We were fortunate enough to find a home that didn’t require a lot of major renovations or immediate upgrades – for us a lot of it was taking out the 40-years of style, giving it a little bit of love with easy cosmetic updates. And because of that we were able to make a huge impact with these budget friendly upgrades, without breaking the bank which allowed us to splurge on grown-up furniture and help cover those surprise homeowner expenses!
So I wanted to share the wealth! Here are a few tips and ways you can upgrade your home without spending a ton of money.
Paint. A gallon of paint can work WONDERS! We literally painted our entire house, including the ceilings ,and just alone from a paint perspective the house looks like a completely different place. Another pro tip is working from a similar color palette which can help save costs and create a cohesive flow throughout your home. Painting with lighter colors or even the ceiling can help make a room look bigger and brighter with just 40-bucks and a little bit of elbow grease.
Light Fixtures & Ceiling Fans. This was a project we worked on updating throughout the house when we first moved it. Updating old ceilings fans, to something a little more white and modern can help make the space look larger and blend more into the room vs. a bit eye soar. One of my favorite updates was our dining room chandelier it always gets a ton of comments and looks almost original to the home.
Blinds & Curtains. We had 1-inch blinds throughout the house when we first moved in and gradually updated all of the blinds to 2-inches. They look that much more high-end and help with privacy and darkening the room. Adding in some curtain shears overtop help to add dimension and also makes the room feel cozy and inviting. You can also help make a statement with a fun patterned curtain in a room that might be more subtle and subdued – just be careful these can sneak up in price especially if you’re shopping for a new curtain rod.
Hardware. Although this can add up quickly, it doesn’t compare to a whole new kitchen. Updating your hardware or plumbing fixtures can be easy and a more affordable way to make a statement in rooms that need a little extra love. We updated our faucets in our kitchen and bathroom, and although we’re still waiting for the major reno for both these spaces – it helps! Adding different knobs in our kitchen helped getting out the old and adding in some new.
Flooring. Whether it’s ripping up some old dingy carpet to unveil beautiful hard wood floors or buying a nice statement rug for a room – these are other ways to pull the look and feel of your room together and add a more finished look. If you’re shopping right you can usually find a good deal or discount on a rug, too!
Pops of Color. This can be accomplished with blankets, pillows, photos or a fun tabletop lamp. Using pops of colors in accent pieces, decor or accent furniture can allow you to update a bit easier if you are ever in need to switch out seasonally or ready for an upgrade. One of my favorite ways to do this is with H&M’s pillow covers.
It’s easy to want to go all out and make everything perfect when you first move into a new space/home – but it takes time and money! Hopefully these tips can help you get your home into a better place as you continue to figure out and finish your space.
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