interior design

Do you dream of having that lavish apartment or home, one in which you can be proud to entertain guests? And do you dream of those guests looking around at your place in awe, envious of your style and class?

And if you dream of these things, is a shoestring budget holding you back? If so, don’t worry—you’re about to learn how to do it without spending your next few months’ grocery money. Yes—it is possible to make your place look like a million bucks for just a few twenties.

The secret, here, lies in creative problem solving—if you want a classy look without paying the price, you simply have to put a little work into figuring out how to catch the eye with inexpensive materials.

To help you jump-start your decorating, let’s take a look at 8 cheap ways to make your home look expensive.

"The secret, here, lies in creative problem solving—if you want a classy look without paying the price, you simply have to put a little work into figuring out how to catch the eye with inexpensive materials."

Paint the Linoleum

Do you have those ugly old vinyl or linoleum floors that make your place look like it belongs to the past?

Fear not! A great and inexpensive home upgrade involves painting over those ugly patterns and yellowed colors. And all it will cost is the money for some primer, a bucket of porch and floor paint, some rollers, and some painter’s tape.

First, select the colors and patterns you wish to use—if you want a more modern look, go for stripes in contrasting colors.

Next, you’re going to clear the floor area that is to be painted, and scrub it as clean as you can make it. If it’s dirty, your paint won’t adhere to the slick texture very well.

Now, you’ll prime the floor, using something like KILZ General Purpose Interior Primer. Use as many coats as necessary to hide those unsightly colors beneath a uniform coat of white primer.

And now for the fun part! After allowing the primer to dry overnight, paint your floor with whatever color you consider to be the “base” color.

After the base layer of paint dries, measure how wide you’d like your stripes to be, and mark those stripes off with tape. Now, paint your stripes, let it all dry, and you’re done!

Voila—you now have beautifully updated floors! For a visual tutorial, check out this blog post on painting linoleum floors.

Change the Hardware

Hidden throughout your home are multiple opportunities for improvement—namely, your light switches, power outlets, cabinet hardware, and curtain tie-backs!

If you head over to any hardware store, you’ll find a plethora of beautiful alternatives to your bland outlet and light switch covers.  These can come in various metals, woods, and even archaic toggle switches.

This is one of the easiest ways to give your home some extra pizazz—believe it or not, people will notice when you replace your yellowed old plastic covers with beautiful oiled bronze or mahogany replacements.

The knobs and handles on your kitchen cabinets can also be cheaply replaced with something that oozes opulence. Again, just head over to your local Home Depot and ask!

And don’t forget about the curtains! Adding a simple set of fancy tie-back hardware can add class to any room.

Details like this are what make a home look expensive, so don’t neglect them!

Give Your Ceiling Some Color

Giving a room a pop of color in the form of an accent ceiling is a great way to really make a home look fancy and classy. Guests will come away with the impression that you spend your evenings rubbing elbows with important people if you pull this one off.

It’s simple—just choose a bold color, and get painting. You may not have ever considered painting your ceiling, but this detail can make all the difference.

Take risks with this. Go with a crazy color or stripes or something glossy—as long as it suits the room, go for it. All you need is primer, paint, rollers, and a little time.

Check out these examples of creatively painted ceilings for a few ideas before you start.

Make it Minimal

Who would have thought that having less can make you look like you have more?

Embracing minimalism in your design choices can make your home look elegant and classy, and for exactly zero cost. All you have to do is get rid of the clutter, emphasizing the most important pieces of your décor.