I'm an interior architect – the mistakes which make your house look cheap, including the colors you should NEVER choose

WHEN decorating your home, you might want to try every trend out there and make it a reflection of your personality, but this can go wrong real quick and make your home look cheap.

In fact, interior architect and HGTV star Brea Elles has revealed the five things that can make your home look inferior and not well put together.


"One of the big things for me is paint," Elles told The US Sun exclusively.

"A lot of the times people have these colorful walls in a room and it really cheapens the house, because it just looks messy."

Elles is talking specifically about mixing a lot of colors in a single room, so you'll specifically want to stay away from yellow, red, and blue.

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And you also don't want to be painting every wall a different bright color – you can pick one color and then add a few finishing touches throughout the room that don't involve painting a new wall.


Another thing that can cheapen a home if done incorrectly is wallpaper.

"Sometimes I go into some places and they will have backsplashes in the kitchen with a vinyl wallpaper," she explained.

For a simple and more elevated switch, you can opt for tile instead – even if it's a cheap one.

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Some lighting fixtures can really cheapen your space, especially ceiling fans, Elles noted.

"You can spend $100 or $200 on a good quality fan that is not only functional, but it's stunning and adds a level of sophistication to your bedroom," she explained.

And as for the kitchen, adding a statement lighting fixture will elevate the room and make it look straight out of a Selling Sunset episode.

Long gone are the days when the kitchen was the most basic and plain room of the house.


Elles recognized that these days, even the cheapest material can look luxurious so it's not so much as the flooring you choose, but how it's installed.

"It's very subjective but I do think that flooring is critical," she explained.

"You need to install it correctly, are the grout lines between the tiles thin? When you look at the floor, you can immediately point out that it was a cheap installation and once you find that, everything in the house looks cheap."


When purchasing a home or renting an apartment, most people will see that the walls are painted in a muted yellow that makes everything else around it look … yellow.

This, in Elles' opinion, makes a home look cheap. A fresh coat of paint should fix that if you know what colors to choose.

"Yellow is a color I tell people to stay away from, especially if it's a rental or investment property," she said.

"I feel like it's really harsh on the eyes. You have to have a certain shade of yellow."

The color scheme can really make a difference in a house and it doesn't have to just be surrounding neutrals.

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So next time you decide to remodel your home really keep an eye on what makes it look cheap.

You don't want to be the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons.

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