4 Easy Ways to Update Your Home on a Budget

Budget-conscious homeowners who are eager to refresh their homes often don’t realize that redoing a space doesn’t have to break the bank. As experts in home design, the Lewis Floor & Home team shares its advice on how to update your home while sticking to a budget.

1. Focus on the kitchen. Most homeowners spend more time in the kitchen than any other room in the house. Redo your kitchen countertops and backsplash for an inexpensive and high-impact update. Rectangular subway tiles continue to be a popular, classic choice for kitchen backsplashes. The longer the tiles, the better. Long, white tiles (3 inch x 10 inch) create a clean, fluid look—not to mention you can buy fewer than you would with the shorter option (3 inch x 6 inch). Mosaics are another popular choice and come in a wide array of patterns and colors.

2. Update your floors. If you’re wondering what’s next in floor design, one look that’s gaining traction with designers is hexagon-shaped floor tiles. In the meantime, large-scale tiles are here to stay (12 x 24 is the new norm vs. the typical 12 x 12 size). Vinyl flooring is a great-looking and inexpensive alternative to wood. The bonus? No maintenance!

3. Gray is the new beige. Gray has officially replaced beige as the go-to neutral in many homes. Incorporating this color into your space can help to give your home a contemporary and cool vibe.

4. Add a rug. Hardwood or tile floors are beautiful, but there’s nothing like the addition of a rug to warm up a room or to make a bold new impact. In style now: leopard print and large-scale geometric patterns. Don’t forget to have some fun with your rug choices! Choosing a neutral wall color allows you to choose a bolder rug pattern.

Be sure to stop into Lewis Floor & Home’s 26,000-square foot showroom in Northbrook for all the latest trends in home design.