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I’m an interior design expert – 14 easy ways to make your home look more expensive on a budget

I'm an interior design expert – 14 easy ways to make your home look more expensive on a budget

YOU don’t need to spend a ton of money to make your home look expensive. In fact, you don’t need to do a lot of work, either.

One interior design expert shared 14 home hacks she used to transform her space on a budget.

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YouTube star Shea Whitney shared her budget interior design strategiesCredit: Youtube/ Shea Whitney

Shea Whitney has 1.44 million subscribers on YouTube, where she shares home design tips, organization hacks, and the products she can’t live without.

In a recent video, Whitney gave viewers a peek into her own home, and showed off the budget-friendly tools and tricks she uses to make her decor look expensive.

“These ideas are very, very simple,” Whitney said, “but they really do elevate your home.”

Her 14 tips are easy and inexpensive, with no time-consuming renovations or pricey DIY projects required.

To start, Whitney headed outside for a hack that will improve your home’s curb appeal.

STICK-ON GARAGE HANDLES

“If you have a garage door, a cool way to really elevate it and make your home look more expensive is to buy door magnets,” Whitney said.

She showed photos of her own garage, which was embellished with magnets that looked like wrought iron details on a carriage house.

The wrought iron hinges and handle on the garage are actually magnets

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The wrought iron hinges and handle on the garage are actually magnetsCredit: Youtube/ Shea Whitney

The magnets are available on Amazon, or online and in-store at other popular home retailers.

“You just stick them directly onto the door and it makes them look so much more expensive,” she instructed.

MULCH COLORANT

Whitney’s next tip is a must for anyone who uses mulch in their home landscaping.

“When spring comes around, it’s the annoying time of year when you need to replace the mulch because it looks faded and dingy,” she said.

Or you can use Whitney’s secret tool: mulch colorant.

Pick a color that goes well with your landscaping and spray your faded mulch back to life.

“My goodness, is it easier and less expensive,” Whitney said.

A WOODEN SPATULA FOR SHEETS

Moving indoors, Whitney gave tips for making your bedroom look like a luxury resort.

“You should always start with your bed. That’s the focal point of your room,” Whitney said.

Her tip? “Keep a wooden spatula in your bedroom.”

Whitney uses a wooden spatula to tuck in her sheets for crisp lines

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Whitney uses a wooden spatula to tuck in her sheets for crisp linesCredit: Youtube/ Shea Whitney

She explained the bizarre advice will help you make the bed and have crisp lines in your linens.

“When you go to an expensive hotel or resort, the sheets are tucked in super tight,” she explained. “You need a wooden spatula to tuck in all of the edges.”

The hack also speeds up the process of making the bed, said Whitney.

PULL-STRING LAMPS

Instead of bedside lamps with switches or knobs, Whitney purchased ones with pull strings.

“They are so darn convenient,” Whitney said.

Whitney swears by lamps with a pull-string switch

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Whitney swears by lamps with a pull-string switchCredit: Youtube/ Shea Whitney

In the middle of the night, she finds it much easier to reach for the pull than to reach out and try to find a less-obvious switch.

“It’s so incredibly handy, but it does look more expensive,” she said.

TISSUE BOX COVER

Whitney covers her tissue boxes with a white, faux-leather cover that matches her home decor.

During flu or allergy season, this hack takes an ugly household staple and turns it into a pretty object on your shelf or table.

The faux-leather cover turns Whitney's tissue box covers into decor

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The faux-leather cover turns Whitney’s tissue box covers into decorCredit: Youtube/ Shea Whitney

TRAYS FOR EVERYDAY USE

The home pro is a big advocate for using trays to organize high-traffic areas.

Whitney said she uses a tray in the living room to hold remote controls and coffee table books, but you could also keep one on your nightstand to organize the things you need during your bedtime routine.

SOAP DISPENSERS

Like tissue boxes, Whitney said, branded soap dispensers are “ugly,” and rarely coordinate the carefully-planned aesthetic of a bathroom.

Invest in clear soap dispensers that will look more in line with your home’s design.

A clear dispenser is a practical choice, too. “You can see when it’s almost out and you need to refill it,” Whitney said.

The home pro decants her soap into a handy clear pump

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The home pro decants her soap into a handy clear pumpCredit: Youtube/ Shea Whitney

CLEAR COUNTERTOPS

“Clutter is something that brings down a home very quickly,” Whitney said. “The bathroom is where it is the most noticeable.”

To that end, the YouTube personality employs under-sink baskets, cabinets, shelves, and over-the-door organizers to always keep her bathroom counters clear.

CLEAN GROUT

If your bathroom has tile, spending a few hours scouring your grout will make the room look so much nicer, Whitney said.

“It’s so frustrating and annoying to clean it,” she admitted, but a grout brush or steam cleaner can make banishing the discoloration easier.

A grout brush makes removing discoloration from tiles so much easier

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A grout brush makes removing discoloration from tiles so much easierCredit: Youtube/ Shea Whitney

HIDDEN PAPER TOWELS

Whitney’s organizational philosophy is easy to summarize.

“Anything we can do to conceal and hide the ugly things in our life that we really need will make your home look more expensive,” she explained.

As an example, Whitney shared, she keeps her paper towel roll on a special holder inside a cabinet door, where it’s easily accessible but not an eyesore.

This paper towel holder conceals the roll inside a cabinet door

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This paper towel holder conceals the roll inside a cabinet doorCredit: Youtube/ Shea Whitney

COUNTERTOP EPOXY

Whitney, who “hates” her kitchen, also made the unattractive countertops more palatable by buying a home epoxy kit to give them a marble finish.

If you don’t want to invest in all-new countertops, an epoxy kit can recreate more luxe materials – just make sure to buy one with good reviews.

ACCESSORY STANDS

In her closet, Whitney puts her favorite purses and sunglasses on display with accessory stands.

She said it makes her closet “look like a boutique,” while also keeping purses from getting crushed in the closet – plus it makes it easy to see which accessories she has to choose from when outfit planning.

Whitney's purses and sunglasses look beautiful on the stands in her closet

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Whitney’s purses and sunglasses look beautiful on the stands in her closetCredit: Youtube/ Shea Whitney

TRAYS FOR DISPLAY

Already a big advocate for practical, portable trays in communal areas, Whitney also uses a tray in her closet.

She keeps her perfumes on a pretty tray, so they are easy to access but also highly visible. Go with a mirrored tray like Whitney’s, which reflects the beautiful, decorative bottles.

The mirrored tray reflects the fancy perfume bottles

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The mirrored tray reflects the fancy perfume bottlesCredit: Youtube/ Shea Whitney

TOUCH-UP PENS

Whitney keeps two types of touch-up pens on hand to fix minor marks and scratches.

The first are wood-finish pens that clean up minor damage to furniture, making it look good as new.

The other pens she swears by are paint pens, which you can fill with the very paint you’ve used on your walls at home for seamless repairs.

“You get these pens, you suck up the paint, and it will stay fresh in these pens for over seven years,” Whitney said.

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“Anytime you notice a mark on the wall, you grab the pen and you instantly fix it.”

Your home will look freshly painted to any visitors, and the clean walls will bring you peace of mind.

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