On a Budget? Here are 10 Tips for Upscaling Your Home

Wouldn’t it be great if you had the financial means to hire a professional decorator or buy whatever your heart desires for your home? The reality is that most of us are on a fairly tight budget when it comes to updating or decorating our homes. Thankfully, you can get a custom, upscale look even on a budget. Keep reading to learn how!

1. Mix-and-match textiles

If your chairs, couch, curtains, and pillows are all made from the same fabric, your room might seem a little two-dimensional and fall flat. Add dimension to any room (while also making it feel cozy, inviting, and chic) by mixing the textures and materials used throughout the space. Take it a step further by layering textiles by using throw blankets and pillows. Then, experiment with pattern, color, and texture to get the custom look you crave.

2. Add florals

A simple bouquet from the grocery store can liven up any room and add a level of luxury to your home. You don’t need to spend lots of money on a huge arrangement, either. YOu can buy several different flower types and some greenery and make your own smaller arrangements to place throughout your house. 

Personally, I love the flowers and greenery from Costco. But if you have flowers in your yard, cut off a few stems and make garden-fresh arrangements without taking a trip to the store.

3. Ditch the builder-grade hardware

If you want to give your home an elevated style, remove the hardware from your kitchen and bathroom cabinets and replace it with something more modern and chic. You can even swap out the hardware on your dresser to breathe new life into an older piece and make it feel like it was custom designed just for you.

4. Declutter

Clutter and mess can make any home look cheap. Go through your decor and edit it down to just your favorites. It will make your home look sophisticated, classic, and curated. If you’re not sure where to start, listen to our conversation with Myquillyn Smith!

5. Swap out standard lamp shades

You can quickly and easily get a customized look by switching the shade that came with your lamp for a different option. It will add dimension to your room and make your off-the-rack light seem unique.

If you don’t want to shell out money for a new shade, paint the one that came with your lamp or cover it in fabric as I did in Andi’s room.

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6. Hang your curtains high & wide

Many expensive homes have high ceilings and large windows, which bathes each room in natural light. If you want that same look, you might think you have to shell out tens of thousands of dollars to raise your roof and replace your windows. 

But you can actually trick your eye into thinking your ceilings are higher by hanging your curtain hardware as close to the ceiling as possible. When you don’t install the hardware directly above your window frame, your eye will naturally be drawn upward, making your space seem larger. And if you want your windows to appear wider, then extend your curtains a few inches past the sides of the window frame. 

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7. Unbox bathroom essentials

Take your q-tips and cotton balls and put them in containers that match your soap dispenser. Storing bathroom essentials in beautiful containers that either match or coordinate can instantly elevate the space. You’ll feel like you’re on an expensive vacation each time you enter your bathroom.

8. Balance your lighting

If you rely only on overhead lighting, your home can feel harsh. But lamps spread out throughout each room can make it feel more upscale, warm, and welcoming.

9. When in doubt, go big with your art

Art and photos that don’t take up a lot of wall space can seem too small and get lost. So consider using an oversized statement piece in your living room. Or, if you prefer a gallery wall, use a couple of different frame sizes and mat your images, so they take up more space.

10. Install molding throughout your home

Molding can make any space look more polished and expensive. And you can install crown molding yourself for fairly cheap. If you want to make your existing baseboards stand out more, add more molding above them to make them look custom.

Then, if you want to create continuity between your walls and ceiling, paint your molding white. Or you can add a pop of color by painting them another hue.

upscale living room with green velvet sofa and round coffee table