A home decor pro has revealed five things you should consider when refreshing your space to make it feel more expensive.
Preston Konrad is a creative director based in New York best known for his appearances on the Today show as well as on Good Morning America, Rachel Ray and Access Hollywood.
He recommended layering up floor rugs, getting rid of ‘boob lights’ and mixing up textures to make a home look like it was curated by an interior designer.
The 39-year-old used to design retail spaces for high end brands and said layered rugs were a must when he styled Ralph Lauren stores.
‘It adds texture, it adds dimension, it makes your house just look a bit more curated,’ he said in an online video.
Interior design pro Preston Konrad (pictured), from the US has shared his top five styling tips for making your home look more expensive
Preston used to design retail spaces for high-end brands and said layered rugs were a must: ‘It adds texture, dimension and makes your house look curated’
‘I don’t love when they’re super symmetrical, I like them a little uneven or on an angle,’ he added saying they look better slightly ‘askew’.
Preston said a ‘super easy’ way to start layering rugs is to use either a sisal or jute rug as the base.
Secondly, the designer said to get rid of ‘boob lights’, a dome-shaped ceiling sconce [wall-mounted light] many consider to now be outdated.
Preston gave a series of more modern options saying those wanting to replace the outdated light should go for ‘flush mount or semi flush mount lighting’.
‘If you’re a renter, take down the boob, put up your light and replace it before you leave,’ he said.
Preston’s third tip was to use Roman shades instead of blinds or curtains.
The designer said to get rid of ‘boob lights’, a dome-shaped ceiling sconce: ‘If you’re a renter, take down the boob, put up your light and replace it before you leave’
Preston said Roman shades (left) instead of blinds, are perfect for rooms with shorter ceilings and recommended mixing textures like wood, leather and concrete in living spaces
He installed Roman shades in his own home after finding a ‘super affordable’ set on Wayfair.
‘It’s perfect for a room with a shorter ceiling or a window that isn’t super dramatic,’ he said.
Another of Preston’s tips was to mix up textures and use a variety of fabrics and materials
‘This is a designer favourite, so (use) vintage, leather, wood, concrete,’ he explained.
Last but not least Preston said to mix up picture frames rather than have them all matching.
‘These certainly shouldn’t match if you want that curated designer look. Try mixing in vintage, wood, black gallery frames,’ he said.
‘I even like throwing in objects into the mix to make it feel really special.’
Home style lovers were thankful for the helpful advice with one saying: ‘I’ll be layering my living room rug now’.
‘Love these and you can do all of them at a variety or budgets. Great ideas for my clients selling their homes!’ a real estate agent wrote.
‘Thank you!! No more boob lights!!’ another replied.
Many weren’t fans of the layered rugs look and some pointed out it could be a tripping hazard.