Every few years or so, homeowners would usually have the itch to improve, modify and just generally give the home a good sprucing up. The walls do not look as clean and fresh as before, the sofa looks a little bit depressed in its cushions and the carpet in the living room looks like it has seen better days. However, shopping around and comparing prices to replace everything that seems old is actually a tad bit too expensive. So what do you do? Forgo making over your house and go on a family holiday instead? Move homes? Get your parents to financially contribute to half of the costs? Hopefully, this article will provide you with a few tips to give your home a new look without the need to sell off your cars or break your bank.
Lick of paint
Sometimes the most effective (and not to mention economical) way to have your home looking as fresh as day 1 is to just give it a new coat of paint. Instead of the traditional white walls that can make your home look like a sterilized institution at times, select other colors that would complement your existing furniture. Soft pastels would usually look great in most homes. They're soft, gentle and can be even quite comforting and cool.
For those who are more adventurous to try something bolder, go for stronger colors that would accentuate the atmosphere in the house. For example, a burnt orange feature wall on one side and softer tones on others, or complementary colors such as a green and brown color scheme. Whatever colors you decide on, painting your house could be the only thing you need to do to make it look brand new!
Clean up the clutter
Look around the house and identify the things that you really don't need anymore - the pile of old newspapers and magazines, the broken-mended-broken again stool, those decorative ornaments that are really just unwanted gifts. Get rid of those! They may seem small and insignificant, but they do take up space and negatively contribute to the overall look and environment of your home. Group decorative items that are of the same theme and feature them together to promote the feel of cohesiveness. Recycle those that you simply don't want or need.
Learn to DIY
More and more people nowadays are learning how to Do It Themselves. Not only will it save you on labor costs, it would also give you the perfect opportunity to spend more time with your significant other or your family members in the makeover project. If you can, paint the walls of your homes yourself. A plain cushion cover in the living room can be spiced up with a painted motif or feature your child's hand prints.
You can also change the old and out dated pictures on the walls to frame up picturesque postcards and posters or to even hang up that beautiful piece of fabric you bought from one of your trips abroad. Little changes like these will go a long way in revamping your living space. All it takes is a little creativity!
If you don't have a multi-million ringgit budget to extensively renovate your home, prioritize the part of the house that you feel must be improved on first. Some homeowners prefer to redo the kitchen area first by fitting in new kitchen tops or replacing the cabinets. Some prefer to work on their living rooms by getting a new sofa set or even a modern TV rack to update the look of the room. Prioritizing gives you the advantage of focus and time to save up for the other parts of the house.
In giving your home a fresh new look, you definitely do not need to burn a hole in your pocket. By just focusing on some of the basic things you need to do, your home will end up with an entirely new and vibrant feel to it.
Eshkarvin Kenezer is an avid property investor. He executes well thought out strategic moves by buying and selling high end condominiums to the right people at the right time. He owns multiple property websites such as the Malaysia Condominium Property Portal website, which is a huge condominium portal connecting real estate agents, buyers, and sellers across Malaysia.
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