ProSource | 9/1/2015 | Expert Advice
These days, everyone is tightening their belts and pinching pennies. The good news is that you can still get a beautiful remodel without spending a fortune, and without letting anyone know you’re on a tight budget.
Cutting corners doesn’t have to mean shirking on quality. With all the options available, there are low cost alternatives to suit every budget, and creative ways to make even the most moderate design look like a high-end remodel.
It’s All In The Details
The difference between custom homes and their cookie-cutter counterparts is in the particulars. Expensive custom homes don’t miss a single detail. From the chair rails and crown moldings to the carefully chosen accessories, nothing is left out.
Take a cue from these custom homes and incorporate some of the finer details into your next home improvement project. Add crown molding or a chair rail to your eat-in kitchen, or upgrade the drawer pulls on your affordable kitchen cabinets for a high-end look. Consider updating accessories such as towel racks, light fixtures and faucets.
These might seem insignificant, but together, they can make a big difference in your room’s appearance. Keep in mind that you don’t have to stick to traditional fixtures. Think outside of the box for fun ways to give your room a unique twist. Try using a piece of plumbing as a towel rack or an old piece of barn wood as a shelf for a rustic look.
Light It Up
Lighting plays a key role in premium home designs and remodels. Walk through a custom home display and you’ll notice that the lighting comes from multiple sources, versus simply overhead.
Indirect lighting is both flattering and relaxing and can give your room a warm, comfortable glow. In addition to your overhead lighting, add a floor lamp, table lamps, and even wall sconces to focus light on artwork and photographs.
Paint It Rich
You can never go wrong with crisp white walls. But if you’re looking for more color in your room, go with a deep, neutral tone to give an air of sophistication.
Another designer tip for making interiors look high-end is to paint interior doors and their frames a rich accent color using a black, gray, brown or green. If you do decide to paint the doors, be sure to pick up the color in other accessories, such as a picture frame, artwork or an end table, to balance the room.
One of the first things a good realtor will tell a seller to do before listing their home is to get rid of the clutter. Homes that have fewer knick-knacks, stacks of magazines and “stuff” lying around tend to show better because they look more expensive.
It stands to reason, then, that if you want your house to look more expensive, you’ll want to find a place to store the clutter.
Use a coffee table that doubles as a chest to store games, magazines and throws. An end table with a cabinet can double as a catch all for the mail, papers and reading material that come home from school and the office each day. An organized kitchen, office or mudroom makes it easy to stow away everyday items when entertaining.
The trick is to let the lovely details be the focus of your room.
It’s Okay To Go Faux
Hardwood is a popular choice for flooring, but it’s also more expensive than carpeting. That doesn’t mean it can’t be affordable.
Not only does the look of hardwood floors give your home a high-end appearance, but they are also easy to maintain and most will stand the test of time.
High-end furniture is beautiful, but it also comes with a hefty price tag. Rather than purchasing cheap furniture, which will wear quickly, shop wisely for investment pieces.
Browse estate sales, consignment shops and secondhand stores for high quality pieces. These can usually be purchased at a fraction of their original cost, and reupholstered to fit your personal design preference.
Another tip for those on a mid-range budget is to comparison shop online. Many times, you can find similar if not equal items online for much less than you’d spend at your local brick and mortar store.
On Your Mark
Stainless steel appliances look high-end, but they can be an expensive addition to kitchen remodeling. If you really want the premium look that stainless appliances afford, go ahead and choose the stainless version, but without all the bells and whistles.
Another tip is to look for floor models that have a small dent or scratch on the side. Most retailers have a few of these in stock, and will be willing to mark down the cost. Chances are, once the fridge is in place, no one will ever see the scratch anyway.
There are some things you won’t want to cut corners on, but there’s nothing better than getting a great deal on a beautiful remodel. And with these seven tips, no one will be the wiser.
From deep neutral walls to stainless appliances, unique, hand-crafted accessories, high-quality furniture and gorgeous wood-look floors, you’ll be the only one who knows the true cost of your room’s remodel.
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