They say the grass is always greener on the other side, but who says it can’t be green on your side of the street as well? Instead of moving this year to get the ‘perfect’ home, consider working with what you have and completely transforming the look of your existing home.
While a complete renovation may not be possible with your budget, there are some simple tricks you can effortlessly implement to completely change the look of your home’s interior.
Make Crowded Rooms Look Bigger
Bigger isn’t always better, but when you’re dealing with small, crowded spaces, it almost always is. While tearing down walls or building extra square footage may not be practical, you can change the way you decorate and arrange the room, to make the space appear larger. The idea is to trick the eye into thinking the room is bigger than it actually is. As a result, your home will feel less crowded and more spacious.
For example, moving curtain rods closer to the ceiling and hanging floor-length curtains from them will draw the eye upward, making the room appear taller than it actually is. When a room looks taller, it will consequently feel larger.
Other tips for making small spaces appear bigger include moving furniture away from the walls to create depth and spaciousness, using light colors, and implementing natural light features when possible.
De-Clutter and Go Simple
There is nothing appealing about clutter in a home. While the shopper inside of you might want to flaunt all of your purchases and special finds, learn to keep accessories and knickknacks to a minimum. Just because you have a large built-in bookshelf, doesn’t mean you have to fill every square inch. Instead, a minimalist approach will help your home appear more sophisticated and neat.
One of the best ways to begin de-cluttering is to focus on a color or style scheme. Remove everything that doesn’t meet the criteria you set, then tastefully reorganize the remaining items in a way that accentuates the best characteristics of the room.
Install New Hardware
There are certain elements of a home’s interior that can make it look outdated; one such element is hardware. From doorknobs and drawer pulls to bathroom fixtures and lighting, exchanging old hardware for new hardware can instantly transform the look of your home, for the better. If you can’t do everything at once, start with the kitchen. Your kitchen is one of the most highly-trafficked rooms in your home and should always be attended to first.
Never Stop Changing
Styles change, designs come and go, and homes age. If you really want to keep your home’s interior fresh, updated, and aesthetically pleasing, you can’t sit back and settle. Always be on the lookout for ways to improve existing rooms and remember that the grass doesn’t have to be greener on the other side. There is plenty you can do to make your home standout, too!