Love what Hilary Farr does on Love it Or List It but unable to recreate her fabulous designs on a budget? We agree that it can be expensive to move walls and rewire whole rooms, but there are some great design elements and easy upgrades we can all incorporate into a home refresh that won’t break the bank. Need a little inspiration? Here are just a few ideas.
Add Open Shelves
Most of our cupboards end with a straight and somewhat awkward edge; if you have the space in your kitchen, add open shelves in order to showcase a few fancy pieces or to include that much-needed storage.
Get New Light Fixtures
It’s incredible what a difference new light fixtures can make in a space. If you want to add character but aren’t up for a new paint job or a feature wall, start sourcing new and unique light fixtures for a little pop instead.
Add Under Cabinet Lighting
If you want to upgrade your kitchen or even bathroom, there are plenty of inexpensive and easy-to-install under-cupboard lighting options out there. Doing so not only adds some mood lighting in the evenings and makes your space feel polished, but it’s a great way to boost your resale value, too.
Organize Your Cupboards
No matter how big our kitchens actually are, we’ve all run out of space at some point in time. That’s because it’s so easy to get disorganized despite our best organizational efforts. If you’re feeling crammed, consider redoing your cupboards by installing smart organizers like this spice rack. You’ll have more space before you know it.
Upgrade Your Hardware
Sometimes our cupboards need a facelift, but the idea of replacing them all together is just impossible with our budgets. Instead, source sleek or unique handles and hardware for an instant upgrade that makes cupboards feel like new.
Upgrade Your Faucets
Knobs and doorhandles aren’t the only things in your home that can be cheaply upgraded; faucets in bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens are easy to to replace, and add loads of personality to a room.
Get New Window Coverings
Not enough money to upgrade your windows? No problem. Shop or even make new window coverings instead. Sweeping drapes can help cover awkward walls or nooks, while in-frame covers add a little retro charm.
Upgrade an Awkward Wall
Need more storage in your life? Looking to upgrade an otherwise bare wall? Consider transforming that dead space into a bookshelf. Fill it up with interesting books or neat plates, antique cups or other cool knickknacks that showcase your personality.
Add Unexpected Cupboards
Who says that all counter space needs to be bare? This bathroom vanity gets an instant upgrade with a bonus storage unit that adds immediate function to the room.
Try Some Wallpaper
Wallpaper is no longer just for your grandmother — thanks to sleek new designs it’s making a pretty big comeback. Still not sure about the technique? Start small with a statement wall or a powder room and watch your space transform.
Upgrade Your Textiles
Who doesn’t love fresh new bedsheets? What about a new comforter, throw pillows or a duvet? When it comes to your bedroom, some new textiles can go a long way in upgrading your look. Plus they’re just fun.
If you’re tired of boring old walls why not add a little texture to your life? Wainscotting is also making a comeback, and is an easy way to add depth and character to a traditional room.
Reconfigure Your Furniture
Most professional designers agree: moving your furniture away from the walls is great way to create a comfortable but fashionable area. Obviously this doesn’t work in all spaces, but where possible avoid pushing every piece you own up against a wall.
Add Sliding Doors
If you’re working with a confined space and want to take advantage of all your walls, consider replacing a traditional door with a sliding one. Or, if you want to open up the space even more, remove the door altogether.
Create Hidden Spaces
If you don’t have a huge need for an actual office but would like an area to write or answer emails the old fashioned way, consider hiding a desk in a unit so that the room stays otherwise open and free-flowing.
Feeling a little claustrophobic or confined? That’s where mirrors come in handy. No matter what your look (vintage, modern, contemporary) there is a mirror out there for you. Add one (or several) to open up the space and help reflect extra light.