How to Give Your Home a Facelift on a Budget

Looking for ways to give your home a facelift, but think it’s an impossible task on a tight budget? Think
again! There’s a vast amount of low-cost options to give your home a much-needed refreshment. Here
are some of my favorite and simple tips and tricks to get the most out of your budget. 

Paint...Anything and Everything
Maybe the cheapest and simplest way to give your home the facelift of your dreams is through the
power of paint. Paint that’s been wearing for years can show age in your home. Without even realizing it,
the paint color on your walls might be reflecting an outdated version of your home. It’s not necessary to
paint the interior or exterior of your home annually, of course, but it’s a great way to update the feel of
your home without having to rob a bank. 

Create a Color Palette
When you’re looking to revamp your home, this typically means shopping around for new furniture, or
upcycling old pieces. However you decide to creatively decorate your home, it’s smart to think up a color palette for your home first.
Some homeowners choose to create a color scheme that will bring cohesion to an entire house, others
might choose a palette for each room individually. 

Just remember, changes don’t need to be drastic to make an impact. Sometimes just changing up the
colors in accent pillows, throws, or on wall art is enough to change the entire feeling of a room. If you still
love the furniture in your space, but not the aesthetic it presents, find ways to bring new main and accent
colors into the mix.

A lot of homeowners think they should stick with a strictly neutral color palette with the misconception
that monochrome won’t ever become outdated. I’d say, don’t shy away from color where you see fit to
have it. Find color inspiration at your local hardware store’s painter’s section, and on sites like Pinterest.
Make color boards that reflect the mood you want to create in each room.

Upgrade Your Lighting

Light fixtures are very telling of the “vibe” of your home. Light fixtures draw our eyes every time we
switch them on, and sometimes they just don’t fit a space. Personally, I left the outdated light fixtures
in my home as-is for far too long. I may have figured out the colors and textures I wanted in my abode
and even painted each room to reflect a more modern sensibility, but each room had light fixtures stuck
in the 80s. I always thought changing the fixtures would completely take over any renovation budgets I
had, but that simply wasn’t the case. 

In actuality, all I had to do was access my creative side. I checked community ads and consignment
shops for fixtures of all shapes and sizes and slowly figuring out what I wanted for my home. If I found
something that almost fit, but wasn’t exactly the right color, I fixed the issue with paint or acetone.
Eventually, I got the upgraded lights I was hoping for all for a fraction of the price.

Update Instead of Upgrade

Sometimes we assume that to make the greatest, most valuable changes to your home you’ll have to
save for major home renovations, but that’s not always the case. Take a look at what you love about
your home and where you’d like to see change. Do you need to upgrade or is an update to the “bones” of the structure enough. Look at the statement rooms of your home, like your kitchen or
master bedroom. What could use a refreshment and what needs a full renovation?

Let’s say a complete kitchen renovation isn’t in your budget, you can still make significant updates to
change the look and feel of your room. By redoing a backsplash or changing the hardware of cabinets
could be what you need.

Staying within a budget doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your desired style. It does mean, however,
that you’ll have to get creative and think outside of the box for redesign ideas. Remember, even small
changes add up to help you give your humble abode a facelift.

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