Small Upgrades That Make A Big Difference

kitchen with chandelier and island

If you feel like your home looks dated and needs a refresh but aren’t in the mood for a complete remodel, we have some good news for you. Sometimes making minor changes throughout your home will make a huge difference.

Let’s look at some features in your house that may be causing your space to look dated and how you can update them.

Stair Railing

Big, bulky stair railings can be really challenging to decorate around. Updating to something more stylish will make your home feel much more inviting. Of course, if you have little ones, you need to consider their safety since some options may not be the best for their safety – for example, horizontal wiring that is easy for them to climb.

If you have an old wooden railing, you could upgrade to a modern metal railing. These can be very simple, or you can find something more whimsical, like a curved baluster with an intricate railing. Both of these choices will add character to an area without being overwhelming.

Backsplash and Door Pulls

If your kitchen looks old, I’m willing to be the backsplash is the main culprit. Backsplash trends come in and out much more quickly than the other features of a kitchen. Tearing out the old Tuscan-style tiles and replacing them with something trendier, like a marble slab or glass subway tiles, will make your kitchen look brand new.

If the backsplash alone doesn’t do the trick, look at your cabinet hardware. Depending on the style you’re going for, you could install sleek matte black pulls for a modern look. If you’re looking for something more feminine, brass spindle back pulls look beautiful paired with dark wood and could be the easy update you’re looking for.

Focus on Lighting

Maybe your space isn’t outdated or plain; maybe it’s just dark. It’s hard for a dark space to feel like home, so focusing on the lighting in the space will make it feel much more alive. Natural light is the best light source, so if you can add a large window, don’t hesitate to do so. You’ll be shocked at how much an additional window or two will transform a space.

If adding a window isn’t possible in your space, overhead lighting is the next best thing. Adding canned lights and a chandelier will brighten the room up and enhance the space’s overall design. Chandeliers come in many different colors, shapes, and sizes, so you’ll definitely be able to find one that will fit into your space.

Update Your Fireplace

Updating a fireplace is a relatively easy way to completely update the look and feel of a space. If you have a fireplace in your living room, it is likely the focal point. If your focal point looks like it is stuck in 1987, the rest of your room has no chance of looking modern.

Depending on the type of fireplace you currently have, a refresh could be as simple as a fresh coat of paint. If your fireplace needs more help, add marble tiles to the fireplace surround and a new mantle to make the space look clean and bright. If your fireplace is too plain, you could install brick or reclaimed wood to give the area more texture and character. 

If the fireplace itself isn’t the problem, adding built-ins on either side of the fireplace can make a space look complete. You can then decorate the built-ins with family photos, books, and heirlooms that otherwise would have been packed away in a box somewhere. How can we help you update your home? Let’s talk about your ideas and put a plan together.

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