Is your home decor starting to feel a little stale? As seasons and trends change, our kitchen, living room, and other home decors can start to feel outdated. Most people don’t have the kind of budget that would allow for a complete renovation every few years. However, there are a few simple and affordable DIY updates you can make to your living space without a major redesign. Consider these seven fun ideas for DIY living rooms and affordable kitchen remakes to update and refresh your home.

1. New Lighting

Lighting can really set the tone in a room. A poorly lit room looks small, dark, and crowded, but a properly lit one is full of life and vibrancy. For a quick DIY fix to a room that just feels too small, try updating the lighting. Place a tall, bright lamp in a dark corner and replace dated light fixtures (and go LED to be earth conscious!). Make sure each room has three sources of light if possible: overhead, natural, and lamps.

2. Replace Cabinetry with RTA Cabinets

Cabinets are the backbone of any kitchen’s look. As the most prominent feature, they set the tone and establish the character of your kitchen. If your cabinets are aging, dated, or too small, a great idea for affordable kitchen remakes is to look at RTA cabinets (ready to assemble). These affordable cabinets are made to fit right into your kitchen, giving it a modern and updated look with a little DIY. Knotty alder cabinets are a great, timeless look for a new kitchen design.

3. Update Window Treatments

Many homeowners struggle to find the right look for their windows, sometimes leaving them bare or installing cheap blinds or curtains. If you’re redecorating, use this chance as an excuse to try some bold colors, textures, and patterns on your window treatments to bring some life to your living room and kitchen.

4. Consider Wallpaper

Forget your grandmother’s florals—installing wallpaper is an affordable DIY project that can lend a fresh, modern look to any room. Now easy to install and remove, wallpaper can give your living room, kitchen, or bathroom an expensive, designed look. Remember that a little goes a long way, and consider choosing a bold design for an accent wall, rather than covering the entire room. When you’re ready for a new look, simply peel it off and try a new paper or color.

 

5. Install Under-Cabinet Lighting

Know what will go great with your new RTA cabinets? Under-cabinet lighting. This project can get a little expensive, and if you don’t have the skills you may need to hire an electrician. But the effort will pay off: the lighting will make your kitchen really pop, plus it will help you see better while trying out a new recipe—and cleaning up afterward.

6. Paint the Walls

Painting is a cost-effective way to update your home without making a major change. A fresh coat of paint in a similar hue—or a completely different one—can go a long way when it comes to updating a room. Even better, painting is a simple DIY project, and if you take it one room at a time, you can get it done in a weekend or two.

7. Go Green

Breathe life into your space by adding some house plants. Grow fresh herbs in your kitchen year-round, and pick hardy plants for other rooms to add some green. House plants bring nature indoors, which lifts your mood along with providing a new pop of color and texture. Pick a hardy variety if you’re worried about keeping the plant alive, and read up on how to keep it growing.

It doesn’t take a lot to make the same old space look brand new. These suggestions for living room, bathroom, or kitchen remakes are simple and cost-effective ways to get a great new look in your home. Try them out!

If you’re looking for a great option for beautiful, ready-to-install cabinets, Knotty Alder Cabinets is the choice for you. Check out our inventory today.