5 Stylish Home Updates That Make the Biggest Difference - NBC Bay Area

When you have big dreams for your home but a limited budget, your design dollars should go where they'll have the biggest impact. We checked the cost of popular improvements against average Bay Area resale values to find the five areas where home updates are most likely to pay off.

The Heart of the Home

An upgraded kitchen is a great place to spend time with family and friends. It’s also a major asset to buyers if you end up selling your property. You’ll get back more of the costs of a style update than a top-to-bottom overhaul, experts say, so focus on high-impact changes like adding an eye-catching backsplash. Refresh old countertops and replace dated flooring with a modern material like Cote D'Azur Black Brushed Limestone Tile from Floor & Decor.

Room to Breathe

You may not be able to make your living area bigger. But you can easily make it feel that way. Give the walls a fresh coat of light colored paint to make them appear to recede. Replace carpeting with large-format tile or wide-plank wood. A surface like AquaGuard Stark Greige Herringbone Water-Resistant Laminate from Floor & Decor can make small spaces seem more expansive.