Million Dollar Makeovers

HGTV Magazine proves that anything can look like a million bucks. With some smart styling tricks, these budget-friendly buys will pass for pricey splurges.
By: Courtney de Wet
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Photo By: Trevor Dixon

Photo By: Trevor Dixon

Photo By: Trevor Dixon

Photo By: Trevor Dixon

Photo By: Trevor Dixon

Photo By: Trevor Dixon

Photo By: Trevor Dixon

Photo By: Trevor Dixon

Photo By: Trevor Dixon

Poster

When cut in three pieces and popped in classic gilded frames, a $10 poster is transformed into gallery-worthy art. Hang above a pared-down console that lets glam accents—a matching set of shapely gold lamps, a lacquered catchall box, colorful vases—shine. A pink rug, overdyed to mimic a timeworn heirloom, pulls it all together. Click next to see the new look. Wooden Landing Jetty 36" x 24" color poster, $10, allposters.com

Upgraded Poster

Frames: Town & Country ridged gold-leaf custom 12" x 24" frames, $68 each, sendaframe.com; Lamps: Ripley table lamps in gold, $130 each, lampsplus.com; Box: Ming box in aquamarine, $50 for a mixed set of 2, zgallerie.com; Vase: Sultan 13 1/4"-tall canister in aquamarine, $30, zgallerie.com; Table: Parsons console in chocolate, $349, westelm.com; Rug: NuLoom Hawkesbury 4'11" x 8'2" overdyed Harper rug in pink, $265, wayfair.com; Paint: Rainstorm by Sherwin-Williams

Shelf Unit

A mounted bookcase—it’s just shelves and brackets—instantly looks sophisticated against a regal plum wall. Keep the refinement going with an edited display of hardcover books (cluster like colors together), shells, and gold accessories. Finish with a French-style side chair and a vivid zigzag rug. Click next to see the new look. Elfa zebrawood and platinum custom shelving, $257, containerstore.com

Upgraded Shelf

Chair: Louis XVI dining chair in weathered, $199, wisteria.com; Rug: Mohawk Select Strata 5' x 8' Multi Pricm rug in mixed chevrons, $140, wayfair.com; Art: Purple Coral II framed artwork, $40, worldmarket.com; Paint: Cabernet by Benjamin Moore

Dining Table

To loosen up a traditional pedestal table, team it with cushy upholstered chairs in a crisp blue diamond motif. Also fresh: a sleek pendant light and a random-pattern teal rug that’s like a deconstructed Oriental carpet. Aqua walls are dramatic—and showcase a pair of elegant mirrored candle sconces. Click next to see the new look. Carolina Cottage 42"-diameter round drop leaf table, $250, amazon.com

Upgraded Dining Table

Chairs: Julia Carnival fanback chairs in blue, $249 for a set of 2, overstock.com; Rug: Reoriented 19 3/4" x 19 3/4" carpet squares in teal, $20 each, flor.com; Light: Filament Design Cabernet Collection 3-light brushed nickel pendant with ivory shade, $131.50, homedepot.com; Sconces: Easton wall sconces, $40 each, zgallerie.com; Bowl: Le Souk Ceramique Azoura 12"-diameter serve bowl, $35.50, overstock.com; Paint: Reflecting Pool by Sherwin-Williams

Club Chair

A subtle beige chair gains personality when surrounded by pieces with rich details, from a tufted ottoman to a lamp with tortoiseshell-pattern glass. Make the chair ultra-snug—and chic—with a crisscross shag rug and an oversize pillow. The accordion side table has a bronze finish that matches the nailheads on the chair. Click to see the new look. Safavieh nailhead cotton club chair in straw, $332, overstock.com

Upgraded Club Chair

Ottoman: Amelia tufted storage ottoman in rose, $226, safaviehhome.com; Rug: NuLoom Shag 6'7" x 9' plush rug in grey, $325, wayfair.com; Lamp: Tortoise Glass floor lamp, $165, pier1.com; Throw: Softest Throw Ombre in sangria, $49, westelm.com; Pillow: Palm Beach 20" x 20" pillow, $70, modshop1.com; Table: Round metal table in bronze finish, $60, creativecoop.com for buying info; Box: Mosaic Triangles large jewelry box, $79, westelm.com; Paint: Peach Fuzz by Dunn-Edwards

Headboard

Walls can’t be wimpy with an arched velvet headboard in the bedroom—so paint on bold black-and-white stripes and hang a framed silhouette. Add opulence with a crystal-accented sconce, then pick bedding in fresh colors so the vibe isn’t princess-y. Click next to see the new look. Skyline Furniture 58"-tall velvet queen arched headboard in pool, $277, wayfair.com

Upgraded Headboard

Bedding: Organic Braided Matelasse full/queen duvet cover in light pool, $139, westelm.com; Bolster: C&F Enterprises Cora cotton bolster pillow in orange and white, $38.50, wayfair.com; Table: Safavieh American Home pine nightstand in distressed pale gray, $175, lowes.com; Sconce: Robert Abbey The Muses Collection 12"-tall wall sconce, $168.50, lampsplus.com. Paint: Railings by Farrow & Ball; White Dove by Benjamin Moore

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