Every homeowner wants to make the most of their space. Whether you’re looking to create a more comfortable living space for your family or preparing your home for sale — there are always things you can do to make your home more appealing. There’s no need to spend a fortune on upgrades either. Here are our 16 best ways to make your home feel more expensive that won’t cut into your savings.
1. Simplify with Less Clutter
Before starting on your journey of reinvention, the best place to begin is to declutter your home. If you’ve owned your home for a few years there’s a good chance you have a few items lying around you don’t need that are just taking up space.
A home that’s free of clutter and unnecessary extra furniture will make your home look more expensive without any extra cost to you so it’s a great place to start. If you’re a little overwhelmed with all of the clutter and you’re not sure how to get rid of it all, you may want to consider a bin rental so you don’t have to drive everything over to the landfill yourself.
2. Updated Lighting
It’s the fine details that make a home look more expensive and that includes lighting. An interesting fixture can be a real talking point in your home and add a splash of style. Whether it features a brushed nickel finish or a unique design, a new fixture can transform a space and add to its value.
3. Paintings and Photos
Adding something to those bare walls can improve your home’s appeal as well. A large oversized painting or extra-large framed photo can create a more expensive look to your home with little out-of-pocket expense. A series of smaller ones can have the same effect if arranged the right way as well.
4. Mirror on the Wall
Even a small home can look more elegant and expansive with a strategically placed mirror or two. They’re a great addition to a living room if you want the space to seem bigger and more appealing. It doesn’t have to be a room-length mirror either. Even smaller mirrors can enhance a space.
5. Shed the Extra Furniture
We’ve already touched on clutter, but in many cases, we think of clutter in the context of ornaments and memorabilia around the home. If your space has too much furniture it can look cluttered as well. Simply by getting rid of furniture you don’t need you can make your space looks bigger and your home looks more expensive.
6. Accesories Are Important
There are many great ways to accessorize your home without spending too much money. You might want to add some oversized pillows to your furniture, a vase of flowers on a table, or a sculpture on a side table. Even adding soap dispensers in your bathrooms that match your fixtures can make your home look more sophisticated.
7. Add a Rug and Transform Your Rooms
A majority of modern homes feature hardwood floors or laminate, but that doesn’t mean there’s no place for carpeting or rugs. A nice rug that fits your decor can add flair to a room and make it look more luxurious without breaking the bank.
8. Renew Your Space With a Fresh Coat of Paint
It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to spice things up. We’re not just talking about the walls of your living room either — consider repainting those old worn-out kitchen cabinets or bathroom vanities. It’s an inexpensive way to quickly increase the value of your home.
9. Upgrade the Trim
Another simple and inexpensive way to upgrade your home is by installing new trim or adding crown molding. You don’t have to be the world’s best DIYer to take on these projects and it can give any room a new lease on life. Trim can be expensive depending on the quality of materials used, but you can always find something to fit your budget that makes your home look newer and more appealing.
10. Add Style in the Kitchen
You might not think something as simple as your cupboard handles can make a big difference to your kitchen’s look and feel, but you may be surprised. Replacing old cupboard and drawer handles is probably something you can do in a couple of hours and it can breathe new life into your kitchen space.
11. Textures and Contrasting Styles
While a simple modern look can have a ton of appeal, so can textures and contrast. You may want to consider accent pieces such as lamps or tables with interesting textures or ones that contrast with your furniture to add appeal. With this approach, you have to be careful not to overdo it, but the right choices can create a unique space that’s eyecatching and adds to the appeal of your home.
12. New Blinds or Curtains Add Elegance
Another inexpensive upgrade idea is to change up the blinds or curtains. It’s often one of the most overlooked changes, but it can make a big difference. Ceiling to floor curtains can add a feeling of grandeur to any room.
13. Indoor Plants Liven Things Up
It’s amazing what a couple of plants can do to liven up a space. If you choose wisely it can enhance the appeal of your home as well. Most plants are relatively inexpensive, but they make your home feel more expensive. Just remember to select plants that do well indoors in lower-light environments.
14. Take that Green Thumb Outdoors
Taking your green thumb outdoors is another great way to increase the value of your home and add curb appeal. A nice flower garden in your front yard or some new patio stones in the back are inexpensive ways to make your home stand out.
15. Make Your Entrayway A Talking Point
The entryway of your home shouldn’t be neglected either. Adding a colorful fresh coat of paint to your front door can add style to your home. You could also add some oversized plant pots or large sculptures to really make your entrance stand out as well.
16. Don’t Be Afraid of Garage Sales
If you’re still short on ideas on how to make your home feel more expensive, don’t be afraid of garage sales. You never know what hidden treasures are waiting in someone elses garage that may just be the finishing piece you’ve been looking for.