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!