how to update your home without renovating

in , , by Julie Nichols, March 05, 2018
Sometimes a change will do ya good!  When there's no time for a big renovation or it's just not in the budget how can we update our homes?  The answer is with cosmetic changes.  Here's how...

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How to update your home without renovating

Clean and Declutter

 Deep cleaning and decluttering can instantly make a home more livable. When my home is clean and orderly, I can think clearer.  Set goals to clean one room or closet at a time, then work to organize anything left behind.  Even if this is all you do, it will definitely make a difference.



Clear the surfaces of coffee tables, and bookshelves then spend time restyling.  Magazines and interior design blogs are great sources for finding inspiration.  I wrote a post on HOW TO STYLE A COFFEE TABLE IN 4 EASY STEPS you can also check out the fun video below.  Sometimes all it takes is a little redecorating to make a room feel well thought out and updated.


Dress Up The Walls

Frame and hang photographs in groups to tell a story.  Add punch to your wall with removable wallpaper.  There are a lot of new trendy patterns and beautiful graphics that can transform your room and give it a designer look.  If you have DIY skills install SHIPLAP or wood strips.  We installed shiplap above our FIREPLACE in one day and the wood strips in our entryway only took about a half-hour to install.

Try A New Layout

Rearranging your furniture can make your room feel like a brand new space. No renovation is needed!  Shake things up a bit and change your furniture layout by reconsidering your existing furniture choices.  Are they in the right place?  Are they in scale to the space?  Try moving pieces around or edit what doesn't fit. You'd be surprised how doing this will make your room more functional and feel more open.  Our SECTIONAL was over ten years old and wasn't working for our downsized family.  We replaced it with an OVERSIZE SOFA that has plenty of room for seating but takes up less space in the room.

Update Window Treatments

The biggest priority when choosing window treatments should be whether you need privacy or light or both.  You can go with blinds, shades, sheers, or curtains.  Choose the thickness of your fabric depending on how much light or privacy you want in the room.  In my living room, I chose woven roller shades that let in light and curtains for privacy.  In the GUEST BEDROOM, I opted for extra thick curtains without blinds or shades

Change Your Lighting

In today's market, there are so many gorgeous options.  Floor and table lamps are easy updates that you can do yourself.  Take a look at your space and see how you can layer in wall sconces, and table lamps.  Changing dated light fixtures can instantly modernize a space.


Paint makes the biggest impact in a room and is budget-friendly.  If you do nothing to a room but add a fresh coat of paint, the difference you will see will impress you and even inspire you to make other changes.


The simplest way to refresh a room is with houseplants.  Adding greenery or fresh flowers to a room can instantly give a room a facelift without having to lift a finger.  Plants simply make a room more colorful and attractive. Plants like Boston Fern, English Ivy, and  Peace Lillies freshen the air inside your home.

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