When you step back and take in the ambiance of your home, do you like what you see? More importantly, do you like what you feel? Is the character of your home the one you want to portray to others; is it the one you want to live in?
Sometimes, we all need a change in our environments. If you answered “No” to any of these questions, now is probably a good time to change. Those changes do not have to be expensive ones. There are ways to change your home on a budget, and here are some ideas on how to do it.
There are several ways to change the look of your home by updating your walls. A new color of paint can be quick and cost-effective. When you change the color of your walls, take into consideration the palette of the rest of the room. The furniture you have in a room may dictate the tones you use; you may not be replacing the furniture if you are trying to make simple changes.
If you haven’t before, consider using wallpaper. It can be a bit of a hassle getting the paper on the wall properly but once you have it up you will have a spectacular appearance in the room. Wallpaper grants you access to more options of patterns, stuff paint can only accomplish with an extreme amount of time and patience; intricate designs that can take weeks to complete.
For even quicker changes, a change in decorations can improve the character of your home. Swap out the frames of hanging photos with newer ones that match the style you are going for. Replace decorative items with fresher ones that stand out but also fit with the theme. Mirrors can make for interesting art pieces. They can come in geometric shapes or more abstract designs. The trimming can be made of a wide range of materials like wood or metals and can come in any color imaginable.
You absolutely can change your furniture to go along with repainting or papering the walls. A change in furniture does not have to coincide with a color scheme swap, however. The couch is typically the largest piece of furniture in the living room, the bed for the bedroom; purchasing a different style of one of these can alter the appearance of either room. In this case, try to match the color of any remaining furniture so that it still looks natural.
Tired of the pattern on the dining room chairs? Is the fabric on that couch no longer working for you? You can reupholster your furniture as well. This can be one of those DIY projects that will not only create a refreshing feel to the chairs and the room, but it could give you a sense of satisfaction completing something with your own two hands.
The carpets were great at one time. Now you feel like you need a change. This would be the perfect time to replace them. You can choose from a variety of styles and materials such as wool, polyester, nylon (the most popular material for carpeting), or olefin.
You don’t have to swap carpet out for more carpet. Consider alternatives. If you can afford hardwood flooring, and you find a style you like, lay that down instead. There are many types of flooring to choose from, each with their own patterns and colors. Laminate flooring can give you that hardwood look and feel at a fraction of the cost while vinyl flooring is great for rooms that require water-resistance.
If you lay down an alternative type of flooring to carpeting, also consider adding an area rug. Match the color scheme of the walls and furniture, you don’t want anything that doesn’t fit. A rug in the center of a room will look great bordered by the clashing color of the floors. With just the right rug, you can make any room POP!
Do not underestimate the importance of light. A dark room can give you a moody feel; a bright one may hurt your eyes. By increasing or decreasing the wattage from your light bulbs, you can improve a room tremendously! Especially if you combine it with a change of wall color that makes use of the light. A bright room with an eggshell white or light beige walls would do better than a dimly lit one with the same colors. Too dark and you might end up with a faded gray or brown appearance.
You can also change out your lighting fixtures to add flavor and interest to the room. Get rid of that pedestrian round light fixture on the ceiling with a more decorative one, maybe one that hangs down from the ceiling. Instead of using basic lamps, switch them out for amazing wall sconces. If you do incorporate lamps into your lighting, choose ones that will give your room some life!
Even the smallest things can create a big change. By changing the faucets in your bathrooms and kitchen, and the knobs on the cabinets, you are giving these rooms a whole new feel. Try to choose a style that fits your tastes, but make it one that stands out. You do not have to go for the ones shaped like birds or butterflies (unless that fits your liking); there are so many variations of faucets available that you do not have to settle.
A single handle on top. The typical two controls for hot and cold separately. You can even install a sensor-faucet for hands-free control. Styles range from more sleek, modern chrome to more ornate, brass faucets with decorative etchings. You also have retro styles such as the country home faucets. Whichever you choose, make sure to add cabinet knobs that match.
You do not have to spend a fortune on changing the decor in your home. Some quick alterations of color or style can bring new life to your home, and you can do it on a budget. Decide what it is your home needs then shop around for the thing that you feel best fits that change.