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10 Inexpensive Ways to Make your House Look Expensive


Did you know that giving your house an expensive look has nothing to do with how much money you spend? Well, you’re about to find out.

Here are 10 inexpensive ways to make your house look high-end.

Hang curtains high

For a high-end look, the curtains should be higher than the windows and run down to the floor.

This visually lengthens the windows making the ceiling seem higher and the room larger.

They also add an ambiance of luxury.

The width should be at least two times the width of your window, to achieve a proper fullness.


Reflective mirrors will make a room feel instantly bigger and brighter and so in turn make the living space feel more.

In spaces without any natural lighting, mirrors can also be used to reflect artificial light too and they can help you to light dim corners of a room.



Use chandeliers

You can use chandelier lighting in your bedrooms, kitchen, and even your bathroom.

The chandelier is statement lighting that not only takes atmospheric glamour up a level but also chandeliers gives a warm and welcoming feel to any room.


Go large with rugs

Large rugs make a room appear bigger, so when it comes to budget it is better to go for an expansive but less expensive rug rather than a small, cheaper option.

Make sure the rug goes under the edges of big items of furniture such as sofas for a luxe effect.


If you want to know how to make your house look expensive for totally free, decluttering doesn’t cost a thing.

Dispose of or give away items that are not in use.

Try fancy rope /basket storages that not only add to the aesthetic feel of the room but also hide unused items.

Streamline Your Gallery Walls

Choose art or photos that are within a similar color palette. Incorporate frames that are similar (or identical) in size and shape. Arrange them in a geometric layout like a grid or stair step.

The more uniform and symmetrical the art and layout, the more streamlined your gallery wall will look. 

Add Plants

Every room needs at least a couple of plants for adding some life to the space.

There are some of my favorite faux plants that look realistic to place in a vase.

Visit the House of leather to buy such

White Bed Linens 

 When you visit a luxury hotel, the sheets are always white. They feel clean and crisp If you think it’s difficult to wash well, they can be bleached.

By using white sheets and duvets in your bedrooms, you’re evoking that same luxury hotel feeling in your home.

Just like with white bedding, use white towels to create a high-end spa feeling in your bathrooms.

One black wall

Black is a color that many shy away from when it comes to interior spaces.

When doing black ensure your room has windows to let in as much natural light as possible

Also, employ a monochromatic scheme of colors such as white to give it a modern finish.

Lastly, remember to paint only one wall black. Dark colors read as receding from the viewer, so the accent wall visually enlarges the space

Upgrade hardware

Swapping out doorknobs, light plates, plug covers, curtain rods, and furniture knobs.

You don’t have to buy them you can simply spray paint.

The bottom line

Above all ensure you maintain cleanliness and tidiness in your space and Repair or replace old items. If you enjoyed this article kindly comment on the box below or call 0711082929 or email us at info@mintvillas.co.ke




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Bedroom interior design ideas


One of the most significant spaces in your house is the bedroom. Having a comfortable location to relax and refresh is essential given a busy schedule filled with duties to work and family.

Here are some creative and inexpensive ideas on how you can decorate your bedroom;

Design a Monochromatic Room

a monochromatic room is where one color is used but different shades and textures are blended to make a whole.


Wallpaper the Ceiling

Yes, you can extend the color of your paint to the ceiling, but if you want to give your room a little more style, consider using wallpaper 

Install Black Wall Paneling

Create a moody vibe — and introduce texture into your design scheme while you’re at it — with a black wall panel


large wall art

A large wall art not only finishes the space but also acts as a focal point or Centerpiece of the room.


Stick to a Black and White Palette

Believe it or not, a black-and-white bedroom doesn’t have to be boring. Weaving layers of patterns and materials into the space can help to boost its visual appeal.


Choose a Vibrant Color Scheme

when going for vibrant colors I would recommend a maximum of two colors. Take this room by appropriate design for example. Here they used blue and orange and combined neutral colors such as grey and white.


Add a Fun Headboard

A headboard not only protects you from abrasion but also adds a stylistic tone to your bedroom.

You can go for this green velvet upholstered king headboard   


For quality and classy bedroom, interiors contact us on 0711082929 or email us at info@mintvillas.co.ke


why nairobians are relocating to machakos
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Why Nairobians Are Relocating to Machakos County.

Nairobians have been relocating to Machakos as most of them escape from the bustle and hustle that is Kenya’s capital. Many may be relocating in Search of a quiet and serene environment while others may be taking a break from the harsh economic loads of life.

The following are the reasons why most people are moving;

Real estate growth

Many real estates have sprung up, especially along kangundo road. This is due to the availability of affordable housing projects. Take Malaa for example where there are over 7 real estate projects. Among them is Twin falls City by Mintvilla Housing which touches Kangundo road. It is a development comprising bungalows and maisonettes.

A report by Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) states that average prices for real estate properties were the lowest in several towns including Malaa and Joska.


There are small towns that are growing rapidly in Machakos County. These include Kamulu, Joska, and Malaa. These towns have all amenities; schools, hospitals, churches, mosques, and recreational facilities in plenty. Check our article on amenities along kangundo road.

The county also has the Universal Health (UHC) program which ensures that health care is available to all Kenyans. You will enjoy a lifestyle that is similar to Nairobi at a lower cost.

Accessibility from CBD

The bus fare from CBD to Machakos costs an average of 100 to 250 ksh by bus.

Due to the construction of the expressway, one can spend less time commuting from Machakos to Nairobi CBD.

The ongoing construction of Kangundo road as a dual carriage road is also another factor that has wooed people. The road is anticipated to extend to Kangundo Town in Machakos County from Caltex Umoja, off the outer ring-ring road.


Nairobi has grown to be the largest city in East Africa. Its population is almost 3 million. This has led to overcrowding, traffic jam, and increased pollution.

This has made most Kenyans flee the inner city to Machakos county where the environment is quieter and more peaceful. Where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy family time. A place where you can explore hobbies and talents.  You can also practice small-scale farming here.


The Bottom-line

Are you thinking of relocating to Machakos county? The best time is now. Think about all the serenity that your family will enjoy. Amenities are less costly. Housing is affordable. Allow us to make this a reality for you by contacting us at 0711082929/0708888222 or emailing us at homes@mintvillas.co.ke









CategoriesInterior Design

4 Ways to Make Your Living Room Pop

The living room is where most interactions happen. It acts as a reception for guests. It’s where we relax after a long day at work and watch TV. It is therefore undoubtedly the most important room to consider when decorating a house. Decorating your living room should display who you are as a person or as a family. Here are 5 simple ways to make your living room stand out.

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choose a color scheme

A color scheme cannot be chosen using a formula. What emotions do you want to elicit? Warm colors like orange and yellow trigger feelings of happiness, optimism, and energy. Cool colors (green, blue, and purple) evoke feelings of calmness, security, and trust.  Black symbolizes power, luxury, and mystery, whereas white denotes minimalism and simplicity. Consider colors that reflect your personality. Make certain that the colors you choose complement one another. You can find free color wheels on the internet. Do your research, use apps like Pinterest, and come up with the best color scheme.

Choosing furniture

Furniture is also an important aspect of the living room. It takes up the most room. The furniture should not only fit your home but also allow for movement. Before buying, make sure you have the correct measurements. When it comes to quality, don’t compromise. Set a budget and make sure to shop around for the best deal. Choose a color that complements your color scheme. I would suggest using neutral colors and choosing a material that is also easy to maintain. Above all, choose furniture that is warm and welcoming.


We have natural and artificial lighting. They are both significant. In a living room, lighting not only improves mood but also increases safety. Lighting also brightens up dark rooms. Always measure to ensure that lighting fixtures fit properly. Consider the weight as well. Designer Billy Ceglia suggests that if it’s light and airy, it’s best to size up, whereas if it’s dark and massive, sizing down is a better option.  Lighting can be a focal point in your living room too. Chandeliers, for example, can serve this purpose. Experiment with what works best in your living room.

decorative items

These are esthetically pleasing items you can add to your house to make it look exquisite. The items you choose should fit and blend in with the space in terms of color and texture. Choose unique and quality items to bring that elegant aura. Décor items include:

  • Mirrors
  • Rugs
  • Plants
  • Wall art
  • Clock
  • Books

The bottom line

When it comes to the living room, collect items that are unique to you, and your home will become a story. A house’s items should communicate with one another, as well as respond to and balance one another. Above all, let your living space mirror your style and taste. For more information contact us on 0711082929 or email us on homes@mintvillas.co.ke.Let us know what you think on the comment box below.












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