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    38 Easy Tips And Small Projects To Give Your Space An Upgrade

    A stick-on subway tile backsplash or pretty soap dispensers for your shower can make a huge difference.

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    1. Add some peel-and-stick wallpaper to freshen up your space and give it some dimension and texture — it's also easily removable for when you're ready to change things up or move out.

    A living room with one wall covered in the wallpaper in Frost

    Check out our comprehensive guide to buying wallpaper online.

    Promising review: "Love, love, love this wallpaper!!! It is beautiful and unique, refined and elegant, and heavy-duty quality. I found it super easy to install, though I opted to use it for a room border versus full wall coverage. I also found it very forgiving, allowing me to pull it back off and adjust areas without leaving permanent dents in the design. It gave my son’s bedroom a whole new look and I have gotten lots of compliments on this wallpaper!" —MB

    Get this Constellations Removable Peel and Stick Wallpaper from Amazon for $28.79+ (available in three colors).

    2. If your space is a little too noisy, get an under-door draft stopper you can easily slide in or even place in windows to help seal any gaps that may allow noise (and heat) to travel through.

    A customer review photo of the draft stopper on their door

    Promising review: "I wanted something that would keep the noise out, to be honest. I live in a small NYC apartment with roommates, and have French doors. I wanted something to fit underneath that would serve specifically to reduce noise, but also not be a pain when I opened and closed the doors. It works wonderfully! It reduces the noise level from the outside, and vice versa. The talking and TV in the living room are muted, and I have been told my phone conversations are quieter! So perfect for what I needed!" —Meagan

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in two colors).

    3. Get organized with a set of shelf dividers for your cabinets, closets, or shelves where you maybe store your linens or anything that needs its own little space — they slide right onto the shelf.,

    Promising review: "I was a little doubtful about these being able to stand up straight but was pleasantly surprised. I'm using them in an old antique cabinet/wardrobe to separate stacks of clothes that would otherwise turn into a pile of clothes on a shelf. I would definitely buy again." —the booniepepper

    Get it from Amazon for $10.34.

    4. Keep unsightly cords hidden with a genius and super discreet three-outlet power strip that's designed to look like your already existing plug while helping you keep the cords organized.,

    Promising review: "Did y’all know they made these?!? Okay, I was moving some furniture around in the guest room and my beautiful bride just wasn’t happy with how far the dresser stood out from the wall because of the TV plug. She said there has to be some way to fix that in this day and time. Know what? She was right! I did some searching on the old internet and found these. I put it on the outlet behind the dresser and shoved it into place. Just so y’all know, the wall plug is indeed flat and it’s designed to cover the whole plug when you use it. Please don’t ask me how thin or thick it is, cause I already put it behind the dresser and I dang shore ain’t about to pull it out to measure it for someone’s question. Just know that it’s flatter’n a bug in a windscreen and works great!" —James P.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95+ (available in three sizes and with or without surge).

    5. If you're a renter, or just not ready to invest in a whole new backsplash, try a temporary peel-and-stick subway tile backsplash to give your kitchen (or bathroom) an upgrade that doesn't require any actual tiling work.,

    Promising review: "This peel and stick tile backsplash has completely changed the look of our kitchen. It was relatively easy to install and it was our first time using any peel and stick product. One thing we did learn is once it's on the's not coming off easily. I would highly recommend using the glass cleaner method — this will allow more time to fix your placement if you don't have it just right. Overall, this product is totally worth the price and little time it takes to apply. P.S. It's a great quarantine project if you're looking for one! :)" —Nikki Moody

    Get a 10-pack of 12x12 panels from Amazon for $33.99.

    6. Or go with a little more color with a peel-and-stick faux-gel tile backsplash that's mold-, heat-, and moisture-resistant.


    Promising review: "We did a kitchen facelift this summer, repainting and making everything look fresh. We were looking at The Home Depot version of these, which are more than double the price. We decided to go for these instead and they are amazing!! I put them up myself in about two hours. I did buy the adhesive spray just in case but it wasn’t needed, even for the few I had to peel off and re-stick to center correctly. These aren’t too difficult to apply but definitely require patience. It is 100% worth the buy for a DIY affordable update!" —Hope Consilvio

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $31.99.

    7. Attach a set of magnetic decorative hinges to give your garage door that carriage look without that carriage price — and they're magnetic so they don't require any drilling or tools, just stick them on and bam! Instant curb appeal.

    A customer review before and after photo showing garage door with and without the hinges

    Promising review: "The only thing I don’t like is that kids think they are real and walk up and try to hang on the handles, which obviously just come right off. I have to admit it’s hysterical, it does teach the kids to quit messing around with things they shouldn’t because they think they break them... it’s downright comical. Other than that, you would never know they are magnetic. They stay on, you can pull them off easily to wash the doors and then just put right back on. Heavy rains and they didn’t come off. It’s -20 degrees outside now, and they're still stuck on with no problems. I got three sets — one double door and one single door, looks perfect." —Rummy3

    Get the six-piece set from Amazon for $25.03.

    8. Install a super simple hexagonal-shaped shelf designed with three adhesive bands on the back that can store up to four pounds — so no drilling needed.

    Three of the shelves puzzled together on a shower wall
    Giftopia Store on Etsy

    Get it from Giftopia Store on Etsy for $22.06+ (available in three colors).

    9. Buy some stainless steel and glass soap dispensers to really class up the inside of your shower. And they're super easy to refill!

    A customer review photo of four soap dispensers in their shower

    Promising review: "I purchased these to use as shampoo, conditioner, and body wash dispensers. I wanted our shower to look like a spa! They are great quality and many people I know have copied our idea, so they are a hit! Very high quality, the plunger part is always the most important part. These are metal and not plastic, something which seems to be hard to find when looking for dispensers." —Rebecca Morea

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.99.

    10. Fill your shelves with perfectly coordinated books sets that'll help make your shelves look like they belong in the pages of an interior design magazine.

    A bookshelf filled with color-coordinated books
    Amazon Handmade

    Covogoods is a Utah-based shop on Amazon Handmade specializing in unique and colorful book designs for any space.

    Promising review: "If you've been looking for decorative books, then look no more — you've found your shop! Colors are true to photos and I love how they were real books! Not those hallow, fake ones you see. This made decorating very easy, fast shipping, and quality suburb. Will be ordering more from here in the future!" —JH2

    Get a set from Covogoods on Amazon Handmade starting at $4 (packages start with just one book and go up to 25 books, they're also available in 16 colors including custom colors).

    11. Give any room in your home a glamorous touch with room-darkening velvet curtains that'll help in your quest to sleep in a little later.

    Promising review: "Purchased these for my studio, which is in an old mill. I wanted them for their insulating properties more than to block out the light because my studio loses a lot of heat at night due to its enormous windows. The curtains/drapes work great for both — I am especially pleased with how well they help keep the space from losing heat! Before having the curtains the space would lose about 8 degrees in temperature overnight (which in the winter is a significant amount, especially in the northeast). Now, with the curtains, the space no longer loses heat overnight! It is now so nice to go into my studio in the morning and find it still toasty warm!" —Noname

    Get them from Amazon for $21.99+ a panel (available in four sizes and nine colors).

    12. Throw a set of gorgeously lush velvet pillow covers on your favorite pillows to lend a little color and texture to any room in your house.

    A variety of the velvet pillow covers on a sofa

    Promising review: "This is the second set of these I've purchased (bought two different colors to change out when one set is in the laundry), and I completely love them. They are so soft, easy to put the pillows into, and they come out of the laundry looking brand new. Get a couple of different colors and switch out for holidays, or when desiring a quick easy decor change. I highly recommend them." —Melanie Mastin

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in nine sizes and in 35 colors).

    13. Keep your memories alive and give your home some personalization with a guided gallery wall kit that includes everything you need to create one — including seven frames, a hanging template, hardware, and even some pretty black-and-white prints that you can use or replace.

    Promising review: "I love this set! It was delivered quickly, all of the frames and glass came in perfect condition. My favorite part of the entire thing was the guide it came with. After putting the pictures in the frames, I hung the guide, made sure it was level, and drilled the holes right into the paper. Everything came out level, the frames and pictures look great. Definitely happy with this purchase." —Cristina C Sanchez

    Get it from Amazon for $42.07+ (available in three finishes).

    14. Hang a macrame wall mirror to bring in a bohemian flair and double as a great touch-up spot.

    The macrame wall mirror hanging on a wall.

    Promising review: "This mirror is GORGEOUS!! I bought this with few expectations and it's simply amazing! It's securely placed in the macrame and hangs flat. The photographs show the front and back of the mirror. I want more but don't need them. :D" —M. Bradley

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    15. Bring in more light to any space, especially with something like this leather table lamp, to warm it up and make it feel way cozier.,

    Promising review: "This is a great little lamp, very classy-looking. It definitely looks more expensive than it is (it's not flawless, but you can't see the minor imperfections unless you're looking closely). It is somewhat small as some other reviewers have said, but that was what I wanted. It fits perfectly on my little nightstand. I think the sample photos of it on the dresser give you a pretty good idea of its size. I would definitely recommend this lamp, especially at this price. I might even buy another one for my desk." —Bee

    Get it from Amazon for $21.33+ (available in 16 colors).

    16. Add a bold and beautiful houseplant to help bring any room to life — just make sure you follow the provided tips to keep it alive.,

    Costa Farms is a Miami, Florida-based horticultural grower.

    Promising review: "Awesome. Really, that's all I can say. Who would think you could buy a full-size palm for home or office from Amazon?! Well, I decided to try it and wow! The plant arrived in a tall, narrow box. The soil in the planter was well secured with packing paper and tape, and removing it was easy. I transplanted it into a larger pot, watered it, and it's absolutely beautiful, gracing the corner of my office and giving me plenty of healthy air. Packing included a care guide with more information online. Nice touch. Stands about 3' tall x 2.5' wide once the fronds relaxed a bit." —4StarDad

    Get it from Costa Farms from Amazon for $19.17+ (available in Majesty, Neathebella, and Cat varieties and in six planter styles).

    17. Try pleated fabric shades for some added privacy without totally blocking the light.

    Multiple kitchen windows with the pleated shades

    Promising review: "I went out on a limb and bought 24 of these bad boys. I hung them up all throughout my house. I didn't use the adhesive though, I bought an 80 count pack of thumbtacks for $1. I live in Alabama, the temperature outside is 99 today. I do not have my air conditioner on since I have put these up, it has literally cooled off so much in my house. TOTALLY worth it. I'm so happy I didn't drop hundreds of dollars on regular blinds. I'll never go back!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in six sizes and colors).

    18. Consider a five-step decorative ladder to store and display your throw blankets, bath towels, or scarves.

    The decorative ladder leaned against a wall holding blankets

    Promising review: "This is so great to store baby blankets in my son's nursery. The ladder has rubber tips on each end so it doesn't damage the wall, and it came assembled. I'm so glad I got this!" —The Johnsons

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in four finishes).

    19. Bring your table to life with a stackable set of geometrically shaped storage trays you can potentially use as plates in a very beautiful table setting.

    The storage trays laid out on a table

    Promising review: "I purchased these trays for food displays. They are thin and pretty small but everything looked great on them! They definitely can’t handle anything incredibly heavy so in the future I’d use them as decorative trays for utensils/napkins or cheese platters but you can’t beat the price. I love the colors." —melissah

    Get the set of four from Amazon for $10.88.

    20. You don't need to break the bank to get a beautiful area rug: This medallion area rug comes in a variety of colors and sizes to fit your decor style, plus its refined loom makes it great for anyone with pets!

    The medallion rug laid across the floor

    Promising review: "I LOVE THIS AREA RUG! The rug came within three to five days of ordering and it's amazing quality-wise and aesthetically. I purchased the 8x10 and it fits my room perfectly. Personally, I did not feel the need to buy a rug pad for added thickness. It is soft and cushy (super-technical term) to walk on barefoot. The colors are absolutely perfect for my room. The ivory is a true ivory and the gray goes perfectly with my blue-gray walls. I could not be happier with this purchase — especially for the price!" —Flint

    Get it from Amazon for $21.88+ (available in 14 colors and 30+ sizes).

    21. If books are your thing, try a unique and fun set of cactus bookends to securely keep your books in place and that give your space a little personality.

    The cactus bookends in gold

    Promising review: "Cute gold decor. Simple, stylish, and a good statement piece for an apartment. I was worried the gold would look too yellow and/or cheap but it fits quite nicely." —Taylordtravels

    Get it from Amazon for $14.96.

    22. Place an embossed faux-alligator decorative tray on your coffee table or ottoman to have a spot to hold all your little treasures.


    Promising review: "If you’re looking for style, look no further. I got this tray to compliment my bedroom and hold things on my bed when I’m laying in it. It is lightweight and the colors are shiny. I just love it and I’m sure you will too! I bought another one for my daughter's room. She loves it!" —AJ Mendez

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in 13 colors).

    23. Update your bathroom with a resin-coated fabric shower curtain designed with dangling tassels so you can make your bathroom look like a bohemian dream.

    The fabric shower curtain hanging around a bathtub

    Promising review: "I have NEVER written a review. EVER. If you are on the fence about it just go ahead and purchase. It’s beautiful and true to the advertised extra-long length. It’s in a bathroom that my four kids use (ages 19, 17, 9, and 7). We use it without a liner and it wicks away water and dries almost instantly. I can tell the material is going to be perfect for frequent washing. If it doesn’t hold up long I will just buy another, that’s how great it is!" —Toyia

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in nine sizes and three colors).

    24. If you're dealing with some outdated countertops, try covering them up with a roll of easy-to-apply marble-print contact paper., Amazon

    Promising review: "You need precision to get it on or you will have bubbles. However, it gives a great updated look for a super-small cost." —Jenny from the block

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95.

    25. You could even try a roll of the adhesive chalkboard contact paper so you can turn your boring old walls and surfaces into usable and fun spaces your kids (and let's not lie, you) will love.,

    Promising review: "I've tried other brands of this and I'm telling you this one is the best. It actually sticks to my wall. It wipes off better and looks nicer. I have another brand on my wall that I started with and had to use spray adhesive to get it to stay up. After I ran out, I ordered this and I've never put anything on it. I'm very happy and my son's city is complete. :0)" —J. jernigan

    Get a six and a half foot roll from Amazon for $12.95.

    26. If you're tired of spending countless dollars on flowers that just die on you, try a bundle of faux jasmine flowers that'll add a delicate statement to any room — without the need to replace them every week.

    A bundle of the faux Jasmine flowers in white

    Promising review: "I have never used artificial flowers but these changed my mind — they are blow-you-away gorgeous! Every client comments on these. I combined these with some other silk flowers from Amazon and it's really stunning." —Lisa B

    Get a 10-piece bundle from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in three colors).

    27. Lend your space an inviting, bohemian feel with a detailed macrame tapestry.

    The tapestry hanging above a sofa

    Promising review: "I absolutely love the look of macrame, but it can be extremely challenging to find ones that are affordable and also good quality. This piece is a great addition to my bathroom, and I love the natural touch. It's the perfect size that fits above my toilet and makes it feel homier. Great for any smaller wall space you're looking to add a decorative touch to." —Ash

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in two colors).

    28. Give your old and tattered hand-me-down furniture a fun and unique coat of chalked paint — it'll provide all your pieces a soft matte, cozy look.


    Promising review: "I'm slowly doing a DIY remodel on the upstairs of my house. I'm basically taking everything we own and giving it an upgrade. I got this paint for many things — one of those being my dining room table. I do A LOT of crafting. I redid my kitchen myself, including my cabinets, and went from oak to glazed antique. So I'm familiar with paints, sealants, and stains. I use paint daily. And I use chalk paint the most. And this is my favorite. The quality is great and the coverage is better than any other out there. I'm not going to bash any other name brands in a review but I am so happy I found a chalk paint that I don't have to slather on and waste and that doesn't give me that thick, goopy look. I got linen white for my table legs and I got charcoal for my tabletop and seat tops. I also used the charcoal on a lot of the accent pieces in my dining room." —Kimber

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in 13 colors).

    29. Get comfortable in bed with a magnificently soft three-piece, 1,500-thread-count duvet cover for when you want to feel like you're sleeping at the Four Seasons without leaving the comfort of your own home.

    bed with the off white bedding on it

    Promising review: "This was just what I expected and was looking for in a lightweight duvet cover. The material is very soft (kind of velvety and silky at the same time) but pretty thin. I got the white in the queen size. The material is soft, almost a little clingy, so slight crease and wrinkles can be smoothed out pretty easily. The bottom has a button closure (an approx. 3-inch flap sort of folds over and has clear buttons on the inside). The bottom of the comforter does stick out a bit sometimes when I make the bed, simply tugging and smoothing slightly covers it and tucks it back in the cover. Great, simple cover at a great price. Doesn't seem to snag easily, washes/dries well with no noticeable shrinkage, and stains come out easily (my dog sneaked on the bed twice and made a gross stain; both times I just threw the cover in the washer and dryer after a little dab of regular detergent and the stain was completely gone)." —j&a

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in queen and king and in 12 colors, if you're looking for something that fits your full and twin beds check out this microfiber set).

    30. Or try a luxe microfiber quilt set complete with a quilt and two pillow shams for everything you need to make your bed the most inviting place in town. ::wink:: ::wink::

    Multiple colors of the quilt set laid around a bed

    Promising review: "I bought this for a vacation home we own. I wanted something lightweight and inexpensive that would do the job. My husband and I visited for a week and we’re so pleasantly surprised. We love this bedding! I’ve always been a big comfy comforter person. Now I’m not, because of this awesome quilt." —J. Dermody

    Get the set from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in three sizes and eight colors).

    31. Bring the inside out with an outdoor area rug that'll make your summer nights in your yard a little cozier.

    The stripped black and white Douds Area Rug in someones backyard
    Boutique Rugs

    Promising review: "It makes my patio look chic and not boring. Love the material, it has held up with the rain we’ve had here in Texas. Highly recommend!" —Brandi C.

    Get it from Boutique Rugs for $82.67+ (available in two sizes).

    32. Add some color and personality to your walls with unique and fun wall art.

    The Mod Pods I - Graphic Art Print with the gold frame on a wall

    Promising review: "This little guy has been the color palette that has guided the transformation of my living room." —Ashley

    Get it from Wayfair for $29.99+ (available in four frame colors and 10 sizes).

    33. Let there be light...on your kitchen cabinets with a set of Alexa and Google Home voice-controlled LED Lights that are easily applied under and above your cabinets and that can shine in up to 16 million color options. MILLION.

    A customer review photo of their cabinets with lighting above and below

    Promising review: "We love our new strip lights so much that I decided to buy a second set. The first one was installed above the kitchen cabinets where we placed some artwork and vases. The second set was placed under the kitchen island top. Grandkids love speaking to Alexa to change the colors of the lights. Set up was extremely easy and it works with the Alexa app." —junin07

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in two sizing options).

    34. Get yourself a simple wooden stove cover to create more counter space without having to actually build anything.

    Willow Layne Co on Etsy

    Willow Layne Co is a farmhouse and rustic home decor store based out of Grove City, Ohio.

    Get it from Willow Layne Co on Etsy for $60 (available in six colors). They also offer free local pickup if you're a resident of the area.

    35. Add a discreet piece of storage furniture for help keeping all the stuff you want out of sight hidden away — but they also look quite nice as part of your decor setup.

    The storage ottoman in gray

    Promising review: "Beautiful and well made. Easy to set up and collapses in seconds. We purchased to use in our new camper for storage and to use as an ottoman. To keep it looking nice we sprayed it with Scotchgard. It might not have needed it but I want it to stay looking great and spot-free for as long as we own the camper. GREAT VALUE." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in four colors and two materials).

    36. Or go with a super cute woven basket bag to keep your linens or even a flowing plant to help with your overall aesthetic.

    The basket bag filled with pillows and blankets

    Promising review: "I have styled this tote basket on a peg rack in my entryway with some greenery hanging over. Perfect size. I absolutely love it. This basket can be used for all seasons. Just change the florals/greenery accordingly." —Vic

    Get it from Target for $45.

    37. Make your tiny space seem a little bigger with perfectly placed mirrors, which will also help in your quest to capture the perfect OOTD pic for Insta.

    The full-length floor mirror leaning against a wall

    A great tip for placement of your new mirror in your space is to place it on or up against a wall that's beside a windowed wall (like they have in the picture above). It helps extend the look and light the window.

    Promising review: "Absolutely stunning, packaged very well, and easy to stand up. I’m a TALL girl (a little over 5’10”) and having a mirror that was large enough for me was very important. This does exactly that, but isn’t so big that it takes up too much space. The gold trim is super classy and adds an expensive-looking quality to the mirror and my room. Overall amazing and definitely worth the buy!" —Bria Million

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in 11 sizes and 29 colored frames).

    38. Freshen up the air with a set of the prettiest pink peony reed diffusers — they're made of a super porous sola material that will absorb the scent and colors of your favorite oil fragrances. It'll basically be like having perfect flowers that never die and always smell delightful.

    The set of pink peony 2" sola flower reed diffusers
    Plawanature Store on Amazon Handmade

    Plawanature is a community manufacturer and exporter of handmade, eco-friendly dried flowers.

    Get the set of 10 from the Plawanature Store on Amazon Handmade for $20.99.

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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