Unfortunately, we don’t all have the budget to drop thousands to outfit our living spaces with designer couches, Persian rugs, and marble coffee tables. But that doesn’t mean you can make a room look a little more luxe through carefully selecting and styling the right pieces in the right places.
“For a sophisticated look, I always advise my clients to spend a little more on an iconic—not cliché—piece of furniture or design and go a little leaner on the rest of the room,” says interior designer James Tab of Laurel & Wolf. “I find having a mix of high-end and affordable pieces makes a room feel more interesting.”
While what feels sophisticated and special is subjective (and doesn’t depend on price!), there are a few styling rules and tricks that will work to elevate most living areas. Here are 15 smart ones.