Living in the same place for a long period of time has its pros and cons. While it can be nice to avoid the hectic process of moving every year and allow you to feel more comfortable, it can also get boring. If your space has fallen into a rut, you don’t have to completely redecorate to make it feel like new. There are many affordable ways to spruce up your home:
Paint the front door
A classic homeowner hack is painting the front door a bold color. Not only does it make your house stand out in a row of track houses so your friends and family can easily spot you but it can also be an accent piece for your entryway and tie into your overall interior design. A can of paint can cost as little as $10 depending on the brand you choose. Just make sure to check with the community guidelines if you live in a homeowner’s association.
Modernize frames & knick-knacks
While you might have loved a certain color when you first decorated, your tastes have probably changed by now. Instead of starting over with your photo frames and knick-knacks, spray paint them. For only a few dollars a can, spray paint goes a long way. Plus, it’s an easy and fast way to revamp your decor. Using a metallic-colored paint like rose gold or silver can create a more modern feel in your home.
Add some greenery
Skip the fake greenery, even if it is high-quality. Adding living plants to your home can improve the ambiance, enhance your mood, and even tie into your overall theme. However, not all plants are created equal. Certain nurseries and florists take better care of their plants and might even sell them in attractive pots or hangers so you don’t have to buy them separately. Find the best flower delivery or nursery in your neighborhood to get the best deal and quality. You’ll also want to research the types of plants or flowers that best suit your personality, space, and allergies. If you have pets, you should make sure whatever you purchase isn’t poisonous to them.
Makeover your couch
Over the years, your couch can begin to wear and tear but buying a new one can be a huge expense. If your couch is showing its age, or just isn’t your taste anymore, it is easy to give it a makeover. First, find a slip-cover. They’re available in a variety of colors, textures, and sizes so you can find something to suit your style. Next, throw out your old, misshapen pillows that came with the couch. Two or three new pillows should do the trick to make your couch look fashionable and comfortable. Once you’re done, your friends will be surprised to learn you didn’t buy a new one.
Rethink your lighting
Light bulbs are a simple and cost-effective way to make your home more welcoming. Often, the original bulbs that come with light fixtures are harsh and can even highlight any imperfections around your house like scratches on the floor and nicks on the wall. Find softer bulbs for spaces like your bedroom and living room. You might want to keep your brighter bulbs in the kitchen and home office because they help you feel more alert and are good for detailed tasks. Plus, a lot of new bulbs are energy efficient and can even reduce your electric bill. Changing one room at a time can help you stay on budget.
Update the hardware
From drawer knobs, door handles, and light switches, the hardware in your home can be integrated into your decor. Shop around for hardware that speaks to your style and color palette. Whether you want a fun pattern or sleek design, you should have no problem finding plenty of options within your price point. Focus on one thing at a time. I would probably recommend starting with the door handles since they’re frequently used by you and your guests, but if the kitchen is your special place, drawer knobs might be your priority.
Updating your home on a budget is all about the details. The smallest changes can add up, having a dramatic effect on the look and feel of your house.