Upgrade Your Home for Little Money

For many, the thought of home improvements can bring about worry. Between costly and lengthy projects, updates can often seem like they’re not worth the hassle. But not to fear! These cost-effective home upgrades can easily be done by yourself and can also increase the overall value of your home—a definite win-win!

Paint the kitchen cabinets.
New cabinets are costly. But a few coats of paint can transform both your cabinets and the kitchen itself for less than half of the cost. Simply remove the doors and hardware, sand, and paint a color of your choice.

Replace hardware.
Weathered cabinet handles can drastically age your home. Swap out the hardware in the kitchen and bathroom for modern knobs and handles. Your local hardware store will have a variety to select from.

Update light switch plates.
Did you know that you can replace a light switch plate for less than one dollar? You can even take it one step further by painting them the same color as your walls.

Add moldings to walls.
As long as you have the proper tools, DIY molding is relatively simple. You can choose from two popular types—crown molding and panel molding—each will give your house an elegant ambience.

Give the outside of your home a facelift and increase curb appeal.
A pop of color can take the outside of your house from drab to fab. Easy do-it-yourself projects like repainting your front door, adding new shutters, and planting bright flowers in window boxes can add a welcoming effect. Updates like adding trim to flower beds, modernizing outdoor light fixtures, and repainting your mailbox will not only be easy on the eyes, but will also increase the overall curb appeal.

Revamp indoor light fixtures.
Instead of spending your money on a brand new fixture, consider giving your current one a makeover. Transform the fixture cover either by adding a fresh layer of high-heat paint or replacing the glass.

Repaint walls with neutral colors.
Although bright colors are fun, a neutral palette can make your home feel more clean and act as a blank canvas. Try to stick to timeless colors—cream, gray, and tan.

Frame your bathroom mirror.
Does your bathroom have a plain plate-glass mirror? Adding decorative baseboard trim around it can make a world of difference.

Hang curtains high and wide.
Help a small window out! Hanging drapes high and wide will give the illusion of a larger window, along with making the room more spacious.

Add visible storage.
Is there anything better than extra storage without having to open either a door or cabinet? Floating shelves are both a simple and aesthetically pleasing solution.

Give your air grilles a fresh look.
Since a return air vent is a necessity, why not make it look its best? With just a quick trip to your hardware store for a can of paint, you’re able to transform an eyesore into something that’s worth looking at.

Shower and Bathtub Trends to Look For

Your bathroom is a prime spot to relax and unwind. While you might consider your kitchen or living room the most important spaces to focus on, your bathroom has the potential to be one of the trendiest rooms in your home. Show off your personal style by upgrading to one of these bathroom trends that have grown in popularity this year.

Dam-less showers

Showers without dams simply blend into the rest of the bathroom. While a half-wall might separate the shower area from the rest of the room, dam-less showers still make for an open, spacious feel. If you choose to install this type of shower, you’ll need to get your floor redone so that it slants toward the drain to prevent water from drifting into other areas of the bathroom. This sleek look will make for a polished bathroom.

Floor-to-ceiling shower glass enclosure

Instead of a simple curtain, why not have a glass door as the entryway to your shower? Different from sliding glass doors that can accompany traditional showers, these showers lack the typical attached tub. Instead, these glass doors touch both the bathroom’s ceiling and the tiled floor that make up the rest of the room. Like the dam-less showers, this feature makes the shower feel more integrated into the rest of the bathroom for a modern feel.

Free-standing tubs

Although free-standing tubs were popular in the past before people started opting for shower-tub combinations, they’re making a comeback. You can opt for a claw-footed tub to give your bathroom a classic, vintage feel. If you’re looking for a more modern look, you can purchase a simple free-standing tub. These luxury items allow for longer and more comfortable baths that you can throw into your self-care routine.

New color schemes

This year, neutral palettes have been trending for bathrooms. The use of a monochromatic color scheme helps create a unified, modern-looking atmosphere. On the other hand, dark color schemes are also becoming big for bathrooms. Many people have started to design mostly black bathrooms for a polished, luxurious look.

Exposed shower plumbing

Exposed shower plumbing works well with light colors and adds an industrial element that some may look for in an otherwise uniformly colored room.

Statement features  

Whether it’s through flowery, brightly colored wallpaper or a bold piece of art, people are bringing stylish elements into their bathrooms. More and more people have begun to view bathrooms as luxury, spa-like spaces rather than using them for simple utility. This decor will add a splash of color and personality to your space.

Infrared saunas

If you’re looking to make a large upgrade, infrared saunas have gained popularity this year. The warm air provides the same health benefits as a regular sauna but takes up much less space in your home. Sit in your infrared sauna to sweat out toxins and relax all at once.

There are countless exciting bathroom design trends going on this year. Consider making one of these changes for some added flare.