Your home is likely the biggest purchase you will ever make. It should be a place of joy, comfort, and relaxation. Even if you like the space in which you live, there are probably a few things that you want to change, redo, or upgrade. Why not make the place you live into the place you love? Instead of tackling a major home renovation, start today with a few items you can hire out to the professionals and some other things you can do yourself. Before you know it, you will have a whole new home.
Make Little Changes for a Big Impact on the Interior
The inside of your home is, of course, where you spend most of your time at home. You want it to be beautiful, enjoyable, and something to be proud of. Instead of taking on a huge renovation project and living in dust and half-finished spaces for months on end, you can take the easy route and tackle the interior without a monumental undertaking.
Try some of these ideas to get started.
- Cabinets – Whether it is your kitchen, bathroom, office, or storage cabinets, the chances are that they have seen better days. Simply by living in your home and using the cabinets, they become scratched and dented over time. Even if they still look good, you might just want something new to make them look great. Work with professional cabinet painters to redo the cabinets to fit your style.
Try having your upper kitchen cabinets painted in a lighter shade and the lower ones darker, or go for something completely different. You will be amazed at the way your home looks with refreshed cabinets.
- Hardware – The hardware fixtures in your home constitute a broad category. This can include everything from drawer and cabinet pulls to the hinges on a door. Replacing these items is a very quick way to update your home.
Opt for different metals than you have had before. Go for black or something different with rose gold. You can stay with a singular metal finish in one room and choose a different one in another. If you replace a drawer pull with a knob, you will need to fill the holes first. Your cabinet painters can easily do this for you as part of the painting process.
- Faucets – Kitchen and bathroom faucets and fixtures are another way to make a big splash, so to speak. With this category, you get to choose your metal finishes to coordinate, contrast, or complement with one another.
As part of the update process, look for environmentally friendly fixtures that will save you money over the long term. Some shower heads have integrated speakers or removable spray nozzles, and you can find kitchen faucets with sensors for ease of use. Look for amenities that will add joy and value to your home.
Pay Attention to the Exterior
Your home’s curb appeal matters. It is almost like an introduction to visitors and passersby. And it is a welcoming site to you and yours every time you return home. That being said, if the exterior of your abode is looking a bit shabby or outdated, you have some easy options to make it look like you want.
Here are some areas to consider updating.
- Facade – If the outside of your home is in good condition but can benefit from a refresh, paint might do the trick. This is something you can do yourself or hire out. A color change along with a new trim color will have a big impact on the look. If you currently have siding or brick exterior, a professional power wash can brighten it by taking off mold and dirt that has accumulated over time.
- Lighting – Old and worn light fixtures are easy to replace and can have a major impact on the aesthetic. Take note of whether you would like more lights outside, want brighter lights, and what type of lights you desire. Once you know what you want, you can coordinate your new lighting and add modern touches, such as those with motion sensors, smart technology, and solar options.
- Landscaping – Landscaping can change how your home looks. If you like the plants you currently have in place, perhaps some heavy weeding and pruning will clean things up. If you are looking to enhance the space, small projects, such as reseeding the grass and planting new vegetation will add a lot of visual interest.
- Front Door – Your front door is a fun part of your home that allows you a large canvas to play with. Consider painting it a new color that complements or contrasts with the rest of the home’s exterior. Alternatively, changing the current door for a new one with windows brings extra light inside.
- Mailbox – Whether your mailbox is attached to your home or at the end of your driveway, a quick cleaning and repainting will make it look like new. Place landscaping rocks or flowers around the mailbox post for a fresh look.
- House Number – Probably the easiest thing to complete on this list involves your house numbers. A quick swap for new, shiny, or larger numbers will make a difference. There are a lot of ways to be creative with this task. Whatever you choose, ensure the numbers are well-lit and visible from the street so that first responders can find your home easily in an emergency.
- Surfaces – As time passes, driveways, walkways, and sidewalks become cracked and are prone to shifting. There are a number of DIY options to refinish these surfaces, whether they are asphalt or cement. Sometimes a quick overlay is all it takes to make the surfaces look as good as new.
Watch this video to learn how you can resurface your cement driveway.
When it comes time to make changes to your home, you have several options. They can range from taking only a few minutes to accomplish to a lengthier project that spans a few days. You also have the luxury of working with experts who will work their magic and make your home shine. Whatever you choose to do, have fun with it!