Whether you’re selling your home or merely looking for a change in your environment, there may come a time when you decide to make some updates to your home. Yes, it is easy to put off the task because of the potential cost and time needed for renovating. But there are many ways to spruce things up without breaking the bank. You’ll also find that you can do these projects little by little so that you don’t have to make major adjustments to your schedule. To help you out, here is a list of affordable ways to update your home.
1. Look at Color Trends
Before you make any purchases or updates, examine current color trends. Right now, cool neutrals are popular in homes for both new properties and remodeling existing homes. Using these neutral colors can make a home seem clean and modern.
Start your renovation process by repainting your walls, windowsills, and doors. If the walls have any minor dents, you can fill them in with toothpaste before going over them with paint. Designers say repainting the interior of a home is the single most affordable way to update a house or apartment.
2. Update the Lighting
Another affordable way to update a home is with new lighting. That’s why adding new lamps and light fixtures is one of the most popular low-cost renovations.
The quality of a home’s lighting can make or break the feel of the room. Fortunately, swapping out lightbulbs and lamps doesn’t have to be expensive. Once you’ve installed some energy-efficient bulbs, consider adding some statement light fixtures to complete the look.
3. Revive Wood Furniture
That old wooden bookshelf you’ve hidden away in the darkest corner of your living room? Drag it out and breathe new life into the piece. You can use a variety of finishes and stains to reinforce the material and refresh its appearance. Designer tip: lighten up the dark finish with something brighter, and you will help brighten the entire room.
4. Tear Out the Carpets
More and more people are swapping out carpets for flooring that requires less maintenance. Carpet can be difficult to clean, and it can harbor dust mites and an assortment of pesky allergens.
If you are lucky, there might even be beautiful hardwood floors hiding beneath your carpeting. Often, the original hardwood floors are in good shape. Just sand and buff the wood for a dramatic—and affordable—room renovation. If don’t have original hardwood underneath your carpet, install a modern flooring option that matches your style preferences. There are so many great flooring options including new wood and tough laminate that looks like wood but handles foot traffic from kids and pets with ease.
5. Consider New Appliances
OK, we admit that getting new appliances isn’t the most affordable way to update your home. But a new refrigerator and dishwasher IS a whole lot cheaper than buying a new house!
We all enjoy the bells and whistles—as well as the convenience—that comes with new kitchen appliances. We also want everything to be available at the press of the button. How long have you had the same microwave sitting on your counter, taking ages to heat your food? When it comes to your appliances, it may be time to say out with the old and in with the new.
6. Replace Upholstery
It may be time to put your old couch pillows to rest at last. Some new upholstery might be the final touch that will pull everything together. Consider everything from shower curtains to drapes. Evaluate how you can modernize them. If you choose to use patterns, select ones that aren’t too busy. You don’t want heavy fabric to feel even heavier due to clashing assortment of lines and color.
Follow these six easy and affordable ways to update your home, and you won’t need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a new house! Then follow the tips to Keep Your Bedroom Clean and Organized for a room that feels fresh, comfortable and modern.