Every living space has a certain look that should appeal to the owner’s taste. As the owner’s life circumstances and tastes change, the home should follow and be properly adjusted. Whether you have just moved and want to make small changes, or you want to renovate but lack the time or finances to do a bigger scale project, you can still make a world of difference. Committing to the creation of the house of your dreams can seem like too great of a hurdle. Check this list of tips that show that renovations on a smaller scale can still give your home a new look!
The easiest way to see what you already have and the potential of the space in and out of your home is to throw out the unnecessary. The vases that you never use, books that were used too long ago, old newspapers, old clothes and pillows, and outdated curtains… All of these can go. Whether you want to repurpose or give it away, do it right away. Don’t pile up, since you can easily go over the board with collecting to donate a certain amount. When you see the space that you can use and the things you do want to see, use or wear every day, you can see where the renovation potential lies.
2 Check for hidden costs
If you are planning to renovate an older home, first check the electrical appliances and plumbing, as well as structural remedial work that needs to be done, as those should be a priority. Even though these aren’t your favourite investments, if not done they can cause a major issue later on. This will ensure your house’s safety and help avoid future costly damage repairs. Furthermore, check the state of the woodwork – window and door frames, as well as the floors. These as well could turn into a costly renovation project if not repaired in time.
3 Plan with help
If you are new in the area or a newbie in the renovation, you might want to get some professional help. First, if you plan on making changes to the exterior, you should check local legislation for the possible restrictions or limitations on façade renovations. If in Sydney, check buyer’s agent in Sydney to help you with not only finding the house of your dreams but also with finding the best professionals to implement perfect design into your living space. Since Australia’s harsh climate can wreak havoc on building materials, be sure to get the advice of professionals for exterior and structural renovation projects.
4 Accent walls
Even if you are not in the right place to look for professional help, DIY is always a possibility. The easiest way to make a big change in any room is to, after you’ve decluttered and made some space in there, add an accent to one wall which has the emptiest space. Also, you could just paint the wall you want to be the accent wall, like the one facing the door, or the opposite of the window. Use the bright colour complimenting the rest of the furniture, or add a pattern to create your own mural. The simple geometric shapes or a complex composition, the choice is completely up to your liking, style, and skills.
5 Change the hardware on the doors and windows
The next cheap but noticeable change is to replace the doorknobs and handles around your home. Whether you’d go for a vintage brass with a complicated design or the simple black or silver modern handles, it depends on your style. Don’t be afraid of mixing the vintage or retro with the modern pastels, it will give a unique artsy, but still clean design to the room. Furthermore, you can change the hangers and the number of your home to match the rest of the installed accessorize, thus further emphasizing cohesiveness in your home both exterior and interior.
6 Update lightning
It is easy to imagine a change that lightning installation makes in the dark, especially with the trend of putting LED strip lights in different colours in the room corners. However, the real change in design and style is made when you have a light source that adds to your room’s looks 24/7. If adding bigger windows is a no-no, try using the thinner curtains to let more light in, or add a dash of new style with the stylish lamp. Apart from many DIY options, try thrifting – you will be surprised by the choices.
7 Gardening and landscaping
There is a trend online about plant parenting. It is mostly about people who buy and take care of a miniature garden in their flats – plants are certain to add to the natural vibe of your home and make it feel alive between the grey buildings and sharp lines of the urban architecture. On the exterior, however, adding a tree will add to looks, to the value and compliment your time spent in the shade of the tree. We will, however, advise you to consult a florist to check what are the species that would thrive in your area and which type of plant care can become a part of your obligations. Your home is your piece of paradise and you should make it look precisely like that – your perfect safe place to be yourself and enjoy!