There are a number of things you can do to make your new house feel like a home. Whether it be a new coat of paint or updating light fixtures, small projects like these tend to have big results.
No matter how much you love your new home, there are those little things you’d like to change, and there are small steps you can take to make your home look it’s best.
Nothing says “makeover” like a new coat of paint. Whether it’s an accent wall, repainting just the trim, or a top to bottom makeover, paint can dramatically change the look of your home.
Let There Be Light
One of the most important qualities of making a home feel welcoming is making sure there’s plenty of light. An easy trick is to hang your curtains so they cover the wall, not the window, when they’re open. Sheer curtains let light in while affording some privacy. Trim shrubs, ivy and other plantings so they don’t block too much light. To really maximize natural light, hang a mirror across from your windows (this will also make a small room appear larger).
Designers recommend three light sources in every room, excluding the ceiling light. Invest in table and floor lamps or wall sconces to update the lighting in all your rooms. If you have artwork you’d like to draw attention to, consider installing track lighting and using it to light up your artwork.
Upgrade Cabinet Handles
New cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom can help give the place a whole new look, but if that’s somewhat outside your budget, consider upgrading just the handles. If you splurge on high-quality handles, it will make the whole space look more luxurious at a fraction of the cost of replacing the cabinets themselves.
Replace Chipped and Cracked Tiles
A flaw in one tile can bring down the effect of the entire room, so if you don’t have the money to replace all the tiles in your bathroom, but there are one or two that have been chipped or cracked, then just replace the broken tiles. It will make the whole room look like new.
Refresh the Grout
While you’re replacing tiles, consider all the grout in the bathroom and/or kitchen. If it’s stained or dirty, give it a good clean to make the room look like new. If it’s beyond saving, consider replacing all the grout.
The same goes for the caulk in your bathroom. If it looks like it’s been there for decades and/or it’s no longer doing its job properly, it’s time to recaulk.
Install New Faucets
Finally, installing new faucets in your kitchen and/or bathroom is a great way to make the whole place look new without blowing the budget. If you can afford to splurge on high-end faucets it will convey a sense of luxury to the entire room without the high cost of having to replace the entire sink and/or bathtub.
Making your home look like new doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are countless affordable ways you can change or upgrade your space in small ways that can have a big impact. So the next time you find yourself wishing you could afford to remodel and/or redecorate, consider the minor changes you can afford to make that will have the biggest impact.