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3 Ways to Make Your Home Look Expensive On a Budget

TV shows make it look so easy. On the screen, a designer home on a budget seems well within reach. But once you start making your home improvements list the total cost starts to add up. Don’t be quick to forgo those home improvements. With a little know-how and DIY handiwork, you can make your living space look luxe on a dime. Yes, even with a tight budget you can make your home look like it came directly from your favorite luxury home magazine or your favorite home remodeling show. Use these three tips to get started.

Primed & Painted

Paint can give any room a fresh look, but the right paint can transform a space, taking it to the next level when it comes to style. Rich earth tones that feel natural are a popular trend for 2018. Vibrant and deep reds can make any room stand out are also a hot home trend this year and can energize any dull area around your home. And, certain colors can even recoup the cost of painting, and more, if you intend to sell your home in the future. For example, the color blue was found to be the most attractive and most popular color in a poll of home buyers, according to data from Zillow. Additionally, bathrooms painted in light blue added on average $5,400 more. And even painting your front door in a stylish, rich dark blue hue can bring in $1,514 when it comes time to sell.

Lighting & Layering

The lighting in your home is important, but far too often lighting is overlooked. Every home should have a variety of different light sources to add interested and depth to the space. If a full lighting overhaul is not in the budget, opt for a more affordable option. Add layers to your lighting scheme with plug-in sconces. These sconces can be placed next to your furniture to add extra layers to your existing lighting plan. And, since the sconces plug into your existing electrical outlets you do not have to worry about footing the cost of rewiring the walls around your home. Other options, such as adding dimmer switches, can also amp the layers of light around your home.

Tiled & Styled

Like paint, backsplash can be used to add color in areas around your home. Whether you choose to add tile backsplash in your kitchen or bathrooms, its addition is an affordable way to add luxury-inspired style to your living areas. When it comes to kitchen remodels, design experts say that countertops and backsplash account for 10 to 30 percent of your overall budget. Rather than sacrifice the quality of materials, opt to backsplash a smaller area by downsizing your backsplash instead. After all, who said that every inch behind your kitchen countertops needs to be decorated with expensive ceramic tiles? Choose a mosaic tile backsplash that suits your design preferences for visual interest. And then you can decide how much or how little you want to tile. Areas like behind the kitchen sink or stovetop are good places to start.

From a fresh coat of paint to tiled backsplash, these three home improvements are not only affordable they can add a touch of luxury to your living space.

About the author

Rachel Slifka

Rachel Slifka is a freelance writer and human resources professional. She is passionate about helping fellow millennials find success with their finances and careers.

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