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4 Simple Home Upgrades

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You might have the itch to redecorate, but not the time, energy or money to do it. That doesn’t mean you have to settle for stale. Here are some tips for breathing fresh air into your home decor.

Plants and Artwork

If you don’t have a green thumb, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for plastic replicas. Succulents and spider plants can seem near-immortal, as some varieties can survive 2 to 3 weeks without being watered.

If a home garden isn’t your thing, indulge yourself with artwork that speaks to you. You can class up posters by either framing them or mounting them with magnetic hangers.


You can compensate for a lack of natural light by layering light sources to create a cozy atmosphere. How many “layers” you need is a matter of preference, but most people recommend three: Ambient light, which is your primary light source; task-oriented lights, like desk lamps; and accent lights, such as a string of lights across a bookshelf.


Flat planes of glass can be very stark. A simple solution is to grab some push pins for window grids and install a window grille. There are several styles that can be coordinated with your home’s architecture, creating a timeless feel.

Framing Venetian blinds with curtains can liven up a room, but if you’re limited on wall space, a valance at the top of your window frame might be a better solution.


In rooms with an open floor plan or multiple functions, you can create a sense of visual separation by using area rugs. Putting one under a dining room table can distinguish it from the kitchen, and putting one under a desk can create a cozy study corner in your bedroom. Always put them under a piece of furniture, and never leave them “floating”.

Instead of everything all at once, you can bring in a piece or two at a time, pacing yourself according to your budget and needs. Happy decorating!

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