Create a refined look for your home without breaking the bank

Everyone wants to live in a home that looks good and which feels comfortable. Almost inevitably when people move into their own place for the first time, they end up furnishing the place with an assortment of hand-me-downs from friends and family and some second-hand items probably purchased online. If you are lucky perhaps there is enough cash in the bank to buy one or two new items. But the reality is that the home is a mix and match of all sorts of items. It takes quite a while to get it all coordinated and styled to the likes of your personality. But it can be done, and it doesn’t need to break the bank. Here are a few tips to help you ensure that your home looks the part – that it is everything that you ever wanted it to be.

Quality furniture

Quality furniture does not need to cost the earth, you just need to know what to look for and where to look. Modern and functional are good starting points and with this, in mind you might want to look at finding a company that produces flatpack furniture. It is a bit like the stuff that IKEA is so famous for although you might want something a little more made to measure and customised. Run a search online for something like ‘custom entertainment units Sydney’ or ‘flatpack kitchen units’ to see what comes up. The point is that these are items that look good, but which don’t cost the earth because it will be left to you to fit and install them.

Attention to detail

Never under-estimated the major effect that the small things can have on the overall look and feel of your home. We are talking about items like cupboard handles or bathroom taps. Seemingly so insignificant, but they can have a huge impact. They offer very cost-effective ways to bring a dash of quality or originality into space. For handles think porcelain knobs. For taps think quality mixers or high-pressure showerheads. It is attention to the small details that make the whole place feel invested in.


Raw surfaces always make a big impact. They could be wood finishes, exposed brickwork or even take up the carpet and expose the parquet flooring that is underneath it. Whatever it is, you will probably need to do some work to ensure that the job looks good. You don’t want to create the effect of a construction site, it needs to look intentional and finished. It is about bringing texture to an area and showing the layers that make up the whole.


Always look to bring a plant or two into the home. These can be simple indoor plants or maybe something a little more involved – like an herb wall in the kitchen. Whatever you go for, make sure that the plants are watered regularly so that they are lush and thriving. As good as plants look in the home, if they are dead or dying, they look terrible and make for a very negative environment.