I’m an interior designer – the cheap and easy swaps to really elevate your home

MAKING your home look expensive and luxurious doesn’t mean you need to spend thousands of dollars on new furniture – it can be as easy as updating a few things here and there.

In fact, the mother-daughter duo behind the online interior design courses, Clairrow, Catherine and Alexandra Davin, revealed what swaps to make around your home to elevate it.


Alexandra Davin revealed what she tends to swap to make a home look luxuriousCredit: Catherine and Alexandra Davin.
Catherine, her mom, also added her insight


Catherine, her mom, also added her insightCredit: Catherine and Alexandra Davin.

Before you start shopping for the latest home trends, the first thing you want to do, according to Alexandra, you’ll want to declutter your space first.

“We always recommend that you first declutter your space,” she told The US Sun exclusively.

“Getting rid of unnecessary items or accessories gives an immediate freshness to any home.

“Then, think about easy updates that you can do on your own.”

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Giving a room a fresh coat of paint is a great starting point, Alexandra explained.

“Don’t focus on updating those big-ticket items like a sofa or dining table.”

Instead, start first by giving your room a new coat of paint to make it look well-taken care of and therefore, luxurious.

Not only that, but it gives you a clean slate to start with.


The next thing you’ll want to do is focus on lower-cost accessories, such as throw pillows, lampshades, and even wall decor.

Not only is it going to your home a refresh, but it’ll feel cozy, lived-in, and expensive.

The pair had previously told The US Sun that adding throw pillows on a sofa or lounge chair will “create a more polished, designed look.”

Catherine added: “You can find tons of options in a variety of budgets and styles.

“Throw pillows allow you to add more pattern and texture to your space in a low-risk way, making them easy to switch out when you want a refresh, too.”


Recently, social media is filled with people swearing that updating your cabinet hardware will immediately make your home look expensive. And Alexandra agrees.

She explained: “These simple changes – new drawer pulls or a refresh of your towel bars — can breathe life into your space.”

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Just like a fresh coat of paint can make your home look tidy, putting up removable wallpaper can definitely make your home look like a New York City dream.

These days, a roll of wallpaper can cost you anywhere between $5 and $10 for a great design.

“It’s amazing how a refreshed backdrop can elevate a space instantly,” Catherine explained.

“And, it’s something you can typically do as an inexpensive DIY project.”


“Lighting is often overlooked in a room’s design, but it can instantly change the feel of the room,” Alexandra explained.

She suggested updating an overhead fixture with a modern pendant or switching out your table lamp with a more streamlined option.

Additionally, you want to make sure you get the proper bulbs.

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“We always opt for a warmer glow in our spaces, because it creates a cozy feel versus a harsher, cool light,” she added.

“If you’re using LEDs, try a 2700K to 3000K bulb to add that homey ambiance.”

The experts revealed that a coat of fresh paint, lampshades, and throw pillows can elevate a home


The experts revealed that a coat of fresh paint, lampshades, and throw pillows can elevate a homeCredit: Getty

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