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Look Expensive, Inexpensively

Look Expensive, Inexpensively

Look Expensive, Inexpensively. For the majority of us, shopping at a high end store is not always an option. That’s not to say that we don’t appreciate the look & feel of certain rooms presented to us. Rather we’re not prepared to take out a second mortgage to get the look we dream of. Here are a few tricks for getting a polished designer look, without breaking the bank. Install Mouldings: If you have plain drywall throughout your house, adding trim is a great & easy way to make your home look more expensive. Add a shiplap wall, board & batten or beef up your windows with trim for added character. Paint out Cabinets: I was “blessed” with yellowy builder grade oak cabinets. Sure, that was likely all the rage in 1897, but I knew they weren’t for me. After getting a quote for new cabinets (that literally knocked the wind out of me), I immediately marched my disgruntled derriere to the paint department. Minimal investment & some elbow grease updated the space instantly. Incorporate Flowers & Greenery: If your décor is feeling dull, place some greenery around the room to give it a perk. A simple vase of grocery store flowers can amp up any room. Hang Curtains near the Ceiling: Hanging long curtains near the ceiling immediately makes a room feel larger & more upscale. Use Area Rugs: Placing a rug in your living room or bedroom can make your home feel more polished and cozy. They don’t have to cost a fortune, just make sure you choose one large enough for your space. Upgrade your Lighting: Whether you buy new or DIY your existing lighting, a simple coat or two of spray paint can do the trick to upgrade cheap or outdated fixtures. Frame builder grade Mirrors: Framing your existing mirror or replacing your frameless builder grade with a store bought framed one can make your entire bathroom look more luxurious, at little cost. Invest in down inserts for Pillows: By replacing polyester batting for down inserts, sofas & bed décor take on a lavish feel. Just buy new covers, instead of an entire pillow, to change out throughout the seasons…like spring & summer…if we ever get there.

When in doubt, paint it out!
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