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    Updated on Jul 8, 2020. Posted on Jul 4, 2020

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

    Time to freshen things up.

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


    Promising review: "Love, love, love this wallpaper!!! It is beautiful and unique, refined and elegant, and a 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 it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in a 10 prints).

    2. Also, if you're a renter, or just not ready to invest in a whole new backsplash, try a temporary peel-and-stick tile backsplash 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." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    3. 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 set of two from Amazon for $17.99.

    4. 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.

    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).

    5. 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 $19.99+ a panel (available in four sizes and six colors).

    6. 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 $12.99+ (available in eight sizes and in 32 colors).

    7. Keep your memories alive and give your home some personalization with a multiple frames you can use to create your very own gallery wall.

    A customer review photo of the frames displayed on multiple shelves.

    Promising review: "I am a full-time working student who just moved into her first apartment. I didn't want anything heavy, expensive, or fancy. These are great for me. The lightweight, black finish is perfect on all of them, glass wasn't broken. I am happy with these frames!" —Danielle

    Get the seven piece set from Amazon for $23.99. Check out these cheat sheets for recos on how to hang your gallery wall...and basically learn everything about home decor in general.

    8. 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 $17.99.

    9. 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., Amazon

    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 $19.59+ (available in 17 colors).

    10. 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.,

    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 Amazon for $21.99+ (available in Majesty, Neathebella, and Cat varieties and in seven planter styles).

    11. 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 $29.40+ (available in three sizes and colors).

    12. 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).

    And check out our picks for the best bath towels on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    13. 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 $9.88 (available in two styles).

    14. 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.

    The sheets on a full-size bed in the French bulldog print.

    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!!" —Texas Gal

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes twin-California king and in five prints).

    15. 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 $24.96+ (available in 11 colors and 30+ sizes).

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

    A customer review photo of the Dachshund Bookend Set.

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

    Get it from Amazon for $26.69.

    17. Create your own art and have something unique to cover your walls in with blank wooden skateboard — okay, hear me out. Skateboard art is all the rage, bright beautifully decorated boards which, with a small piece of fishing wire wrapped through the holes, hang perfectly on your wall but they're also SUPER expensive (like hundreds of dollars, see example below). So, what if you bought a board and painted/decorated it yourself? You could create one really intricate board that hangs perfectly on a pillar or small corner or an epic collage with a few!

    A blank wooden skateboard hanging on a wall.
    CarterSk8Boards on Etsy

    Here's an example of three skateboards covered with the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat currently available at from MoMA for $550.

    Get this single, blank skateboard from CarterSk8Boards on Etsy for $24.95.

    18. Invest in some seating for your space with a set of super-cute velvet chairs.

    The quilted velvet chairs in purple.

    Promising review: "I'm amazed that I could have chairs this cute and comfortable at such a cheap price. Honestly, I'd have more of these if I had space for them. They are pretty sturdy, though legs might need occasional tightening over time. I'm currently obsessed with velvet and this is simply wonderful. The cats love them too!" —Lor

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $109.99 (available in purple).

    19. 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 $18.99+ (available in nine colors).

    20. 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., Amazon

    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 — the provided template worked perfectly and it's very sturdy. The hooks flip up/down easily. I'd highly recommend this product!" —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $21.88+ (available in black or white).

    21. 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 $24.99+ (available in four sizes and three colors).

    22. 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 $25.95.

    23. 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.

    24. 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 $20.99+ (available in three colors).

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

    The macrame tapestry hanging on a wall.

    Promising review: "This macramé wall hanging is super nice! The color is a nice off-white/tan, so it's easy to see even against white walls. The threads all across are even, nothing is crooked. The threads have a nice weight to them so they hang straight down. It's easy to roll up and pack, it'll unroll back to its original shape without any weird creasing. It's about a foot and a half from the bar to the bottom, and then another foot from the hanging point to the bar. I love it and it looks great on my wall!" —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four designs).

    26. 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 12 colors).

    27. 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 11 colors, if you're looking for something that fits your full and twin beds check out this microfiber set).

    28. 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 $35.99+ (available in three sizes and 14 colors).

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

    The Texas Homesick candle.

    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." —Amazon Customer

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

    30. 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 yellow linen.

    Promising review: "UPDATE!!! I just bought two more! Love these! They can be footrests, tables, decorative, and they have storage so your things are out of the way and not showing! I have a total of five now. Grandkids were climbing on them with no issues. Love them! They seem sturdy. They took seconds to put together." —Kalh79

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in three colors).

    31. And 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 $149.99 (available in five colored frames).

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

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