Update Your Home Without renovating
We all want to achieve that finished, cozy and, well-designed home. There’s always a mixture of people when it comes to their homes, those who are constantly changing and updating things and those who tend to finish a project and have it stay like that for a few years.
There’s nothing wrong with either. However, if you are one of the people who don’t like to make changes all the time you may sometimes be looking for easy ways you can update your home without the need to renovate completely.
A major renovation project can be fun and sometimes worth it. Especially when you want to add value or spruce the entire look of your home, it’s not always needed to achieve a change. Have a look below at some of the ways you can update your home without completing a major renovation:
Create Open Space
It’s becoming more and more common for open plan living to be desired by homeowners and people looking to purchase. It is often a requirement that sits at the top of the list.
Homeowners now want to get rid of formal dining areas and instead have one big living dining and kitchen space as the hub of the home.
It’s no wonder people are constantly taking on large projects to knock down walls to try and create this.
However, if you don’t have the budget or time you can be left wondering what you can do to try and create a similar feel.
It can be easy to create a more open and airy feeling to a home with the need to knock through your wall. Try getting rid of bulkier furniture, move furnishing around to make walkways and entrances feel more connected.
Paint furniture in lighter colours to trick the eye. Another great and inexpensive way of making rooms look bigger is to add mirrors. Place them opposite a window to reflect even more light into your home.
If you want to jump on the bandwagon with your formal dining room why not turn it into a reading nook, an office or extra family room?
Upgrade your Lighting
Proper lighting can be the difference between a dark and dingy room to a light and airy one. You will find that a poorly lit room feels dark, looks small and unwelcoming.
Adding in the best lighting can turn it into a brighter, open and more welcoming space. Some of the easiest ways to achieve this are to add table and floor lamps.
You should look to strategically place a couple of tall floor lamps in dark corners. This will automatically add an element of open space to any home.
If you want to go a step further why not have a look at changing your ceiling and wall lights? Adding a featured light to areas such as your living room or bedroom can make the world of difference.
It’s always recommended that you use a professional electrician to change any light fittings throughout your home.
Update And Replace Door Handles And Knobs
Something that really shows the age of a property is dated fixtures. Like if the kitchen and bathrooms have old-fashioned, dirty, worn handles and knobs.
There is no excuse not to update all your cabinet and door handles. Especially when it’s extremely simple and relatively low in cost. There is a wide array of different options available on the market so you’ll be sure to find something to suit your taste.
In no time, you’ll get the look you’re after.
This is also a great time to update old furniture. If you’re wanting to change the colour or it just hasn’t got that ‘wow’ factor anymore, then consider upcycling it before getting rid of it.
Use furniture paint and adding new handles to give it a facelift. This is normally a lot cheaper than buying a completely new set.
Update How You Dress Your Windows
People always seem to overlook the importance of taking the time to maintain their windows properly. Homeowners struggle to decide what style will suit a certain room.
Whether they should have treatments matching throughout or for all of them to have an individual look. This often leads to homeowners just leaving the room with outdated or mismatched curtains.
Windows really deserve to be dressed properly and it doesn’t need to be complex or stressful. Leaving them bare you are missing the opportunity add your personality to a room and complete it properly. Those who are lucky enough to enjoy beautiful views with hardly any neighbours around may argue this fact, but even the best of views can be framed by stylish window dressing.
Add An Outside Room
For this, you can make use of rooms such as conservatories, orangeries or your patio space. You don’t need to have a large area to create a living space outdoors.
As homeowners, we often forget that we can utilize an outdoor space as a room. Especially when the weather has brightened up.
Start by adding comfortable chairs, a huge umbrella (if outside), and throw cushions. Don’t forget snuggle blankets for when it dips cooler in the evenings.
Then add in some finishing touches such as a small fire pit, fairy lights and statement floors like a Mexican tile. If you wanted to go a little further you could think about adding something like a large pergola. Then drape the sides in curtains, add some music and a brick-built barbeque.
Then you’re well on your way to a luxury living space.
Just think about sitting and enjoy that large glass of red wine.
Clean And Paint
Another budget-friendly way of updating your home is to have a massive spring clean and freshen up. If a renovation project sounds daunting and something that you don’t want to do, do this. Having a massive clear-out and freshening up painted areas can really make a difference.
De-cluttering can do wonders for our health and help to enhance our mood. All while making the space more livable. Try to focus on areas such as radiators, doors, ceilings and skirting boards. These are areas that get forgotten and go discoloured without us realizing.
As soon as you start to paint the fresh paint on you will be surprised at the differences of shades.
Create a Feature Wall
Another great way to change things up is by adding a feature wall. While you’re freshening up the paint around your home, why not just decorate one wall in a room and create a feature wall?
They are great as focus pieces and are really cost-effective.
Get It Done
As you can see, there is an abundance of ways that you can update your home without the need for a complete renovation. Try making a list of all the rooms in your house and jot down the ‘little jobs’ to do. Ones that will make it complete, updated or freshened up.
Ask yourself what areas need the attention first and get started!
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Whether it’s creating an outdoor space, updating the cabinets with paint, freshening up painted areas or merely cleaning. They will all go a long way to make your home feel renewed.
Are there any other tips that you could share that you’ve tried before?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.