Replace Your Cabinet Hardware
Hardware can easily date a house, depending on the materials you (or the previous owner) has chosen. With minimal effort (think: 20 minutes) and more importantly, minimal expense, you can replace all of the cabinet hardware in your kitchen, immediately giving your cabinets a fresh look. Read a how-to guide here.
Paint Your Old Kitchen Cabinets
This job is a tad more involved than replacing hardware, but the results are undeniable. After choosing your color and prepping your cabinets, you'll find that the actual job of painting this essential kitchen item is quick and easy. Check out this step-by-step guide here.
Invest in Consistent Finishes and Fixtures
One absolutely essential item of luxe home decorating? Matching fixtures. Before you begin installing new light fixtures, faucets, door handles and cabinet hardware, think hard about your personal style, which material (brass, brushed nickel, stainless steel) best reflects that and which is the most timeless. Then, make each fixture consistent throughout the home. This is a vital home decorating task that won't be instantly recognized by visitors, but will create a more polished, put-together look for your entire home. Learn how to safely replace a light fixture here.
Replace Bright with Beige
So you want a bright color for a cheery look to your bathroom or kitchen. Go for it! Just don't paint the entire room that color. Brights tend to look cheap and quickly lose their appeal, especially to would-be buyers who can't see past a coat of paint. Instead, swap bright paints for grays, whites and beiges, and finish the room with temporary decoration in bright colors that compliment the room. Having trouble choosing a color? Check out these top tips for choosing paint colors.
Try Luxe Paint Treatments
Instead of sticking to interior eggshell paints, opt for a special paint treatment in a few key spots in your home. With finishes like metallic stripes, sandstone, random rectangles, textured sand and brushed suede, to name a few, you'll create a purposeful and elegant look that will draw the eye exactly where you want it to go. Read up on a few techniques, here.
Make a Good First Impression
After opening and shutting, welcoming visitors, and keeping out harsh weather for 20, 30, or sometimes even 100 years, your front door is likely showing some wear and tear. If you're looking for a total do-over, replace the front door completely. If you're looking for an instant-refresher without the price tag, sand the door and paint it a bright blue or red, something to contrast with the rest of your home. If you're replacing it completely, check out this how-to.
Opt for comfort
What says luxury more than a warm towel in your master bath? Treat guests (and yourself) to this unexpected comfort for under $100. Towel warmers come in freestanding or wall-mount verions. Just keep in mind you'll need to either plug your towel warmer into an electrical outlet or wire it in directly.
Add Classic Wainscoting
If you're willing to invest a few days in transforming a room and are a fan of a more traditional look, wainscoting is the way to go. The cost varies, but installing these wood panels in a small to midsize room shouldn't cost more than a few hundred dollars. And the results are hard to ignore: bright white, clean lines and a classic finish. Curious how? Learn how to install wainscoting here.
Organize, Organize, Organize
This might seem like a no brainer, but the quickest way to make your home look expensive and well cared for is with effortless organization. Designate specific areas for your keys, the mail and kids toys. Pick up a few decorative totes or make your own organizational pieces. Above all, just get your stuff out of the way. Check out this handy tutorial for a DIY mail organizer, here.
Bright, fresh molding can work wonders for any room. And despite the fact that it's brand new, no one will know the difference between classic trim that was installed 50-plus years ago, and the project you just completed last weekend. If you own a table saw, this one's for you. All you need are these step-by-step instructions.