Five Affordable Upgrades to Give Your Home a New Look

A living room with upgraded white furniture and a large mirror.

From time to time, virtually everyone decides that they want to upgrade their home. Entire Pinterest boards are dedicated to inspirational images for breathing new life into your home that will reflect your personal taste and make your home the environment where you can relax. But not everyone always has the financial means to upgrade their home how they want to, and if you find yourself in the situation, you know all too well how frustrating it can be. If you’re looking to revamp your home without breaking the bank, keep reading for affordable upgrades that can make a huge impact.

Mirror, Mirror

Mirrors are an affordable way to add beauty to your home’s rooms and make them appear larger. You can visit local mirror shops and spend several hundred dollars, or check out yard sales and thrift stores for fun DIY projects regarding mirrors. You may even have an existing mirror in a dated style that could easily be upgraded with gold leaf or a sleek black-and-white paint job. Not all mirrors need to be hung either; placing a large and wide mirror on a credenza or dresser can be the beautiful accent your living or bedroom was missing.

A living room with plants and a mirror that upgrades the home.


Houseplants have been used for hundreds of years to add natural beauty to a home’s environment. If you want to upgrade your living space, a large statement-making plant could be just the ticket! You can find houseplants for sale everywhere, from your local grocery store, online, and even at hardware stores. Don’t feel like spending money on an expensive high-end pot? Head to the thrift store to find cool vintage baskets to use as a pot for your plant, and place a plate underneath the storage container to catch water.

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A upgraded white living room with plants.

Wall Decals

Wall decals are a fun way to add color and whimsy to any room in the home. Perhaps you’re looking to redo a bathroom; easy peel-and-stick wall decals can take a boring white wall and turn it into any theme on a dime. Maybe your child has been looking to get their bedroom redone; wall decals of their favorite characters, shapes, or animals are an affordable option to give them the bedroom of their dreams. Some people even use wall decals on their stairs to add a modern twist to a plain staircase.

A living room with sakura blossom wall decals that upgrades home ambiance.

Low-Cost Flooring

Vinyl square flooring is one of the easiest DIYs you can do in your home to make one of the biggest impacts. From your basement to your kitchen or bathroom, you can change the entire look of a space in an afternoon with low-cost vinyl flooring. The squares come precut, typically in 12 x 12-inch sizing, and are easy to adhere. Whether you go with a full marble look or a bold and colorful print, this is a simple and affordable way to entirely change the atmosphere of your home.

A checkered floor hallway upgrades home.

Fresh Paint

They say nothing looks as good as fresh paint for a reason, and sometimes when you look around your home with a discerning eye, you may realize that’s all you need. Do you need to buy brand new furniture sets for your living or bedroom, or are you just wanting a new color scheme? Painting is easy on your own, and you can get high-quality paints at reasonable prices. Investing in the right tools for the job can make all the difference in how well the paint job turns out. Head to your local hardware store and pay a few dollars for some color samples to put on your wall and see how they look and make you feel before committing to a new color story.¬†

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Our homes say so much about us to others, but they also play a huge role in our overall emotional well-being. Your home should be a place where you can relax, make memories and connect with family and loved ones. If you’re in a situation where you can’t go all out on the upgrades that you want, going with one of the affordable ones mentioned above can make all the difference in how you feel about and in your home.

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