#1- Too Small of a Rug
I am sorry, but getting the 5×7 when none of your furniture is on any part of the rug is going to make your home look cheap. Majority of the time in a family room you need a 8×10 rug. 5×7 rugs are generally for small bedrooms. You want the front of your sofa legs to be ON the rug and if chairs are facing the sofa you want the front of the chairs legs to be on the rug too. It is best to save up for the larger rug then to just get the 5×7 because it is what you can afford.
THIS is our newest rug from Walmart (I believe it is still out of stock). THIS rug below was and still is a favorite (from Walmart too) the only reason we don’t have it anymore is because I ruined it when trying to clean up from a child who got sick on it.
#2- Basic Light Fixtures
Just simply upgrading a standard light fixture will elevate your home. Or adding a chandelier above your table will complete the space! Just make sure it is the right size. Going too small on a light fixture, this will actually be more distracting than going slightly oversized! We recently added THIS gold light fixture from Walmart above our sink and it instantly upgraded the look of our basic light fixture. And THIS light fixture to my friends entry, replaced her fixture that was way too small for her space, instantly upgraded her entry and lights for not a lot of money.
#3- Matching Furniture Sets
Maybe you bought the china hutch and dining table for your dining room. Well you can make it have more personality just by painting the hutch! Or take the top of the hutch off and use the base. Get creative with what you have. On a recent bedroom makeover I did for my friends, who had a complete matching bedroom set, we changed the headboard. It was a simple change that really made the bedroom look more custom! We have THIS headboard from Walmart for around $150!! We also painted their bedroom furniture (see the entire makeover HERE). You could even try moving the matching dresser to another room and swapping what you already have for a more “you” look!
#4- No Real Plants
Alright don’t get offended by this. I too once had faux plants. I used to work in a high-end design store and we sold very nice faux plants and flower stems. They looked so real and I had them ALL over my home. But now that all I own is real, there is a HUGE difference in the way my home looks and feels. No matter how much that faux plant costs, it is still not real. I DARE you to try a snake plant or a ZZ plant! I promise you can become a plant mamma. Just don’t over-water, follow watering schedule. Find where the plant is happiest according to the light in your home. (Get all my houseplant tips HERE).
#5- Generic Art and Hung too High
I am a firm believer that you should carefully select what you hang on your wall. You art should represent something in your life. A passion or a memory. If you just run to the store and buy a bunch of art because you need to fill your walls, I guarantee you will get bored with it quickly. The reason I think this makes your home look “cheap” is because it isn’t authentic to you. You could find a piece of art at Home Goods that you LOVE, but only get it for that reason, not just because you need something to hang and “it works”. Also you want your art to be hung eye level- it will make your home feel cozy. There are a lot of places to find art. I shared my TOP PLACE TO GET ART HERE.
#6- Unorganized Entry
If you have a messy entry it will make your home look cheap. No matter how much your home costs or how fancy the rug is. If you do not have a place for guests to hang their coat, put their bag or your family who uses the entry everyday you need to spend a little time getting it pulled together! Simply adding a storage bench like THIS bench from Walmart that comes with that custom looking cushion will look great and functional!
#7- Staged Accessories
One of my favorite things to decorate homes with, that really does not cost anything extra is YOUR EVERYDAY ITEMS!! If you stage your coffee table and pack it full of decor items that are not functional it cheapens your home. All you really need on a coffee table is a stack of books that your family is currently reading, a plant and maybe a simple decor items! I like to use THESE battery operated candles, no person or home gets hurt!
#8- No Window Treatments
Now don’t get overwhelmed by this one. Start one room at a time. But adding some simple curtain panels, bamboo shades or roman shades will complete your space. Make sure you get the proper size. There are a lot of guides online to follow for where to hang your curtain rods etc. (My bamboo shades are from Walmart- I have an entire post on them HERE).
#9- Flat Pillow Inserts
A lot of times the inserts that come in the pillows we buy are too small and flat! I recommend doing an insert that is one or two sizes larger than the pillow case. Just changing that insert to a down insert will make your pillow look so much more expensive than it was. TIP- when buying pillows look for pillows that have a zipper so you can easily switch out the insert! (You can shop affordable feather inserts HERE).