It doesn’t take much to give your house a complete makeover. You don’t need to spend lots of money on new furnishings or pay professionals to fit things for you. Simply roll up your sleeves and do it yourself – it might take a little bit of time, but not only will you get the home of your dreams, but you’ll save money in the process.
If your New Year’s resolution was to give your home a makeover, then these top tips are a great way to start things off.
Make a Grand Entrance
There are plenty of ways to make your home seem much more inviting from the outside. For instance, you can position plants or ornaments in a symmetrical pattern on either side of the path leading up to your front door. The front door itself plays a big part in creating a first impression, and no matter what colour you want to paint it, a boring door is still a boring door.
Replacing your old door with a modern or traditional alternative can instantly up your home’s kerb appeal and even provide insulation for your home. While replacing a door may sound difficult, it’s actually a quick and straightforward DIY job that requires just a few minutes of your time.
Touch Up Your Paint Job
A lick of paint can instantly transform a room and give it a more positive feel, but the coat of paint that you’ve given those walls isn’t going to last forever.
A great way to keep your home looking its best is by saving some of the paint that you’ve been using to perform regular touch-ups throughout the year. That way, whenever an unsightly mark appears on your wall, or you notice that the paint starts to peel, you can paint over them without going through the hassle of trying to find the specific colour in your local DIY store.
Set the Mood with Some Dimmer Switches
Another super quick DIY job is to fit dimmer switches, which will let you control the level of lighting in a room effectively. They’re ideal for creating the perfect mood lighting for intimate get-togethers, or for just curling up with a good book at the end of a busy day.
A light dimmer can also help you get immersed in a film or TV show, and accentuate the rest of your home’s decor. Simply turn off the power, remove the current wall plate, connect the dimmer switch wires and then place the plate back over it. It’s as simple as that!
Maximise Your Storage Space
Shelves are not only practical, but they’re also great for adding aesthetic appeal to your home. They can act as part of your decor, hold up interesting ornaments and help you clear away clutter. For a minimalistic look, there are several types of floating shelves that can be installed to walls and provide ample storage space while taking up next to no space. I love a good floating shelf in my life haha. Wall supports stay hidden within the shelves themselves, creating the ‘floating’ illusion. What’s more, they’re easy to install and look great in homes with a modern interior.
Open Up Walls with Patio Doors
Patio doors are a great way of letting in the light and ‘bringing the outdoors in’, which can give your home a bright and radiant feel. Glass patio doors can also compliment your interior with a more minimalist look.
Patio doors by the Bi Fold Shop are an ideal choice for homeowners looking to get more out of their space. Not only do they open effortlessly and prevent drafts, but they can insulate your home and give you a stunning view of your garden – whatever the weather. With thick, strong glass and an aluminium construction, such doors stand the test of time and provide excellent value for money.
There you have it – just some of the ways in which you can spruce up your home in 2017. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you take the time to prepare, shop around for special offers and roll up your sleeves – there’s nothing better than finishing a home improvement job yourself!