Though the old adage “you get what you pay for” can be applied to many purchases in life — vehicles, houses, vacations and most importantly, shoes — when it comes time to spruce up the old pad, the same does not always hold true.
In fact, you can add class and style to your living space without having to dip into your 401K.
These six home design hacks will excite home design DIYers to give their home a facelift, without feeling like they have to break the bank in order to do so.
1. Add an Expressive Color to the Front Door
The front door to a home offers an immediate first impression.
It’s a greeting to your guests and should be unique, just like you.
So, does having a plain white door sufficiently represent your character?
Allow the entrance to your home to offer a hint of who you are.
Are you a glossy, bold magenta or a subtle, matte mauve? A tranquil blue or a vibrant green?
A word to the wise, though: Do your research. The color of a front door is heavy with symbolism and can often vary from culture to culture.
A a yellow door insinuates “creativity” while one that’s turquoise hints at “emotional balance.”
And keep in mind that a red door traditionally means “welcome,” not “stop.” Big difference.
2. Buy a New Piece of Furniture
Say you get the itch to completely redecorate your home. If that’s the case, try to satiate that urge with one or two well-considered and perfectly placed pieces of furniture.
If a new sofa is in the budget, go for it. But most of the time, a unique accent piece can transform the style and ambiance of a room.
You can also combine styles and colors of decor and furniture to fit your home and personality.
3. Hang Pendant Lighting to Add Height
Any interior designer will tell you that hanging your curtains a foot above where the window begins will add some height to any room.
However, a lesser known secret to achieve the same effect is to use pendant lighting.
The vertical space created by this lighting draws the eye upward, thereby opening up the floor space.
It’s an optical illusion that really works.
4. Use a Large Rug to Add Floor Space
It may seem like a small rug would be suitable for small living spaces, but the opposite is actually true.
If your home lacks floor space, covering it with a large rug will make the room look bigger.
Neutral colored or two-toned rugs work best to pull off this hack and not only make the room appear bigger, but can also make it look more luxurious.
5. Arrange Your Dishwasher Products on a Cake Stand
You can save room under your sink — and add a bit of class to your kitchen counter — by strategically arranging your dishwasher products atop a decorative cake stand.
Similar to how many hotels use a pedestal to display toiletries, this simple hack creates an organized and creative flare for forgotten products that are typically stored underneath the sink.
The World of Home Improvement is Your Oyster
If your digs are looking a little worse for wear, try not to despair. Several low-cost, high-impact hacks are at your fingertips to help create the most bang for your buck.
The old adage, “you get what you pay for,” may apply to more expensive purchases, but home designing can be done regret-free on the cheap.