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6 Ingenious but Simple Low-Tech House Upgrades

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Jennifer Bell
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It can get boring to look at the same house set up year after year. However, the idea of doing a random home upgrade gives chills to most homeowners as they think it is an expensive affair. Upgrading your home doesn't have to be a costly affair as there are simple but very effective methods that make all the difference. Here are some simple home upgrades to consider:

1.   Take Care of The Exterior First

When conducting a home upgrade, we often think of the interior and overlook the exterior, not remembering that this is where it all starts. If you’re fortunate enough to have a home compound, then taking care of your curb appeal will be the best first decision that you make.

You will be amazed at how simple upgrades like repainting your door, adding a doormat, adding a raised flower bed of bright flowers, upgrading your outdoor lighting, and clearing the shrub can make all the difference. With time, these simple outdoor revamp to your exterior space will make your home as inviting and beautiful as you have always wanted.

2.   Create Visual Space in Every Room

It’s funny how the visual space of a room can control the human brain and influence your general mood. All this starts with how you arrange your home. You can make a small room appear bigger by utilizing different home arrangement techniques. Your living room would be the most common place to start.

First, start by changing your furniture arrangement to a whole new setup that makes the room look bigger. Also, hang big wall mirrors which are directly opposite each other to reflect more light into the space. You can repaint your walls with bright but soft colors like blue or green for an optimum effect. These not only make the rooms appear brighter but bigger.

3.   Revamp Your Home’s Lighting

Good lighting also has a way of brightening your home and adding visual space. Besides doing the regular replacement to your lighting fixtures, you can change the norm and switch to exotic window treatment methods. Homeowners are often stressed upon deciding which curtains match up with their home. The good news is that with these new window treatment methods, you can forget about ever making decisions about the best colors again.

Nowadays, you can easily replace those curtains with the affordable options of stylish windows with built-in blinds. From magnetic blinds to motorized blinds, you can choose the best designs that will fit into your windows flawlessly. Along with getting rid of those curtains, these window blinds add extra privacy, make the room look spacious, and add light to your home.

4.   Add Indoor House Plants

Whether you’re a plant lover or not, you’ll never go wrong with adding greenery into your home. You can mash up fresh plants with less-maintenance artificial plants which are locally available. They will bring in the freshness, color, and beauty that is needed in a home. Depending on where you live, choose the plants that will thrive well under your home conditions without much work.

5.   Add a Stylish Staircase Runner

A staircase runner is another excellent addition that brings in the elegance needed into your home. Like carpets, all you need to do is know is the measurement of your staircase for you to get one that fits perfectly. It’s possible to get one that is longer than your staircase, but this shouldn’t deter you from buying one since you can easily trim it down to the perfect fit.

Also, there are many colors, patterns, and styles to choose from that match up your home and style. Cleaning them should be the least of your worries since most of them are stain-resistant, plus they are easy to clean, durable, and easy to maintain.

6.   Refresh Your Art

We don’t want to leave those walls bare. Now that you have all the wall space you need, you can boost your home’s appearance with some beautiful art pieces. If you have old art, you can replace them with new ones or swap them around to a different spot. Art uniquely complements your space, but it also helps you and your guests interact with the room.

It is easy to say that there are lots of clever ways to boost your home’s appearance without “harming your pockets.” These upgrades may look small, but they go a long way in renewing your home’s look without trying hard. At the end of it all, this is a win-win situation for you and your home.



About the Author

Jennifer Bell is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast, and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey.

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