They say a home is a man’s castle, but for some, that castle is an old and crumbling one – bricks falling from the edifice and the roof caving in. But what if you could make your home look like a modern palace instead? That may sound like an expensive project, but it doesn’t have to be if you tackle it strategically. By focusing on these 5 budget-friendly home enhancements, you can make your home look luxurious, inside and out.
Plant A Garden
In real estate parlance, making exterior home improvements is known as increasing curb appeal, and one of the simplest and most affordable ways to do this is by planting a garden, or at least doing some landscaping. Give your fence a fresh coat of paint, install a trellis, and add some flowers along the borders, windows, and in hanging baskets on the walls or freestanding hooks. You can get all of these things for a reasonable price at your local hardware store, and you can even build your own trellis with just some wood and a few nails if you’re handy.
Upgrade Your Hardware
Look around your home – do you see anything that seems outdated? If you’re like many people, your eyes may have settled on your kitchen and bathroom hardware and fixtures. People don’t update their drawer pulls, faucets, and doorknobs very often, even as trends change. That’s why, if you want to make your home look more luxurious, property management experts recommend installing new hardware. Ditch old brass fixtures in favor of nickel and aim for uniformity of finish throughout the home.
Boost Your Backsplash
Kitchen backsplashes are the source of great debate in the interior design community, a fact that might seem odd to an outsider. After all, what’s so controversial about a backsplash? The main issue that interior designers have with the typical backsplash is that they’re often small and fussy, taking up perhaps a foot of wall between the counter and cabinets. Many are also tired of boring subway tiles, a complaint that fuels the backsplash wars.
Regarding your own space, forget those low, under cabinet elements, and instead go bold with your kitchen or bathroom backsplash. Whether you opt for tile, wallpaper, or even a window-style backsplash, you can create a high-end look with just an afternoon of work.
Create A Bougie Bathroom
For a home you plan to continue to live in, it’s generally ideal to focus luxury elements in those rooms that matter most to you. If you’re an entertainer, that might mean your living room and kitchen, or dining area, but if you’re a bit more introverted, focusing on the bedroom or bathroom may be better. Little details like upgrading the lighting to be more flattering, adding an elegant, framed mirror, or staining the tile grout to disguise stains can all make your home bathroom feel more like a spa.
Test Out Some Technology
Rewiring your entire house for smart technology is a pricey undertaking, but most people won’t really benefit from a smart refrigerator or internet-connected blender. Instead, take your first step towards home automation by installing an energy-saving thermostat. Not only will it quickly pay for itself by saving you money on your energy bills, but you’ll feel pampered by a device that anticipates your every need. You’ll never be too hot or too cold again.
A studio apartment will never be a mansion, but no matter where you live, there are always small ways you can enhance your space without breaking the bank. Simply take a look around and envision what your space could become. Maybe you can’t afford marble countertops and heated floors, but you can still add a little budget-friendly flare.