After you’ve been in your home for a few years, it’s natural to want some new décor, something to make your home feel new again. Moving house every few years is probably out of the question, and full upgrades might be out of budget, but if you want the feel of a new home again, there are some nifty remodel and redesign tips which can breathe new life into your house. If you’re not willing to shell out a five figure sum to upgrade your home, here are 6 cheap ways to remodel on a budget.
1. A New Colour Scheme
A fresh lick of paint has the power to transform a room entirely. Choose a colour scheme and buy some paint for the walls. Take the accent from elsewhere in the room, such as the curtains, avoiding colours that already dominate – blue sofas and blue walls are not a good combination! For a budget update, use the decorator’s best friend – new toss pillows – in a shade to match for subtle colour coordination.
Paint anything and everything, not just the walls. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way towards creating a new look in any space. Reinvent a piece of furniture by changing the colour, or give a tired, dark brick fireplace second life by painting it creamy white.
2. Rearrange Furniture
To update your home without spending a penny, simply rearrange the furniture you have. Experiment with the room’s layout, thinking about how you can have a comfortable conversation with someone sitting on another piece of furniture. You want to create an intimate seating area. Why not try pulling the sofa away from the wall?
3. Light Up the Room
Lighting is chiefly responsible for setting the mood, so you need to get it right. You should look for bulbs which belong to the right ‘light spectrum’. For example, living rooms are the centre of your home – the place where you spend quality time with family and entertain guests – so you want lighting which is conducive to relaxation and enjoyment.
Get the lighting right and you will perfectly capture the blend of intimacy and entertainment you want. ‘Hanging out’ zones like the lounge need soft bulbs that emit a yellow/red undertone. Use a pair of matching metallic table or floor lamps to add some sparkle and drama whilst avoiding the harsh glare of a light bulb. For study areas, look for bright bulbs that emit blue undertones.
4. Treat the Windows
Soften your living space with ready-made drapery panels and transform your lounge from bland to beautiful. If a standard-sized window panel doesn’t fit, it’s time for some DIY home improvement: buy the next size up, and hem the panel so that the drape hangs half an inch to an inch from the floor when hung.
5. Change Your Doorknobs
Doorknobs, handle and hinges can all be updated inexpensively. They are only small finishing touches, but they make a huge difference, and the installation is quick and easy. All you really need is a drill.
6. Create a Focal Point
Use colourful artwork or photography to personalise your space and create a focal point for your living room or bedroom. Enlarge your own photos or choose from thousands of prints on affordable sites such as art.com or canvasrepublic.com.
These inexpensive remodelling ideas might not cost a lot, but they can make a huge difference to how your home feels and functions as a social space. Take our roundup of budget home design ideas and be inspired.
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