Jun 07, 2018|

Easy, Affordable Ways to Spruce Up Your Home

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If you’re looking to make some changes around the house, but the thought of home improvement fills you with dread, don’t worry just yet.

We’ve gathered some quick and affordable ways to spruce up your home, so you don’t have to drain your weekends or your bank account.

Paint your front door

Painting your front door is an easy way to immediately make a difference and take your curb appeal up a notch. Whether you opt for a bright yellow or dark blue, find the right paint and learn how to do it with these tutorials:

Create a gallery wall

Tired of that one wall in your kitchen, living room, or hallway looking so bare? Try a gallery wall. Round up some picture frames—the more varied in size the better—and fill them with your favorite art and photos (get some inexpensive frames and find some inspiration for art and color schemes)

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To hang your gallery wall, first map out where you will hang each image and make sure you like the set-up. Make it easy on yourself by following this tutorial on how to best plan out your wall.

Add window valences

Window valences immediately streamline the look of any window and can pull a room together. Add valences to windows in your living room or kitchen to step up your aesthetic. It's easy to make your own valence, like this no-sew valence tutorial:

Or this wood valence tutorial

Hang a mirror

If you have a bare wall above your fireplace or couch, consider getting a mirror to open up the room and create the illusion of more space.

You can often find good deals on mirrors online, or check out flea markets and garage sales to find quality products for a fraction of the price.

Try a long, rectangular mirror, a circular mirror, or even mix a few smaller mirrors together.

 

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Add smart home technology

An easy way to immediately make your home feel more functional is to integrate smart home technology.

With features like smart locks, doorbell cameras, smart thermostats and smart lighting, your home can be personalized around you and your habits.

 

At first glance, technology may not be the most obvious aesthetic enhancement. But smart devices are increasingly focusing on form and function. 

Take, for instance, the Vivint Ping Camera. This indoor camera fits into any room without drawing attention to itself and allows you to see and hear what's happening in the room.

Vivint Ping Camera in a baby's room
Vivint Ping Camera lets you see what’s happening at home or call out with the press of a button to talk to your family members who are away.

 

Forget clunky video doorbells or bulky front door locks. Today's doorbell cameras and smart locks are well-designed to complement your front door while also improving security.

Vivint Smart Locks on a front door
Upgrade your front door security with a doorbell camera and smart lock while maintaining the look you want.

 

Want to set the mood in a room? Lighting can play an important role.

Smart lighting works with a smart home system to ensure your home is lit how you want it, when you need it. Turn lights on and off from your phone, dim the lights, or even put them on a schedule.

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Smart home lighting brings more safety, comfort, and efficiency to your home.

 

Replace the faucets

An easy remedy for dated faucets is to replace them. New faucets can breathe new life and energy into a bathroom or kitchen, and installing them is typically quick and easy to do. Learn how to replace your own faucet.

Making changes to your home doesn't have to a be a long and laborious process. You can make a significant difference with little effort by optimizing underutilized aspects of your home. Try these tips to save time and money while stepping up your home game.

 

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