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Breathe New Life Into Your Home Without Renovating

We have all been there: that feeling of wanting to embark on a construction project simply because we are bored with our home. Adding square footage or combining rooms is a huge undertaking and one that should be entered into thoughtfully. Fortunately, there are tons of ways to breathe new life into your home without renovating. Here are some ideas! 


If you’re looking for a significant impact change without the price tag, paint will be your best friend! Whether you’re talking interior or exterior, you can dramatically change the look of your home by swapping in new paint colors. It doesn’t have to be full walls either. Take a look at your baseboards. Could they use a fresh coat? Trim and moldings are often overlooked, but that can really make a room pop! 

Install “Smart” Features

A great way to bring your home into the 21st Century is by installing “smart” features like a thermostat, garage door opener, or even outlets to control the lighting in your home. There are so many on the market to choose from, and they are surprisingly user-friendly. Most are controlled by apps that you can carry around in your pocket or purse. These smart features can also help you save money on electric and heating bills too, because you can adjust your controls remotely when your home is vacant. 


Wallpaper has come a long way since the days of installing something that you knew you needed to live with essentially forever. Now, many companies have created peel-and-stick wallpaper panels that are so much easier to install, and are not permanent. Wallpaper is an excellent option for smaller spaces like a powder bath or even the wall behind a bedroom headboard. 

Recover and/or Rearrange Furniture

Sure, you can always replace dated or worn pieces of furniture. But if you have furniture with life left, why not consider having it recovered? Reupholstering a couch or armchair can bring an entirely new look to your living room. And if recovering isn’t in your budget, consider merely rearranging your furniture. 

Opt for New Accents

You may think that a full remodel is in order, but what if you could change the entire vibe of your living space with new accents? The good news is, you can! Think rugs, artwork, throw pillows, decorative items, and even a new piece of accent furniture like a side table. Ceramic garden stools are a great option because they are durable and can be used to set items on, or as a place for someone to sit. 


A proper lighting scheme can make a more significant impact than you might think! If you have a corner of your room that’s perhaps a bit dark, consider adding a table lamp to give off a warm glow. Pendant lighting is another way to really up your design game, and it’s not just for the kitchen. You can use them as bedside lamps if you install them over your nightstands. And speaking of kitchens, under-cabinet task lighting can be achieved by installing LED strip lighting. This is a much more cost-effective way to add light to your kitchen without starting a massive renovation. 

For assistance with all of your custom home building needs in Marion, Cedar Rapids, and Iowa City, please contact Dahl Custom Homes. We would be delighted to assist you! 

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