There’s no place like home, but sometimes that home needs to change.
There’s nothing wrong with the way it looks now, but maybe you’re feeling restless and it’s time for a facelift. Maybe you need to move some things around to get more space. Maybe there’s an aesthetic you’ve been waiting to try for a while.
Regardless of the reason, you’re ready to bring some new life and new beauty into your home. Here are a few tips that might help!
Your space might need a fresh color. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something radically different from what it already is, but there’s something to be said for the renewed feeling of a new color.
While colors may look great for a long time, it isn’t going to last forever. This is for several reasons. For one, homes age, walls get scuffed, damaged, or drawn on–the usual wear and tear can mar a good paint job. A whole new coat of paint or a touch up here and there can create a clean, fresh look could be just what the doctor ordered.
However, maybe you’re looking for a new look altogether. Colors come and go when it comes to what’s en vogue with home decor. If you find a trending color you like and you have the means to update a room or two in your house, go for it! Paint is among the less pricey ways you can create a whole new look for your room.
If you are indeed in the market for a brand new color scheme, several of your favorite hardware stores may be equipped with technology that will allow you to virtually “paint” your room through photos you provide just to see how it would look. This can help take the guesswork of how certain colors might look in your home. Experiment!
Clear the Clutter
Making your home look better isn’t always all about getting new things. No, sometimes it’s about getting rid of what you no longer need or want.
It’s a good idea to regularly take stock of things you have around the house and to clear them out as needed. You don’t have to do the entire house in one day; you can break it down one room at a time.
Sort your room into three categories – things to keep, things to donate and things to throw away. Putting clutter away and clearing out things that haven’t been used for a long time is a massively satisfying feeling and it lets your space breathe. It shows you how big your space really is and can help you rearrange your furniture, knick-knacks and so forth.
Invest in storage spaces that fit your home decor – shelving units, storage boxes and the like. Getting into the habit of putting things away and taking stock of the little bits that accumulate in the house from time to time will simplify your space and give it a newer, cleaner look.
Your yard is the first thing people see when it comes to your home. It’s the first thing you see, too, when you come home after a long day. You’re going to want to make this space inviting, and there are simple, budget-friendly ways of fixing up your backyard or the outside of the house.
Adding a flower bed border can bring a bold yet simple statement piece to the yard space. Running a set of decorative bricks or stones along the line between your yard and the flower bed around the house.
If you have central air in your home, the unit just sticks out like a sore thumb from the side of your house. To combat this and give your backyard an extra touch of class, consider building a basic cover out of wood. Similarly, having an attractive container for your garden hose is a great idea; you can build a simple garden box with a storage shelf on the bottom or find a container that fits your yard nicely; it doesn’t have to be out in the open!
While the paint color in your kitchen may be great, what would make your kitchen really pop all the way around is a nice backsplash. A well-placed tile backsplash can add an interesting contrast element against both your wall’s texture and color. Installing a backsplash can seem intimidating at first, especially if you’re not very experienced at installing tile in the first place. Fortunately, it looks harder than it is. There are dozens of tutorials online and as long as you take your time and be careful, you’re going to be just fine.
If you’re not into the way tile looks, pressed tin is another option you may wish to consider. A patterned, pressed tin creates a rustic look that could make your kitchen cozier, inviting and just like a childhood home. A tin backsplash is also fairly simple and could be a good weekend project for you.
Painting Vinyl Floors
Vinyl floors are a quick, cheap and easy way of installing floors. While they vary in quality, eventually, they will become outdated, worn, and difficult to clean.
If you want a new look for your floor but pulling up the vinyl isn’t an option, don’t worry. All you may need is a fresh coat of paint.
Keep in mind there are paints specially formulated to be used on floors, so please be sure to get those instead of using your usual wall-variety paint. Painting the tile a new color allows not only for a clean new look for your floor, but it keeps the texture of the vinyl flooring, too.
To Wrap Up…
Little touches add up to big differences. For the investment of little to no money and just a bit of time, you can create a whole new look for your space. In the examples we discussed in this post, you can change your space with everything from fresh paint to decorative rocks or bricks. You don’t need to take out a loan and invest months into a renovation project to give your home a facelift; with a little creativity, there’s no telling what you can do!