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8 no-renovation upgrades for your home

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Are you planning to give your home a new look, yet too worried about the cost and time you might spend on projects? Fret no more! There are ways to upgrade your home even without undergoing that strenuous repair – and we call them no-renovation upgrades. 

Transforming your space without a contractor is possible. Home improvement do-it-yourself (DIY) work is widespread these days. All you need to do is get home improvement supplies ready and make some changes all by yourself. So, what are these ideas for upgrading your home without requiring repair? 

Take note of the following home improvement tips:

#1. Create an open space concept

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Open concept has increasingly become a popular must-have for homebuyers. So much so, that most homeowners would want an open floor plan wherein the kitchen, dining room, and family room share a vast free space. You might also see that formal dining rooms are out of style and less seen in new-builds. Creating an open space in your home is a great way to make it more appealing and improve the overall look of the property. 

How exactly can you create a no-renovation open concept living space? This one is a lot easier than you think. Start by getting rid of the bigger and bulkier furnishings in your home, or move these furnishings around your room to see what placement offers the most open space. Adding mirrors are also a great option. If you place a mirror opposite the windows, they will reflect light into your room, making it look more open. 

Lastly, you can also turn your formal dining room to a home office, cosy den, library, or crafting room, making the current space a lot more usable. 

#2. Update door handles and drawer pulls

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Updating cabinetry comes with a multitude of options. You can choose from many finishes like bronze, aged copper, brushed nickel, and shiny stainless. It might be hard to select the option that works best for your space, but you can always buy two different styles to see which one best works in your room. 

Consider how your design choice will impact your living space. Do you want a modern feel, or are you more concerned with practicality? Put together a mood board to help determine what type of feeling you want your room or home to have. 

#3. Add new lighting

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Proper lighting could bring a room to life, making it appear airy, open, and welcoming. On the contrary, a poorly lit room would look dark, small, and cramped. You can easily buy floor lamps or table lamps to add new lighting to make a significant difference without much effort.

Another no-renovation option is to add tall floor lamps placed in the dark corners of a room, layered with lamps on the side tables. A small change in adding height and dimension can make your living area feel cosy and welcoming. If you want your lighting to be more of a feature in the room, you can also replace any outdated ceiling fixtures with beautiful and modern masterpieces. 

#4. Design an outdoor space

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An excellent DIY project that can make a world of difference is an outdoor space. One option is to start with an outdoor rug to define a spot for your outdoor living area if you do not have a dedicated space. After that, consider adding seating, such as a couple of comfortable outdoor chairs or a picnic bench. From there, if you add small decor, like throw cushions, dangling string lights, and small fire pit — your outdoor space will come together quickly. 

To take an outdoor space to another level, consider putting down some flagstones or brick pavers, and layer the flooring with the chairs or outdoor rugs. Installing a large pergola could also be considered, draping the sides using privacy curtains. Add essential tools for home, like an outdoor heater, music, and wine—all necessary supplies for a great outdoor escape.

#5. Update the windows


In most cases, homeowners overlook windows due to the cost and decisions you need to make. It can be challenging to decide on the style that would suit your living area. For that reason, many owners leave outdated windows in existence or install blinds for added privacy. 

But, a no-renovation DIY to consider is dressing up your windows in a way that suits your taste and style perfectly. Don’t be afraid to go bold and graphic, using geometric curtain panels. There are endless options to choose from, and you can also take a cue from the existing colour options in your home. Match the curtain panels to the walls to create a consistent flow throughout the room. 

#6. Add wallpaper or fresh paint

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Wallpaper now comes easy-to-install with removable peel and stick options or unpasted wallpaper. With bold designs that can take any plain wall and make a statement, your possibilities for temporary wallpaper are endless. Not only are they reusable and simple to remove, but they also make any room look like a professional interior designer was on board for what is a DIY project. You can cover the main wall of the bedroom using a peaceful pattern or update the living room by including a wall with a jazzy geometric patterned paper. Make sure to read the fine print and research your purchases to buy from professional and reliable companies only. 

One clean coat of paint could also take the room from being drab to being fab. It would help if you considered adding a stroke of colour on an accent wall and merely touching up the trim using a clean coat of your white paint brand. 

#7. Landscape the yard

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Landscaping is often a forgotten chore for first-time homeowners. Most of us only plant a tree or two, and it’s all done. But, the curb appeal is affected by the landscaping design. It could be easy to make raised garden beds or plant flowering shrubs and more trees. 

At the very least, take a weekend to weed your garden or water and mow your lawn. These labour-intensive activities, while time-consuming, can take your home from dreary to fabulous. Not only does this no-renovation chore look better, but it also helps keep your home maintained and safe.

#8. Spruce up the bathroom 


Thorough cleaning is the first step to overhaul the bathroom – and most other rooms in a home. The shiny result often provides the perfect motivation to spruce up the rest of your property and do some decluttering. If the toilet is clean, take care of the light fixtures, old knobs, faucets, vanity, and shower curtains. Changing these small items could make the bathroom look new and modern. Lastly, if you want to make a dramatic but affordable update, a fresh coat of paint or some more peel-and-stick wallpaper could be the perfect refresh any bathroom needs. 

If you aren’t ready to attempt no-renovation home improvement ideas, a good place to start is by doing a deep-clean of the entire home. Cleaning your most-used spaces can easily enhance your mood and make your living space a lot more relaxing. 

Indeed, an intense spring-cleaning and a new coat of paint could go a long way in terms of revamping rooms without significant repairs or renovations. You can also rely on some home improvement apps or home improvement books for help or tutorials.

Global home improvement is a trend for every homeowner. If you want to make home improvement but don’t want too much repair, then the ideas mentioned above are sure to help you hit your goal.