opt for simple decor pieces as they will always automatically make your space more expensive.

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When in doubt, opt for simple decor pieces as they will always automatically make your space more expensive.Credit: Getty

Tip #6: Keep it simple.

A simple design is always better than adding busy decorative pieces.

Tip #7: Make sure your home smells good.

When you walk into a room, the smell will catch your attention first, most of the time.

Arvin suggests using candles, vaporizers, or his favorite: diffusers.

“Just make sure your house smells good because if it smells bad…ah, oh my God, no, because it doesn’t matter how fancy your furniture is if it smells bad,” he warns.

You should invest in the furniture and decor you use every day

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You should invest in the furniture and decor you use every dayCredit: Getty

Tip #8: Invest in the parts you use every day.

Whether it’s your sofas, kitchen tables or faucets, Arvin says it pays to splurge on these and save on other smaller decor pieces.

Your cheaper, more affordable pieces will look more luxurious next to the pieces you’ve invested in.

Arvin’s advice was a hit with viewers.

“Love how you make it approachable by comparing interior styling tips to regular style and things people can pick up on in other parts of their lives,” one viewer wrote.

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Another person was particularly excited about the three color rule.

“Oh my goodness this advice is SO good! The three color rule blew my mind, I’ve never heard it explained so well and now I have peace lol Thank you,” they commented.

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