DIY Home Upgrades to Add Style and Beauty - Sterling Journal-Advocate

DIY Home Upgrades to Add Style and Beauty – Sterling Journal-Advocate

(Family Features) Home upgrades are necessary for a variety of reasons, but many homeowners are looking to update their homes to add comfort and beauty. While a full renovation may be attractive, it can also be costly and time consuming.

However, if you’re willing to take on some of the work yourself, there are ways to upgrade your living spaces to add style (and value) without the help of a contractor. Consider these DIY ideas to beautify the aesthetics of your home and create a more attractive place to live.

Paint freshening:

When it comes to simple DIY projects, a fresh coat of paint can dramatically update your spaces without making major renovations. Light colors such as gray, beige, or white can make small spaces appear more open while dark shades such as navy blue and purple can create a dramatic look. If you don’t want (or need) to paint the entire room, adding a pop of color with an accent wall or touch up trim are quick and easy improvements. Adding paint to a less traditional place like the ceiling or refreshing cabinets with a new color can help bring your spaces to life.

Install clutter-free stone accents:

If you’re looking for more warmth and texture, easy-to-install stone veneer can provide the look of natural stone without the cost. A mortarless option like ClipStone is designed to be installed with common nails and tools, making it easy to achieve the look of traditional masonry effortlessly and messily. Durable and low maintenance, you don’t have to worry about sealing or painting and it’s an ideal choice for outdoor or indoor installation that can be installed in any weather conditions. Available in a variety of styles and colors, homeowners can mix and match to create a custom look. Additionally, it features a built-in water management system, telescoping edges to reduce gaps, reversible exterior corners and a variety of available accessories.

window treatments upgrade:

Windows are often overlooked or left with simple paper shades or initially installed aluminum blinds. Consider replacing them with plantation shutters, wood blinds, or blinds that best fit the room’s style. In addition to blackout blinds, blinds provide another opportunity to add design elements in line with your tastes. From geometric panels to sheer panels, the possibilities are nearly endless. Or simply match the curtain panels to your wall color or accent color for a look that can match almost any style.

Update extensions:

Cabinet pulls, outlet covers, curtain rods, switch panels, and door handles can easily be overlooked, but replacing them can be an inexpensive way to add a little touch of style to your home. With a variety of designs and finishes to choose from, including bronze, brushed nickel, brass, and stainless steel, updating worn-out pull handles and knobs can create an affordable look that looks expensive. The same is true for metal keycaps and outlet plates. While decorative curtain rods may be on the pricier side, adding a coat of paint with a metallic finish can provide a cheaper alternative.

Improved curb appeal:

There are many inexpensive ways to give your home an exterior look. Start by pressing a wash of sides and windows, making your home look almost as good as a fresh coat of paint for a fraction of the time and money. Also remember to clean the driveway, patio, and driveways to maximize your investment. Pulling weeds, pruning trees and shrubs, and patching up bald spots in your yard can go a long way as can planting greenery in front of your home and making landscape upgrades like adding mulch beds, water features, or decorative edges. Another idea: Replace your front door or give it a fresh coat of paint to add a pop of color to your porch.

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