7 Finishing Touches to Make Your Home Look Fancier Than It Is
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Want to make your home look like it was curated by an interior designer? Well, think like a designer and rearrange the items you already own. Creating vignettes, or small displays of beautiful objects, is a common design trick. Try it in your entryway or in the living room: pull together vases, bowls, a small stack of books, and a few visually interesting knick-knacks to create a display on a console table or mantel. Vary the heights of objects, and use books or stands to lift up smaller items.
To buy: Console, $300, wayfair.com.
Order a Tissue Box Cover
Instead of leaving cardboard tissue boxes out on your bathroom counter, order a stylish cover to camouflage them. No matter if your style is beachy, modern, or glam, there's a rattan, mirror, or metallic tissue box cover to match.
To buy: Sedona honey square tissue box cover, $20, crateandbarrel.com.
Swap Out the Soap Dispenser
In a beautifully designed bathroom with dreamy tile and gorgeous fixtures, nothing brings down the room's look like a plastic soap dispenser sitting on the counter. Invest in a dispenser that matches your style (whether marble, ceramic, or glass), then decant your favorite hand soap into the vessel. If you buy bulk refill containers of soap, you could end up saving money and cutting down on plastic.
To buy: Marble & brass soap dispenser, $50, williams-sonoma.com.
Elevate Your Houseplants
Boost your favorite houseplants by propping them on stylish plant stands. This creates a dramatic effect by making plants look larger, while letting you play with various heights. Similar to adding a beautiful frame to a prized piece of art, setting a houseplant in a chic stand helps it shine.
To buy: Metal tray planter stand, $39, urbanoutfitters.com.
Elevate Your Countertop Essentials, Too
The same trick works for items stored on your kitchen counter—use a pretty cake stand to elevate bottles of olive oil and vinegar, spices, and small herb plants. Rather than have these items float on your counter, the stand transforms them into a stylish arrangement worthy of being left out on display.
To buy: Gold & marble pedestal stand, from $30, worldmarket.com.
Use a Mirror to Open Up the Space
To bounce light around the room and make any space look larger, place an oversized mirror across from a big window. This trick works especially well in an entryway and helps set the tone the moment guests step inside. Bonus points for a mirror with a gilded frame or ornate details.
To buy: Josephine mirror, from $348, anthropologie.com.
Upgrade to Cloth Napkins
Even if every other detail of your dinner party is carefully considered, passing out paper napkins can ruin the effect. Upgrade to reusable cloth napkins that feel luxurious but can be thrown in the washing machine after the party. Hint: woven linen napkins feel particularly refined.
To buy: Linen Cotton Napkins, $28 for 4, westelm.com.