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15 Easy Home Upgrades That Will Make Over Any Space in 2020

These genius additions will make your home look magazine-worthy in minutes.

When it comes to home improvements, cost does not always equal value. While there are plenty of poorly-executed projects that can ruin an otherwise functional space, the right home upgrades can increase your property value, maximize your living space, and make you a happier occupant. Better yet, there are plenty of simple changes you can make that will transform your home in no time—no contractor needed. So read on to discover how to easily upgrade every room in your house without breaking the bank. And if you're curious as to which home upgrades just aren't worth it, check out these 25 Home "Upgrades" That Actually Devalue Your Home.

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These stick-on subway tiles

Stick on subway tiles
Home Depot

Sure, subway tiles are gorgeous, but installation is time-intensive, expensive, and hard to do well. Luckily, these stick-on subway tiles from Home Depot are an easy way to redo your kitchen or bath without hiring an expert, breaking the bank, or ruining your walls. They're particularly good for apartment dwellers looking to improve their space without giving up their security deposit in the process. Looking for more affordable redecorating tips? Check out these 50 Genius Ways to Redo Your Home in 2020.

$3/square foot at Home Depot
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This Turkish runner

Runner rug

The right rug can completely transform a space, and this gorgeous navy runner from Wayfair will immediately enhance your mudroom, hallway, or kitchen. With a half inch pile height, it feels cushioned underfoot but still stands up to foot traffic. And for more ways to transform those spaces underfoot, check out these 15 Target Rugs that Will Tie the Room Together.

$118$40 at Wayfair
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These gilded cabinet knobs


Replacing outdated hardware is one of the simplest low-risk, high-reward home upgrades—for only about an hour's worth of work, you get a completely redesigned kitchen or bathroom. These easy-to-install ballast knobs from Anthropologie are sophisticated and modern and you'll get to enjoy the rewards of your handiwork every time you open a drawer.

$16 for 2 at Anthropologie
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This entryway hook rail

Doorway hooks

If your home lacks storage, you're not alone. Fortunately, this wooden entryway hook rail from Target can quickly solve all your mudroom woes. Hang coats and bags on the hooks, store wallets and keys on the shelf, and write a sweet greeting on the built-in chalkboard. Looking for more ways to get organized? Start with these 15 Organizing Products Your Inner Neat Freak Will Love in 2020.

$28 at Target
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This elegant curtain tieback

Curtain drawback

A curtain tieback elevates a room just like the right accessories enhance an outfit. This elegant Elina tieback, crafted from iron and glass, works with a variety of décor styles, from midcentury modern to rustic industrial.

$28 at Anthropologie
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These modern farmhouse house numbers

Modern farm house numbers

Improve your home's curb appeal in an instant by adding these house numbers to its exterior. Their rust-proof black matte finish works with many different home styles, but we really like them paired with modern farmhouse décor.

$5 at Target
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This sleek doorbell cover

Doorbell covers

Welcome guests in style (even if it's just the pizza delivery guy) with this gorgeous cast brass doorbell cover. It comes in two styles, round or diamond, both equally sleek and chic. Pair either one with a new mailbox, some fresh house numbers, and some hanging planters and you'll transform your porch in no time.

$18 at Anthropologie
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This tiered bathroom shelving

Bathroom shelving
Bed Bath & Beyond

Have a half bathroom with limited space? This clever three-tier shelving unit fits over the toilet and is perfect for all of your essentials and toiletries. Reviewers say that it's quick and easy to install, making it simple to revamp that powder room in a hurry. And if organizing clutter is on your (perpetual) to-do list, check out these 23 Genius Products That Will Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions.

$80 at Bed Bath & Beyond
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This hanging pendant lamp

Hanging lamp

This hanging pendant lamp with a perforated gold shade will enliven a dull den or lackluster living room in no time. It effortlessly mixes with a variety of design styles, from bohemian to midcentury modern, and even comes with an eco-friendly LED bulb.

$70 at Target
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This luxurious towel warmer

Towel warmer
Home Depot

While a towel warmer might not immediately spring to mind when you think of home upgrades, once you wrap yourself in a heated towel, you'll never go back. With a sleek chrome design, four bars, and mounting hardware so you can use it freestanding or attached to a wall, this luxurious bathroom accessory does not disappoint.

$115 at Home Depot
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This gorgeous marble top cabinet

Bathroom stand
Bed Bath & Beyond

Love the look of marble counters, but don't have the budget for a full kitchen remodel? This accent table is the ideal alternative. It's exquisite in any bathroom or kitchen and is practical as well, featuring open shelves and concealed storage.

$120 at Bed Bath & Beyond
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This sunny removable wallpaper

removable sun wallpaper

If you rent your home (or are a bit commitment-phobic), stick-on wallpaper is a clever and budget-friendly home upgrade. And just imagining this removable wallpaper in a cheery breakfast nook or nursery makes us smile. It's even pre-cut into panels you can easily use it to either accent a single wall or tile an entire room.

$49 at Urban Outfitters
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This black and cream hand towel

Hand towel

The absolute easiest home upgrade you can do? Buy new hand towels for your bathroom or kitchen. These black and cream embroidered cotton towels from Target carry the Standard 100 label from OEKO-TEX, which means you can be confident that they're free of harmful and toxic ingredients.

$10 at Target
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This white storage cart

Snack cart
Bed Bath & Beyond

Need more storage? Join the club! This rolling storage cart is the perfect caddy for spices in the kitchen, toiletries in the bathroom, or dry goods in the pantry. The three tiers of metal mesh baskets are easy to clean, offer lots of storage space, and are made of durable iron.

$57$37 at Bed Bath & Beyond
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This circular mirror

Home Depot

Interior designers know that a well-placed mirror can make any space feel instantly bigger and brighter. While it takes just seconds to install, this circular mirror can heighten the aesthetic of any room you put it in while giving it a more spacious feel in the process.

$110 at Home Depot
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