How to Redo Your Home on a $100, $200 and $500 Budget
Feel like your home needs a revamp before the season of summer entertaining but don’t have a lot of budget to spare right now? Worry not! Even small improvements can make your home more pleasant for everyday living and give you a feeling of confidence and pride when sharing your space with invited guests. The key is to spend smart. Whether you have a budget of $100, $200, or $500, the makeover ideas below offer a quick pick-me-up for your home without breaking the bank.
Home Makeover Ideas Under $100
Give your lamps some attention. New table lamps are a great way to refresh your space, but even a new set of shades on your old lamps can do the trick! For example, a drum shade with straight vertical sides will give any lamp base a more modern, updated feel.
Add a pop of color. A single dash of color can make a big difference to any space, as it immediately draws the eye. For example, to update your bedroom, stick with your clean and classic white sheets and pillowcases, but top your bed with a colorful feature piece, like a brightly colored throw or a textured blanket that’s not only stylish but oh-so-cozy.
Change up your bathroom. If your bathroom is looking a bit sad and unloved, the easiest way to refresh it is to buy a stylish new shower curtain. It’s a simple, practical piece, but it can change the whole look of a small bathroom. Another easy bathroom improvement is to add a frame to a boring builder-grade mirror.
A fresh coat of paint. For less than $100, you can buy a gallon of quality paint as well as the equipment you’ll need, and it will completely change the look and feel of any room. Neutral shades like white and gray will give you a lot of longevity, but you can also get creative with color, from dark shades to cool pastels. If you’re not sure you want a whole room in the shade of your choice, opt instead for a feature wall that’s easier to paint over.
Home Makeover Ideas Under $200
Change out your accessories. Even if the paint in your room is relatively fresh and its furniture still modern, old accessories can easily make an area feel tired and drab. For a quick pick-me-up that doesn't cost much, consider new window treatments, rugs, and shades, each with a distinctive pop of color or pattern. Here’s a top designer tip: focus on three hues that complement each other, and use them to varying degrees in each item.
Give your couch a makeover. While a $200 budget won’t stretch to investing in a room-changing sofa, it will allow you the flexibility to build on more pricey furniture investments using throw pillows and throws in seasonal colors and fun textures. Go for bright pieces that will easily pair with a more neutral furniture base. And don’t forget to rep your distinctive personal style with unique pieces. For example, a feminine trim or a bohemian fabric that represents your travels.
Paint your front door. Because the front door is one of the first things that visitors notice about your house, an update will give you a lot of bang for your buck. Plus, it can even increase the value of your home! All for around $150. Choose a color that makes an impact, like a bright red, green or cheerful yellow, or go for a classic like navy or grey.
Install floating shelves. Open shelving is popular in home design at the moment. Not only does it add extra storage options, it allows you to display those beautiful items you may have picked up at a flea market, during your travels, or inherited from a beloved family member. To keep things fresh, treat your shelf as a mini vignette and change it up depending on the season or occasion.
Home Makeover Ideas Under $500
Make a statement with wallpaper. For home décor style that is uniquely you, few things beat wallpaper! It’s an excellent way for even novice DIY-ers to create a strategically-placed accent wall that will unify color, add a unique motif or theme to a room, or make a powerful visual statement. The visual texture of a print really can’t be understated. Wallpapering a single wall can take less than an afternoon and even chic, boutique-y wallpaper (the kind that catches your eye when you see it on Pinterest) will run about $100 per roll.
Fix the fixtures! If there’s one thing that can really date a home, it’s tired, old fixtures and hardware. Even if you’re in a new build, you’ll often be working with basic standard fixtures that don’t have a lot of personality. Replacing out-of-date lights, faucets, door handles, etc. with more modern or stylish alternatives can completely transform the look and feel of your home. Of course, the cost can also add up quickly, so shop around and focus on one room at a time, starting with the ones that receive the most traffic like bathrooms, the family room, and the kitchen. Updating these core rooms in the home will give you the biggest impact for your money.
Upgrade your bed linens. Nothing feels more luxurious than slipping into hotel-quality bed linen at the end of the day. This is a great opportunity to invest in high-thread-count sheets, hypoallergenic pillows, and a beautiful new comforter or duvet set. Our luxury bedding sets and collections will help you create a bedroom oasis and come in a variety of colors, weights, and textures.
Add houseplants. Bring the outside in and make your home a calming, rejuvenating space with some new greenery. Plants can really change the look and feel of a room, whether it’s a single planter or a small garden in your house or on your patio. You can even start an indoor herb garden? Or how about adding window planters to the exterior of your home, for added charm and curb appeal (as well as a prettier view from indoors).
However you choose to spend your budget, these changes will go a long way to making it feel like a brand new space!