HOME improvements usually require a lot of time, money, and effort, which inevitably results in people being discouraged from even getting started on the project.
It doesn’t have to be that way though – there are so many fabulous, cheap and easy ways to make your house more expensive without going to any really crazy effort or spending that much.
Whether you want a color refresh, are tired of your furniture, or just don’t know what to do, here are five tips and tricks to get you started.
You can handle it!
Replacing handles on cabinets and drawers is a really fun and inexpensive way to update boring old furniture.
It can instantly add a more luxurious feel to existing items without completely replacing them.
Toni Trevillion, author of DIY On A Budget, is a big fan of replacing cabinet handles, revealing to Fabulous that “you can go from modern to traditional or vice versa.
“Use colors that contrast with the units or make them all different for a really original look.”
As the saying goes, the devil is in the details, and that goes for DIYers too.
You can easily make items you already own or have lying around the house look completely new by simply changing details.
Just replacing the material of your pillowcases can transform the look of a room and is a fairly inexpensive way to do it.
You can also easily dye your own fabrics at home, and Toni says the best materials to try “DIY dyeing” are chenille, velvet, wool, polyester and cotton.
Don’t go overboard
Often people try to overdo it in a redecoration and end up creating a space that has cost insane amounts of money for a look that hasn’t really improved.
There’s a lot to be said for minimalism, and decluttering a room is definitely the easiest and most inexpensive way to make your home look more expensive.
It might even help you get some money back as you can sell what you no longer want or use and use that money towards new home projects.
Don’t forget the lights
Lights are obviously a crucial part of any space, because nothing works without them.
But they are so much more important than that and play a huge part in giving a room an expensive feel.
The designers at Instrument Furniture underline this point by saying: “Ceiling lights are practical, but they do little or nothing to create a cozy atmosphere in the room.
“Turn them off and turn on the floor or table lamps instead.”
Floor and table lamps can also serve as funky statement pieces in the room or elegant additions to the room.
LED lights are also a super effective and inexpensive way to create a brand new mood in your room.
They look brilliantly chic under kitchen cabinets and under counters, as well as behind your TV.
Front doors are important
As one household expert exclaims, don’t underestimate the power of first impressions.
The color of your front door sets the tone for the rest of the house inside, making it an important focal point for
Gipsy Hill Hardware has unveiled the top five shades for this year’s front door.
Lavender takes the top spot, terracotta is a close second, sky blue third, soft yellow fourth, and periwinkle blue fifth.
There’s a reason blue made the top 5 twice, because according to research from Sell House Fast, blue is the color that adds the most value to a home.
The declared added value is apparently a whopping £4,000.
Environmental psychologist and well-being consultant Lee Chambers, who contributed to the study, said: “Color is a powerful tool to communicate actions, influence decisions and even change people’s moods.
“The color of your front door can affect a buyer’s initial perception”.
So if you’re selling or just looking to improve your love of the home and mood with color, painting your front door seems like an easy and inexpensive way to do it.