High-End Looks on a Budget for Home Improvements

Attaining a luxurious look doesn’t require extensive remodels or exorbitant costs – here are some cost-effective solutions that make an impactful statement.

Subtle upgrades like matching door handles, drawer pulls and taps can add a modern and upscale aesthetic to any room. Replacing plastic outlet covers with upgraded designs can also give an instant update.

Upgrade Light Fixtures

Update your light fixtures for an elegant upgrade without breaking the bank. Lighting often sets the scene and will be one of the first things potential buyers notice about a room, so if your new home features fixtures that don’t reflect your aesthetic it may be worthwhile spending the extra money to change them out.

Alternately, you could try giving old fixtures new life by giving them a fresh coat of paint. This technique works particularly well if your metal fixtures have begun showing signs of wear; there are plenty of DIY tutorials online to guide this process.

Kristine from The Painted Hive made an adjustable arm wall fixture into a sought-after pendant light fixture. Jenna Sue Design Co has devised a brilliant solution to turn an inexpensive chandelier into something trendy on a budget, while adding architectural details, such as ceiling medallions, is another easy way to elevate a room’s appearance.

Upgrade Window Treatments

Window treatments are an essential design element and choosing the appropriate ones can add immense value to your home. Window coverings help regulate light filtration and privacy levels while offering style options to match any decor scheme.

Window treatments that fit perfectly and use materials with high-end appearances will increase resale value and help decrease energy costs. Custom designs made just for your windows could make an excellent statement about who you are as an owner, while trendy styles may become outdated by the time of sale.

Add an elegant feel to your window treatment scheme with layered roman shades and drapes in similar tones, then adding pops of color with accent fabrics or trims for additional interest in any room. Designer Lucy Doswell created an eye-catching effect by layering a classic roman shade with solid-colored drapes to achieve this sophisticated layered look that gives the effect of larger windows.

Upgrade Flooring

Flooring is one of the key elements in creating an overall room aesthetic, and more affordable than many might imagine. New hardwood floors in your living area or even just your entryway can instantly upgrade the room and create a high-end feel, while bedroom carpeting can be updated with a different hue or new style; durable tile is great choice in bathrooms, kitchens or mudrooms too.

Luxury vinyl planks (LVP) offer an economical yet durable alternative to laminate, with an aesthetic that mirrors natural materials like wood and stone. LVP requires only regular sweeping or occasional mopping with mild cleaner for maintenance purposes.

Even if you don’t plan on selling anytime soon, glistening floors will add an inviting look and increase resale value. If a full upgrade is out of reach for you, try painting existing floors or using peel-and-stick tiles for some color and texture pop.