How to Give Your Home a Luxe Touch on a Budget

Make your house feel like a chateau with these pro tips from interior designer Colin Griffith.

Related To:

Even without the vaulted ceilings and crystal chandeliers, your home is your castle and you want it to look elegant. But how can you realistically achieve a luxe design when you’re on a budget?

Contemporary Bedroom With Stunning Mountain View

Contemporary Bedroom With Stunning Mountain View

This stylish master bedroom features a contemporary neutral leather platform bed paid with a brown wooden headboard and floral print bed linens. Textured wallpaper adds a fun touch, while brown leather armchairs offer a small spot to relax. Large windows offer a view of the gorgeous mountainside.

From: Griffith Interior Design LLC

Photo by: Emily Redfield Photography

Emily Redfield Photography

Photo by: rebecca stumpf

rebecca stumpf

HGTV Designer of the Month Colin Griffith has some insider secrets. Though based in Denver, Colin works closely with clients across the country to create spaces that are both timeless and luxurious. While his exact techniques often vary by project and client, the designer reveals that there are a few tried-and-true methods he loves using.

 Create Individual Spaces

Whether you live in a small loft apartment or a 15,000-square-foot home, giving each person an individual space to relax will ensure that everyone feels comfortable. In turn, small homes will feel more sizable, while larger homes will feel more intimate.

Contemporary Living Room With Stunning Mountain View

Contemporary Living Room With Stunning Mountain View

This neutral living room features floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a gorgeous mountain view, the perfect sight to take in while cozying up fireside. An ivory leather sofa and armchairs offer spots for relaxing, while a circular metal chandelier hangs from the wood plank ceiling. Faux fur lamps offer a fun touch.

From: Griffith Interior Design LLC

Photo by: Emily Redfield Photography

Emily Redfield Photography

"Luxury is about comfort," says Colin. "I often create enclaves and suites so that people can enjoy their own spaces and feel at ease."

 Soften Hard Surfaces

To further that intimate space, Colin draws on materials that will soften hard surfaces and help with acoustics. An area rug across wood floors or organic wall coverings, like grasscloth and wool, are great ways to polish the overall look and feel of a home.

Light and Bright Loft Living Room With a City View

Light and Bright Loft Living Room With a City View

This loft living room blends an industrial exposed ceiling with modern touches, like the gray L-shaped sofa and a metal sculpture that nearly touches the ceiling. A square brown leather chair offers the perfect view through the room's large windows, allowing a peek at the balcony area and city skyline.

From: Griffith Interior Design LLC

Photo by: Emily Redfield Photography

Emily Redfield Photography

"For me, luxury has to do with texture and the way things feel," the designer says. "You never want to hear your footsteps or for a home to seem commercial because of it. Rugs and wall coverings help keep the space soft."

 Jazz Up the Powder Room

Making use of the powder room is another great, affordable way to add a luxe touch to your home. "It's a room that every guest sees," Colin notes. "It's so small that you might as well make a big statement in it."

Contemporary Powder Room With Zigzag Patterned Backsplash

Contemporary Powder Room With Zigzag Patterned Backsplash

This powder room features an eye-catching backsplash with a brown and neutral zigzag designed. A contemporary vanity with a neutral stone countertop and stainless steel sink is positioned in front of the backsplash, while glass enclosed sconces hang on either side.

From: Griffith Interior Design LLC

Photo by: Emily Redfield Photography

Emily Redfield Photography

For this reason, the designer suggests treating the powder room as a focal point of your home. Because the space is so small, you can go all out with unique fixtures, bold patterns or different textures — and still not break the bank.

 Treat Light Fixtures Like Art

Lighting, especially, is one of Colin's favorite ways to enhance a space. "I see light fixtures as sculptures," the designer admits. "If you need them in your home anyway, why not make them beautiful?"

White Open Plan Transitional Kitchen With Barstools

White Open Plan Transitional Kitchen With Barstools

The unique light fixture takes the design of this clean, white kitchen up a notch, adding texture and dimension to the space. The marble backsplash is an additional luxe touch.

From: Griffith Interior Design LLC

Photo by: Griffith Interior Design LLC

Griffith Interior Design LLC

Thus the designer frequently chooses artisan pieces that stand out, from glass-blown chandeliers to fur-covered lamps. Adding such a statement piece to a room will easily draw more attention to your home.

 Dress the Bed

That said, Colin insists that the best way to make a client's home feel more luxurious is by dressing the bed in high-end linens. Cashmere blankets, silk sheets, leather welts and wool are just some of the many fine fabrics he uses.

Modern Master Bedroom With Artistic Metal Light Fixture

Modern Master Bedroom With Artistic Metal Light Fixture

Gray, white and neutral hues come together to create this serene master bedroom. Two black ottomans with nailhead trim are positioned at the foot of the wool upholstered bed, while a metal sculpted chandelier is featured above. White marble lamps are placed on top of the pair of brown wooden nightstands.

From: Griffith Interior Design LLC

Photo by: Emily Redfield Photography

Emily Redfield Photography

"I learned a long time ago that the thing a guest will appreciate most is the comfort of the bed," he says. "I have everything professionally laundered and make the bed myself when I install each client's home."

Love Colin's Work? See More:

See All Photos

Modern Accents Meet Industrial Elements in Living Room

Outfitted with a luxurious L-shaped sofa and brown leather chair, this living room blends modern furniture with industrial details. Through the large steel-grid windows, one can enjoy a view of the private balcony and downtown Denver. 

From: Griffith Interior Design LLC

Open Floor Plan Extends Into Dining Area

This urban living space includes an open floor plan, allowing for an easy transition between the living and dining rooms. The gray and orange throw pillows are a custom touch, designed to add a sophisticated look to a comfortable sofa. 

From: Griffith Interior Design LLC

Midcentury Modern Console With Quatrefoil Mirror

Positioned above a sleek midcentury modern console, this quatrefoil mirror in the foyer both opens the urban loft and allows for a peek into the kitchen. 

From: Griffith Interior Design LLC

Black Metal Lanterns With Candles

These black metal lanterns in varying sizes feature white candles, the perfect option for illuminating the entrance to an outdoor balcony area.

From: Griffith Interior Design LLC

Photo By: Emily Redfield Photography

Dining Room With Brown Leather Armchairs

Designed to allow for work and play, this elegant dining room doubles as a desk and a place to entertain guests. The traditional brown leather armchairs at either end of the table complement two leather-wrapped cabinets against the far wall.

From: Griffith Interior Design LLC

Eclectic Den Doubles as a Home Office

Just off the dining area, this eclectic den becomes a comfortable home office for an attorney. The round gold coffee table brightens the space, while a brown leather tufted sofa provides a seat for writing emails and drafting reports in the evening. 

From: Griffith Interior Design LLC

Kitchen Combines Modern Fixtures, Unexpected Texture

This spacious kitchen blends industrial ceiling exposure with contemporary touches, like the gray and white marble countertops and sleek appliances. Coconut shell pendant lights above add texture and architectural detail to the space.

From: Griffith Interior Design LLC

Photo By: Emily Redfield Photography

Made-to-Measure Master Bedroom With Light Fixture

Cashmere, leather welts and wool come together to create a truly tailor-made master bedroom. Two black ottomans with nailhead trim are positioned at the foot of the wool-upholstered bed, giving the bachelor additional space to sit and relax.

From: Griffith Interior Design LLC

Contemporary Double Vanity Bathroom

This contemporary bathroom features all-over gray and white marble tiles and a glass enclosed shower. A wall-to-wall mirror is positioned above the double sinks, while a red runner below warms the tile floor. 

From: Griffith Interior Design LLC

Balcony Creates Additional Ambiance

With a private view of downtown Denver, this urban balcony is hard to resist. On either side of the reclaimed wooden bench, two planters with timers illuminate at night for additional ambiance. 

From: Griffith Interior Design LLC
Keep Reading

Next Up

Get Your Game of Thrones Fix With These Luxe Interiors

Can't wait until Sunday to return to Westeros? Check out these luxe interiors inspired by GOT. Plus, find out which Game of Thrones house is the one for you!

It's Time to Vote on Your Favorite Outdoor Spaces

Vote for your favorite stunning outdoor spaces in the HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards.

8 Waterfront Homes We Can't Believe Are Actually Real RN

Infinity pools? Ocean views? Is this a dream or is it HGTV's Ultimate House Hunt?

What's Your Lottery Dream Home? 12 Places We'll Be Moving With Our Winnings

If (when?) you pick those magic winning numbers, where would you live? We're dreaming of our favorite spots, just in time for the new HGTV series 'My Lottery Dream Home.'

5 Trends We Can't Wait to Say Goodbye to In 2017

See which design trends our editors are ready to see phased out in the new year.

6 Ways to Score Big While Shopping Vintage Online

Mix-and-match these vintage and antique search terms below to find all the best finds in your city (or across the country!).

3 Cool Converted Homes You Could Live In

Step inside three houses with intriguing past lives.

Design Obstacles You Face When First Starting Out + How to Overcome Them

Here's how to go from Rookie of the Year to Design MVP.

How to Hide Your TV in Plain Sight + Save on Style

You love your tube, but it doesn't have to dominate the room.

Meet the Team

Get to know the talented writers and editors of HGTV's show and design blog. 

Go Behind the Blog

From the Archives

Take a look back at our past posts, from entertaining and design trends to up-and-coming HGTV shows.  

Read All Our Past Posts