Inexpensive Home Improvements that Make a Big Impact
Whether you’re planning to sell your home, or just settling in to a new place, simple improvements can make a big impact on the overall look and value of your home. Not everyone has the time or expertise to undertake major projects, but sometimes all you need is a few minor upgrades anyone can make to improve the look of your space. If you’re looking for some simple upgrades that are easy on the wallet, but provide a big impact, here are a few ideas.
Brighten your home with new light fixtures
With so many beautiful and unique light fixtures to choose from, it’s easy to change the look of a room with one simple upgrade. Be sure to choose light bulbs that provide the right amount of brightness for the space. You can also add a large mirror to a room, opposite a window to reflect the natural light and create the illusion of more space. This works great in hallways and narrow rooms.
Re-dress your windows
The window coverings you choose are an important part of the feel of your home. Your choice of window coverings gives you the ability to maximize natural light in a living area or minimize sunlight in a bedroom. Choose a basic white horizontal blind for each window in your home, and then dress the windows with curtains. Add coordinating colors and patterns to each room’s decorating style with the curtains. Basic panels are available in many different fabrics and styles, ranging from light and sheer to heavy black-out styles.
Upgrade your linens
A new duvet cover and pillow cases can completely transform a bedroom. Choose patterns and colors that complement the walls or other decorative elements of the room. It’s great to have a few different sets available so you can alternate each season. Placing new towels and a shower curtain in the bathroom will have the same affect.
Upgrade your hardware
New handles or knobs in a kitchen or bathroom can freshen up old cabinets and give them a whole new look. Try to match your hardware with your light fixtures, hinges and faucets to coordinate the look. There are a wide variety of styles to choose from that can modernize any space.
Upgrade your trim and doors
Replacing outdated trim with fresh new trim, baseboards and doors can bring a home’s appearance from looking dated to modern. Why not add a new coat of paint to the walls to complete the look? Typically, the original door jams can remain in place, and the new doors can be cut to size. This project is a larger undertaking and requires a certain amount of skill and expertise, but the final outcome makes it worthwhile.
Be creative and don’t be afraid to take risks when changing the look and feel of your home. A few simple changes can make a room feel brand new and show off your home’s best features.