You can renovate in a way that makes sense for your lifestyle and budget—and it doesn't have to be a big, scary project! Renovating your home doesn't mean blowing your budget or taking on an overwhelming amount of debt. It's actually something you can do gradually over time. You just need some creative ideas that fit with the way you live now, then put them into action as needed.
And what better place than right here? We've got plenty of ideas on how to makeover any room or area in the house without breaking the bank, so check out our list below:
- Repaint a feature wall
Painting a feature wall is one of the easiest ways to give your home a fresh, new look. Whether you choose to paint a wall in a different colour or use a creative painting technique, this is an inexpensive way to liven up your space.
- Refresh your flooring
The most popular flooring choice in homes is carpet because it's inexpensive and can be found in a variety of styles. It's also soft underfoot and easy to clean—as long as you vacuum regularly! However, carpets come with some drawbacks: They're prone to wear over time (especially if pets or children are around), they're difficult to clean upholstery stains from, and they trap dust mites that can cause allergic reactions.
- Focus on finishes
If you have the time and energy to do so, there are plenty of things that can be done in your home that don't require a full renovation. To add more color to your space, consider painting or wallpapering a feature wall. A new showerhead can make an old bathroom feel fresh again while replacing a toilet seat can transform your entire bathroom.
If you're working on small spaces like hallways and kitchens or want to create an aesthetic as part of your renovation work, focus on finishes rather than fixtures. Repainting cabinets or changing out cabinet hardware can do wonders for how they look without costing much money (and it might help sell the house when it comes time). You could also paint or varnish floorboards — there's no need for them to be perfect!
- Revive or remodel your furniture
You love your sofa and chairs, but the fabric is worn out. You could buy new ones, but they're expensive, and you don't want to go into debt just to get a new look in your living room. Instead, try revamping old furniture, so it looks brand-new again. Here are some ideas:
- Look for used furniture from thrift stores —you can often find very nice pieces for an affordable price.
- Check discount stores like Ikea and Target, where there may be a bargain on something similar (or sometimes even better).
- If you have an upholsterer in mind who can help with this project (and isn't too expensive), that could be another option as well. They'll know what fabrics work best with your existing decor and how much work will be involved in making things happen!
- Paint cabinets
Painting cabinets is an inexpensive way to update and revitalize your kitchen. In order to avoid chipping or peeling, you'll need to remove the doors and drawers, clean them with a degreaser, sand them down until smooth, and then prime and paint.
- Add a bidet
Not only is it hygienic, but it's also environmentally friendly. The best bidet uses significantly less water than a toilet because it uses only a few ounces per flush instead of the typical gallon or more used by toilets.
- Use accessories to spruce up your space
Using accessories is one of the best ways to make your space feel more personal, without breaking the bank. Add throw pillows and a few pieces of art for an inviting look, or add a rug for warmth and comfort. If you’re looking to update your kitchen, consider replacing cabinet knobs or handles with something new (and nicer!). You can also use accessories like lamps as focal points in living rooms and bedrooms.
- Let the light in!
If you want to make your house bright and airy, let the light in. The best way to do this is by using natural light.
If you don't have an option for adding a skylight or solar tube, strategically placed mirrors can help reflect that natural light into the dark corners of a room. You can also add lighting fixtures such as sconces or pendant lights over kitchen islands or dining areas for extra brightness during mealtime or parties.
- Plan ahead
If you're planning a big renovation project, such as installing new floors or adding an addition to your home, be sure to allow plenty of time for planning and buying materials so that you don't spend too much at once on expensive materials like lumber or drywall.
- Get organized
Organize all your documents in one place so that you'll always know where everything is and where everything needs to go back when you're finished. This way, you won't have to waste time looking for things or misplace anything during the renovation process.
Try these tips and improve the look of your home!
Alison Pearson is an interior design student. She is a writer and designer, and her ultimate passion is art and architecture. She is also a bibliophile and her favourite book is "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner. Follow her on Twitter.