Updating your home doesn’t require extensive remodeling that takes weeks to complete. Every weekend warrior knows there are a lot of projects that can give your home a facelift in as little as a few hours. Bypass the expensive contractors and tackle a few DIY improvements that you can easily handle on your own.
Get New Living Room Furniture
It’s amazing how furniture can completely transform a room. Living room furniture makes a significant impact on the overall feel of the space. In addition to the style, homeowners should consider the size of the furniture as well as functionality. Furniture that is oversized can make the living room look cramped and disrupt the flow.
Layer on Fresh Paint
Anyone in the real estate or home improvement industries will tell you no project provides more return on investment than painting. It may be a little time consuming but $25-50 paint can make a room look more modern and completely change the mood.
Switch Out the Hardware
In kitchens and bathrooms, you can switch out the hardware on cabinets for an instant update. These small details can easily date a home, but luckily they’re inexpensive to replace. The three things to keep in mind when you’re shopping for hardware are style, finish, and functionality.
Improve Your Lighting Options
Lighting is the most under appreciated part of home décor. Fortunately, technology has made it possible to get more lighting options without the help of an electrician or messing with a single wire.
Smart bulbs are a little more expensive, but they can be controlled via an app. Lights can be dimmed or the color changed with the click of a button. Wireless stick-on lights are another easy lighting update. They can be mounted under kitchen cabinets for task lighting or put in a display case to highlight awards and art. These lighting updates are an excellent home project for the winter when there are fewer hours of natural light and you’re inside all of the time.
Declutter in Every Corner
Have you ever noticed that clutter makes a room look smaller? Tons of knick knacks, odds and ends, misplaced objects and plain old junk can quickly overtake a room. It also makes keeping a space clean nearly impossible and can cover up architectural features.
Clearing out clutter doesn’t add square footage, but it will certainly seem like it does. Set aside a day or two to focus on decluttering a single room. Focus first on communal areas where guests are most likely to be. Get at least three boxes or containers and label them “organize,” “trash,” and “donate.” The goal is to get rid of as much of the clutter as possible so it doesn’t become a problem again in the future.
Use Rugs to Give the Floor a Facelift
Installing new flooring is a big project that requires moving everything out, ripping things up and limiting access to areas for days on end. A much easier option that won’t create a moving hassle or mess is to lay down rugs. Large area rugs aren’t cheap, but they are a convenient way to disguise worn out floors or change the look of a room. A runner on the stairs is another way rugs can be used to update a home without investing a lot of money.
Get a New Front Door
Updating the front door is a project that will have an impact on the interior and exterior of the home. It’s also an improvement with one of the best returns. For improved security, longevity, and ROI choose a steel entry door. To make it really pop and show off your personal style, add a coat of paint to the exterior side.
Hang New Window Treatments
Windows are a home feature that gets a lot of attention. They are a connection to the outside world, show off scenic views and let light in. If your curtains or blinds have seen better days it’s time for an update so they don’t become an eyesore.
One popular option right now is indoor shutters. In addition to looking great, shutters also give you more control over the natural lighting. You can direct light by opening and closing the slats or swing the shutters back to open the window up completely.
The great thing about these easy updates is you can get multiple projects done in a single weekend. With very little time and investment, you’ll be able to update the décor and improve functionality without turning your home into a construction zone.