Touch up Your Home without Spending a Fortune
There is no place like home. It’s where you share the most cherishable moments with your loved ones, spend time with your closest friends and simply hide from the rest of the world when you feel like it. So, considering its importance in your life, you probably take good care of your home and want to preserve it for as long as possible.
However, as time passes by, your interior design may become outdated and you’ll eventually get bored of getting a “blast from the past” each time you enter a room. This is when you know it is time for a change. Renovation is a lengthy process which requires high investment, careful planning and a ton of research. But if you are not ready to take such a big step, some small changes can have a wonderful transformative effect. Continue reading to find out how you can give your home a refreshing makeover without spending a whole fortune.
Get Rid of Clutter and Clean Up the Mess
A cluttered home is not a pleasant environment for you, nor your guests. If you find yourself avoiding certain spots in your house or you regularly lose your keys in the piles of clothing that are laying around, it is time to let some of the things go.
Getting rid of clutter has some health benefits as well. By keeping your place tidy and well-organized, you’ll spare yourself from a lot of stress and anxiety. People tend to hold on to things due to sentimental reasons, but you need to be honest with yourself, – Do you really need all that stuff? Start by labelling the items you want to keep, the ones you are planning to donate and the ones that you are going to toss.
Don’t think twice about throwing away broken electronic that are beyond repair, old makeup and beauty products you don’t use, broken toys, worn-out clothing and linens. Donate old books and clothing that is in good condition, but doesn’t fit you right anymore. Display the belongings that mean the most to you on shelves and desks as decoration. Organize your cabinets, drawers and wardrobes to save space and time by placing the most used items closer to you. After you are done with this step, it is time to make the place shine. Everything from floor grout to windows needs to be squeaky clean. You can save money on cleaning products by making your own all-purpose cleaner.
Fix What Can Be Fixed
Let’s hope that you didn’t get carried away with the previous phase and you didn’t throw away everything. Some things can be fixed or revamped. So, if you are feeling a bit dexterous, you can make them look as good as new. For instance, you can repair your furniture and wooden flooring with markers. These work like magic for tiny scratches. Or you can silence the squeaky cabinet doors with household items like butter or olive oil. You can easily hide ceiling stains with spray-on products. To repair stainless steel items, you will only need fine sandpaper and rubbing compound to buff out the scratches.
Update Kitchen and Bathroom Fixtures
Even though they are small, basin tap mixers, showerheads and similar fixtures dominate some of the most frequently used areas in your home – the bathroom and the kitchen. That being said, cleaning, repairing or completely replacing old and rusty fixtures can be a great way to give these areas a quick update. When it comes to cleaning, white vinegar is an excellent natural disinfectant and suitable for most kitchen and bathroom fixtures, but it can damage chrome finishes so be careful. For repairs, it is best to call a professional to handle any malfunctioning fixtures in order to avoid bigger problems.
However, the best way to give your kitchen and bathroom a makeover without a complete renovation is to install new, elegant basin mixers, shower heads and taps. For instance, a sophisticated basin mixer design can also double as decoration. Depending on the style you are going for, you can choose black or chrome finish basin mixer taps to give your bathroom a refined look. Opt for basin mixer taps with brass finish if you like to achieve the industrial style aesthetic. If you are looking for something more extravagant, choose rose gold or champagne finish to add lush and glamour to your bathroom. Tapware is a functional piece of equipment, but it doesn’t mean that it has to be boring. New bathroom and kitchen fixtures that come with a sleek and modern design will catch people’s eye every time they use them.
Decorate Your Walls
If you don’t feel like you need to repaint your walls or you don’t have the time for it, you can absolutely change their look with wall decorations. Put up a fun wall decal, an interesting painting or an elegant clock to add some cheerfulness. Use mirrors to highlight your favourite parts of the home and to create a bright and open space. If you want to completely refresh your living room and give it a different vibe, consider 3D wallpapers. There are plenty of cool wallpaper designs to choose from or you can even design your own to express yourself.
Changing the lighting fixtures in your home can result in amazing aesthetic effects and it won’t cost you a lot. Illumination can completely change the atmosphere in the room if used correctly. If you want to create the illusion of a bigger space, illuminate the room with bright light. Create a clean look with recessed can lights or choose a modern chandelier as a statement piece. Install dimmer switches to adjust the level of brightness according to your needs and for setting the mood.
Stack up on trendy accessories and gadgets to give your home a personal touch. Buy some new decorative pillows, lampshades and rugs. Create a relaxing environment with candles and incense sticks. If you are into arts and crafts, you can save some money on decor pieces by making them yourself. Grab some craft supplies and turn your old suitcase in a cute coffee table or make a nautical vase for your desk. You can also future-proof your home with some inexpensive smart home decor gadgets such as digital picture frames, air purifiers, aroma diffusers and automatic cleaners.
Last, but not least, adding a green touch to your home with house plants will create a peaceful and welcoming environment. If you are a busy individual, choose low maintenance plants such as succulents. They are drought resistant and you don’t need to water them frequently. If you are a plant enthusiast and well experienced, you can get an indoor bonsai tree. They represent peace, happiness and goodness.