- Moldings - Crown molding is among the easiest ways to bring some character and architectural interest into your home, and it's inexpensive, especially if you do it yourself. But if the idea of mitering corners is making you hyperventilate, a handyman can quickly transform your blah space into something beautiful.
- Cabinetry that looks built-in - Those charming built-ins you see in old Craftsman homes—you know, the ones that flank an old fireplace or create a great hutch in the dining room—are lovely. Although it would be hard to find a home built nearly 100 years ago with perfect—condition built-ins. You know what would be easier? Creating your own built-in-looking cabinetry. It's not as hard as it sounds, and it doesn't have to cost much either.
- Think hardware - This is key when deciding on a style for the home, whether it be Victorian, French Colonial, Modern, etc.. You want to stay consistent so the house will have a uniform feel. The last thing you want is a house with multiple personalities.
Lighting - You may be able to find charming period lighting if you scour second-hand stores, antique shops, or flea markets. Or, you can pick up a reproduction piece and instantly transform a space.
Written by Jaymi Naciri