Home is where the heart is and when you have a space to call your own, it can be exciting to have free reign over what you do with it. So if you love home decor or just want to improve your home, here is a handy guide of how to transform and make it stand out.
Fix The Small Things
It’s the little old jobs that you’ve put on a list and kept putting off. Whether it’s a loose cupboard door or missing knob on your oven, there are plenty of little things around the house that could do with fixing. A lot of the time, these small things can go unnoticed, so it’s useful to go around the property both inside and out to take note of work to be done. Fix what you can and use the good old internet to find a solution. If the job is beyond your skills then instead of trying to fix it and damaging it further, bring in a professional.
Declutter Every Space
If you’ve heard of the latest Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, you may have seen it’s made quite the impression on its viewers. Clutter is everywhere in your house, and there’s always something that you might be holding onto that you convince yourself may be useful one day in the distant future. The fact of the matter is that nine times out of ten, those dozen odd cables that don’t plug in anywhere will likely be left to clutter up a draw forever.
Go round each room in your house or apartment and pick apart everything you own. If it has sentimental value then, of course, keep it, but if you haven’t used it for a while and don’t see yourself using it anytime soon, it’s probably worth checking. Group it by category; to sell, to recycle, to donate and to a bin. Set yourself a challenge and really give your property a declutter. It will end up transforming it completely, and with regular declutters, you can enjoy your home a lot more.
Fresh Coat Of Paint
It’s impressive how the smaller things can make the biggest difference. For example, paint can be a cheap suggestion if you want to transform your home on a budget. Try and avoid wallpaper where possible as this can be fussy and is difficult to get off. When thinking about colors, go with ones that reflect your personality but also compliment the furniture in your home. Avoid anything too bold unless you can dampen down the color with other decors. Neutral colors are always great for giving you that clean and fresh feeling and will also be great for when and if you come to sell your home in the future.
Let In Natural Light
Natural light is proven to have a huge impact on our mood and if you have big windows or your house is in a position that gets sunlight, then it’s worth making the most of. Think about removing any heavy curtains or furniture like wardrobes that obscure the light. If you have the opportunity, it’s always a good idea to make your windows bigger if possible.
Technology has also come pretty far, and there’s now lighting available that mimics natural light so even if you don’t have the sunlight, you can still trick your brain into thinking there’s natural light!
Quality Over Price
Whether you’re thinking of replacing your home doors or replacing a kettle, quality should always come over price. There’s a reason why some home decor is cheap, and that’s because the likelihood of it lasting for more than a year is probably very slim. Do some comparisons when shopping both in store and online and look out for the quality when it comes to materials that are used. The low price doesn’t always mean its cheaply made, but it’s always worth questioning before you make the purchase.
Add Some Nature
Nature, like natural light, can transform a space but it also has its health benefits. Indoor plants can reduce carbon dioxide levels and increases the humidity of the space. When we breathe, our bodies take in oxygen, and then we release carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, these indoor plants will absorb the carbon dioxide and release oxygen. So they’re essentially doing to the opposite to us and giving us an increased amount of oxygen.
Plants also release moisture vapor which increases the humidity of the air. It’s known to decrease the likelihood of dry skin, colds and sore throats, which is an added benefit. When adding indoor plants to your home, think about the different types you can get and what will look nice in that specific space. For example, something like ivy will look nice in the bathroom. For those of you who don’t like looking after plants, you can always get the hard to kill species like aloe and cacti.
Rearrange The Furniture
Another virtually free option would be to rearrange the furniture in your home. When you first moved into the property, you put all your furniture in a specific place, and you may not have moved it since. It’s good to move around furniture especially rugs and heavy objects like sofas and dining tables so that the flooring isn’t worn or faded too much. Moving your furniture to a different part of the room can make a big impact on how the space feels and looks and could make you fall in love with your home all over again. Start with the bulkier furniture because this is what will make the difference.
Focus On The Exterior
We can often end up focusing so much on the inside of the property that we forget about tending to the outside. This is the first thing your guests will see, so you want to make a good first impression. Take your time assessing any damages to the outside of the property and make sure you fix these or have someone help do it. The garden area can either be enjoyable for some or hated by others. If you don’t like gardening, then keep it simple with few plants and lawn to look after. If you love gardening, then experiment with texture, different colors, and seasonal plants.
Fix any outdoor furniture and if you have none then now is the time to go buy some. Seated swings and benches can be great for you and your friends or family to enjoy. And if you want to really go all out, you can install a water feature or pond.
Don’t Neglect Art
Art can really say a lot about you as a person, but it can also make it a talking point with guests. Whenever you go into a room where there’s frames or artwork, most will naturally go over and see it close up. This makes a room more interesting, and you can also show off your personality. Don’t just hang up single pieces, create clusters of canvas prints and frames. Pick art that speaks to you and that you enjoy looking at. It can help with neutral walls too as they can add bold bursts of color and detail.
Whether you spend nothing or thousands on transforming your property, there’s at least something that can be done to suit everyone’s budgets. It’s nice to refresh your home every once and a while to keep it exciting and to also keep it interesting for visitors and for yourselves. So why not try one of the above in your own home and see the difference it makes!