Make your entrance inviting

dog sitting at front door of home red door

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A cheery front-door color and a touch of landscaping can do wonders for your home’s curb appeal and make a lasting impression on guests. Dress the door with new hardware, and add potted plants near the entrance. Consider installing outdoor lightingto enhance your home’s architecture and illuminate the walkway. Replace your worn-out welcome mat with a bold statement mat to create a warm and welcoming persona for your home.

Brighten Your Kitchen

kitchen banquette with bold artwork in reds
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Dress up an eating area with a fresh light fixture. Replacing an existing fixture is your easiest option: Just turn off the power at the electrical box and connect the wires. Hanging a new light fixture is a simple way to change the look of your room, and it’s a project you can do yourself. Consider the design, as well as function, when choosing the right light fixtures for your kitchen.

Add a Window Box

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One of the first living walls, window boxes have been a longtime favorite of gardeners. Filled with a lush display of flowers, they add charm to any exterior window. Not only do they give windows a nice finish, but they also bring gorgeous flowers up and into view from inside the home. Plus, you can build the popular curb appeal element yourself.

Add Storage to Your Entrance

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If a traditional entry closet or a built-in shelving system isn’t an option in your home, refashioned furniture can achieve a look that’s equally stylish and storage-savvy. This small-scale table is a perfect size for beside the front door. Though compact, the table’s lower shelf makes the piece super functional for drop-zone items. Hang a wall-mount shelf above the table to keep keys, hats, and sunglasses within easy reach.

Paint or Paper a Wall

bathroom with dramatic wallpaper pattern
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Select the perfect self-adhesive wallpaper to create an accent that’s easy to apply, remove, and reuse. Like a giant sticker, peel the decorative paper off the backing and adhere it to a primed and painted wall. To create a curvy top edge, use your mirror to inspire the outline of your design. Cut the shape from kraft paper and test the look. Tape the pattern on the decorative paper applied to the wall; use a crafts knife to cut around the template and peel away the paper above the cut.

Hang Outdoor String Lights

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Set the perfect outdoor ambiance with string lights. These weather-resistant lights are perfect to light up your patio or deck for outdoor dining and relaxing. Attach the lights with screw eyes and carabiners so they’re just as easy to put up as they are to take down. With this easy method, string lights remain sturdy throughout the year, so you don’t have to worry about plastic hooks and other temporary solutions that won’t last after the season.

Related: How to Install Poles to Hang Outdoor String Lights

Give Your Backyard a Boost

contemporary patio with various materials and string lights
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With flagstone or cement pavers, you can easily make an outdoor patio in a weekend, no mortar required. Add potted plants and outdoor seating, such as a bistro set or an eclectic mix of colorful chairs, to create a quaint backyard escape. With the right planning and pieces, even a small space can become an outdoor retreat. Look for nooks in your yard where you can put a bench and a small side table and make a mini patio to enjoy your landscape.

Redo Your Backsplash

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Tired of a dull kitchen? Transform the mood of the kitchen with a bold new backsplash in ceramic or glass tile. Just make sure the wall is sound before you start the installation. Choosing one color (no pattern or texture) and clean-lined tile for the backsplash in a small kitchen keeps the look uncluttered and roomy.

Replace Your Showerhead

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Choose a low-flow showerhead and you’ll get virtually the same sensation of water flow while saving money on your water bill. If your showerhead flow is already low (and shouldn’t be), check to see if hard-water deposits are clogging the holes. Many new showerheads provide more options for control (multiple spray styles, pivoting angles, temperature settings) and they’re more efficient. Try replacing your showerhead with a newer model so you can achieve a spa-worthy bathing experience in the comfort of your home.