Budget-Friendly Home Improvement Hacks

Take on those home improvement projects you’ve been putting off with added enthusiasm thanks to these helpful hints.

As the year comes to an end, we all tend to take stock of ourselves and by extension, our space. What do we love about it? What would we like to change? Drawing up plans for home renovations and improvements inside of our heads is much easier than putting those plans into practice, especially when considering the costs of these endeavors.

ESTATENVY caught up with Rebecca Pogonitz of GOGO Design Group to learn more about current interior design trends and how homeowners can save money by getting their hands dirty. Here are four easy ways to upgrade the look and feel of your home without breaking the bank.

Paint your own walls

“Since it’s more expensive to hire labor, I’ve seen some of my clients save money by painting their own walls,” Pogonitz said. “Some even make it a fun family project to paint as a team.”

Pogonitz suggested homeowners consider painting a single wall instead of all four in a space, achieving a similar dramatic effect while putting in one-fourth of the effort and funds it would take to paint the entire room. The accent wall can serve as a backdrop for a statement piece of art or furniture make it the highlight of the room.

Temporary wallpaper

Peel-and-stick wallpaper and is a cheap yet attractive option to update any space. With a variety of options available online and at any home improvement store, homeowners can choose between various patterns and textures to add a pop to any space. A great place to create intrigue is in your kitchen backsplash, where self-adhesive backsplash tile is easily assembled and makes a huge visual impact.

Framing mirrors

“Framing a mirror is a great way to make a room seem a lot bigger,” Pogonitz said. “It depends on how much space you have and your style preference, but it brings a super contemporary look that amplifies minimalist features. Even something as simple as putting tiles behind a vanity can create the feel of more space.”

Homeowners interested in expanding their space in a number of rooms throughout the house can grab a miter saw and crown molding and get to work on this home improvement project. For those looking to circumvent the use of a saw for an even more simple DIY hack, head to a home improvement store and pick up some no-miter molding for the job.

Luxury vinyl flooring

Everyone loves the look of dark wood or stone tiled floors, but no one wants to pay the exorbitant costs for the real thing. Enter the common person’s solution: luxury vinyl flooring. Available in tiles (LVT) or planks (LVP), the cost-effective flooring method is rising in popularity thanks to its low cost and sleek look.

“LVT and LVP flooring was originally developed as an outdoor product, but soon made its way indoors,” Pogonitz said. “It’s comfortable, economical, low-maintenance and incredibly easy to install. This is a new trend that is definitely here to stay as people become more inclined to play around with pattern and color.”