Luxury for Less: Affordable Ways to Upgrade Your Home


Luxury for Less: Affordable Ways to Upgrade Your Home


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When it comes to your dream home, there are differing opinions on what it should entail. Some focus on the home’s location, while others are more concerned with the size of the home or its amenities — think 12 bedrooms, an infinity pool, a movie theater, or a private tennis court. But how many people can afford to make their dream home a reality? Let’s face it, your perfect home generally doesn’t happen unless you first get that dream job... or significant wealth.

While it’s true that your odds of becoming a billionaire in North America are slim, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find other ways to add a little luxury to your life. One of the best ways to do so is to make some simple modifications to your home — where you likely spend a significant amount of time — to make it more comfortable and elegant. Many of these modifications can be accomplished by renters as well, but make sure to get approval from your landlord before taking on any painting jobs or hardware changes. Below are several affordable ways that you can upgrade your home to more closely resemble the one of your dreams.

Living and Dining Room


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If you aren’t able to invest in a new couch for your living room, then consider purchasing a sofa cover. Sofa covers have gotten some serious upgrades over the years, and you can even purchase custom-made ones in luxe materials like velvet or leather for a fraction of the price of a new couch. Can’t afford to upgrade your dining room table or chairs either? Considering painting them for a new look to transform your room.

Additionally, a good rug is a crucial aesthetic investment for either space that can completely change the vibe. It doesn’t have to set you back $1,500 or more either, thanks to sites like eSaleRugs. You should also browse thrift stores or discount retailers for artwork, frames, or planters to brighten up both spaces. As for tech upgrades, consider adding a smart light dimmer, or an Amazon Echo to make your home smarter, control your smart devices (such as that light dimmer), and play music with a voice command.

Kitchen and Bathroom

One of the first places you should start in either area is the cabinets and countertops. If you’re looking to brighten up either room, consider painting the cabinets a shade of white. Another affordable way to upgrade both rooms is to replace cabinet handles and faucets. Home Depot is a good place to start, and then retailers like Overstock and Anthropologie also sell stylish hardware.

Invest in oversized, 100 percent cotton towels for some more bathroom luxury. As for the kitchen, additional upgrades might include purchasing new hand towels or stainless steel pots and pans (if you love to cook). Stores like T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, and Macy’s often have these items at discounted prices. If you can’t afford to upgrade the big appliances, then aim for the small ones. Maybe your idea of the ultimate luxury is a smart coffee maker that wakes you up to fresh coffee and works with Amazon Alexa.



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No matter your budget, your bed should be the first place you start. It should be a place of comfort so that you’re able to get the best night’s sleep possible. One simple upgrade might include investing in new sheets. Look for 100 percent silk, cotton, or linen. Another upgrade might include adding more pillows. If you currently have only two, consider adding two shams and some throw pillows for some hotel-inspired luxury.

Other additions might include a mattress topper, a new duvet cover or comforter, or a statement blanket — faux fur or cashmere for those colder nights. Most of these items can be found either on sale or discounted at online retailers like Amazon or One King’s Lane. Beyond upgrading your bed, consider swapping out any unappealing ceiling lights or adding a good reading lamp to your nightstand. Wayfair or West Elm often have a variety of modern and affordable options.

No matter what upgrades you make to your home, it’s important to remember that keeping your rooms organized and free of clutter will also go a long way in improving a space. And never underestimate the transformative power of a new paint job, plants, or a vase of fresh flowers. For additional luxury, consider hiring some extra help. Cleaning services aren’t just for the wealthy anymore and can be surprisingly affordable.