Unless you have just moved into a brand new home (and even in this case you still might need to get certain updates done) you may be looking for cheap and inexpensive ways to make your home show like those shiny ones you see in magazines. Thankfully, there are many easy and inexpensive ways that can be used to make your home look expensive. Some creativity and out-of-the box thinking is all it takes to do so. Here are guaranteed 11 easy ways to make your home look expensive, classy and downright elegant.
1. Add at least one expensive piece of furniture per room
This is one of the easiest ways to make a home look rich. One expensive piece is all it takes to catch the eye of the viewer. For example, in the dining room, you could have an antique piece of expensive dining table and have it paired up with second hand or inexpensive store brought chairs.
2. Remove the clutter
Yes-that means cleaning up after kids and pets. Get rid of stuff you no longer need or at least move it to the basement or backyard (though a cluttered backyard is home to fleas and vermin). Clear up your kitchen counters and stack everything neatly in cabinets. This is one of the easy ways to make your home look expensive.
3. Clear the yard
Remove kids’ bikes, broken toys, hose pipes and clean up the birdbaths etc. Mow the lawn-it is good exercise and makes your home look neat and carries a great first impression. Do not keep sports equipment lying around on the ground.
4. Clean the grunge regularly
This is an easy way to end up with a clean home and you only need to do a little bit every day. Get everyone in the family to practice cleanliness. Kids may be instructed to keep books and toys away neatly. You can also clean the kitchen each night to keep away roaches and bugs and also make the home look more expensive. Spend some time, as a family, on weekends cleaning up individual rooms. Wash bathroom floor and walls on a fixed day each week. You will burn calories and also end up with a nicer looking home.
5. Make your home smell nice
The key to a beautiful home is a fresh clean smell. Invest in a good quality air freshener or light up some aromatherapy candles. You can even make your own DIY homemade air freshners. Simply simmer some lemon slices, rosemary sprigs and vanilla extract in a pot filled 2/3rd with water. Let the mixture simmer on your stove for half a day. You can also use essential oils or spices like cinnamon etc.
6. Remove smelly stuff
This is one of the proven easy ways to create a great first impression on guests or potential home buyers. Remove ashtrays, smelly socks and shoes and also take out the garbage. Line the garbage bin with fresh bags. If your carpet smells bad, have it shampooed and vacuumed. If you have a pet, you might need to put in extra efforts to get the house cleaned up off pet odors. Call a professional or use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda on all soiled areas to reduce odors.
7. Change old fixtures
By simply changing fixtures, light bulbs and old chandeliers with their modern counterparts you can make a huge cosmetic difference to your home. Replace switches and electric plates with the designer ones-this is one of the easy ways to make a home look expensive than it is.
8. Replace old faucets
Another idea to give a facelift to old bathrooms is to change the faucets. They don’t cost too much and you end up with a modern looking bath-what an easy way to make the bathroom look expensive! Add a rain showerhead for a more modern look. Likewise, a tall European style spigot in kitchen sink can make your kitchen look more contemporary.
9. Add some indoor greens
Green plants and pretty colorful flowers not only spruce up your backyard-they are also perfect for your interiors. Try putting fresh flowers in vases in every room to bring some Zen into your home.
10. Paint touch ups
If your walls are cracked and peeling, it is time you repaint them. You can even go for wallpapers or DIY repainting. This may not be one of the easy ways of making your home look expensive but it is a surefire and sometimes a necessary one.
11. Spruce up the exteriors
This is one of the important easy ways to make your home look expensive but it is oft overlooked. As we mentioned before, you must clear up the yard. But do also pay attention to the porches and decks. Declutter by removing old bikes, boxes etc. Fix the walkways if they are cracked. Fill up sunken paving stones and walls. You only need to buy new stones and level and redo the pathways.
Whether you are looking to sell your home or just want to make it look more elegant, these 11 easy ways and a few 100 bucks is all that you need to make your home look expensive.