Home improvement can be so expensive, but with everyone doing it these days, it’s hard to avoid the eventual idea that you have to fix up your house. Whether you don’t have the time, don’t have the money, or don’t want to spend the effort on changing the look and feel of your home the hard way, you can try any of these quick cheats to make your house look fresher, cleaner, and just like you spent thousands on renovating.
If you must do any real renovating work then it should be painting. Go with a light color that is as timeless as possible in order to make your new changes stick. Many modern homes are now using light gray and light brown or tan as default colors. However, you can go for almost any color that you personally love, just try to avoid anything that you will want to repaint in a few years. White is always a classic, but unless you’re adding in a lot of shelving and decoration, try to avoid it as it is bright. You also want to avoid dark colors because they make the room look smaller.
Change the Curtains
Curtains get old, musty, covered with dust and spider webs, and most of us never really have the time to clean them. While you could just throw your curtains in the wash or take them to the dry cleaner, you can freshen up the look of your house by simply buying new ones. Go for edgy and modern colors for the best effect and don’t be afraid to layer your curtains with a layer of lace next to the window. The curtains that work for your house will change depending on the style of your home, but consider rich colors like dark blue and burgundy for bedrooms, light colors like sky blue, yellow, or rose in the living room, and something easy to clean in the kitchen.
Buy Pillows and Throws
Have an old couch but not ready to get rid of it yet? Consider buying throws and pillows to liven it up. You can purchase a huge range of different pillows and throws that will completely change the look and feel of your home so that you can almost say you renovated. Try buying from sites like ThrowMeAPillow.com that sell pillows that stand out enough to be unique. Embroidered pillows and patterned pillows are usually the most stylish options. Best of all, pillows are quite inexpensive, even though they can make a big difference.
It doesn’t matter if your house is already relatively clean, you will be surprised at how much of a difference a deep clean can make to your home. Make sure you have a day free as it will take all day to clean, organize, and move everything in your house. It is a lot of work, but it will make a huge difference to how your house looks. Change Your Door Handles and Knobs Although this sounds suspiciously like renovating, it’s actually a lot easier than that. All you have to do is find matching door handles and cabinet knobs to install around your house and then put them in. While the first one might take you a little while, chances are that you can replace every knob in your house in less than 3 hours and you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes. Changing out your knobs is just one small example of little things make big changes. The only rule is that you have to buy all of your new knobs at once because many stores do not restock when they run out of certain styles or models.
Bring in a Carpet Cleaner
If you have carpet and it’s more than a year old then you have an easy way to almost renovate your home. Paying a carpet cleaner to come in and steam clean it can save you time, effort, and money because you won’t have to replace your carpet. If you don’t think this is quite the renovation idea for you, just go online and take a look at some of the before and after photos to see the difference it can make.
Change Your Light Fixtures
Light fixtures are another inexpensive way to make actual changes to your home because they impact the look and feel of the whole room. Consider matching all of the fixtures in your home, or match specific rooms to different styles. The choices are yours and if you have an electrician do the installation then there is no risk or real time investment on your part.
Use Air Freshener
If you’re wondering how air freshener can make your home seem like new then you’ve probably never tried it. Scent has an impact on a great deal of what we as humans see and perceive, and by making sure your home smells good, you ensure that it looks better. Consider going with something fresh but not too sharp as opposed to overly sweet.
George Torres is a professional home stylist who believes a little change can make a big difference. Small touches like the right paint and unique pillows can make a bigger difference than all the new appliances in the world. Contact him on Twitter or Facebook to learn more.