New Year, New Space: Easy Ways to Make Big Changes on a Small Budget

published Jan 11, 2016
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Of course it’s fun to make little changes to your home, but it’s even more fun to make just one change that has a huge impact — a single upgrade that suddenly makes you feel completely differently about your space. And the good news is that it’s not necessary to spend a lot of money to get a big payoff. Here are four upgrades that will have your space looking like a million bucks — for slightly less than a million bucks.

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Paint is one of the most budget-friendly ways to completely change the feel of your space. If painting an entire room doesn’t appeal to you, try painting an accent wall, or try out one of our ideas for out-of-the-box paint jobs.

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Oversized art.
One mistake I see decorators making a lot is relying on pieces of art that are too small for their space. Switching out smaller pieces for one large, bold piece will have an instant impact on a room, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, either.

Introduce texture.
Texture is a powerful and often ignored element of interior design, and there are lots of inexpensive ways you can make it work for you. Adding a fluffy throw, an older piece with a little bit of patina, or even a plant can instantly add interest and depth to a space that feels a little flat.

Take something away.
Sometimes the right thing for a space isn’t buying something new — it’s taking something away. Removing one piece (or even a few pieces) from an overcrowded room can lighten up the space and let the remaining furniture really shine — and it doesn’t cost a thing.