Okay, so you can’t afford renovations that make your home look like something from “House Hunters.” But that doesn’t mean you can’t use trickery to make your abode look like a million bucks. Below are some tips to fake the high-end appearance you’ve always wanted.
More expensive homes often have custom, built-in bookcases and cabinetry, and so can you – for a fraction of the cost. Get floor-to-ceiling shelves that only look like they were born in your living room. Painting or staining them the same color as your trim will give them that high-end, built-in appearance.
Fancy kitchens often have backsplashes, along with many other improvements. But a quick weekend DIY backsplash gives a pricey impression – even if you don’t upgrade anything else. Plus, depending on the amount of space you need to cover, you can get a great deal on a smaller amount of discounted tile.
Dated fixtures and hardware – everything from ceiling fans to faucets – can make your house look old and cheap. But you’d be surprised how quickly new ones can take your place from frumpy to fab. Even swapping out the handles on your kitchen cabinets can give your space a low-cost face lift.
What’s the one thing all those posh magazine homes have in common? Neutral colors – on the walls, furniture, and more. Save pops of color for textiles and accessories, and your home will look professionally-designed and style-savvy.