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    47 Small, Low-Effort Touches That’ll Make Your Home Feel Brand New This Year

    Replacement cabinet pulls, tips for how to best arrange objects on shelves, easy-to-apply fake wood contact paper, and other simple ways to upgrade your space.

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    1. Learn how to arrange and layer your belongings to make shelves, coffee tables, or sofas look more visually appealing and less cluttered.

    A bookshelf with notes about color grouping, layering objects, and incorporating artwork.

    2. Strike the previous tenant's decor choices from the record with a bottle of wallpaper-stripping spray that'll ensure that the past stays in the past.

    3. Improve bland desktops, tables, and other surfaces with fake wood contact paper to add charm to even the most boring pieces of furniture.

    4. Or add a glossy finish and extra character to surfaces, photo frames, and more with vinyl marble gloss contact paper that'll make them look way more expensive than they actually are.

    5. Hide those dings and scratches making your floors, doors, furniture, and other wood surfaces look old and dingy by using a wood polish and conditioner. Now you can put off replacing them and save some $$$!

    reviewer photo showing a dramatic before and after of their front doors

    6. Learn how to make your bed look as welcoming and aesthetically pleasing as the ones in the stores with this helpful guide about how to style your pillows like an expert!

    A guide from Matouk on how to layout all your pillows on your bed.

    7. Cover your windows with a prismatic window film — it's easy to stick on any glass surface for an extra layer of privacy *and* some gorgeous rainbow reflections that'll make your space feel a little more magical.

    8. Give your space a total makeover with some cool blue paint if you wanna change things up and make any room feel brand new. Or if blue isn't your vibe, check out some other color options here!

    9. Use some Dalmatian dot removable wallpaper to dress up any walls that are just so ~doggone~ plain otherwise. One reviewer even used it as contact paper to cover their bedside table!

    The wallpaper in a home office

    10. Or opt for a more vibrant citrus-y removable wallpaper that'll add a pop of color to any room.

    11. But before you jump into putting up your new wallpaper, take the time to learn how to properly measure and apply it to avoid winding up with air bubbles and uneven lines.

    12. Or! If dealing with wallpaper feels overwhelming, put up some removable wall decals instead — they come in a bunch of stylish colors and will make any wall instantly look way fancier.

    Two different sized and different colored decals on a wall

    13. Upgrade your recessed lighting into something with a little more character using these easy-to-install medallions that look great and are reasonably priced!

    14. Replace outdated handles with new cabinet pulls — they're a breeze to install and will give your space a much more modern look.

    A reviewer showing the old pull and the new pull

    15. Or install some cup drawer handles for a slightly different but equally modern look.

    16. Fill your walls with hidden shelves to turn your prized book collection into a bookworm's dream display so you can admire them daily.

    17. Upgrade your mirror with some LED stick-on lights that'll make you feel like a movie star every time you do your skincare routine — which, BTW, will be a lot easier with this lighting upgrade!

    18. Remove tough stains, dirt, oil, and grime from leather and *faux* leather furniture with gentle, but powerful Leather Honey that'll get your goods back to looking nice and spiffy! Just grab a bottle of this stuff and a scrubbing brush to get started.

    19. Transform your home's personality with a jar of front door paint — it comes in a variety of bold *and* subtle colors to ensure that your door meets your exact style preferences.

    20. Give your exposed-brick walls a little more color and variety with an easy-to-use brick-dyeing kit. Simply mix the powder with water and apply with a paintbrush!

    before: tan brick fireplace stained with soot, after: bricks painted in grey, white, and brown

    21. Refresh couches, dressers, and more with furniture leg replacements to help the outliers in your collection fit your aesthetic a little more.

    close up of brass metal legs on a teal dresser

    22. Add an absolutely stunning tapestry to your wall to ensure that you have a beautiful, relaxing view to gaze at no matter where you are.

    The vividly colored tapestry, featuring trees, mountains, birds, and more, hanging above a bed

    23. Replace harsh white lights with warm Edison bulbs that'll give your space a charming vintage feel.

    24. Or swap out plain ol' light bulbs with some color-changing, dimmable bulbs you can control from your phone to change the atmosphere of your space to fit your mood.

    25. Trick your feet into thinking you've permanently moved into a spa resort by installing interlocking Teak tiles in your yard, shower, or balcony to give your space an extra dose of je ne sais quoi.

    26. If you're constantly complaining about how your cabinets don't go with anything else in your otherwise flawlessly styled kitchen, use this cabinet painting kit that'll make it look like you fully replaced them when you did no such thing!

    27. Instead of replacing or reupholstering your old couch, simply use these velvet slipcovers with nonslip straps on each cushion if you wanna give your sofa a whole new personality!

    28. Or, tuck a blanket around your sofa cushions to radically transform even the dingiest sofa that's been hanging around your place since college.

    blue blanket tucked into a sofa

    29. Make your home feel fancier than it actually is with some classy-looking peel-and-stick tile that'll trick visitors into thinking you hired a pro to give your walls a makeover.

    30. Add some charm to your plain ol' garage door with a set of cute carriage-style magnets here to add a little accent that makes a big difference!

    31. Blast layers and layers of grime and discoloration off of your deck, patio, car, driveway, fence, boat, and more with a super satisfying-to-use water pressure cleaner capable of making your surfaces look like the day they were born.