Kiki Interiors - Decor and Staging

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

We Answer Wednesday - Girl on a Budget

" I'm a girl on a budget.  I've moved into a new place and I need some ideas to make my new place look expensive."

We are all on a budget but there are some home updates that you can do with minimal money that will result in maximum impact.

1 - Lighting.  Swap out that old dining or entry way light fixture for something with visual impact

Make Your Home Look Expensive:

2 - Neutrals.  Ever notice that those classically chic spaces we all drool over in the magazines are always in neutral tones? So opt for neutral paint on your walls, the depth is up to you but greys, taupes, creams and beige always looks chic.

 Chandelier, creamy taupe walls and creamy neutral tones for a fabulous living room:

3 - Tile.  Is your kitchen missing something? A back splash is like jewelry on an outfit - it pulls it altogether and makes a statement! So same with tile.  Update your kitchen with some back splash tiles and maybe give your powder room a boost too.  Looking for something timeless? We love a subway tile, it comes in many colours and it's always in style.

 creamy white shaker style kitchen cabinets, subway tile back splash, crystal knobs, nickel pulls, quartz counters:

4 - Built-ins.  Yes, they are expensive but fake them! find some pre-fab or packed shelving and create that custom built-in look with floor to ceiling bookcases.  Aim for shelving that is the colour of your trim to get the built-in look. Be sure to style your bookcase with decor pieces and books to make it look elevated!

 Home library. White, built-in bookcases to the ceiling. Lots of books, but this looks so light, so airy. from Traditional Home.:

5 - Dimension.  Add some depth and elegance with panels and molding. Use this to draw attention to special features of the home like a fireplace.

 Glam up your bedroom with faux crown molding.:

6 - Hardware.  Make sure your hardware finishes match.  Replace any hardware that doesn't match or that is broken. Coordinating your hardware pieces will make the whole room shine.

 NIce granite for bathroom in jack and jill. Like how all the hardware matches the doorknobs and the window in the shower. Needs indented builtin space for shampoo bottles and soap:

7 - Walk way.  Even the exterior of your home can look expensive.  Update that walkway it will give the whole exterior an instant boost and make your landscaping look even better.

 A new walkway is a small investment that will work wonders for your landscape and carry your home's friendly facade to the street. See how you can upgrade your walkway to complement your exterior./:

8 - Exterior entryway.  A full exterior make over can get pricey but try a few easy improvements like paint your front door - a fresh coat of paint always looks great!  Update your mailbox and address plate. Try adding some flanking planters to your front exterior, for symmetry and balance they frame the entry and look welcoming.

Front Porch Planter Urns | ... porch, check out The Nester’s beautiful, blue urns with ferns . Urns:

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