If you watch home renovation shows like Flip or Flop, Good Bones or Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, you know that whole-home renovations add real value to your house. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to get those improvements done.
These DIY home renovation ideas will help you update your space without breaking the bank.
Update Your Lighting
If you’re thinking of putting your house on the market, lighting upgrades are one of the best ways to increase your home’s value and make it more appealing to potential buyers. Whether you want to keep your home stylish or just make it more energy efficient, changing out fixtures is a quick and easy project that will pay off when it comes time to sell.
Adding a focal point in each room with a unique fixture will help to create an eye-catching look and set your space apart from others. Adding a chandelier in the dining room, for example, makes for an elegant centerpiece that draws attention away from other design elements in the space. You can also opt for a standout floor lamp or vintage-inspired sconces to complement your wall art.
If you’re unsure of where to start, consider changing out one or two fixtures in each room at a time. Rather than replacing all the fixtures in your home at once, you can slowly replace them as they go out of style or don’t suit your aesthetic anymore. Just be sure to layer in ambient, accent, and task lighting to ensure that every area of your home is well-lit and welcoming.
Add Open Shelves
While many home renovation ideas involve the outside of your house, it’s important not to forget about what’s inside. Whether you deck your walls with art, build a coffee bar, or add open shelving, upgrading interiors can make the whole space feel fresh and inviting.
A popular choice in the kitchen, open shelves offer a stylish alternative to cabinets. They can display everything from your dinnerware to cookbooks and even serve as a home for small appliances, like your toaster or blender. This design feature doesn’t have to be limited to your wall space, either — open shelving can also make a great addition to a kitchen island.
When styling open shelves, think in terms of color and texture to add depth and interest to the space. For example, mixing up different glassware styles or combining a wooden bowl with a marble serving platter makes your collection look curated, not tossed together. Varying the heights of items on the shelf is also key. Rows of mugs, all the same height, can be boring, so aim to fill each shelf with a mix of shapes and sizes to draw the eye up and down.
If you’re unsure if open shelving will work for your style, try taking the doors off of a few upper cabinets for a week or two. You may find you love the look, but if you don’t, it’s easy to switch back to your original cabinet setup. If you’re ready to commit to the look, you can opt for wood or custom metal shelving brackets to create a modern or rustic take on this storage solution.
Wallpaper may have a bad reputation with certain generations, but it’s an easy way to add a pop of color or pattern that elevates your home. From bold textured options to peel-and-stick designs, you can find something to fit your personal style. Before you begin, make sure your walls are smooth and clean. A rough or damaged wall will create unsightly bumps and leave behind pockets that can harbor mold. Sanding or priming your surface will help smooth it out and make it ready for hanging wallpaper.
Traditionally, wallpaper is hung using a wallpaper paste that’s applied evenly onto the back of the paper and pressed firmly to the wall. While removable and peel-and-stick varieties don’t require additional paste, you’ll still need to carefully measure and apply your wallpaper to ensure it’s straight. Start by measuring the width of your first strip of wallpaper, then mark that measurement on the wall with a pencil. Then use a level and a straight edge to draw a straight plumb line along the surface where you’ll begin applying your wallpaper. (You’ll need to repeat this step for each strip of wallpaper you hang.) Remember that inside corners need to be overlapped by at least 1/8 in.
Another great option for a bathroom is this waterproof wallpaper that gives you the look of marble without damaging your walls or countertops. It’s ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, and entryways as it resists moisture and mildew. Our testers found it to have good adhesion and was easy to cut. They did note that the large pattern can be tricky to match up, so plan on ordering extra in case you need it.
For a more contemporary look, this geometric-patterned wallpaper is a stylish and budget-friendly choice. It’s available in several neutral hues so it will go with most any decor style. It was also one of the most durable variations we tested, resisting tears and bubbling in our test. However, some reviewers say the print quality isn’t as high as others on this list and it can easily wrinkle or bubble.