As most homeowners know big renovations cost a lot of money as well as planning and when your feeling like a change big is not always the way to go, in fact there are many budget friendly options to inject some life into your home and rejuvenate a space that may be looking a little tired or outdated.
Most of these suggestions are also doable in terms of DIY even if you have never picked up a paintbrush before with some simple instructions you could discover you have a new talent as well as save money hiring professionals. Of course if your nervous or short of time getting a carpenter in or a painter may be the best foot forward but make sure you get a range of quotes to find the best price.
1. Declutter - It's so easy overtime to collect, accumulate and hold onto things that we don't actually need or hold that much of a purpose. When our spaces become cluttered so do our minds and often our own productivity can go down because of it. It's also hard to see the full potential of a room if there is lots of stuff lying around. The first thing you need to do is clear the space of everything that you don't hold dear or serves a purpose and immediately this will make a huge difference.
2. Repaint a room - you may decided you want to go Scandi and calm a space down with plain white walls which you can later decorate with prints. You could also think about bringing in block colours which are particularly good for children rooms, Pinterest is a treasure trove of ideas when it comes to redecorating your walls. Even if you just want to spruce up a room, with time paint can fade, get scuffed or just look tired so a fresh coat could bring that new feel back into a room.
3. Update your front door - they always say first impressions count and that starts with the front door. I have a huge fascination with front doors and the more interesting the more intrigued I am about who live there. We will be moving next year and I know that I am going to invest in a beautiful door knocker, something classic like cast iron Lion head door knocker from E-Hardware, you can also pair it up with a letterbox and door knob. It's such a small change but can make such a huge impact and who doesn't want a lovely front door?
4. Decorate with Prints and Photographs - do you have a couple of bare walls that just feel empty and uninspiring? Then why not print some of your favourite family memories, pick up a few frames, they don't have to be all the same, in fact being different can be eye catching. Another option would be to purchase some Art prints and bring some inspiration into your daily space. This is a great low cost option that can create a feature wall and change the feel of any room.
5. Bring nature in the home - Fresh flowers, botanical brings, hanging baskets instantly bring colour into any room and really help to lighten the spirits. I your having guests over or some friends for lunch a fresh bouquets is such a simple touch and can really rejuvenate a room. I know it's not cost effective to do this every day but with places like Aldi and Lidl doing some wonder bouquets it doesn't have to cost and arm and a leg to have fresh flowers in the home.
If your feeling a little restless than start putting together a small snagging list of things you want to change, get excited about your home again and put some plans together for 2017 of how you want to improve your house and make it a place you love, it really doesn't need to cost a fortune.
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