Small Home Updates That Make a Big Impact

It happens to everyone — you look around the house and realize that your home feels a bit stale. Styles and tastes change. Plus, renovations and even small decorating projects are fun to take on. Below we’ve highlighted our favorite ideas on how to update your home and make a big impact. Some of the projects are simple enough to DIY, but others may require some professional help. Read on to learn more.

Knock Out a Wall

A lot of 20th-century architects and home designers focused too much on the compartmentalization of the house. They added walls between rooms to really drive it home that this area is the kitchen and this area is the living room. Those walls end up blocking the flow of a house, making it feel smaller than it really is. Knocking one out helps create space and makes a house feel more modern.

Of course, if a wall is structural — that is, if it is load-bearing — it may not be a great idea to remove it yourself. In this case, you need an experienced and trustworthy contractor to oversee and complete the update. If the wall is not load-bearing, on the other hand, it’s safe to do it yourself. However, a contractor’s team can probably do it quicker, safer, and cleaner.

Add Ceiling Coffers

Coffered ceilings add an elegant touch to a room’s overall look. Coffers create a polished look while also adding dimension and character. While there are plenty of online tutorials outlining the process of building them yourself, only experienced carpenters or woodworkers probably should take this on. It’s a pretty detailed project that requires incredible precision and a few more tools than the average hammer and nails in the toolbox under the kitchen sink. It is most likely best for you to find and hire a contractor for this project.

Install Built-in Bookshelves

Built-in bookshelves are one of those details home shoppers always bring up when they describe what they like about a place. The feature is functional, stylish, and it implies that the homeowners read books so people think you are smart. Of course, you don’t have to limit your shelves to books. These shelves are also a great way to add storage and accessibility in walk-in closets.

Whether or not you should DIY built-in bookshelves has a lot to do with the scope of the project. If you are looking to do floor-to-ceiling shelves in a two-story, it is definitely safer to hire someone with the experience and insurance to do the job. However, there are a ton of DIY tutorials online that show your average homeowner how to install them even if your carpentry skills are somewhat limited.

Update Bathroom Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important elements to consider when updating how your bathroom looks. Adding light is a great way to up the ante in any room, but can you think of a part of the house that can use better lighting more than the space where you groom and primp? When picking out bathroom lighting designs, homeowners are spoiled with choices. There are a lot of options that you can install yourself, but if you feel wary about working with electricity, it may be safer to hire a handyman for help.

Upgrade Your Outdoor Space

Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it’s the perfect time to head outdoors to enjoy some fresh air or host a dinner party. If you don’t already have one, consider setting up an outdoor space complete with comfy seating and soft lighting. Add a fire pit so that you can enjoy s’mores, hotdogs, or hot cocoa no matter what the temperature is like outside. If you have the budget for it, a deck or porch is a great addition to any home. Work with a designer to incorporate all your ideas into one and ensure it flows seamlessly with your home for an outdoor area that will leave the neighbors envious.

Add an Accent Wall

Adding an accent wall may be the decor equivalent of cutting bangs. It’s a small change that makes a big impact. Sometimes it works, and for some people it ends up being a huge swing-and-a-miss. But in the end, it’s a simple project and you can always paint it back to the way it was before… just as your hair can always grow back. An accent wall is definitely easy enough to accomplish on your own, but don’t limit yourself to paint. Modern wallpaper designs are fresh and innovative — perfect for making a big impact.

If you are itching for a change around the house, you don’t have to do much to make a big impact. Simple things like knocking out a wall or adding light to the bathroom can help your home feel rejuvenated. Leave complex projects like building ceiling coffers to the professionals, but feel free to roll up your sleeves and take on smaller things like painting an accent wall yourself.

Guest Post By: Jim McKinley

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