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7 Easy Home Upgrades for the Fall Season

(Ready for fall? Check out some easy home upgrades that you can do before the holidays)
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With summer almost over, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your home for the upcoming cold weather. There’s no better feeling than coming back to a cozy home after being out in the cold! Seasonal renovation projects can get overwhelming and expensive, but not every home upgrade idea has to be costly. While spending a good amount of money on your house is sometimes unavoidable, there are instances when small decor changes and additions can completely transform your home. With fall right around the corner, now is the time to make your ideas a reality Here are seven tips to help you get started on designing a cozy and
comfortable home!

Tip 1: Change the Lighting

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Switching up the type of lighting you have throughout your home can influence not only your overall mood but the feeling of the space too. Usually, during summer people want to choose the brightest lighting possible and they can even rely on natural lighting from the sunshine. You probably won’t want to replace all your fixtures every season but changing out the lightbulbs is a relatively inexpensive fix. As fall approaches, consider a warm cozier tone in your den or dining room. Light bulb tones range from daylight (the brightest) to warm white (the dimmest). Incorporating a warmer white bulb will promote a more intimate and relaxed environment. Adding an overhead lighting fixture that allows you to adjust the light to your liking can be exactly what you need tomake your space extra cozy as you prepare to host Thanksgiving!

Tip 2: Invest in a Fireplace

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Instead of trying to give the illusion of warmth through lighting, you can actually raise the temperature of your house with a fireplace. Having a fireplace makes for a great decoration piece which can drastically improve the ambiance of a room. They create a calm and comforting environment that makes people want to curl up and relax with a hot beverage (see Tip 5). If you want to easily make a room even cozier, buy a decorative fireplace that has realistic looking wood inside. The orange hue of the burning wood will give your room an added rustic feel. If you’re looking to build and install a fireplace from scratch, determine your budget for the project and whether or not you’ll be able to do it yourself or will need to hire contractors. Either way, there are various fireplace installation tips online to help you decide which option is most suitable for you!

Tip 3: Download a smart cooking app

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If you’re hosting guests for the holidays, preparing multiple dishes can be a challenge. Smart cooking apps are like having a digital sous chef in the kitchen. Smart cooking apps can be used with your phone, smart speaker, or Wi-Fi enabled appliances. Step-by-step video tutorials make meal prep a breeze. The apps can even recommend dishes that consider your guests’ allergies and food preferences. When you’re ready to cook, your smart cooking app will help you nail the timing perfectly. You don’t necessarily have to have Wi-Fi-enabled smart appliances to use smart cooking apps, however smart appliances make app-based cooking even more seamless. This season consider using technology to make holiday entertaining much easier.

Tip 4: Find Comfort in Bed

Is there a better place to be warm and content than your bedroom? During fall and winter, a lot of people want to snuggle up in their beds and relax for a night in. It’s hard to accomplish that however if you have an uninviting mattress. Don’t let a bad bed stop you from getting some much-needed rest. Take some time to examine what attributes you would like in a bed and use that information to find the perfect mattress for your needs. For additional comfort, layer soft quilted throws on top to create the perfect snuggle space.

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Tip 5: Consider a built-in Coffee Maker

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Whether you’re entertaining guests or curling up with a good book, there’s nothing cozier than a warm mug of quality coffee. Whether you’re renovating your kitchen, dining room, wet bar, or master closet, with a built-in coffee maker you’ll be able to enjoy delicious warm beverages at home.

Tip 6: Install Copper Accents

You’re probably wondering how you can bring coziness into the bathroom. Well, it is achievable by incorporating copper into your bathroom. Arranged properly, copper can provide a surprisingly eye-catching and luxurious ambiance to any room. Copper bathroom accents such as soap dispensers, toothbrush holders and trash cans are easy and inexpensive additions that you can make. If you want to work on a more extensive design project for your bathroom, installing a new copper sink or attaching some wall hooks will do the trick.

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Tip 7: Upgrade the Windows

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It’s counterproductive trying to create a warm and comfortable environment in your home if the heat is escaping right through the window. There are both inexpensive and expensive options to prevent cold air from coming in through your windows. The expensive way is to buy new windows. The older your house is, the more likely it is that the windows aren't in as good shape as they once were. Invest in windows that have airtight seals and new glass to avoid draft coming through. A more cost-effective window project is to buy insulated curtains. These are made with a thicker material than normal curtains and can add an aesthetic appeal to a room.

Start Your Home Renovation Today

Although it’s getting colder as we speak, it’s not too late to begin making upgrades to your home! Start some of these design changes today to keep your house warm and cozy during the next few months.

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