8 Home Improvement Projects Anyone Can Accomplish

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8 Home Improvement Projects Anyone Can Accomplish
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Being stuck in the same old way of decorating your home can weigh you down. You need something new to inspire you to achieve new goals and dreams for the next half of your life, says Jessica Helgesen of Twine Interiors in Tyler, Texas. "Benefits to do-it-yourself repairs at 50+ include a sense of accomplishment that can be uplifting, and a fresh start to a new stage in your life," says Helgesen.

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Update Mini Blinds

If your mini blinds are tangled, torn or broken, swap them out for new, wider plank wooden blinds or grass shades, says Helgesen. Color coordinate new window coverings with your current decor for an updated, modern look that is easy to install and affordable.

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Splash on Some Paint

Painting the walls is one of the easiest and most dramatic changes that you can do to change the look of your home, says interior designer Elias Polanco of Miami-based Eli Polanco Designs. "We forget how easy it is to change the ambiance of the whole room by a simple change of wall color," says Polanco. "Just make sure to stay toward the lighter tones or hues for your walls and use the deeper tones as accents."

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Spruce Up Landscaping

Many people neglect their landscape and, unfortunately, lose their home's curb appeal, says Polanco. Spruce up the yard by power washing the driveway, adding mulch and low-maintenance plants, and updating pavers for the walkway. "Inexpensive pavers from your local hardware store are a great way to give your house a beautiful curb appeal," says Polanco.


Slide 7: Rearrange Furniture

8 Home Improvement Projects Anyone Can Accomplish

For a simple and affordable home improvement project, use what you have. Simply rearrange your family room or living room furniture to create a more comfortable conversation area, suggests Lauri Ward, New-York based home design expert. "If you have an L-shaped seating area which doesn't allow for face-to-face chats, move the seats to create a U-shaped grouping," says Ward. "This will allow for more intimate conversation and a more balanced looking grouping that makes you feel better whenever you're in the room."

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Renew Your Decor

Give your rooms and art a more cohesive, elegant look by framing all art work in one finish, such as all black, dark wood or silver tones, suggests Ward. You can also create a more dramatic focal point by hanging several pieces of art close together, centered above your sofa on a long wall. "This will allow you to use more of what you have, without having to hang art on every wall, which can make any space feel small and cluttered," says Ward.

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Lounge Chair in a Living Room
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Renew Your Decor

Give your rooms and art a more cohesive, elegant look by framing all art work in one finish, such as all black, dark wood or silver tones, suggests Ward. You can also create a more dramatic focal point by hanging several pieces of art close together, centered above your sofa on a long wall. "This will allow you to use more of what you have, without having to hang art on every wall, which can make any space feel small and cluttered," says Ward.

Image Credit: Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images

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