Home trends come and go all the time, some are worth it and some are not. But how do you know which is which? This article will help you get an idea by showing 6 things to save on and 6 things that are worth the cost. Check them out!

“Money often costs too much.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where to Save


Cabinets can be trendy and cheap too.
Cabinets can be trendy and cheap too. Image source: House & Home

I’m sure you’ve seen over the internet just how many kitchen makeover projects there are out there, so you don’t really need to pick the most expensive cabinetry of all. What you need is something that will be more practical and, mainly, with smart storage solutions.


If you’re thinking tiles for your next home renovation, there are many materials to choose from, but you’ll definitely want to get ceramic tiles. They’re the cheap, they come in lots of colors and patterns, and it’ll be easy - and on budget - to achieve your plans with them.

Light Fixtures

Light fixtures can be gorgeous while also being simple.
Light fixtures can be gorgeous while also being simple. Image source: House Beautiful

I usually go crazy for light fixtures, there are just so many gorgeous and unique options to pick from. However, this is something you can save on. There are options that will be both eye-catching and inexpensive - like track lights.

Change Hardware

New house numbers will already make you feel better about your home's look.
New house numbers will already make you feel better about your home’s look. Image source: Shades of Blue Interiors

There are three benefits to updating hardware:

  • It’s easy
  • It’s cheap
  • It’s quick

And hardware can include:

  • New house numbers
  • New doorknobs (or cabinet knobs)
  • Painting the fireplace brass trim

Pot Fillers

Pot fillers can make cooking easier.
Pot fillers can make cooking easier. Image source: BRIT + CO

Even though this may sound super practical and a thing that will make your life easier, these are not that useful to be worth spending a lot of money on it. If there’s not an easy and cheap way to do it, then it’s really not worth the trouble.


Sure, you can spend some money with a quality mattress (more on that later), but you don’t need to go all the way for the headboard. There are even many DIY options for headboards that will save you tons. So do a little research and find the one you like best.

Where to Spend

Heated Floors for Bathroom

Heated floors are very comfortable.
Heated floors are very comfortable. Image source: Remodelista

We’ve talked about a couple of modern bathroom features you simply must have in your home, and heated floors was on that list as well. The reason why you can spend on this feature without any worries is because it’s worth it. Can you imagine waking up, taking a shower, and not having to step on cold floors? It’s a dream come true.

When it comes to bathroom remodeling, prices vary based on where you live. For example, a bathroom remodel service in Salem, OR costs an average of $10,605 while in Providence, RI the average is $11,946. For a more accurate estimate, contact a local pro.

Heated Driveways

Can you image getting up for work after a frost day and NOT having to remove snow from the driveway? That’s a possible scenario if you install heated driveways. They’re actually a radiant heat flooring system where heated water and antifreeze are pumped into the tubing, which makes snow on your driveway melt. Tip: You don’t necessarily need to replace the whole driveway, since it’s possible to install the heated tubing under the one you already have. However, you may not have warranties. Plus, if you do replace the entire thing, it’s an extra guarantee that the heating system will be working correctly.


Painting makes a huge difference in a home, make sure to invest in a quality service.
Painting makes a huge difference in a home, make sure to invest in a quality service. Image source: homeyou

Even though there are many “how to DIY” articles spread over the internet on how to paint a wall, a piece of furniture, or your tile flooring, painting is something that shouldn’t be underestimated. Choosing the right paint, knowing when you should apply the primer, what the best painter’s brush to use is...there are many details to consider. Only a professional will know which is the best pick for your home.

Quality Mattress

I’ve mentioned the headboard earlier, and now it’s time for the mattress. Investing in a good quality mattress will actually help improve your health. So, that’s a priority. Of course, you don’t need to pick the most expensive one, but usually quality comes a bit pricey. Just make sure of the quality and you won’t regret the decision.

Media Room

A media room is perfect for family and friends gathering.
A media room is perfect for family and friends gathering. Image source: Domaine Home

If there’s something we don’t need to be afraid to invest in, that’s a comfortable family space! A media room is perfect for that purpose, it’s a place to keep:

  • Movies
  • Music
  • Books

And have lots of gatherings with friends as well! You’ll need to invest in some furniture and technology, but you’ll be glad you did it.

Home Security

It doesn’t matter what kind of safety we’re dealing with - it can be fire safety, water damage protection, or burglar control. Home security needs attention and it deserves some extra costs. Getting an extra fire extinguisher for the kitchen, repairing electrical problems, and installing a new security system are just a couple of examples.

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