Interior Updates | Make Your Money Go Farther

If you spend your money right, you can accomplish an expensive look by changing just one key thing.  Instead of a full-blown remodel, get smarter with your spending and pick something to change that will make a big impact and look like it carries a big price without breaking the bank!

This can work even more in your favor, if you have a small space.  Many people feel like small spaces translate into a less-expensive look....they are under the impression that bigger equals better, but it's not always the case!  Quality over quantity is what we say!  If you have a small room that you're wanting to update to make look like it's expensive, you'll be paying less for the material that goes into it so you can afford to select a more expensive finish!

Here are a few areas where  you can create a big bang for less bucks!

Tile.  There are all sorts of tile out there--wall & floor tile, mosaic, subway, floor tile, ceramic, glass, metal, natural stone.  The list could go on and on!  Since tile can be applied in a variety of areas, you can use it to your advantage and make it work with your budget.  Got a small bathroom that you're trying to update?!  Pick a wall that's visible and apply a great tile to it!  This could be the shower wall, if your shower walls are visible from outside of the shower or it could be a backsplash.  It could even be the floor!  Flooring says a lot about a space so a beautiful floor tile could easily transform the room into a high-end expensive-feeling oasis.  You won't need a ton of it if you've got a small bathroom, so it shouldn't break the bank, and it'll definitely change the feel!

Streamlining your backsplash.  The backsplash in a bathroom or kitchen is often the "extra" that people cut corners on.  Look at the backsplash as a way to make a statement.  Maybe scale back a little on the other stuff so you've got a little left to do the backsplash.  The backsplash is the place to go larger, even though it's not a large area.  A lot of people want to get really detailed in the backsplash with swirly designs and colors but this really isn't necessary.  Instead, keep the grout to a minimum.  If you can do one solid piece of material as the backsplash, even better!  It will create a sleek, classy look!  You may pay a little more for the material but less in labor!

Art.  So many people try to fill their walls like lots and lots of little things--shelves and hooks and picture frames.  Go with one big piece of art.  In the end, you'll probably spend the same amount of money as you would on a bunch of smaller pieces but the art will make a much bigger impact than any grouping of smaller pieces ever could!

Mirrors & Light Done Right.  Bring a little glisten and sparkle to your home with some larger mirrors.  Not only do they reflect natural light coming in through windows but they create the illusion of a larger space--now that's money well-spent!  Beyond that, they add a little sparkle to a room and can immediately brighten it up.

Lighting.  One, big, awesome chandelier does a home good.  Seriously, friends.  Get a cool light.  Lighting is like art--it's a statement piece that can be a little different and makes a HUGE impact on a room!  You may have to look carefully for a piece that fits your budget and meets the size requirements for the space it's going in, but it's worth the search!  Great lighting is the quickest way to make a room look expensive!