Look at 12 Small Changes That Make a Big Impact in Your Home

It’s hard to resist the allure of a full blown makeover. New paint, new furniture, new lighting — the full shebang. But for a lot of us, that top-to-bottom upgrade isn’t an option. Total makeovers require a lot of time, money and professional skills (I’m still nervous to do my own electrical work), and not everyone has all three handy.

So what do we do if we want to upgrade our homes and make a change without giving up weeks of time and cutting too deeply into our bank accounts? We make small changes — small changes that make a big impact. From swapping out light switch covers to recovering your chairs, this list of 12 quick and inexpensive changes are a failsafe way to dress up your rooms for 2016 without blowing your budget. Bonus? Most of these can be done DIY-style, so I’ve included tutorials for each if you want to get started today. *All of these ideas can easily be done in a day, too! xo, grace

Change Your Switch Plates: Small changes make a big difference in a room, especially when they’re a part of something you use on a daily basis. Switch plates are usually white or a pale neutral, but they’re a great place to take a risk with a bit of color, pattern or a shiny metal. Here’s how to wallpaper them if you want to try a DIY version!

Add a Door Knocker: The front door of your home is the first thing you (and your guests) see when coming home, and it’s your first chance to make a big impact. While re-painting your door in a bold color is a great option, it’s easier and faster to add new hardware, like a decorative door knocker. Whether you choose a whimsical animal shape or an elegant hand, there are a wide range of new and antique options to spruce up any doorway.
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