I came across this serviced apartment – The Precinct, at Chancery Lane, Central, in Hong Kong, which provides a good example that it doesn’t always need to cost a fortune to look like a million bucks.
If you do not have an infinite budget, I think it is always a good idea to allocate the budget to the more permanent parts of the interior, i.e. the walls and the floor that form the foundation of the styling and decoration later.
Taking inspirations from this serviced apartment – Install a faux brick wall to add characters to any generic apartment space, spend the money to get the flooring right (timber, woodgrain tiles, vinyl etc), splurge on the Ferm Living wallpapers to liven up the interior and inject an instant dose of Scandinavian chic to the space.
Then you can start to move in the budget-friendly Ikea purchase – the dining tables, lighting, shelving system etc. Mix and match with a few pieces of mid-century consoles and chest of drawers, you get a space that looks grown-up and tasteful.