Giving your home a little extra "oomph" doesn't have to cost thousands. In fact, you can make some dramatic home improvements on a budget of just a few hundred dollars.
1. Revamp your entryway. Start with simple, affordable upgrades like a new welcome mat and house numbers. You can also spruce up your home's entrance with a color update to your front door. Chic doorknockers, updated doorknobs and alluring porch lighting are the perfect finishing touches.
2. Modernize your bathroom. A new paint color will open up small spaces. New towels, shower mats and shower curtains can hide dated features and improve the overall feel of your bathroom. Add sconces, towel-hanging ladders and reclaimed crates for extra storage and fashionable functionality. A stylish new mirror adds a finishing touch.
3. Repaint your interior walls. Lighter colors are perfect for opening up small areas. You can also paint your walls and trim (or other architectural features like mantels and built-in bookcases) in subtly contrasting colors to add depth and interest.
4. Update your cabinet hardware. Installing stylish hardware is a quick and cost-effective way to update your kitchen. If your kitchen has a contemporary design, go with sleek, understated hardware. Ornate, classically inspired hardware works best for traditional cabinets.
5. Rejuvenate your light fixtures. Dated light fixtures not only look bad, but they can also make day-to-day activities difficult. There are pendant light and chandelier options to suit every taste and budget. Just remember: If you're unsure how to switch out your lighting, it's best to hire a professional.