Your home may start to look and feel outdated in a matter of years. However, not everyone can afford a complete remodel every couple of years to stay in touch with recent trends in interior design. Luckily, there’s no need for a remodel when you can achieve a big impact with some relatively small changes. Let’s see what you can do to freshen-up and modernize your home.
Repaint for a big impression
If you want your home to be stylish and up-to-date with current interior trends, repainting should be your first step. Remove your outdated wallpapers and hide your design mistakes with a new splash of color. A simple paint job will make your room feel fresh and totally different without much investment. Choose a trendy neutral shade that will make your home look contemporary and minimalist, and add some interest with an accent wall in bolder and deeper shade. Chalkboard paint is also a great solution for your accent wall, especially for your home coffee bar or your kids’ room.
Dress your windows
Another way to improve lighting is to tweak your window treatment. Older homes usually have traditional heavy curtains that block light and make windows seem smaller. By simply replacing them with sheer white curtains, your room will instantly feel brighter and airy, and all you’ll spend is a couple of dollars. You can also go natural and minimalist with eco-friendly bamboo shades that will provide your home with some extra Zen.
Give love to your floors
Aside from walls, another element that shows the real age of your home is flooring. Years and years of traffic and dirt can make your hardwood floors look dull and lifeless. So, give your floors new life by doing a few repairs before scuffing the old finish and applying a new one. This will make them shiny and new. However, if you’ve grown bored of the color and the general look of your floors, you can also repaint them. There are easy DIY techniques that will allow you to you create a completely new look with minimum investment.
Lighting can make or break any room, so don’t neglect it if you’re trying to refresh your home. If your space isn’t properly lit, it will look dull, stuffy and uninviting no matter the size and design. However, there are so many ways you can use lighting to bring your home to life. Professionals usually use the lamp method. Get a floor lamp, install it in a particularly dark corner and watch it come to life. Invest in a good table lamp for an extra layer of light and you’ll instantly feel cozier. Additionally, if you’re ready to tackle the big guys (old and bulky overhead fixtures) and replace them with new and sleek ceiling lights, make sure to contact an electrician to avoid any accidents.
Create an enclosed patio
Winter is just around the corner, and you won’t be able to spend your days on your patio until spring. However, if you invest in an enclosed patio, you’ll be able to enjoy your space all year round! Enclosed patios are especially practical for small homes because they can be used as an additional room. You can make it feel really homey with a rug to define the area and some comfy chairs, like those from The Furniture Shack, for some added comfort. Add a few decorative elements, a plant or two, and you’ve got yourself a whole extra room for use.
Go into details
If you only have 10 minutes for your home improvement project, devote them to hardware like doorknobs and handle pulls. Update your cabinet and door handles and give your furniture a new and fresh look for only a couple of bucks.
These fast and cost-effective home update tips might seem like small changes, but they certainly have a big impact. Use them for inspiration to improve your outdated home and give it a new, modern look.
Author: Chloe Taylor