Updating Your Home Without Renovations

If you’re feeling a little ‘meh’ about your home, it may be time for an update. But what can you do if you don’t have the budget, time, or patience to undergo a full remodel?

Short answer: a lot! There’s plenty you can do to refresh your home that won’t cost you an arm and a leg or force you to live in a construction zone for weeks on end. Even better, many of these projects can be completed in a day or two!

Rethink your layout

This requires a bit of heavy lifting but rearranging the furniture can do wonders for a room’s look and functionality. Try pulling the furniture away from the walls and changing the focal point. You may find a better layout that uses the space more efficiently and open up more space.

Fresh paint

A fresh coat of paint is an excellent way to improve your home, whether it’s a single room or the entire house. Paint is an easy way to breathe new life into a space and change up the style. Whether you’re painting an open-concept plan or a feature wall, the paint will make your room look completely new.

Paint isn’t just for the walls; you can also update furniture, shelving, or other built-ins and more. It’s surprising how some paint can give your items a different look.

Upgrade the lighting

Updating the lighting can be as simple as changing from a warm light to a cooler one or more involved by changing the actual fixtures. You can up the drama in your space by swapping out the standard lighting for something more modern. Want something in between? Change up the lamps or even the lampshades.

Change out the hardware

Old-fashioned and worn hardware can date a room. Swapping out tired hardware like handles (for the doors and cabinets), faucets, and fixtures is a relatively inexpensive update that can make a real statement. Replacing handles is simply a matter of unscrewing the old handles and screwing in the new ones. Updating faucets can be a little more complicated but you can follow the provided instructions and find helpful YouTube video tutorials if you get stuck.

Update window treatments

Windows tend to be overlooked. Show them more love than just simple blinds! Strike the right balance between enjoying natural light while maintaining privacy with a combination of modern coverings like premium shutters, gauzy and flowing drapes, Roman shades, or even classic curtains. There’s a window treatment for every style and mood.  

Refresh décor pieces

Make way for some new décor and accent pieces for some fresh, new styling. Swap out tired pillows and throw blankets for new ones, and refresh the walls with new artwork or photographs. You can get creative with the artwork by framing wallpaper. Mirrors are good options for brightening up the room and making it look and feel larger. Be sure to shop your home; you may find something you already own that will work in a different room.

When in doubt, clean

Giving your home a thorough cleaning and decluttering (these are separate things!) is possibly the best no-spend way to update your home. Deep cleaning can make your home feel more enjoyable. Assess your space and decide if there’s anything you can pare down. Sometimes less is more when it comes to décor and furniture – you may just need is to remove the extra stuff to reclaim that open-air feel in your home.

There are various ways to freshen up your home without doing a full renovation. Walk around your home and figure out which option can work for your space. These quick updates can give your home a fresh new look without having to spend thousands.

When you’re ready for a new home, visit us at SummerHillHomes.com. We build distinctive new homes in communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. We look forward to welcoming you to your new home!

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