We all want to be that couple, or family, who have an admired home. A cosy, well-designed home which visitors comment on and enjoy spending time in. While there are a lot of DIY kings and queens out there who enjoy working tirelessly on their home, not all of us have the time or money to be updating or renovating on a constant basis. Plus, some of us are useless when handed a table saw and a drill.
So the questions is, how can we update our homes while bypassing major renovations? If it’s a fresher, newer, and updated look you want, then look at those key changes and amendments to your home which don’t include having your entire kitchen re-done.
Whether it’s a case of sprucing up a few rooms with accessories or making one big splurge item, here are five imaginative ways to update your home without tearing down the walls.
Create open space in your home
How many of us dream of having a home which is filled with open space? Wide open spaces in the kitchen so we can have space to walk around and unpack our food shopping, a large dining room with spacious surroundings, or a bedroom where our storage and cupboards aren’t on top of us.
Although with some homes it can be difficult to physically create space that isn’t actually there, you do have the opportunity to create space in your home visually. Making your home seem more open and airy can be easier than you think. Sometimes it’s as simple as getting rid of bigger, bulkier furnishings, or moving furnishings around the room to give the illusion of more space.
If you can’t get rid of any storage units or cabinets as you really do need to keep them, then consider painting them a warm off-white colour. This shade helps this the bulky items to “disappear” a little into the room, tricking the eye to think the space is more airy and open.
Another trick of the eye that gives the illusion of open space no other than mirrors. If you place mirrors opposite windows, they reflect light into the room and make the room seem more open.
Open up your rooms with new doors
Sometimes our homes can look cluttered and closed in, and surprisingly the doors we have fitted can be to blame for this.
For example, a kitchen that has a back door leading to the garden may just have one little window on the top, which then makes the kitchen look darker, and the garden uninviting. It gives nothing away as to what is outside the house, and only contributed to making the rest of the room smaller.
If you have a room which opens up onto the garden, or onto a back room/conservatory, look at upgrading its doors. Ideally, you want external bifold doors like these from Vufold letting in lots of light from outside. They are modern and add a premium feel to the house, but more importantly, give that bigger, spacious effect.
Invest in new lighting
When you get the lighting in your home correct, you’ll be surprised at just how much it can truly bring a room to life. A poorly lit room looks small, dark and cramped, while a brightly lit room appears open, airy and welcoming.
There are numerous ways to brighten up your home with lights. Some of the easier methods are as simple as buying table lamps and floor lamps for your home. But there is also an element of where you strategically place your lights, too. If you add a couple of tall floor lamps in dark corners, you’ll notice your room comes alive. Layer this lighting with lamps on side tables to make the room feel welcoming and cosy.
Fixtures of modern spotlights nestled into the ceiling of your kitchen and dining room are a clean, classic and premium looking way to light up your home. Because these look neat and mess-free, you’ll create the illusion of a bigger room. However, you’ll possibly need to hire an electrician for installation for this job!
Modernise your bathroom
Bathrooms get dirty and dingy quite quickly, and it’s surprising how different your bathroom can look after a quick spruce up. Always start by giving your bathroom a deep clean – you’d be surprised how many people put this off!
Once the room is squeaky clean, look to the finishings and eye up anything that looks outdated. Sleek, shiny, chrome/gloss finishes can do wonders for making the bathroom more spacious and modern. So look for outdated taps, door knobs, light fixtures, vanity mirrors and shower curtains to name a few. These don’t have to cost a lot to replace.
Once you have addressed a few changes, look to give your bathroom a complete repaint. You don’t have to tear out the bath and sink to spruce the place up. Look at fresh white walls with cool blue accessories, and high shine silver. Then, add plush white/light blue towels. The difference will be outstanding!
Wallpaper, clean and paint
Sometimes, it’s the little things that make all the difference when it comes to updating your home. And would you believe just how much of a difference a good old clean, paint and potential wallpaper session can do?
Start by simply cleaning-up your main living space. A deep-clean can enhance your mood and make your home look more livable straight away. As obvious as it seems, a clean coat of paint can take a room from drab to fab in no time at all. If you wish to make a room look much more spacious and ‘clean’, consider adding a punch of colour on an accent wall, like a fresh grey.
By adding one feature wall with a simple yet stylish wallpaper can also give your rooms a whole new dimension. If your home already has a fresh coat of paint, then look at other things that could use a touch-up. What about your ceilings? Or how about giving a new lease of life to an old chair or wooden cabinet.
Giving your home a nice little makeover doesn’t have to involve huge room renovations or big handyman tasks. As you can see from the suggestions above, even the smallest updates can make huge improvements.