Home Improvement

What’s Worth More: Your Money or Your Time?

To save one, you often have to spend the other. (And you never seem to have enough of either, do you?) Here’s how to make the right call.

Easy Ways to Go Green

Whether it’s recycling or turning off the water, create a healthier home with these easy tips.

Painting Supplies Checklist

Everything you need for a problem-free paint job: Get ready to roll. 

8 Things to Know Before You Renovate Your House

Want some insider advice on updating and upgrading your home? Real Simple asked readers what they wish they had known before—or would have done differently with—their renos.

Home Renovation Checklist

Don't let a hammer anywhere near your house without following these steps.

7 Creepy House Oddities, Explained

Haunted by a household head-scratcher? You're not alone. Here are RS Facebook fans' most common unsolved mysteries, and pro advice to make them—poof!—disappear.

6 Modern Cage Lights

Looking for a trendy way to spruce up your entryway or breakfast nook this fall? Consider cage lighting, which will allow your space to seriously shine.

3 Budget-Friendly Interior Design Sites

Need professional help on a tight budget? These Web-based services offer a decorating plan and what-to-buy guidance for minimal expense.

How to Paint an Accent Wall

Want to bring a splash of color into your room, but afraid to take the plunge? Try an accent wall—it’ll add a focal point to the space without overwhelming the whole room. Here’s how to get started.

8 Plants You’ll Barely Need to Water

Two experts share their favorite drought-tolerant plants that will make your life easier (and help you save water)!