The INSIDER Summary:
- Apartment envy can make you splurge on furniture you don’t really need.
- According to celebrity interior designer Cheryl Eisen, there are three affordable ways to make your home look like a million bucks.
- Add a grass cloth accent wall, a wall of large mirrors, or a statement lighting piece to add warmth and richness to your home.
Apartment envy is hard to shake. One look at a celebrity’s apartment and you may be tempted to splurge on things you don’t need. Or maybe you live in an expensive city and have no idea how to spruce up your tiny apartment without blowing through your paycheck.
As a celebrity stager and interior designer, Cheryl Eisen knows a thing or two about transforming spaces. The founder and CEO of luxury design firm Interior Marketing Group, Eisen has spent the past decade staging homes for stars like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Paris Hilton, Daniel Craig, Bethenny Frankel, and more.
At the beginning of her career, however, Eisen worked on a budget. “I started out totally frugal,” she told INSIDER. And according to her, there are three simple and affordable ways to make your home look and feel like a million bucks. Not only will these three ideas add richness to your home, they’re also a standard in each of Eisen’s listings now.
Here are Eisen’s suggestions:
1. Add a grasscloth accent wall to add warmth to your home.
According to Eisen, who consistently uses varying shades of grasscloth wallpaper across all her listings, the material has a “beautiful texture” and broad appeal. Compared to patterned wallpapers, grasscloth adds the perfect touch of warmth without overwhelming the room.
It’s also an easy way to add richness to a rental because you can just take it off when you leave. For a more seamless effect, Eisen recommends painting the other walls a pale, neutral color to match the grasscloth.
And when you’re choosing an accent wall, “make it an important one,” Eisen said, either in your foyer or behind your master bed. “It makes such a big impact. It’s huge,” she added.
2. Place a wall of large mirrors across from your windows to double the space and light in that room.
No matter how small or large your place is, Eisen suggests adding a row of large mirrors opposite a window.
It’s an affordable way to make a room feel more spacious than it actually is. Eisen recommends getting mirrors from IKEA which range from $29 to $129. “It makes your place go on forever, and you can’t stop looking at it,” Eisen explained. “It’s so dramatic.”
3. Change up the lighting with a statement light fixture to make your home feel more custom-designed.
To add a personal touch to your home — especially if you live in a rental that looks more like a white box than like an apartment — try changing out the light fixtures. It’s a simple but easy switch; you can even ask your super to help you out.
Eisen recommends replacing the lights in your foyer or dining room with a unique statement piece. She’s a fan of Adelman blown glass fixtures with an Edison bulb which she described as “invisible” and “pretty” with a sort of “deconstructed look to it.”
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