Sometimes it's the little things that make the biggest differences in life. Small changes in your home can have a much bigger impact than you’d expect, and they’re easier on your wallet to boot. Check out the following tips for a few ways to improve your home for less than $100.
Switch Out Your Hardware
Get rid of the tired old brushed nickel door knobs and drawer pulls. Check hardware stores, home decor shops, Amazon, and even antique malls for stylish modern or vintage options.
Organize the Closets
You don’t have to invest in a pricey closet organization system to make your closet more appealing. Install some shelving and multiple rods for more hanging and storage space. Hanging shoe and sweater organizers are great for storing shoes, but they’re also the perfect home for bags, scarves, costume jewelry, and other accessories.
Install Under-Cabinet Lighting
Add track lighting or just small LED lights under cabinets to add some brightness to workspaces. Add a dimmer switch for extra appeal.
Amp Up the Entryway
Transform your entryway into a functional space with shoe and coat storage. If you have the space, add a bench with built-in storage; if you have less space, a small table will work to hold keys, purses, and daily mail. If you barely have an entryway, think about adding some shelving or hooks to help create storage.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
Ditch the manual thermostat and buy a digital programmable thermostat. This will save energy and lower your electric bills. If you want even more convenience and savings in the long run, spend just a little bit more and spring for a smart thermostat.
Paint the Kitchen Cabinets
Give kitchen cabinets a makeover with a fresh coat of paint. To give your kitchen a super modern look, paint lower cabinets one shade and upper cabinets a different one. Blue is currently a very popular color choice for cabinets. Paint just the lower ones a royal or navy blue for some dimension and depth.
Update Light Fixtures
Get rid of those boring old contractor-grade light fixtures and boost your home’s style quotient with modern (and affordable!) fixtures. This is a simple change that can actually make a pretty big impact.
Revamp the Backsplash
Peel-and-stick backsplash options make adding or changing out a backsplash easier than ever. There are tons of cool options out there, from faux brick to tile to pressed tin. Bonus: this job can be done in just a few hours, depending on how large your kitchen is.
Add Some Oomph to Your Bathroom
Purchase some wood trim and frame out the mirror. Add extra shelving. Refresh the paint color. Change the hardware and/or faucets. Add some artwork, a new shower curtain, rugs, and other accessories, and voila! A like-new bathroom for much less cash than anyone would expect.