After moving into a home and living in it for a while, you begin to notice areas that could use improvements here in there. Maybe the bathroom needs a modern update and the kitchen is in need of some new tile and cabinetry. Or perhaps your list of little to-dos — replace hardware, upgrade to LED lightbulbs, and re-landscape the walk-up — is beginning to add up.
Where to begin? There are so many easy improvements you can make to your home without even picking up the phone. Here are our favorite creative, simple and luxurious home improvements that can make a big impact without breaking the bank.
Mismatched appliances can create a disorganized look in your kitchen, and make the space seem dated. Appliances are some of the most simplistic changes you can apply to update your home. Consider upgrading to a new matching set to create cohesiveness throughout the room.
If new stainless steel appliances aren’t in your budget, get a hold of some peel-and-stick contact paper with the stainless steel finish and give your current models a facelift. Brit + Co. offers some creative ideas to personalize your outdated appliances and give them a little personality by using paint, vinyl adhesives, photos and more. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box (or icebox!) — and have some fun with color to create a unique look all your own.
Swap out outdated doorknobs and pulls with newer versions to change the feel of the room entirely. If you change out the hardware, be sure to commit to all of the hardware in the room since clashing metallics can do more harm than good.
Remove old dingy lampshades and replace them with new ones. If you’re using bold colors in the room, don’t be afraid to commit to a brightly colored shade that might just be the finishing touch your new color palette needs.
Lighten up your rooms with a fresh coat of paint that makes the room feel lighter and airier. As an added bonus, lighter rooms tend to feel more spacious!
Improve Curb Appeal
Your home’s front entry is the focal point of its curb appeal. Make a big statement by giving your front door a blast of color. Add symmetry to your entryway to create a polished look. You can accomplish this by framing your door with accessories — add wall-mounted lanterns to either side of your door, and place matching potted plants on either side of the doorway. Place a clean welcome mat at the foot of your door, and voila!
Give your mailbox a makeover by adding a fresh coat of paint, removing any weeds or overgrowth around the area, and planting flowers around it to brighten the space. Be sure your house number is clearly visible, and that any trees nearby are trimmed evenly and not blocking the view to your entryway.
The roofs on our homes often go unnoticed — that is until there is damage or an issue that creates a noticeable eyesore. If your roof is ready for an upgrade, don’t underestimate the benefits of replacing your roof. A new roof with lifetime protection guaranteed can bring a peace of mind to you and a whole new polished look to your home’s exterior. You’ll need a professional to install this upgrade, but it’s well worth the investment.