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Small Upgrades to Make to Your Space

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It’s never too early in the year for spring cleaning, or to give your space a facelift. Your home should be your oasis – a place to relax, unwind and feel completely at ease. But sometimes, life happens and our homes can start to feel a little bit lackluster, especially in winter when we can spend so much more time indoors. If you’re in need of a quick pick-me-up for your space, we’ve got just the thing. Check out these small (but impactful) upgrades that will leave your home feeling refreshed and renewed. Trust us, your guests will be asking for design tips before they even step foot through the door.

Big Impact with Minimal Input

Taking a bathroom from ‘nice’ to ‘wow!’ doesn’t have to break the bank. Believe it or not, making a few small upgrades here and there can have a big impact on any space. Like getting a little bit of dermal filler for the look and feel of a facelift, small improvements can have a big impact on the overall appearance of any room.

Whether you want to sprinkle small upgrades throughout your space or invest in a single statement piece to change the look of your home, you can have the luxury bathroom, calming bedroom retreat, or chef’s kitchen of your dreams.

Need Ideas for Upgrading Your Home?

It often seems as if making big changes requires a lot of time and money, however, it’s amazing what a few small upgrades can do to make a big impact. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to giving your space a facelift, here are some ideas for upgrading your home:

  • Reupholster existing furniture for a whole new look.
  • Bring in some plants to bring life into the room.
  • Invest in new window treatments or curtains to make a statement. 
  • Hang new artwork or mirrors.
  • Refresh your kitchen cabinets with paint and hardware knobs.
  • Update your light fixtures for something more modern and stylish. 
  • Swap out rugs, pillows, bedding, or other textiles for something fresh and new. 
  • Rearrange furniture to create a more inviting space that feels larger than it is. 
  • Incorporate accent lighting, whether hard-wired or freestanding.

If you can’t tackle your whole home at once, focus on rooms that have the biggest impact on your daily life. For return on investment (ROI) purposes, design experts often recommend starting with bathrooms and kitchens when it comes to making improvements. And while some big expenses can come with these rooms, like new appliances, fixtures, or flooring, if you can only pick one element, it’s worth it.

Small Bathroom Upgrades You Can Make to Change the Space

Get the look and feel of a luxury bathroom with these ideas:

  • Install a new shower head to up the relaxation factor. 
  • Upgrade your bath textiles for something softer and more inviting. 
  • Hang shelves, baskets, or towel racks to maximize storage space and reduce clutter. 
  • Replace outdated fixtures such as the sink, toilet, or shower surround. 
  • Add a few colorful accent pieces to give the room some personality. 
  • Change out old window treatments for newer curtains or shades that match the décor of the bathroom. 
  • Install larger mirrors and/or windows to give the illusion of more square footage.

Suppose you’re making an investment into a single element in the bathroom to get the spa-like experience of your dreams. In that case, Smitty’s Quality Glass suggests heated tile floors, a walk-in shower upgrade, or a luxury, whirlpool bathtub. If these are the only changes you make, they’re sure to pay off.

Kitchen Upgrades that Won’t Break the Bank

Whether you cook a lot or just want a space that’s functional for heating up the occasional meal:

  • Install a new sink faucet for an instant style update. 
  • Hang some modern new shelving to store spices and other cooking essentials. 
  • Change out old light fixtures with newer ones in fun shapes or colors.  
  • Add or change the backsplash behind the sink and stove area for added flair. 
  • Switch out cabinet knobs and handles for something more modern. 
  • Incorporate plants into the kitchen for a natural touch of greenery. 
  • Update your countertops with a remnant stone slab.

Big-ticket upgrades for any kitchen should include energy-efficient appliances, new windows, or new flooring to elevate the space. Any of these options can quickly transform a kitchen, no matter your budget or skill level.

Don’t Forget About the Outdoors

Your outdoor space is just as important as any room inside your house. After all, it’s where many of us spend our warm summer nights with friends and family! To ensure that your outdoor area looks its best (and lasts through the seasons), consider adding some affordable updates such as string lights and weather-proof furniture pieces. Or, if you have a green thumb, why not fill your backyard with some lush greenery, DIY planters, and other natural elements? No matter what kind of look you’re going for, there are plenty of budget-friendly updates that will give your outdoor area the refresh it needs.

  • Outdoor fire pit for s’mores.
  • Solar-powered lighting for evening ambiance.
  • Portable heaters to make the outdoors enjoyable year-round.
  • Hang outdoor curtains around your patio or deck area for privacy and shade.
  • New exterior doors for ease of access and a visual upgrade.

And, bonus, many of these interior design upgrades can be done even if you’re renting your home and can’t make permanent changes.

New Year, New Space

If you’re feeling like you’ve been stuck in a rut lately, why not try some of these fresh ideas for your home and yard to break out of the routine? Who knows, maybe shaking things up a bit will give you the motivation you need to move forward with other things in the new year. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and see what kind of creative solutions come out of it! You might surprise yourself with how a few small changes can have such positive results.

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