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Most of us don't have the house we want. We have the house we can afford, and whilst we might like our homes, most people wish their houses were a little bit bigger, or maybe looked a little more expensive. But you can make your home look a lot more expensive with just a few cheap tricks.
Remove the clutter.
Expensive looking houses are not busy with ornaments or too many pictures on the wall. They are clear, chic, and minimalist. I am not saying you have to remove every personal effect, just keep the really important ones on show, the ones that mean the most to you.
Keep it clean.
This is probably the most important rule when it comes to making your home look more expensive. Clean houses look classier and more upmarket than dirty ones. So, if you want your house to be a little bit more elegant, keep it clutter free and as clean as possible. Cleaning doesn't cost much, supplies are cheap and if you keep on top of it, it doesn't take long, but doing it can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your house.
Use smaller accessories.
Rather than shelling out on huge new accessories to "money-up" your home, use smaller, more affordable ones. Rather than getting new dining room chairs, buy or make some covers for them. You can find them at good prices and there are loads of colors to choose from.
Pretty light shades and lamps can also give a room a lot more impact and they won't cost the earth to buy, you can revamp an entire house for very little money if you shop wisely.
According to estate agents, black front doors have been proven to increase the perceived value of a home by up to 20 percent.
You can either purchase a new black door or get crafty and paint your existing one, but be prepared to do a lot of prep work before you even think about touching the paint. The door must be totally smooth and dirt free or it will look cheap and nasty. Believe it or not, you can buy secondhand front doors on eBay. Just make sure you double check the measurements and you can get yourself a front door that would normally cost at least £300 for £50!
Just because something is a bit old and tired, it doesn't mean you should throw it away. You can breathe new life into it and make it look as good as new. It will take a bit more effort than just going and buying something new, but it will cost a lot less money.
Always think before you throw something away, "can I make that look better than when I bought it?" If you can't, throw it away. Even big items like sofas can be made to look a million times better with things like chunky knitted throws or new covers - it's a massive upgrade for a small price.
Make it yourself.
If what you want for your home is too expensive to buy, have a go at making it yourself. If you seriously think that you can do it, don't be afraid to try, look up as much as you can online and follow the footsteps of people who have done it before. If it requires certain legal safety standards to be done (with things like gas and water) don't even attempt it. Doing so could invalidate your insurance and more importantly be incredibly dangerous.
You can add a touch of money for free.
Making your house look more upmarket doesn't have to be expensive. A few simple tricks and you have made your house look a little more elegant!