Seven in­ex­pen­sive ways to up­date a home now

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Of­ten­times, buy­ing a home opens up a bot­tom­less pit of op­por­tu­ni­ties for projects and im­prove­ments. While some home­own­ers en­gage in dif­fer­ent re­pairs and fix-ups out of ne­ces­sity, many oth­ers like to freshen-up their spa­ces out of per­sonal pref­er­ence in­stead of need. But even the most well-in­ten­tioned projects can be way­laid if bud­gets are tight.

What many home­own­ers may not re­al­ize is that there are many ways to make up­dates and changes to a home that do not re­quire a ma­jor over­haul or a large price tag. The fol­low­ing are seven projects that won’t break the bank.

Move around fur­ni­ture. You may be able to change the look of a room without spend­ing any money. In­te­rior de­sign­ers know how to ar­range fur­ni­ture for max­i­mum ap­peal, but the av­er­age home­owner can do it, too. Find a fo­cal point in the room and an­gle the fur­ni­ture to­ward it. Don’t make the fo­cal point the tele­vi­sion, how­ever. Try chang­ing the place­ment of chairs and so­fas. Sim­ply mov­ing a cu­rio cab­i­net from one cor­ner to an­other may also make a dif­fer­ence.

Add light­ing. Light­ing at dif­fer­ent lev­els in the room can create a vi­brant im­pact. Many home­own­ers mis­tak­enly put in a cou­ple of ta­ble lamps and think that will be ad­e­quate. How­ever, prop­erly il­lu­mi­nat­ing a room means vary­ing the light­ing to create dif­fer­ent moods at dif­fer­ent times. Plus, more light can make a room feel more wel­com­ing.

Add new pil­lows or drapes. Chang­ing a few as­pects of a room can give it an en­tirely new look. If you want to add a splash of color but don’t know what to do, think about in­cor­po­rat­ing some new throw pil­lows or change the cur­tains. An ac­ces­sory here and there in a bright color also can in­cor­po­rate a new hue without it be­ing over­whelm­ing.

Change knobs or small ac­cents. Give a room a new look by fo­cus­ing on the small de­tails. Switch out cab­i­net knobs for some­thing up­dated and mod­ern. Take in­ven­tory of wall out­lets and light switches and think about select­ing new ones that co­or­di­nate with your home decor.

Use plants. Empty cor­ners or spots you’re not cer­tain how to fill may ben­e­fit from a plant. Plants are in­ex­pen­sive ways to add in­stant color and vis­ual ap­peal to a room. Plus, hav­ing live plants can help im­prove in­door air by fil­ter­ing out con­tam­i­nants. A home with plants also feels more cozy.

Hang new wall art. It may be time to look at your pho­tos and art­work and make a few ad­just­ments. Find­ing new prints to hang could in­stantly change a room’s am­bi­ence. And you needn’t spend a lot of money on pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phy, ei­ther. Grab your cam­era and take a few close-up shots of flow­ers or take in a land­scape scenery. Many of today’s home print­ers can pro­duce pro­fes­sional-qual­ity prints in min­utes.

Try a new coat of paint. Af­ter you’ve ex­hausted other av­enues, choos­ing a new paint color may be the new look you de­sire. Paint­ing is one of the least ex­pen­sive yet most dramatic meth­ods of chang­ing a home’s in­te­rior. With dozens of hues to choose from, and new apps that en­able you to take snap­shots of things in na­ture or in your life and match them up to a paint color, you will have scores of op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore

fresh new colors for your home.

When you get in­spired to make im­prove­ments to the home but fear how much it may take out of your wal­let, con­sider in­ex­pen­sive tricks that can in­duce a big “wow” fac­tor.

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