Owning your own property is one of the most satisfying parts of adult life, isn’t it? It means you have a space – that isn’t just a bedroom – with which you can do exactly what you wish. The possibilities are endless, and it doesn’t always have to be expensive.
Every so often, particularly as the Spring begins to approach, we as homeowners get the itch to change things around a bit in our homes, and make some improvements. There are all sorts of ways you can do this, from hiring firms such as Mckinney roofing company for the practical side of things to doing your own DIY kitchen renovation for aesthetic purposes, the possibilities really are endless.
Today, we are going to be sharing some of our favourite home improvement tips with you.
Paint Your Space
It might sound like an obvious suggestion, but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t consider painting the space in their homes as their first port of call for transformation.
And yet it is, without doubt, one of the most transformative things you can do to a space. Paint isn’t just about colour – it’s so much more than that.
The colour and shade that you paint a room can affect the light in the space, how bright or dark it is, how big or small it looks, and overall how the space feels. The whole aesthetic of the room is affected by the way that you choose to paint it.
One of our go to suggestions when it comes to painting your home, is to go for neutral colours. Light, neutral colours help to emphasise the brightness of a space, as well as making it feel bigger than it actually is. It’s a prime tip given to homeowners when they’re selling their home, in order to make it more appealing to potential buyers – and it works every time.
With that in mind, it’s well worth taking a look at some colour schemes and paints, and getting creative – and if you’re on a budget, it’s one of the easiest things in the world to DIY.
The DIY Kitchen Makeover
The kitchen is quite often referred to as the heart of the home – and with good reason. It’s the place that provides sustenance for all of the family, and quite often doubles as a diner for socialising too. With that in mind, it should always be a priority when you’re improving or decorating.
The issue is that kitchen renovation is expensive and therefore tends to be out of homeowner’s day to day price range. But have you ever considered doing your own kitchen renovation?
We’re not saying pull out and replace all of your cabinets and utilities – only a professional should do that – but you can look at your cabinets, and consider what you can do with them yourself. After all, they are the things you notice most of all in the kitchen.
If your cabinets are wood, then you can very simply sand them, paint them and replace the handles. Furthermore, updating a few of your utensils and decorations such as fruit bowls and clocks, can make an enormous difference to the place.
You could even consider papering your cabinets if you like. The creative decision is all yours.
This brings us very nicely onto our next point, which is that if you accessorise well, you can entirely alter a space.
Think of your accessories as the cherry on top of an already well furnished room. Dress your sofas and beds with throws and cushions, adorn counter tops with plants and ornaments and never be afraid to introduce statement mirrors and art pieces into your décor.
Mirrors act practically too, as they help to reflect light, and to give the illusion of a space being bigger than it actually is. Plus they look great.
Upcycle Your Old Wooden Furniture
Whether you prefer to read interior design magazines, love to scroll through Pinterest, or even just take a vague interest in the latest home décor, there’s no denying that upcycling has become a major trend in recent years. Particularly when it comes to old wooden furniture.
One of the great things about wood, is that it can be entirely transformed for little to no cost. Consider that you have a wooden coffee table which functions fine, but is looking a little old and worn. What can you do?
Well the good news is, upcycling wooden furniture lends itself particularly well to the ever popular “shabby chic” trend, and it’s so, so easy to achieve.
Literally all you need to do, is to sand down the wooden table. It’s then always a good idea to put a clear base coat on the wood to ensure your top coat goes on smoothly.
Then, it’s as simple as painting your now sanded and varnished coffee table, cabinet or whatever it is you’re upcycling a colour of your choice.
If you’re looking to go “shabby chic” we highly recommend using neutral cream colours and French grey shades. They lend themselves particularly well to this look, and furthermore look great on wood. Plus they match with everything, so that’s a win-win too.
Go the extra mile by roughing the paint up with a little bit of sandpaper to really give the “shabby chic” effect.
Don’t Forget the Exterior!
Last of all, but by no means least, do not forget about the exterior of your home. This is often referred to as “kerb appeal” in the property industry.
It’s all about making sure the outside of your property is as well cared for as the inside. This can be practical things like renewing the roof or repointing the brickwork, or even aesthetics like planting flowerbeds and painting the front door. It really makes a huge difference.
This is the first thing you see when you come home from a long day at work, so make it a good one! You’ll be all the more happy to get home.