13 Small Home Updates That Make a Big Impact

elegant dining room
credit: Studio Nordes

Thinking about updating your humble abode's aesthetic can be more than a little overwhelming (to say the least), but it doesn't have to be. In fact, there are loads of simple changes that you can make to completely refresh your home while costing you very little time or money — you just have to know where to look. The following list of quick and easy updates are a breeze to integrate and they're guaranteed to make a major style impact.

1. Replace your cabinet hardware.

White bathroom with black faucets and tan leather drawer pulls
credit: Lada Webster

Tired of your furniture? Instead of throwing a ton of money at brand new pieces, simply replace the hardware for a whole new look. Whether you update the hardware of your bathroom cabinets, bedroom dresser, kitchen cupboards, or all of the above, you'll be pleasantly surprised at the huge difference it makes in your home.

2. Opt for snazzier bathroom fixtures.

Your kitchen and bathroom faucets are often overlooked as change-makers, but they'll completely transform the look. If you want a more dynamic (and trendy) vibe, try mixing metal finishes. Install an antique brass-finish faucet at a bathroom vanity with polished chrome drawer pulls.

3. Add throw pillows.

If you only change one thing, let that thing be your throw pillows. This update couldn't be easier but it packs a big, transformative punch. Plus, they're a cinch to switch and swap whenever the itch to change strikes again.

4. Update your bedding ensemble.

If your bedroom design has grown a little stale, look to your bedding to refresh your look. Your bed is essentially the centerpiece of this room so adding a new comforter and sheet set will instantly renew its look.

5. Hang some new wall decor.

Black and white gallery wall
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Your walls are full of refreshing potential. You can swap out your gallery wall in favor of open shelving; add artwork in place of a mirror; or simply bring some flair to a space that was formerly blank.

6. Add a statement mirror.

Mirrors have a knack for making homes appear much bigger and more dynamic than they are. Generally speaking, the larger the mirror, the larger your space will look, but even a small, thoughtfully-designed mirror will provide expansive benefits.

7. Out with the old, and in with the new — light fixtures, that is.

Minimal wood-dominated dining room with sputnik chandelier
credit: Studio Nordes

Your lighting is largely responsible for the mood and style of your home. Replacing outdated fixtures with a chic pendant light or a modern chandelier is a no-fail way to update your entire design.

8. Window treatments are a must-have.

Bedroom featuring white curtains opened around tan woven roman blinds
credit: Studio McGee

Whether you choose to install dreamy drapery panels in your bedroom or Roman shades in your living room, window treatments wield a lot of power on the transformation front. There are unlimited styles and price points to choose from, so you're bound to find the look that's just right for you.

9. Bring the outdoors in.

Plants enhance the vibe of any room they're in. Not only do they add texture and movement to your design, but they also purify the air you breathe. And if your thumb is more black than green, simply add some succulents and air plants to reap all of the benefits without the maintenance.

10. Don't stop at just one. Layer a few area rugs.

Rugs are often the first things people notice when they walk into a room, so the more the merrier. Layering is a great way to add variety and fresh pops of color, tying together the other hues in your home to create more cohesion.

11. Create a coffee table vignette.

Curating a thoughtful coffee table display will renew the look of your living room in an instant. And it really doesn't take much — a beautiful decorative tray, an artful book, a few candles, and a tchotchke or two is really all it takes.

12. Invest in luxurious bath towels.

A lot of people don't realize what awesome decor towels can make. But given that they're usually prominently displayed in the bathroom, it shouldn't be too surprising. Rather than clutter-up your lovely loo with loads of decor, update it with a set of gorgeous (and, more importantly practical) towels.

13. Dreamy throw blankets make everything better.

Similarly to throw pillows, throw blankets are also incredibly transformative. Throw a new one over your bed or couch for an update that's as attractive as it is easy.

Kelly Weimert

Kelly Weimert

Kelly is a full-time freelance writer, aspiring aerialist, and passionate interior design enthusiast. She's a regular contributor to design-centric publications like Apartment Therapy, The Spruce, and TexasLiving Magazine.