I’m an interior expert – three changes add THOUSANDS to your home’s value with cheap mirrors, lighting & hallway decor

THREE cheap upgrades can increase your house's value by thousands, an interior design expert has revealed.

You'll benefit from adding these elements to any room in your house, but you'll get the most bang for your buck if you focus on one frequently-overlooked room.

Plus, the three easy hacks the interior design experts at Stelrad shared will create a contemporary west-coast look in any home.

Whether you're trying to sell a house or make it a more inviting sanctuary for guests, these tactics are a sure bet for refreshing your space with minimal effort.


Hallways are an often-neglected area in home renovations, so it doesn't take much to activate the spaces. That's especially true of your entry hall.

Chris Harvey, an interior design expert at Stelrad, described them as the "first impression people get of your home."

"You want your hallway to feel bright, airy, and large," Harvey explained.

Consider decor that immediately communicates your personal style. You can also choose a cohesive, neutral color scheme, like pear white or elephant grey, which pair especially well with pale woods.

Another way to make your home more appealing, to guests or potential buyers, is by filling the entry hall with botanical elements.

"Adding some greenery or color with a plant or fresh bouquet of flowers placed on a small table in the hallway will add charm and style," Harvey said.

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When people walk into your space, they'll feel instantly at home if they're met by a lot of light in every room.

"Brightness is welcoming and when people enter your home you want them to feel a sense of welcome and calm," Harvey said.

As such, "it’s imperative to have lighting in your hallway," he added.

Choose a lighting option that can act as a focal point for the entryway and do double-duty as unique decor.

"This can be anything from a chandelier to a retro lamp, depending on your personal style," Harvey said.

If you're looking to make a change that will appeal to homebuyers, modern chandeliers and pendant lights are especially on-trend picks.


If you're trying to make a smaller space look bigger, mirrors are your secret weapon.

"I’d suggest a large mirror spanning almost all the way from floor to ceiling," Harvey said.

"This will give the illusion of high ceilings if placed in the correct position."

If your hallway is shorter or can feel crowded, rely on the power of optical illusions to expand the space.

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"You want your hallway to feel bright, airy, and large," Harvey reminded.

A series of skinny mirrors creates a visual effect that mimics a long corridor, so it's a great way to add dimension.

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