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Inexpensive Updates and Home Improvement Projects

By February 15, 2012January 2nd, 2019No Comments
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Home improvement, either you love to do it or hate it.

After being in your home for a while you start to look around and see things that might need some updating or just need a change. Then comes the question of how much is this going to cost me…Here are some ideas to help save you some money or inexpensively get an updated look in your home.

Inexpensive Updates

Paint can

The biggest change and inexpensive update any homeowner can do is paint (but not necessarily this color!). A fresh coat of paint in a room can make a room feel new again. If you have done some renovations and have imperfections on the wall, choose a flat or matte finish that will help hide them. When using color or deciding on what color to use, look at the finishes you currently have in your house. Everything has color so look at the rugs or tiles to get an idea of what undertone to use.  I suggest painting at least every five years. This will keep everything looking fresh.

The accessories in a room are also an inexpensive update. Purchasing new accent pillows, maybe a new throw or lamp these additions can update and improve the appearance of a room.

Larger Update Suggestions


Using the existing layout and cabinetry of your kitchen and just changing an element can update the room. There are many options to consider. Updating counters to a stone or quartz product are one of the biggest impacts without doing a large renovation. Possibly updating just the cabinet doors might do the trick. Look at your lighting and possibly change it to a more energy efficient LED fixture. Maybe a new floor is all your kitchen needs. Consider the new luxury vinyl floors that look like wood. Objectively look at the space and see if you can work with much of what you have.

Bathrooms are another room that can get expensive to update. Again, can you leave the layout- big savings. Possibly put down an updated tile floor with a larger tile say 12×24 or larger to achieve an updated look. Possibly you can find floor models of sinks, faucets, tubs that you have in mind which can save you money. Even just updating the light fixtures can change the feel of the room- especially those builders “Hollywood” light fixture so popular in the ’80s and on! When updating think of the feeling when you go to a luxurious spa. The bathroom is a new “retreat” room for many people today.

Keep the five-year mark in your mind when owning a home. If you have the same window treatments, bedding or pillows, your walls are a little scuffed up, or you still have those posters you hung in college as art, maybe it is time for a change. These fixes can be inexpensive and make a huge impact in a room. If you have some other idea’s I would love to hear about your home improvements!

Other Good Reads…

Painting A Room With No Mess

Home Improvements Worth the Investment

10 Home Renovations That Are Worth The Investment

Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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