8 Ways to Update Your Home Without Major Renovations

Everyone wants a cozy home makeover, but major home renovation projects can be expensive and messy. Still, you can make small and inexpensive changes that breathe life into your bald living space.

If you have recently moved or want to update your old home, it’s easy to spot features that need updating. While some updates are easy, others require a professional touch, but the costs are friendlier than you expect. Here’s how you can update your home.

1. Refresh the Paint

Paint gives you a quick, easy, and budget-friendly way to refresh your home. A fresh coat of paint can transform a dull room, adding character and ambiance. While most people focus on repainting the walls, paint can do wonders in other areas around your home.

The kitchen is a high-traffic area and likely to take a beating quickly, and since kitchen makeovers can be expensive, repainting your cabinetry can make your kitchen look new. Similarly, painting your bathroom vanities, doors, and accessories can restore your home’s appearance.

2. Upgrade Lighting Fixtures

Changing your light fixtures is an easy update with a huge impact that can freshen up your living space. Start by upgrading lighting fixtures in the entryway, living and dining room chandeliers, and bathroom lights.

Poor lighting can make your space look dull and cramped, but perfect lighting makes your house appear spacious, airy and inviting. Placing your lighting fixtures strategically in dark spots can bring your rooms to life, making them cozy. But if you are moving into a new home and have the budget, you can ditch boring ceiling lights and install modern lighting fixtures for an exquisite touch.

3. Update Exterior and Interior Doors

Beautiful doors can give your home a facelift and are easy to upgrade. Replacing plain, outdated doors with a new design gives your property a lively appearance without expensive renovations.

The front door sends a powerful message to visitors; you should try to make it grand and welcoming. If your doors are in good shape, you can upgrade the handles or repaint them. However, make sure the finish reflects the overall architecture and design style. Alternatively, you can add stylish molding around the doors to create a custom look.

4. Replace Outdated Carpets

Beautiful flooring makes your home more spacious and luxurious, and you can update most floorings without major renovations. Giving your carpets a thorough steam wash or polishing the floorboards after a high-cardio mop can make your flooring glow.

If the flooring has visible blemishes, invest in a new carpet or aesthetic rugs to cover the imperfections. Choosing the right combination of carpets and rugs can add personality to your home and helps designate areas. But if you have pets, choosing something easy to clean but resistant to frays is best.

5. Replace Old Faucets

Old faucets can get grimy, making your bathroom feel odd and dysfunctional. While faucets are easy to update, they significantly impact the look and feel of your bathroom. Whether you have a single-hole or multi-hole faucet, you can update to a better option. But you need to ensure the replacement has the same configurations as your old faucet.

Similarly, kitchen faucets are prone to wear and tear after years of consistent use. Besides, modern designs are hitting the market every day. If you’ve recently repainted your cabinets and refreshed your sinks, upgrading your faucet with a trendy design can transform your kitchen.

6. Refresh Cabinetry Door Handles and Drawer Pulls

Dirty, worn, stained knobs and handle pulls can make your kitchen and bathroom appear outdated, but you can upgrade your door and cabinet handles. You can choose a design and finish that complements your kitchen design and theme. Brushed nickel, bronze, stainless, and copper can be great choices depending on your taste.

While it can be hard to choose the perfect option, you can look at modern home design trends for guidance. Vintage designs are great for modern kitchens, and shiny stainless works best for a country kitchen. However, there isn’t a hard rule for choosing cabinet handles.

7. Landscaping

While it’s easy to overlook the value of landscaping, it can considerably affect your property’s curb appeal. You can start by reworking your lawn to get a lively and neat impression. But if you don’t have any plants, you can plant a few shrubs, trees, flowers, and grass.

However, it’s best to consider plant species that do well in your area with minimal maintenance. Landscaping doesn’t transform your curb appeal overnight, but you’ll enjoy the impact in a few months.

8. Accent Wall Treatment with Removable Wallpaper

Removable wallpapers can reignite the glorious feel and appearance of your home. Modern wallpapers have eclectic designs, patterns, and graphics that leave your rooms looking like a masterpiece from a high-end graphic designer. Moreover, you can peel off the wallpaper without damaging the paint.

Geometric pattern wallpapers and wall lighting can help you create a spectacular living room accent wall that draws attention.

The Bottom Line

Simple home upgrades can refresh your living space without spending a fortune on major upgrades. Moreover, you don’t have to update everything at once after. Start by determining the easiest and most urgent features that need updating. While you can handle some quick updates, others may require professional skills.


Tags: doors, exterior, faucets, home, interior, renovations, update

Author: Maja Markovski


A 35-year-old female architect with a passion for innovative, sustainable design. I blend creativity and functionality to transform spaces into beautiful, practical environments.


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