$300 and Under: Change the lighting
Lamp on table in living room“I cannot stress how important it is to have a really cool ceiling fixture,” says Hirsch. “It just completely transforms a room and gives the room an edge, makes it feel finished. Ceilings are pretty boring, but when you raise your head and see a really unique light, it just feels more put together.” You can give a room an updated feel by adding or rearranging table and floor lamps as well, says Haddad; for example, move an extra lamp from the bedroom, where no one but you sees it, to the living room. “Lamps make a room feel more cozy, intimate, moody,” he says. He recommends adding dimmer switches to overhead lights to up the atmosphere quotient.
Cost for ceiling fixture, dimmer, and two lamps: $300