November 26, 2019

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6 Affordable Ways to Make Your Home Look High End

Your home’s appearance is a reflection of you and what type of person you are.  Living in the Greater Saratoga area you’ll find diversity among décor.  Old school charm and contemporary art remain strong when it comes to making a home look high end.  With a few good tips you can walk with pride by creating a high end home, even when you’re on a budget. 



Here are a couple of considerations that may peak your curiosity:

1. Pastel Paints
You can see heads nodding to the interior design trends for 2017.  Pastel paints mixed with natural pieces of furniture and sleek industrial accents. This look is easy to achieve by replacing your ivory white walls for more subdued colors like yellows, blues and greens.  Bright colors, browns and boring neutrals are out when it comes to making a home look more Chi-Chi.

2. Abstract Art Piece
Add a touch of nature with a vase, abstract art piece or some other type of organic flair to the room.  On the flip side try adding metallic finishes such as copper and silver to accent these rooms. 

Do-it-Yourself Wainscoting, Chair rails, Board and Batten are all excellent weekend projects that can enhance the way any room looks.  Just be sure to do your painting first and look in places like Pinterest for additional DIY ideas.

3. Wooden Valances
Wooden valances are easier to create than most people think and are a welcome addition to any window treatment.  Paint these wooden boxes to either match or contrast the walls and you’ve got a look that is stunning in just about any room.

4. Kitchen Tile Blacksplashes
The kitchen can be updated by adding things like a DIY tile backsplash that extends from countertop to cabinets.  This will make even the most outdated kitchen look new again.  One major trend that we are seeing a lot of this year is the ‘subway’ tile look.  This is a clean, simple look that will match in a multitude of decorative applications.

TIP: Don’t forget the laundry room!  Many people are taking the time to give this room some love and attention by placing backdrops behind the ole’ washer and dryer. They are using ‘neat freak’ solutions to storage and really creating a welcoming invitation to this area.

5. Backyard Living Spaces
Backyard living spaces are huge now.  Many families find themselves enjoying their porches and patios more than ever before. When you live in a place like Greater Saratoga Region, you’ve probably got a deep love for nature or being outdoors.  Your home will be upgraded by taking the time and investing in making this gorgeous area. Things like plants, fire pits, decorative stones and waterfalls can add to the ambiance and the value of the home. Places like are an excellent resource for other decorating ideas for these outdoor spaces.

6. Curb Appeal
Entryway and curb appeal are important to beautifying your home and should be given special attention.  You don’t want to spend your time grimacing and wincing each time you pull into your driveway.  Paint the exterior in a pleasant color that’s complimentary of the surroundings. Use art instead of plants as a focal point. Garage doors need to be updated and todays newer selections are not only inexpensive, they’re super modern.  


No matter if you’re a new homeowner or you’ve been in your place for years, there are a lot of things that you can do to make your place look like a million bucks with spending a fraction of that amount.  Do you have something to add to our list?   Sound off on our The Shannon McCarthy Team Facebook Page or on our Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn feeds. And don’t forget to subscribe to our monthly HOME ADVICEtm email newsletter for articles like this delivered straight to your inbox.







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