Low Cost, Big Impact: 21 Simple Ways You Can Update Your Home Today

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When it comes to feeling good in your environment, it’s all about the deets! We often look at the bigger picture of what needs to be updated in our homes; overlooking the small but extensive details that impact our feeling at home.

Not only are the details impactful, but revamping them is also extremely cost-effective. Numerous budget-friendly ways can invoke that same fresh and new feeling without breaking the bank. I LOVE a big, impactful change that comes with a small price tag. That is what I’m all about!

In this post, we will explore quick, simple, and cost-effective ways to update your home without breaking the bank! More importantly, these simple yet impactful changes will help you love the space you are in.

1. Switch From Yellow To White Bulbs

Lighting is everything. It’s insane how much transformation the right lighting can do for a room! To give a room a quick pick-me-up, switch out the bulbs from yellow to white. Yellow bulbs can date a room and also make it look smaller.

By switching to white bulbs, you are illuminating your space, opening it up, and giving the room a more up-to-date feel. Also, this allows you to switch out all the burnt-out and flickering bulbs. Having a room with fully functional new bulbs is a simple way to instantly transform the feel of any living space!

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You may not be always staring at the light fixtures in your home, but updating them to more modern styles can instantly help a room feel more current and refreshed. Plus, I can’t say enough how lighting is everything when it comes to how a room feels.

A new light fixture will not only look new, but it will also emit much better light than an older one.

To take things up a notch, check out this DIY on updating your light fixture for added savings!

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This tip is surprisingly overlooked a lot and is one of the easiest and most effective changes that can be made in a single afternoon! Replacing yellowed, dated light covers with crisp white newer ones, adds a fresh new detail to your space. Old light covers age a room more than you would think.

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I can’t make a post about budget updates without adding this goody! Ah, the power of fresh paint. Not only does it keep you from scrubbing on walls for hours, but it also can totally transform any room and is a good way to eliminate odors. Yes, walls can carry odors.

Walls also contain the largest focal point of any space because there is so much of it. Putting a fresh coat of paint, whether it be a similar color, or a new trending color, will be one of the most dramatic facelifts you can do to any room.

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If you’re a cat owner like me, you are no stranger to missing chunks of your blinds from time to time. Cats aside, even normal life wear and tear will date your blinds. And this one can even affect your curb appeal as you can see damaged blinds from the street. Go ahead and throw out all of the dated blinds and opt for some newer, faux wood blinds.

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Dirty baseboards, we’ve all been there because we live here after all! Cleaning your baseboards can revamp your space for the better. Dirt and grime can make them look dingy and old over time as there is a lot of traffic through those areas.

You don’t have to be on your hands and knees scrubbing, opt for more user-friendly base cleaning tools that you can use while standing! Start with the most high-traffic problem areas first and over time do a room a weekend.

All of those little holes from hanging art can detract from your space. Take an afternoon and go around your home with some spackle and quickly apply it to any holes. Do this before adding a fresh coat of paint for a more polished look and feel.

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Go ahead and throw out those worn door mats and replace them with brand-new ones to greet your guests! It’s such a quick and simple way to update your front porch and is a first impression of your home.

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Rugs anchor a room, they are one of the major focal points of a space. Revamp the look of your rooms with newer and trendy rugs! It will transform the feel of your room.

Older homes may still have builder-grade air vents that are original to the home. A lot of times these metal vents rust and start to look dingy over time. Replacing these can help freshen up your ceilings and walls, wherever they may be.

Also, for more cost-saving tips, instead of buying new ones, you can also spray paint the ones you have to cover up any imperfections. Rustoleum products work well.

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Doors taking a beating! They are used a lot in our day-to-day lives and collect dust, nicks, yellowing, fading, chips, etc. To cover up these imperfections, put on a fresh coat of paint or even try a new more modern color to elevate the look of your home.

And don’t stop at just the interior doors, go ahead and put a fresh coat of wood stain on your front door too! Follow up with a coat of gloss and you have improved curb appeal.

The door pictured above was our front door when we first bought our home. The previous owners had pressure-washed it, removing its coating. For $40 I bought a gel-based stain (espresso) and put on a fresh coat.

What a difference it made as you can see! After 24 hours I applied a gloss coat for added sheen. We do this each year as our home is facing toward the sun most of the day and the wood can fade.

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Yes, I mentioned replacing light fixtures, but also consider ADDING light to your space! Brighten up your home with additional light fixtures such as under-cabinet lighting and recess lighting. There are kits on the market now to make this project easier and not as pricey as it once was.

Recessed lighting can transform your space and add value to your home.

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This is another detail that often goes under the radar and it can greatly help transform the look of your kitchen and bathroom. Pick out new cabinet hardware that will help reinforce the design theme that you are going for.

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This is a cost-effective alternative to buying new pillows. It is a great way to spruce up your space not only seasonally but also to give it an instant facelift for a fraction of the cost of new decorative pillows.

Be sure to be mindful of the measurements of your pillows and the pillow covers you are looking to buy.

Yes, you can whitewash old brick to brighten up the home and add a more modern touch but also consider putting a fresh coat of paint on your mantel as fireplaces over time get covered by soot from use. Soot can dingy up your fireplace and as the focal point of many living rooms, we don’t want that!

I was amazed at how grungy our fireplace’s round molding and mantel had become over time. Looking at it, it looked white, but with closer inspection, there was a THICK layer of soot that had accumulated and dimmed its brightness. You can’t wipe soot completely off, so it’s best to apply a fresh coat of paint that is appropriate for the type of material it is made out of.

You can also spray paint the inside once the winter season is over. Often after use, the part that holds the logs is covered in black soot. A quick spray of Rustoleum spray paint of your choice can quickly restore your fireplace and brighten it back to its former glory in a matter of seconds.

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In addition to painting doors, updating the handles can take your doors from the 70s to now. There are so many to choose from as well that will help accentuate the decor style you are going for.

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A home without curtains looks empty and unfinished. Add new curtains to help anchor the room, tie in your decor, and inject that fresh, updated feel. They are a simple way to make a statement in any room and can change the entire feel of your space!

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This is a tried and true method of revamping any space! They can add value and detail to your home. For a classic and timeless look, opt for chevron tiles as they never go out of style! You can add backsplash not only to your kitchen, but your bathroom sink, tub, and shower area.

19. Replace Faucets

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Surprisingly an aged faucet can bring down the youth of a room. And no wonder with how lackluster and dingy they can get. The shiny new finish will bring instant new life to your space and add value to your home! Be sure to replace all tub, kitchen, and bathroom sink faucets for a more cohesive look in your home.

20. Incorporate Greenery

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Adding greenery to your home can inject life, color, and freshness into any space! No worries if you don’t have a green thumb as there are many options for more “independent” plants that are, let’s say, harder to kill.

I love having fresh bouquets as well in my kitchen, bedroom, bath, and dining table. The various pops of color add vibrancy and make my rooms feel more luxurious and fresh!

Plants can also accentuate colors and themes that are already present in your home, reinforcing the feel that you are going for.

It creates a more dynamic appeal when you combine the outside with the inside. It’s an impactful dynamic that never fails.

21. Declutter, declutter, declutter!

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Clutter, large and small, can subconsciously make a space less inviting and fresh. In fact, decluttering your home is one of the most simple, impactful, and inexpensive things that you can do to update your home! You never realize how much it takes away from your environment and how drastically refreshed your home can feel after words.


I hope these simple and quick tips for updating your home inspire you and help you love the space you are in! Remember, you don’t have to spend a ton of money on updates. These details are often overlooked and yet can be very impactful to the overall feel of your home. NEVER underestimate the details. As always, happy decorating!

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