Giving your home a facelift is something many look forward to. You might have just moved in and want to spruce up the place, or you have had the opportunity to enjoy your current home design just a tad more than you’d like. A fresh look is a welcome change, especially when it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Just a little bit of research will lead you to places where you can find very affordable things and it will also show you that a bit of “do-it-yourself” is not as hard as you might have thought at first. In any case, there’s no reason not to be excited about the upcoming remodel.
Start with Big-Impacts
First, consider remodeling areas that will have the most impact, which basically means focusing your attention on large surfaces like walls and floors, the lighting and the furniture. You’d be amazed at what a different wall color can do for a room, so browse through some ideas online to get a better feel of what works best. If you have your heart set on doing some major remodeling yourself (like changing or polishing the floors) and you’re not 100% comfortable with the idea, don’t hesitate to consult a professional. Paying for good advice actually saves money in the long run. Once you’re happy with your new walls and floors, you just might get the feeling that there’s really no need to change the furniture and stop there, saving yourself a bit more cash.
DIYs and You
Small changes go a long way and many of them are actually not that demanding. That said, you could probably roll up your sleeves and manage them without having to hire out. For instance, changing the kitchen hardware will do wonders for its new look without the need to replace whole cabinets. Painting the trim may be all you need to do and there are certainly some things that you can repair instead of replace. However, don’t make any rash decisions that might cost you. Even if you have a pretty good idea of how you would go about adding a fresh coat of polish to the furniture, it would be advisable to spend some time watching a tutorial or two on YouTube or reading through some blogs and experiences for guidance and inspiration. You may come across some really helpful tips that will save both time and money.
Bring in the Light
Having a lot of natural light is always good, but not always possible. Mirrors, for example, will help make your home brighter and more welcoming during the day. Furthermore, placing a large mirror or even two mirrors on opposite walls will not only add extra shine to the room but it will make it seem bigger also.
Installing dimmers is one of the easiest DIY upgrades. You can have bright lights when necessary and lower the intensity when you’re in the mood to relax. Looking a bit deeper into the matter, you can get a much better effect if you don’t use the same bulb types in every room, but instead, choose different temperatures. Walls with cool tones are best complemented by a warm-toned bulb and vice versa.
The Fun is in Details
Doorknobs, handles, hinges. All inexpensive finishing touches you can manage yourself that make a huge difference. Lampshades are also something you can change to add to the overall interior appeal. A small detail with big potential. Speaking of minor changes, treat yourself to a new rug, or look to change your curtains. You’d be surprised how much this little move can do, especially if you had previously changed the wall color. Change the towels in the bathroom and shop for a fun new bedspread to add those much-needed finishing touches.
Renovation doesn’t have to be expensive. On the contrary, the more time you invest in research and finding helpful tips, the more time, money, and fun you will have. It’s actually a win-win situation – you gained new skills while remodeling, saved up and got a brand-new look for your home along with that wonderful sense of accomplishment.