Everyone enjoys a little luxury now and again. Whether you’re looking for a DIY project or a full home renovation, these 12 luxury home upgrades will enhance your living space and make you love your home even more! Keep reading for inspiration to bring a little more luxury into your life.

Add an Accent Wall

An easy DIY luxury upgrade to take on is adding an accent wall. You can keep it simple by painting one wall a shade that contrasts with other elements in the room. If most of the room is light in tone, consider a dark accent wall to add depth.

Another option would be to choose your accent color and paint the ceiling. If your room feels too dark, try painting the ceiling white or light gray to brighten the space. If you want a more maximalist look, opt for a fun wallpaper, custom mural, or display wall with your favorite art.

Royal blue accent wall and rich brown wood shelves enhance a rooms elegance.

Upgrade Your Pantry

Upgrading your pantry is the perfect way to improve the aesthetics and efficiency of your kitchen. One easy way to do this is to invest in glass storage containers for your most used ingredients. Switching to glass storage is a great option if you are looking to make your kitchen more eco-friendly. Rather than buying small packages of ingredients and keeping them in your cupboard, you can buy them in bulk and refill your containers as needed.

To tidy your spice rack, consider magnetic jars to make it easier to find your favorite spices. Add automatic dispensers for common ingredients like rice, beans, or cereal to make your pantry more efficient.

Try Smart Features

These days, there are plenty of options to make your home smarter and more efficient. Most people are familiar with smart speakers, but many more options exist! One option is a smart thermostat. This device will track your preferences to keep your home at the perfect temperature. It will even adjust the temperature when no one is home to save energy!

Another smart feature to consider is automatic lighting. Adding automatic lighting throughout your home could be a big investment, but luckily, there are also smart light bulbs and plugs to make your lamps and other features smart without breaking the bank.

Image of a Google Nest Smart Home tech

Build a Home Bar

A home bar is a perfect renovation for those who love to wind down ‌with a cocktail or glass of wine. Home bars come in all shapes and sizes, depending on your preferences. Add beer taps or automatic wine dispensers to level up your home bar. Another option to consider is a dishwashing area or kitchenette to simplify clean-up.

Consider a small-scale bar cart if you want to upgrade your drink experience without breaking the bank! Whether you plan a full renovation or a simple bar cart, adding a home bar will make entertaining even easier.

Gold colored home bar

Add Houseplants

If you want to add a little life to your space, consider adding some houseplants! While some plants may be difficult to care for, there are plenty of easy plants to choose from. Some great options to start with are peace lilies, pothos, and snake plants. If you’re unsure which plant to choose, check with your local nursery for help!

Remember that some plants need more light than others. Before shopping for plants, you should take note of the light conditions in your space. If the room doesn’t get much direct sun, be sure to choose a low-light plant. Likewise, choose plants that can handle direct light if your space gets a lot of sunlight.

Image shows a small, green house plant next to a window.

Install High-end Appliances

Investing in high-end appliances is one of the best ways to add value to your home. To save energy, consider a high-efficiency dishwasher. If you love entertaining, a double oven or wine fridge would be perfect for your kitchen renovation.


If you aren’t ready to replace your large appliances, consider adding small appliances to make your kitchen even more luxurious. For coffee drinkers, investing in an espresso machine will enhance your morning coffee routine. If cocktails are more your style, add an automatic cocktail maker. Considering appliances when planning a home renovation will take your kitchen to the next level!

Install Custom Shelving

Whether you are looking for a unique display or need more cupboard space, custom shelves could be a great addition to your home. Is your kitchen feeling overcrowded? It might be time for custom cabinets or a walk-in pantry with plenty of storage space.

If you have enough storage space, consider installing a custom display for knickknacks, plants, or whatever else you love! If you’re looking for a smaller project, add some floating shelves to add dimension to your living space.

Image of white shelving. The shelving is custom with open front and back to let light flow through the room.

Refresh Outdoor Spaces

Updating your patio or deck is a great use of an underutilized space. The options for patio renovation are endless. From pergolas to outdoor dining areas and much more! If you love to host dinner parties, consider converting your deck to an outdoor entertaining space with a large table, soft lighting, and perhaps a pizza oven or outdoor kitchen.

If you prefer an outdoor retreat, add comfortable seating, plants, a hammock, or a water feature! If you want to update your outdoor space on a budget, spruce it up with new furniture, pillows, or decor! For a more cozy feel, add string lights or a fire pit.

Image of beautiful backyard with a pool, string lighting, and many green plants.

Add Mirrors

Mirrors are not just for getting ready in the morning and checking your outfit. A feature mirror could be a great option if you want to make your space feel bigger without spending too much money on a renovation. This is a great option if you don’t have the time or resources to remove a wall or add more windows. Adding a large mirror in your living space creates depth, even if the room is fairly small.

Consider displaying several small mirrors to save money if you don’t want to invest in a full-size mirror. You can use mirrors of all shapes and sizes, so pick out whatever appeals to you! Large or small, mirrors help reflect light throughout the home and help brighten your space.

Image showing a large mirror on a deep green wall. The mirror reflects the light and makes the room feel larger.

Add New Features to Improve Sanitation

One result of the pandemic is a demand for features and appliances that improve sanitation. Adding a touchless fixture or smart lighting in high-touch areas can help prevent the spread of germs and keep your family safe and healthy. For kitchens and bathrooms, consider touchless faucets and soap dispensers. If you have a mudroom, you could also install a handwashing station.

If you’re looking for extra sanitation, invest in an air purifier to help rid your home of contaminants. You could also consider a central vacuum system if you want to make cleaning your house even more efficient!

Image showing woman washing hands with a touch-less faucet.

Install Heated Flooring

If you hate the feeling of cold tile in the winter months, you will love heated flooring. Radiant floor heating can be installed in any room, but the most common are bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. Electric floor heating is easy to install if you want to take on this renovation project and works best in smaller rooms. Hydronic heating uses hot water and can heat larger rooms, but it is more expensive to install, and it would be best to hire a professional.

Both types of radiant floor heating will warm your home without drastically increasing your utility bill. Whether you’re planning a full remodel or just want to replace the floor, consider adding radiant floor heating to eliminate any cold spots in your home!

Woman standing on tile floor to show that heated flooring can make a bathroom more comfortable.

Add High-end Mood Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important features of a room. The right lighting can change the overall aesthetic of your space for the better. Mood lighting makes spaces more inviting and helps change the tone of a room from day to night.

When deciding on lighting options, notice how the room’s natural light changes throughout the day. Your mood lighting should complement natural lighting.

The most basic form of mood lighting is dimmable lights, but many more options exist! You can choose a feature light fixture to provide soft light or opt for discrete lighting that will brighten the room without altering the design of your space.

Image of unique lightbulbs in a dark room to show how light can create a mood.

Are There More Ways to Create a Lux Home?

Absolutely! These small hacks upgrade your space, but real home renovations require quality materials and expert experience. 

However you decide to renovate, we can help! Check out what we can do for you at Exquisite Renovations LLC. With over 20 years of experience in remodeling, we know what we are doing to remodel your space into something you love! 

Get a free quote from us today.

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