Make your home look expensive on a budget with these easy tips!
For the last few years, one of my New Year’s resolutions has been to finish painting all of the walls in the house white and last year, I finally got around to doing the last wall so my goal now is to start replacing the last random pieces of furniture that I have with pieces that I love rather than things I just bought because it was all I could afford at the time. I don’t necessarily want to buy new and more expensive pieces as I’m not in a hurry so I’m happy to just keep searching on sites like eBay and Facebook marketplace or in our local charity shops for what I want.
Last year, I also got my kitchen resprayed which was a huge transformation for the small amount that it cost and the little time it took to do and this year I’m going to replace the countertops which will complete the kitchen other than the flooring but I really don’t know what I want doing in there just yet so that’s probably not going to be this year. You can have a read of how I made my kitchen look more expensive on a budget here if you want to take a look!
I’ve got some other plans for this year too and I thought now would be a good time to share some of the ideas I have with you guys on how to make your home look expensive on a budget…
How to make your home look expensive on a budget this year!
1) Paint your walls white
White paint will brighten up your home and will make your rooms look larger as well as make it easier for you to accessorise and switch up your accessories whenever you fancy a change. My home looks so much better since I completed my mission to paint over the random colours we’d chosen for the walls since we moved in – I absolutely love the white and it’s so easy to just paint over if it gets dirty or grubby.
2) Follow the rule of three
Your accessories don’t need to break the bank and can be picked up from anywhere from a charity shop to a boot sale or even a supermarket in the home section. Again, go for neutral colours and style in groups of three with objects that are of different heights, shapes and textures.
3) Make your home smell lovely
This one won’t make your home look expensive on a budget but it will certainly make it feel more luxurious! I make my own room spray using essential oils that I keep behind the curtain in the living room so I can just give the room a good spray whenever I walk past – I vary between sweet orange, peppermint and vanilla depending on what mood I’m in when I’m making a spray. I also like to burn scented candles throughout the day so my home always smells nice.
4) Change your knobs and handles
A super easy change that you can make on a budget would be to swap out the basic door handles and drawer knobs to more luxurious fittings that will make all the difference. I transformed a basic piece of white flat pack furniture a few years ago for Miss Frugal by replacing the plain white wooden handles with some crystal ones that I bought quite cheaply – I’m pretty sure they cost £2-3 from B&Q at the time and they absolutely transformed the dressing table making it look much more expensive than it was. I also did something similar with my kitchen handles when I got it repainted last year and again, they transformed the whole look of the kitchen for about £25!
5) Go for matching towels
At the minute, I have faded turquoise coloured towels that I loved when I bought them a couple of years ago mixed in with some newer black ones and a giant pink one. They just look random altogether and make it look like I’m using someone’s hand-me-downs so I’m actually planning to buy a new set – preferably nice crisp white and replace them. A nice set of white towels will look so much nicer and more luxurious!
6) Matching kitchenware
I used to love colourful mismatched mugs, plates and bowls but I much prefer a plain neutral now which feels much more expensive now than my colourful (and probably more expensive) sets have looked in the past. I actually have mainly Ikea tableware now and it was super cheap but looks so much better.
There you go – my ideas for how you can make your home look expensive on a budget right now!
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