Living on a budget is undeniably difficult -- you can’t buy all the things you need simultaneously and not to mention your wants. Utility bills, mortgages, loans and the likes only adds up to your expenses so sometimes you just have to sit down, accept and be content with what you have.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t upgrade your home the way you have always imagined it to be. You may not have the most glorious house structure but there are simple and hands-down hacks to make your home appear more expensive without damaging your pockets.
Frame your TV. If you want to upgrade your home in a budget, you can DIY a frame for your TV. Your living room will look more sophisticated and elegant by just doing this one hack. It’s like camouflaging your television, have your guests wonder where it is. Also, it should be easier now for you to decorate since your framed TV is now in style.
Supersize your artworks. If you love to decorate on your walls, why don’t you consider hanging a large scale artwork instead of small ones? You may opt to divide the large piece into three pieces and hang it accordingly to add dimension. Since we don’t want to burn your wallet, you can buy some in thrift stores for reasonable prices or if you prefer letting your creative juices flow, make your own and experiment on it. If you think you’re not that creative, abstract paintings will work just fine so no worries.
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Declutter. A messy living room with books, pillows, displays and the likes that goes everywhere in your unpolished look only results to making your room look cheap and littered. This doesn’t require decoration or designing, it only requires a lot of cleaning to cut the messy bundle. Get rid of the unnecessary objects you leave on display and the stuff that needs to go straight in the trash bin. Take note, leave you floor with a lot of space. That means putting your shoes in the shoe rack and your exercise equipment in your garage.
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Add a touch of green. No, we’re not talking about money or painting your walls green (unless you want to). Okay, you guessed it. It’s adding plants in your home such as a pot of flowers or a garden. Nothing more would make you home seem luxurious and expensive-looking other than plants. Not to mention, it isn’t really that hard to find if you’re not picky in terms of the type of plant you want.
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Interesting room element. Don’t you think a room that only offers you to see verticals, horizontals and rounds is a little bit boring, plain and uninteresting? Spice it up! Look for a structured room display such as an unusual vase, peculiar table/chair or an off-beat structured plant will draw the guests’ eyes to it directly. This could be your unique and stylish bed frame/bed board, your bold-colored flower vase, unusual center table display or artworks among many others. Of course, keep in mind the appropriateness of the element regarding your room motif/theme. It should be seen as a piece of head-turning art lying in your room.
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Add mirrors. The vogueish ones, yes. Adding mirrors deliver an illusion of larger rooms and bringing elegance to a home. Thus, adding this sole piece is a leap to a luxury home design. Instead of the plain ones, opt for the old and historical looking designs to give your room a sense of significance. Go to antique stores for reasonable prices.
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You see, there are lots of ways to upgrade and make your home feel and appear luxurious whether you’re on a budget or not. You don’t have to necessarily buy an expensive couch and dining set to upgrade your home, these tricks will work effectively just as you need it to. Experiment with what you currently have and continuously learn over the process. Good luck on revolutionizing your home!
About Chie Suarez
Chie Suarez is a passionate writer/blogger for PAAL Kit Homes, a company that manufactures and supplies steel-framed kit homes that help Australian families build their dream home. Chie likes watching TV series and movies, is inclined to music and has a deep interest in home design and decoration.