20 inexpensive ways to make your home look more expensive
Whether you’re looking to fix up your home to put it on the market or just want to bring some fresh updates to your living space, you don’t have to spend a lot to get big results. Here are 20 inexpensive ways to make your home look more expensive.
Bring your lighting up-to-date with a new light fixture. Whether you update your pendant light in the dining room or your lamps in the living room, a new light fixture is an inexpensive way to help you see your space in a whole new light. Find out more on how to update your home with lighting.
An easy way to make a space look more expensive is with neutrals. Painting? Try a neutral shade. Looking to replace a couch? Try one with a neutral-hued fabric.
Fake an expensive built-in look with this inexpensive trick: Use several bookcases to create the look of floor to ceiling built-ins. Do a web search for IKEA bookshelf hacks and you’ll find plenty of ideas to consider. Or build the bookshelves yourself.
For a quick and inexpensive way to update the look of your kitchen or bathroom, invest in some new hardware. Try a new towel bar with coordinating drawer and door pulls. Head here for more advice on replacing cabinet handles and door knobs.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on landscaping for an expensive look. Invest in some perennials for a flower bed that will come back year after year, along with some new mulch to give your home’s landscape a fresh update. Check out four easy landscaping jobs you can do in a weekend.
A tile backsplash is an inexpensive way to add an expensive look to your kitchen. Try subway tile, which is an affordable option that doesn’t go out of style. Follow this guide on how to lay bathroom tiles.
You can give your plain, boring walls an updated look with some moulding. Add narrow strips for a picture-framing look or crown moulding for an expensive look with an inexpensive price tag. Check out this advice on how to install a cornice.
Make the entry of your home a welcoming spot. Whether you paint the front door a bold colour, add colourful flowers in planters or a wreath, simple touches go a long way.
Update your home’s artwork with one statement piece. When you hang an oversized piece of art by itself, it has a big impact. Look for inexpensive, fun pieces at thrift stores and flea markets. Go here to find out how to hang a picture on the wall.
By adding different textures to a room, you create a custom (read: more expensive) look. Try adding a Turkish rug with a wood arm chair and metal accessories. Add some throw pillows in various textures such as silk and velvet to round out the look.
Have a historical item you’re proud off? Show it off! It doesn’t matter if you purchased it on a favourite vacation or if it’s a hand-me-down from grandma, give it a prominent spot in your home, displayed in a luxe frame or memory box. Find out how antiques can make your room pop here.
There’s nothing expensive looking about clutter. Start by getting rid of things you no longer want or use and then look for chic baskets and bins to help you get your clutter organised and out-of-sight. Find out how to declutter your home with these amazing transformations.
Flowers and plants are an inexpensive way to give a room an instant face lift. Find a favourite vase and add a colourful bouquet or display a lovely potted plant on a coffee table or bookshelf. Find out the best plants for growing indoors here.
For a big look that’s easy on the wallet, buy a can of gold spray paint to update the look of picture and mirror frames, trays and vases. This inexpensive idea will add a bit of glamour to any room. Find out how to prevent overspray when spray painting here.
If you see some inexpensive frames you like, buy several and use them to show off favourite photos, your child’s artwork, postcards and menus saved from memorable meals. When you get tired of the art, just swap it out with something new. Make a colourful painted offcut artwork to add to your wall.
Old pillows and blankets can make a bedroom feel dingy and dull. Brighten up the room by replacing them. Choose crisp white bed linens for an inexpensive way to make a bedroom look luxurious.
An area rug can transform and pull a room together. You don’t have to pay a lot, but look for rugs that will last even with heavy foot traffic and in colours that complement the space. Find out how to make a traditional oil cloth rug here.
Whether you use a bold paint colour, wood or wallpaper, bring a drab space to life with an accent wall. For a lustrous look, go for a wallpaper with a bit of shine (but not too much) to create a pricey look with an inexpensive price tag. Check out four great ways to decorate a wall.
Recessed lighting can help add interest to a space, whether in a bedroom, kitchen, living room or den. The look can transform boring ceilings with a few simple upgrades.
Those drab curtains have to go. Bring an instant update to a room with new window treatments – curtains, Roman shades or blinds. Or, if you have attractive window trim and privacy shades of some kind and you like the minimalist look, you can skip window treatments all together.
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Source: The Family Handyman