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    28 Ways To Upgrade Your Space That Don't Require A Ton Of Work

    Some simple things you can do to upgrade your space that won't break the bank β€” or your back.

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    1. Brighten up any room with removable peel-and-stick wallpaper β€” it's the perfect nonpermanent answer to your bland-wall woes.

    Promising review: "I love this wallpaper. It was mess-free, took me an hour to install the whole wall, and has transformed my daughter's room. We had a medium-textured wall so I was concerned about how it would adhere, but it has been up for over a week now and I have noticed a couple of seam splits, probably because I smoothed it vigorously. So, I would recommend smoothing towards the seams only, as the wallpaper retracts a little. That being said, it is only noticeable if you look closely, and everyone loves it. It is like putting contact on a book, but way easier. I didn't get one bubble. I would use this paper again, for sure." β€”Mc

    Get it from Target for $29.99 (available in a variety of prints and patterns).

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

    Promising review: "This is awesome! Why isn't everyone including the outline with exactly where to put the nails? It turned out so cute, and my husband loved how easy it was to hang! Just make sure to check you're using the right size nail prior to putting holes in your wall!" β€”Megan Lingerfelt

    Get it from Amazon for $36.83+ (available in black, gray, white, and walnut).

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

    Promising review: "We are Dachshund freaks and these bookends look super cool on our mantel. They are heavy and work perfectly." β€”LaDawn Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95.

    4. Fill your space with the delightful scents of home by lighting a Homesick candle designed specifically to bring back some serious nostalgia.

    Promising review: "My mom has lived in a small town in Northeast Ohio for 30 years now and is moving in a month to Seattle for retirement. My oldest brother and I are staying in Ohio (him for work, me for school) and she is a terrible empty-nester. I got her this candle as a Christmas gift before she moves in January so she can remember where we all built our lives together. I know she's going to love it. It smells great! The smell is so poignant that I can smell it through the box." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in all 50 states).

    5. Adding a bold and beautiful houseplant can really help bring any room to life β€” just make sure you follow the provided tips to keep it alive.

    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." β€”Dave

    Get it from Amazon for $23.12+ (available in Majesty, Areca, and Cat).

    6. Cover your bed in a set of fresh sheets with a subtle but playful print to freshen it up and bring a little more color into your bedroom.

    Promising review: "Absolutely love these sheets! Pretty design!! Quite stiff at first but throw them in the wash with fabric softener and they sleep softly!! Will purchase another set! Great price too!!" β€”Texas Gal

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes twin-California king and in six prints).

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

    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!" β€”The Johnsons

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

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    8. Bringing in more light to any space, especially with this leather table lamp, can 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." β€”Bee

    Get it from Amazon for $26.46 (available in 10 colors).

    9. Bring texture to your walls and provide privacy and darkness while you sleep with a high-quality set of blackout curtains.

    Promising review: "These drapes are beautiful, functional, and work very well! I bought them in different colors for two rooms in my dad's new place, and they are lovely. Work well to block out sunlight in the morning in his bedroom, and will help keep the cold out in the winter. He's very happy with them. I would certainly recommend them to anyone looking for room darkening, thermal draperies." β€”Emissary

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in nine colors and seven sizes).

    10. Experiment with unique pieces of home decor, like this little metal armadillo figurine, to give your space some character without totally overwhelming it.

    Promising review: "Ok seriously, I love him. He’s the perfect little Texas touch to my entryway table. Small enough to be subtle but big enough to be noticeable!" β€”Rklifeandbeauty

    Get it from Target for $7.99.

    11. 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!

    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 β€” especially for the price!" β€”Flint

    Get it from Amazon for $24.39+ (available in 10 colors and 30+ sizes).

    12. Cover your walls with unique art to help bring your room to life and showcase your keen sense of design.

    Get it from Wanker & Wanker on Society 6 for $24.99+ (available in five sizes).

    13. Splurge on a set of metal trunks β€” they'll work great as an end table or as a piece of decor while also giving you some much-needed (and discreet) storage.

    Promising review: "I obviously go by design because I had no frickin' clue these things were metal. I thought they were wood! Either way, they are tooooooo adorable! Too cute! I’ve gotten so many compliments. I’m mostly just using for book storage, so they’re perfect." β€”Tanya

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99 (available in cream and gray).

    14. Stop the pile of jackets, sweaters, and scarves before it starts with a wall hook that can double as a piece of decor when it's not in use.,

    Promising review: "I wanted some hooks to put in my bedroom for my bathrobe while I sleep, but also something that looked nice when it was empty. This is exactly what I wanted! Installation was so easy β€” the provided template worked perfectly and it's very sturdy. The hooks flip up/down easily. I'd highly recommend this product!" β€”Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in black or white).

    15. Add some seating to your space by investing in a set of super-cute velvet chairs.,

    Promising review: "I LOVE these chairs! I was really impressed when I received them. They look just like the images and they feel very luxurious. I am so glad I bought them as they add an interesting view to my living room. Every time I look at them I am so pleased. I used it as my office chair and the height is perfect!" β€”VIVIAN

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $109.99+ (available in five colors).

    16. A set of glam but modern succulent planters will not only give your air plants a beautiful home, but they'll add a lil' something-something to your shelves.

    Promising review: "Absolutely gorgeous for small air plants. I just recently started buying air plants β€” seem to kill every other living plant β€” and these containers are very classy and receive many compliments." β€”The Redhead

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $27.98.

    17. Add some texture and (literal) warmth to a room with an eclectic throw blanket.

    Promising review: "I let out an audible (excited) shriek when I pulled this throw out of the packaging. It's GORGEOUS. Soft, heavy, beautiful design. It seems like it will wash well, as it is 100% polyester. Adds a lot of interest to a space and its design is timeless. It may be wise to keep this blanket away from dogs who like to paw at blankets to burrow...may snag." β€”targetlurver

    Get it from Target for $29.99.

    18. Update your bathroom shower curtain, because let's be honest, when was the last time you did that?

    Promising review: "I picked the curtain with the curtain liner. Both sets came with hooks which I wasn't expecting but I am happy because if one breaks I have backups given that they are plastic rings. The yellow and white pattern is very clean and looks nice. When I received the liner it was very thick. At first, I thought it was moldy because it had a white dust but then I realized it was to keep it from sticking. The dust easily came off after the first shower. Overall a great shower curtain and liner combo. Well worth the price and is good quality." β€”briana

    Get it from Amazon for $11.49 (available in four designs).

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

    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." β€”Jenny from the block

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95.

    20. Never underestimate the power of a good throw pillow β€” they can cozy up your bed, sofa, or even a corner turned reading nook.

    Promising review: "The 'merlot' color is actually a deep fuschia/magenta and it’s GORGEOUS!!!! It doesn’t really go with any of the color palettes in my house but I saw it and had to get it!!! All of the colors in this line are deeply saturated and beautiful. The lime green/chartreuse is incredible as is the teal. I really like the style of this line." β€”Detroit Deb

    Get it from Target for $26.99 (available in three colors).

    21. Keep your coffee table (or any surface) safe from the infamous water ring by using these instructive bamboo coasters.

    Promising review: "I laughed out loud when I first saw this coaster set. Pretty much says everything you need a coaster to say. These are a great way to encourage your guests to use a coaster without feeling like you are being a snob. If you're having friends over at your place and they put their drink on the table without using a coaster, just hand them one of these. They will probably laugh instead of feeling embarrassed β€” and your table will still look great. They look nice, too. Good-quality bamboo has a natural look that goes with any home decor, so they can make a good housewarming gift or a gag gift. And the coaster holder keeps them organized. I'm glad I bought these!" β€”Laurie Williamson

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $17.99.

    22. Give your walls a little character with a sleek but hilarious wall clock that perfectly sums up your personality.

    Promising review: "People who visit my kitchen don't usually mention ANYTHING in it, except this clock. They all want one. It will be a perfect Christmas gift later this year! I smile every time I look at it. Works perfectly and has done so since I purchased it months ago." β€”Dee in North Carolina

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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

    Promising review: "This is SO beautiful! It's pretty, large, and exactly the color shown. I totally recommend since it's such a good price! You can find these at West Elm for $80+!" β€”Grace T3

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two designs).

    24. If you're a renter, or just not ready to invest in a whole new backsplash, try a temporary peel-and-stick tile to upgrade your kitchen without breaking the bank.

    Promising review: "I love, love, love my backsplash. It was super easy and VERY sticky. It added so much flair to my all-white and silver kitchen. It's perfect." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in six color schemes).

    25. Give your old and tattered hand-me-down furniture a fun and unique coat of chalked paint β€” 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 β€” 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 table top and seat tops. I also used the charcoal on a lot of the accent pieces in my dining room." β€”Kimber

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98+ (available in 12 colors).

    26. Adding a discreet piece of storage furniture is a great way to clear any messes and keep all those things you don't want in sight hidden away.

    Promising review: "Great storage bin! I didn't believe you could sit on it and still be sturdy but it really is. It doesn't feel like its going to break. The kid's slime jars and other stuff fit perfectly and are hidden out of view. Fits under a desk and we pull it out as needed for extra seating when friends come over." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99.

    27. Some pleated fabric shades will help give you some privacy without totally blocking the light.

    Promising review: "I live in California really close to the beach. The house I'm renting doesn't have air-conditioning and it gets hot! I bought a window air conditioner for my casement window (slides horizontally instead of up and down), which doesn't let me lower the blinds over the A/C unit. I was trying to figure out a way to close the gap next to the air conditioner and these work perfect! You can trim them to size and simply stick them to the bottom of your installed blinds. They keep the sun and heat out and give me privacy. Very happy!" β€”Shelley R

    Get it from Amazon for $9.38+ (available in sizes 36" x 72" and 48" x 72").

    28. And make your tiny AF space seem a little bigger with perfectly placed mirrors, which'll also help in your quest to capture the perfect OOTD pic for Insta.

    Promising review: "This is a great value; very well made. It is more champagne in color (gold) than silver but still neutral enough to go with most colors. The box is huge because it is so well packed and protected β€” but not terribly heavy. I was able to take it from my front porch to the garage where we unpacked it. Highly recommend, I don't think you would be disappointed. Requires two people to hang!" β€”StarGazer

    Get it from Walmart for $109.52.

    Now your home will stand up and greet you whenever you walk through the door.

    Warner Bros.

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