I truly believe that excellent home design should be for everyone- not just for people with a lot a money! Here are 5 easy, budget-friendly fixes to update your home. All you need is $500 (or less) and a free weekend. Yes I promise, it really is that easy. Just pick one of these 5 project ideas and get to work!

 

INVEST IN YOUR LIGHTING

To make a room look finished, layered lighting is key: Choose a statement pendant light to completely change the look of an entire room. While you’re at it, install a dimmer so you can set the illumination level to the exact level you desire. As the next step, choose 1-2 floor lamps to light up any dark corners. A table lamp or two (in the living room next to the sofa or on your bedside tables) are perfect for creating a spot for reading and conversing. Finally, add the small details of floor lanterns and candles on shelves/a coffee table to create a warm and inviting space (even when not lit) that you can’t help but relax in.

 

UPGRADE YOUR FRONT DOOR

You know what they say-you never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is true of social interactions, and it’s true of your home as well. The first thing you can be absolutely certain that every visitor will see is your front door, so make that introduction the absolute best it can be. Some great options for you to try: For a front door upgrade repaint the door to a vibrant, welcoming color. Add some potted plants to the entryway for some greenery. Don’t forget to choose a statement welcome mat. These touches are inexpensive, easy to do, and really go a long way to improving the look of your home before you even enter it.

 

FOCUS ON THE DETAILS

The most often overlooked part of your décor can make such a difference with a tiny upgrade. I’m talking about the hardware – light switches, door handles, faucets, etc. It’s amazingly simple to create a stylish and cohesive look with coordinated hardwares. Take a look around your house. I bet you’re seeing a lot of mismatched colors and textures. Choose a finish that you like (gold, brass, matte black, brushed aluminium…the choices are endless), and then switch all the hardware in your home out. It might not be something that you notice right away, but the cohesion will really put a strong design finish on your home.

 

CREATE A GALLERY WALL

You know all those pictures you keep meaning to print and frame? Now is the time to take action. Contrary to popular opinion, framing doesn’t have to cost a lot if you do it yourself. IKEA, for example, has a wide selection of sizes and colors at inexpensive prices, and in the case of a gallery wall, a range of sizes and dimensions is just what you need to make a wall look brilliant. Pair your photos with artwork and mirrors, or even frame keepsakes like tickets or letters. The best thing about a gallery wall is you can start small and keep growing!

 

BRING THE OUTSIDE IN

$500 and a trip to the flower market will absolutely transform your home. Try combining oversized, leafy floor plants with hanging plants to really bring the outdoors in in a big way. Or maybe you want to add an air of elegance and sophistication to your rooms? Try the delicate and sophisticated stems of potted orchids in various locations throughout your home. Also, don’t forget oft-neglected areas such as the bathroom or kitchen; a vase with a small arrangement of flowers on a countertop is a surprising and beautiful touch. Ask the knowledgeable vendors for advice on plants to help purify the air, and which ones will work best in high or low light depending on where you will put them in your home. These small details will make a huge difference!

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