Updating Your Decor on a Budget? Here are 3 Budget-Friendly Upgrades that Only Look Expensive


Give your apartment, dorm room or bachelor pad an upgrade without breaking the bank. You’ll feel more at ease, comfortable and productive. Our surroundings deeply impact the way we feel. Are your rooms giving you a feeling of confidence and ease?

If not, we’ve got you covered with these three budget-friendly upgrades that can take any room from drab to exciting and uplifting!

  1. Affordable, Luxurious Flooring Upgrades

Let’s start at the bottom and work our way up. Your flooring is the first thing you feel in the morning as you get out of bed, hop off the couch or walk through the front-door. Does your flooring tie the room together, or is that old carpet starting to resist even the most persistent of cleanings?

Vinyl flooring is a fantastic option if you’re redesigning on a budget. There are a variety of styles and self-installation can be a snap. Vinyl is humidity resistant, easy to install and extremely low-maintenance. For many homes, wood floors just aren’t practical. Pets, kids and humidity unleash a constant assault on your home’s floors. If your heart is set on a wood floor, order vinyl flooring that looks exactly like the hardwood floor of your dreams.

Trust me, unless you tell someone, they won’t be able to tell the difference. Pets and kids can feel free to play on vinyl flooring without worrying about scratching or scuffing your flooring. Low-maintenance, long-lasting and stylish, vinyl flooring is an excellent choice for homeowners making an upgrade on a budget.

  1. Alternate Flooring Styles

Every room needs its own style and tone. It’s hard to make a uniform flooring decision for every room of your home. GOHAUS, a leader in the flooring industry, offers a variety of flooring choices; vinyl, hardwood and tile flooring can easily be ordered online. Plus, the cost-savings from ordering manufacturer-direct allows you to stretch your design dollars even further.

Give each room its own character with custom flooring that won’t blow the budget.

  1. A Coat of Paint Can Do Wonders for a Tired Room

What is the one thing you and your guests see in every direction they look? Yep, your walls. Is your paint faded, chipping or cracking? A fresh coat of paint can revitalize a room. A few buckets of paint to update an average-sized room will cost between $45 and $90. The quality of the paint and color choices will have a major impact on cost.

The good news is that, just like with the vinyl flooring option mentioned above, you can paint the rooms in your house without the help of an expensive contractor. Just make sure to order an extra bucket of paint; mistakes happen.

Need help painting a room? This painting tutorial, courtesy of Benjamin Moore, should get you pointed in the right direction.

Don’t let a drab, dated home or office throw off your mojo. Make some upgrades and enjoy the benefits of a space that really feels like home!