1.) Programmable Thermostat:

OK, so we know that this specific home improvement project does not add anything visually into your home design, but let’s be honest- trimming around 5-10% annually off your heating/cooling bill, plus allowing you more control over the interior temperature, while getting a fresh high-tech gadget is a win-win-win-win situation. A programmable thermostat allows you to prevent ever having to come home to a sweltering heat after a long day of work. It allows one piece of mind when leaving pets at home, no matter how hot it is outside. Coming in at around $75-$120 to have one installed for you- it’s truly a remarkably cost-effective way to make sure you get the most comfort possible out of your home. HouseLogic.Com has some pretty good information on choosing what type of thermostat will fit your requirements. And no need to fear! Programmable thermostats (like most other digital devices in our day-and-age) have become increasingly more user-friendly and easy to operate.

2.) Add a Splash of Color with an Accent Wall:

Painting Wall Woman Girl Home Paint HousePainting an entire wall can be a nightmare (believe me, we understand), and after a long week of work, the possibility of carrying on this overwhelming and exhausting task inevitably contributes to a room that stays that same old neutral beige. Well- here is a compromise. How about an accent wall? The difference a single wall of bold color can make in a room can’t be ignored. An accent wall is a great place to start remodeling or refurnishing your home. It provides you with a base colour palate with which to operate, and will aid in the later selection of pillows, rugs, chairs etc.. With an overall project time hovering around 6-8 hours (depending on how big the wall you’re painting) from start to finish; painting an accent wall is a surefire way to add a bit of pizzazz to your room.


The sky is really the limit with this one. And the best part is that your ventures through a local thrift store or Goodwill can yield incredible results at unbelievably low prices (if any). Being in touch with, and actively tracking Craigslist is a secret weapon when it comes to designing on a realistic budget. You can go with vibrant, muted, pastels, or even fabrics and various textures!

Recently a trend has been becoming increasingly more popular in US homes: a faux headboard. What does this mean? It means that you use the wall and space already available to create a creative and very innovative design instead of a bulky headboard in your room. Pinterest has some beautiful galleries in case you’re looking for some inspiration. The complexity and project time it will take to complete a headboard creation of your very own is entirely up to you. Some companies even offer templates and decals which may be stuck directly to a wall. The advantage to some faux headboard is outside aesthetic. Apart from the distance you can save, and the flexibility in design you may have, a faux headboard is easy to change, easy to update, and can be modified to reflect changing trends or a changing room.


If you’re anything like me, your life is a constant cacophony of mental “to-do” lists, family engagements to keep, errands that will need to be conducted, bills that will need to be paid, and a method of communicating that frequently gets lost in the mix. Creating a DIY message center is the ideal way to make sure everybody is on the same page. What’s wonderful about these types of message centers is that most, if not all, of the materials you may need can be located at a local thrift store or on the free part of CL. Don’t wed yourself to chalkboard either. Although chalkboard is an easy solution (especially now that it comes in enormous sheets using an adhesive back ( like contact paper), you should also think about using a pane of glass (painted on one side) and framed! It is the perfect mimic of a dry-erase board, but with more design. You can even use a very thin piece of aluminum if you would like to exclusively use magnets, and for those talented seamstresses out there- fabric and ribbon will also produce a gorgeous, versatile, Fort Lauderdale, FL Squirrel Control Services, and most well- functional piece for your home… and on a budget. A number of these message centers come with a section for mail, a section to write notes, and a board to post important bulletins to yourself or your loved ones. I have seen every design style from rustic to modern, so whatever the style of your home, you can build a message center to compliment your design strategy when adding functionality.

5.) Change Your Faucets:

An often over-looked item on the “home improvement” list- altering your faucets is a simple way to really alter the appearance and feel of a room. Outside of accent pillows, it’s the simplest way to breathe life back to a kitchen or bathroom. Your neighborhood hardware store has some great selections – don’t be afraid to be a little daring! Just make sure that all of the hardware suits, and decide whether it is important to you to have the identical hardware throughout the house. This is also a perfect opportunity to re- pet-proof and child-proof your lower lying closets.

If you want to actually add some wow to your living space, consider over/under cabinet lighting. I cannot stress enough: invest the extra cash and get lids. At $20 a roll, you can get LED rope light in almost any color you can imagine. Dramatic lighting like this can add incredible depth and dimension to your design space when creating a terrific atmosphere and extra lighting without the bulk or hassle of adding a new lighting fixture. Some companies do offer these kinds of lights at a premium- requiring electrical work and a builder, but the same effect can be accomplished with a simple trip to a local store and a small amount of clever fastening. Secure the rope lights out of sight at the junction where your counter meets the body of the cabinet, or hidden on the very top. The lights will reflect light off the wall or cupboard (depending on placement) and will create a dramatic, and gorgeous effect that actually provides a cutting edge style to any room.

7.) Insert a Back-Splash:

Now, depending on how you go about this- it could be both expensive and time consuming to install a back splash on your wall. If you don’t have some experience with DIY home improvement, I’d suggest leaving tile and grout jobs to a professional, however, there are ways to put in a back splash which can be done by anyone, regardless of experience level. Many home improvement stores sell sheets of pre-made, self-adhesive back splashes that mimic the look of real ceramic tile. Of course- consult with a professional (even if only your native home improvement associate) about which type and material of tile or tile copy you should get. A backsplash is another element like the accented wall; it is a dash of color and a split up homogeny that adds texture and life to a drab space.

This is more a decorating tip than a home improvement tip- but its details like these that can really tie a room together and help a design space make that leap from concept to polished idea. Think bold and bright. Throw pillows can be just enough color to make a room interesting without being overpowering or overbearing. Experiment with different texture and fabric combinations, find a mix that is appropriate for you. Inexpensive, with large impact; throw pillows will be the un-sung heroes of home interior design.

Paint Your Front Door:

Look at almost any “tips, tricks, and ideas” for home improvement, and somewhere on this list will be replacing/repainting the front door. I could not agree more. Beyond the obvious curb appeal, painting your front door can really refresh your home and add some vibrancy and style to your home-front. First impressions are the most important, right? Make the first impression of your house to be one of warmth and happiness. For less than $30, you won’t believe the difference it will make!

10.) Select a Room: Replace All the Cloth You View:

Updating window treatments, runners, rugs, pillows, and can transform any room in a matter of an instant. That’s the wonderful thing about colour; it can change not only the look, but the feel of any room. Even something as straightforward as replacing drapes can shed years off the look of your home- and let’s face it- replacing window treatments is another task on that endless, and unending collection of “I’ll get to this one day” projects we all keep tucked away. Changing accents like these is elastic, non-committal, and allows space for experimentation and growth over time. Not many home improvement projects can offer that type of fluidity.

In final – as much as we would like to believe that the only way to make a real effect on the aesthetics of a house is through big design projects, there are clearly small ways in which anyone can transform their house on a realistic budget, in a brief amount of time. The above listed improvements can be a family project, involve family, friends, and revel in creating a gorgeous house space and spending some quality time with those close to you. You do not have to break the bank to change your home’s style. It’s a journey which can be achieved one step at a time.

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