If you’re tired of walking into the same old house, it’s time to make a change and give your home the makeover it desperately needs. A home makeover can do wonders to freshen up your abode and make your house a better place to live in.
A makeover can be anything, from a cosmetic interior upgrade to a full-on remodeling project. The scale of the project depends entirely on how much time, money, and effort you’re willing to commit on it. If you don’t have the luxury for a complete house-flipping, don’t miss out on these simple tasks to maximize the impact of your home makeover.
Freshening Up the Entrance
The entrance is the first thing people notice about your house. It builds their expectations of what they may see inside. By freshening up your entrance, you can completely transform the impression or vibe of your home.
Clean your front porch, and fix the damaged stairs and railings. Freshen up the flooring and furniture too (if you have any). And give your front door a new paint job.
When choosing the color, consult the color wheel, and find a complementary color to your exterior walls. Pick a bright, cheery color—like yellow, red, or blue—if you previously had a dark-colored front door.
A bright-colored door won’t need many embellishments since it’s already eye-catching enough. If you want to stick to a dark color, add a splash of color on your door by hanging a floral or healthy green wreath on it. Then you can add potted plants to the surrounding area to liven up the whole entrance.
Repainting Your Walls
Changing the color of your walls can completely transform your interior. Soft colors, like white, powder blue, and pastel pink, can make the inside of your home look larger and airier. They also reflect light well and make the interior brighter. On the other hand, dark colors absorb light and make the room look dim and smaller, creating a warm and cozy feeling.
Aside from the colors, you should also choose the perfect sheen to bring out the color of the walls, and make the most out of your money. A high-gloss or semigloss finish is ideal for high-traffic and mess-prone areas, like the kitchen, since it’s durable and easy to clean.
For room areas that don’t see a lot of rough treatment or traffic, a flat or matte finish will give the most pigment and coverage for an Instagram-worthy bedroom.
Learn more about how to choose the right paint sheen or finish for all areas in your home through this helpful guide.
Adding New Lighting Fixtures
Aside from the color of your walls, lighting makes the greatest impact in changing the mood and atmosphere of your home. Lighting fixtures are like more than just for, well, brightening your home. Think of them as something like jewelry. They enhance the beauty of your decor and become part of the decor themselves.
Update your traditional lighting, and modernize your home. If the design of your house has a lot of corners, use modern floor lamps to brighten the dark areas and add flavor to the design. For your living or dining room, you can add a chandelier as a centerpiece for a luxurious design. Or put one in your bathroom for a spa-like feel.
Indirect lighting is ideal for giving your home a flattering, soft, warm glow while recessed lighting lessens the harshness of white light while making a room look bright and fresh.
Complete Decor with Accessories
Accessories complete the look of your interior design, which makes them an essential part of your makeover. They add color, texture, and character in your home and make the space more interesting, attractive, and inviting.
Complete your home decor with essential items, such as decorative pillows, throw blankets, rugs, vases and flowers, and wall art. Use curtains to dress up your windows and complement your walls too. If you have large curved windows, don’t worry about finding rods for them. You can find customized curtain rods for all shapes and sizes.
When choosing home-decor accessories, find the balance between similarities and differences to achieve a cohesive interior design.
Updating Your Flooring
Cracked tiles? Dull hardwood floors? Dirty carpeting? It’s time to update your flooring. While dull hardwood floors are just unsightly, cracked tiles and dirty carpeting are actual hazards to your safety and health.
Replace your old flooring to rejuvenate the look and feel of your home, as well as save yourself and your family from illness or injuries. Make your hardwood floors look new again by determining the problem first to find the perfect solution.
Like the color but hate the scratched and worn finish? Screen or buff your floors, and give it a new coating. If screening and recoating aren’t enough, give it a new paint job.
For broken tile floors, there’s no other choice but to remove and replace them with new flooring. Carpet floors need thorough cleaning and disinfecting to look brand-new, but if that isn’t enough, you may have to replace them.
Upgrade Your Bathroom
The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in a home. It’s also one of the rooms that experience the most rugged treatment. That’s why it’s necessary to give your bathroom a facelift as often as you can.
The heat and humidity in your bathroom can hasten the deterioration of the interior. Your soap, shampoo, and conditioner can leave residue on the floors, walls, and fixtures in your bathroom. As such, you may have to give your bathroom more frequent, thorough cleaning to make sure the mess doesn’t settle in and dull the entire interior.
When cleaning no longer does the job, your solution is to completely renew your bathroom interior with a new paint job, decor, and maybe even flooring. While you’re at it, consider upgrading your water fixtures to eco-friendly ones.
Install low-flow aerators on your faucets, and replace the standard showerhead with a low-flow one to save water and money. You can also switch to a new water-efficient toilet, like the SaniPlus toilet, with an upflush system and a macerating pump to facilitate a smoother flow of wastewater to your existing sewage system or septic tank.
Having a visually pleasing home environment is not just for impressing guests (and showing off to that one neighbor who’s always snooping around your house). It’s also necessary for the mental health for the dwellers inside. After all, a clean, organized, and attractive house is more conducive for peace, concentration, and positive thoughts and feelings to develop.