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5 Ways to Give Your Home an Upgrade

With just a few tweaks you can turn your home from ordinary to extraordinary


When you’re on a tight budget, your home décor and furniture choices may be limited. And while there are many inexpensive brands and stores for home interior needs, getting that furnished, interior-designed look can be more challenging.

No need to fret as this is still possible. With a few twists and pulls here and there, you can instantly make your cheap furniture and décor look expensive. Let these ideas inspire and guide you.

Main photos from: Studio Wolk and Trendenser.

Add a fresh coat of paint

A fresh coat of paint can give your space a new look. However, if you add cheap furniture or mismatched pieces, you may not achieve the polished look that you want. 

If this is the case, customize your décor and furniture pieces to match your space. Painting your pieces not only updates their look but it also enables you to tie everything together. Your space won't just look fabulous, you'll also get inexpensive, bespoke pieces. 

Photos from Studio Wolk and The Sweet Beast.

Update your fixtures

Update the look of your furniture pieces by changing small items like knobs and furniture legs. Update the look of a console by replacing wooden knobs and handles with modern, chrome ones.


You can even update the look of an old sofa just by changing its legs. Keep in mind that this isn't for furniture alone. Replacing your old doorknobs with modern handles is a simple way of updating your home. The same goes for your light switches and light fixtures, to name a few.

Photos from: All Things G&D and The Blissful Bee.

Add wooden planks

Wood has a unique characteristic that makes a home look expensive. Whether you add a wooden dining set, coffee table, or shelving, it adds a pleasant and homey vibe to any space. 

If you don’t have the budget for real wood furniture, you can mimic the look by simply adding planks to your existing furniture. This works for pieces like consoles, buffet tables, cheap dining furniture, and even your kitchen counter. The possibilities are limitless. All you have to do is run to your nearest hardware store to get a couple of wooden planks that you can work with.

Photos from: Studio Wolk and Hunted Interior.

Make use of contact paper

If the idea of installing wooden planks isn’t for you, you can also make use of contact paper. Contact paper comes in a variety of designs, from various wood stains to different kinds of marble. It might not give the same feel but it will surely update the look of your space. You can give your coffee table a glamorous touch simply by sticking on some marble contact paper. 

Give your shelf a new life by slapping on some wood contact paper. All you have to do is cut to size and stick. You can even be creative with this—stick it on trays, picture frames, and boxes, to name a few.

Photos from Poppy Talk and Trendenser.

Add gold

If you really want to add an expensive touch to your home, adding gold pieces will surely do the trick. Don’t worry, we don’t mean real gold. You can get the same stylish look by purchasing a can (or two) of gold spray paint. You can apply this to practically anything: vases, candlestick holders, picture frames, lamp shades, or even your iron-rod coffee table. If gold isn’t your thing, chrome is also a great alternative.

Photo from Hunted Interior.

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