Beyond a fresh coat of paint to brighten a room and simple storage solutions to declutter (and short of expensive appliances or a major renovation), what can you do to update your home? Consider some of the following makeovers that can create a dramatic upgrade that will visually enhance your home with a relatively modest investment.

Bathroom: Consider replacing an old wall-hung sink with a new off-the-floor vanity. Or, swap a bulky vanity for a distinctive pedestal sink, complemented by a wall cabinet above. Call an electrician to quote tapping into existing wiring and installing dramatic wall sconces or soft overhead lighting to create a spa-like ambiance.

Entertainment Area: If new furniture is out of the question, get a new throw and cozy complementary cushions. If there’s no room in your budget for new cabinetry, look for simple ways to get clutter out of sight, such as a new ottoman or end tables with smart storage capacity.

Outdoors: Any one of the endless choices of wireless lighting enhancements can create a welcoming atmosphere at entranceways, yards, patios and balconies. Container gardening is another effective way to make your home’s exterior unique.