We all yearn for the amenities of a well-designed, warm house. While many do-it-yourselfers labor diligently on their homes and appear to be constantly updating or remodeling, this is not possible for those of us who don’t know the difference between a table saw and a drill. Of course, the latter group might just hire someone to renovate their homes for them, but this would entail untidy and expensive improvements. Anyone who has done a significant remodeling knows how much money it costs and how much mess it makes. How can we modernize our homes without having to undertake substantial renovations? We want updates that everyone, not just the handy do-it-yourselfers, can do. Here’s your answer – in fact, ten of them.

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1) Make sure your home has enough of open space.

When it comes to home buying and home ownership, open floor designs are at the top of the list, according to a Bankrate study. Homeowners choose an open floor plan in which the kitchen, family room, and dining room are all connected by a large open space. In addition, formal dining rooms appear to be out of vogue. This is your chance to make additional space in your house and make it more inviting to you and your visitors. You might wonder how you might achieve this without breaking down walls. Making your home appear open and airy is actually easier than you might believe. It can sometimes be as simple as getting rid of larger, heavier furniture or shifting furniture around the room to discover where the greatest free space is created.

If you have a large armoire, cabinet, or other bulky piece of furniture that is taking up a lot of space, consider painting it a soft off-white hue to help it “disappear” into the room, giving the illusion that the area is more open and spacious. Mirrors are another optical illusion that creates the feeling of open space. When placed opposite windows, mirrors reflect light into the room and make the space appear larger. Consider converting a formal dining room into a quiet den, home office, handicraft area, or library with a reading nook if you don’t use it. This will make your current area more useable, as well as build a completely new room in your home (without any messy renovations!).

2) Upgrade Your Home’s Lighting

The right lighting can really bring a space to life. A dimly illuminated space appears narrow, dark, and claustrophobic, whereas a well-lighted room appears spacious, airy, and welcoming. Lights can be used in a variety of ways to brighten up your home. Purchasing table and floor lights for your home is one of the more straightforward alternatives. Place a couple of tall floor lamps in dark nooks and watch your space come to life. Make the area feel welcoming and cozy by layering this illumination with lights on side tables.

Then, if you’re feeling daring, you may replace all of those out-of-date ceiling fixtures with some of the gorgeous modern masterpieces on the market. Of course, this last step may necessitate hiring an electrician for installation, but if you’re handy, replacing a ceiling fixture isn’t too difficult. Modernize your home with plenty of bright lighting, whether you keep it simple with floor lamps or go all out and replace all of your ceiling fixtures.

3) Cabinetry: Replace drawer and door pulls.

Old-fashioned, outdated, and unclean handle pulls and knobs date your kitchen and bathrooms more than anything else. There is no reason not to update all of your cabinet and door handles when it is so simple to do so, and there are so many options. Bronze, brushed nickel, aged copper, and bright stainless steel are just a few of the finishes available. With so many modern options available, deciding what best suits your home can be difficult. Don’t be too concerned about the abundance of choices; after all, you could always buy one or two different styles to test which one works best in the space.

Furthermore, there are no hard and fast guidelines for selecting cabinet pulls and knobs. Essentially, a country kitchen with extremely modern stainless knobs can appear elegant and updated, whilst a modern kitchen with more vintage-style knobs can seem cool and eclectic. It’s entirely up to you which design you go with, so get out there and start renovating your kitchen and bathroom cabinets now.

4) Replace or upgrade window treatments

A lot of the time, windows appear to be disregarded. Homeowners are stumped as to which style will best suit their space, so they give up and leave the windows plain or install basic blinds for privacy. The problem is, windows want to be done up! You’re missing out on a whole layer of fantastic design by leaving your windows blank. While individuals who are fortunate enough to have views of the ocean or mountains may disagree, even the most beautiful views can be framed by attractive window panels.

Windows can be decorated to match your personal style and preferences. Geometric curtain panels can be bright and graphic, or beachy with gauzy white sheers, or minimalist with bamboo shades—the possibilities are unlimited. Take a cue from the color schemes you currently have in place if you’re worried about all the choices. The simplest choice is to match curtain panels to the color of your walls; this provides an appearance that can be used with any style.

5) Construct An Outside Room

We forget to check outside our own doors for unused space from time to time. Even if your property lacks a spacious front porch or a spectacular backyard patio, there is still room to be creative. All you have to do is be creative. Starting with an outdoor rug to establish a “room” outdoors, you can build an excellent outdoor setting. Then add a few comfy outside chairs and throw pillows, a small fire pit, and some dangling string lights, and you’re done! You’ve expanded your living space by adding a new “room.” If you want to go all out, lay down some brick pavers or flagstones, then cover with outdoor rugs, chairs, and other decor. Install a large pergola, drape the sides with privacy curtains, add an outdoor heater, some music, and some wine….yes, this sounds like a perfect outdoor hideaway. The pergola installation may take the entire weekend, but it will be well worth it when you relax outside with a bottle of wine on Sunday evening.