Over time, homes will need upgrades. Many times, the biggest concern before starting such a venture is that it’s going to be very costly. It is true that remodeling will at times be expensive, but remodeling doesn’t have to involve breaking in walls, adding rooms, and changing the whole structure of the house. If you want to freshen your home without emptying your pockets, here are plenty of budget-friendly ideas to help you do it.
RE-FURBISH THE CABINETS
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and the first room many people choose to remodel. Just a few smart touchups can transform any kitchen at minimal cost. Instead of spending a lot of money on buying new cabinets, simply refinish cabinet doors and boxes to give your kitchen storage a brand new look. You can also simply apply a fresh coat of paint to the cabinets and install some decorative handles. Color and texture are simple elements to adjust, but they can have a renewing impact on your kitchen.
UPGRADE SIMPLE APPLIANCES
The inefficiency of an old home can stem from slow and outdated appliances. You can upgrade an old dishwasher by having a new one installed by the same company at a lower cost than buying a brand new model. New styles of smaller kitchen appliances such as blenders, microwaves, and toasters can be purchased at department stores to give your kitchen a more modern look and feel. Another appliance popular in the contemporary kitchen is an small television, which you can easily upgrade from your old one.
FRESHEN UP THE BATHROOM
Small changes like a new toilet seat or pedestal sink are simple ways to improve your bathroom while protecting your budget. You can upgrade the color palette further by installing fresh vinyl sheets over old flooring and walls. If you have a bathtub or shower, simply install new faucets or shower heads instead of replacing the entire bath. These items are available in a variety of designs, and a professional can help complete the installation in a few hours. Professional help will come at a price, but the cost is far less than retiling the walls and adjusting plumbing after installing a new bath.
CHANGE THE WALL COLORS
If you choose to update a room or wall with new colors, make it a family activity! Painting the house together is a great way to bond, and it’s one of the easiest ways to upgrade the look of your home. It can be time-consuming and messy, but with a few how-to videos, is an easy task to undertake.
While painting the walls, you will have to move a lot of furniture around. Afterwards, you might be inspired to re-arrange the entire room depending on how the new colors impact your old layout. This is another smart way to add fresh energy to an old room. A darker wall might be just the thing to highlight that beige chair that’s been shoved away in the corner for months.
CHANGE THE LIGHTING
One of the easiest and most impactful adjustments you can give your home is lighting. A simple change can lighten the mood of an entire room or give new class and style to a familiar space. New lighting won’t only change the look of a room; it can save you more on energy costs as well. LED lights are extremely power friendly and can save you a substantial amount on electricity bills for years.
Invest in some new accent lighting as well to focus light on areas that may have been formerly lost in the shadows. Accent lighting can also showcase a fixture as a style piece on its own. A good-looking chandelier or minimalist hanging light adds a small sense of art to the look and feel of your home.
There are plenty of changes you can make around your home that won’t cost a fortune. Updating accessories, changing colors, and re-furbishing older items can all contribute to a new, sleek look for your home.
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