15 Budget-Friendly Mini Makeovers

These simple changes make a big impact in your home without breaking the bank.

Let There Be White

Photographer: Jean Allsopp

Let There Be White

It may sound simple, but never underestimate the power of white paint. A couple of coats can take a room from dark and dreary to open and airy in a snap. Try this trick in small spaces to help the room breathe easier.

Add Texture

Photographer: Karyn Millet

Add Texture

Incorporating accents that have lots of texture, such as these orange dining chairs and a chevron-striped rug, is an easy way to bring intensity to a space. But be careful not to use too many competing focal points—one or two pieces is all you need.

Get Rid of Clutter

Photographer: Erica George Dines

Get Rid of Clutter

A freestanding bookshelf is a great way to clean up clutter and stay organized. Bookshelves are, of course, versatile and practical, but they’re also stylish. Pile them high with blankets and towels in a bath, or show off your favorite coastal finds in the living room. Try adding woven baskets and decorative coral for a seaside look.

Rethink and Reuse

Photographer: Jean Allsopp

Rethink and Reuse

Head to your local flea markets and antique shops for cheap vintage finds. Retro pictures, lamps, and furniture bring character to a room without drastically changing it. It's sure to be a converstation starter as well!

Transform a Headboard

Photographer: J. Savage Gibson

Transform a Headboard

Need a quick bedroom update? Upholstering a headboard is a trendy way to go. Try unexpected patterns or textures, such as this soft blue zebra stripe. Adding embellished pillows is the perfect extra touch.

Add Unexpected Color

Photographer: Roger Davies

Add Unexpected Color

A great, budget-friendly way to brighten a room is to add color in unexpected places. In this mostly white kitchen, fresh pops of green in glass-front cabinets liven up the space. This technique can be used in any room, on the backs of bookshelves or open cabinets.

Bring in Natural Textures

Photographer: John Ellis

Bring in Natural Textures

Something as simple as adding a sea grass rug or wicker furniture can make your space feel like a tropical paradise. Natural textures work well with traditional furniture as well as casual pieces, so you can use them in almost any room.

Create Functional Art

Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

Create Functional Art

Look for practical pieces that are already so unique, they can easily double as artwork, such as this polished nickel drum shade. Bringing in one statement piece is a quick way to transform a space.

Liven Your Look with Patterns

Photographer: Rick Lew

Liven Your Look with Patterns

Using a bold pattern in multiple areas brings a fun, playful vibe to a room while still being cohesive. Try copying the look of this master bedroom where the designer used the same striking fabric on the pillow, bed skirt, draperies, and wall panels.

Try Going Dutch

Photographer: Dominique Vorillon

Try Going Dutch

Is your entryway looking a bit drab? A Dutch door is a great choice for an instant charming update. You'll still have privacy, but you’ll also able to let in abundant sunshine and coastal breezes.

Get Cultured

Photographer: Jonny Valiant

Get Cultured

Add fresh style with a global-inspired piece or two. Look for inexpensive pieces, such as these Spanish chairs, for some European flair.

Cover It Up

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Cover It Up

Need an easy change? Slipcovers provide the perfect way to bring color and pattern to your furniture. Change them out for different seasons or occasions. The best part? Cleaning is a cinch. Simply pull off and toss in the washer!

Bring the Outdoors In

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Bring the Outdoors In

Incorporating nature's own accents, such as indoor trees, flowers, and potted plants, gives a space a fresh, natural feel. Try adding them to a neutral room for simple touches of color.

Be Bold with Color

Photographer: Jonny Valiant

Be Bold with Color

Experiment with bright, fun colors for a playful change. This lime green paint really makes a statement in a monochromatic living room.

Add a Modern Touch

Photographer: David Tsay

Add a Modern Touch

To bring your room ahead of its time, add contemporary flair. Modern chairs and an industrial chandelier can create a futuristic feel that today's generation will love.

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