At one time or another, most of us probably wished we had a nice trust fund to tap into. However, you can’t change your inheritance, but you can change your perspective. If you’re looking to add a little luxury to your home on a budget, here are a few ideas from Unique Flooring in San Diego, CA.

What you want: a $2,999 Tempur-Pedic mattress.
What you can afford: A high-quality memory foam mattress topper. At $200 a piece on the high end, adding a mattress topper to your bed will give you a luxury feel so close to the real thing you won’t feel like your sacrificing comfort for price.

What you want: Crown molding.
What you can afford: Fake molding. It’s inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to install during a DIY weekend.

What you want: Hardwood flooring.
What you can afford: Check out porcelain plank or tile wood lookalikes, which resemble hardwoods in both color and texture, but are a fraction of the price (and generally easier to maintain). Natural alternatives include bamboo flooring, reclaimed barn wood, plywood pallets and reclaimed wine barrels.

What you want: An outdoor bar.
What you can afford: An outdoor bar so long as you perform your own labor. Use concrete instead of granite for countertops, purchase shelves instead of drawers, and invest in a cork dartboard.

What you want: High-end finishing touches.
What you can afford: DIY finishing touches. Head to the craft store and pick up clear vases in various sizes and shapes, as well as interesting filler like stones, coffee beans, or sand and candles. You can also paint items you already have in white (a color associated with luxury) or a trending color. The same can be said for throw pillows–purchase pillow covers rather than new pillows.

What you want: “Smart” home technologies.
What you can afford: A “smart” utility meter, provided by your local utility company. Check out the $250 Nest thermostat. This smart thermostat creates a temperature schedule based on previous adjustments, recognizes when no one is home and adjusts the temperature to avoid unnecessary heating and cooling, and know how long it takes for your home to heat up or cool down.

One luxury people often think they can’t afford is new flooring, but at Unique Flooring in San Diego we offer a wide variety of materials, textures, and colors for every taste and budget. Swing by our showroom or request a free consultation. You can also give us a call at (760) 954-0010. We look forward to hearing from you!