We’re always looking for ways to stretch our cash. Coffee shop or made at home, name brand versus store brand, and so forth. When it comes to home improvement, that can be a challenge. It’s no coincidence that major home improvement outlets offer their own lines of credit. Life can come at you fast and sometimes our living spaces are neglected due to time and budget restraints. There are some relatively inexpensive ways to change the look and feel of your interior for the better. Here are a few suggestions to inspire you.
Update and Modernise Aged Décor
Tossing out last decade’s styles and updating with something more modern can be a fun and cathartic experience. Obviously if you waltz down to the local big box store to acquire your new décor you will be paying a hefty price. Opt instead towards thrift shopping, second-hand sales, or give your old stuff a facelift by upcycling. The possibilities are endless, and many resources exist online, including the very popular Pinterest. You can even get the feel of an expensive aquarium set up to display on your Smart TV using aquarium screensavers or virtual fireplaces.
Use Neutral Toned Paint to Open Up Living Spaces
A fresh coat of paint can completely revitalise old and tired rooms, making it feel like a whole new space. For the relatively inexpensive cost of a few cans of paint and rollers, you can make a dramatic change. Neutral colours and pastels are suggested if your goal is to amplify natural light to make your room appear larger. The general rule is, the smaller the space, the lighter the colour to achieve the best results.
Rearrange Furniture and Shelves
Something as simple as rearranging our living spaces can have a profound effect on our perception. It doesn’t get any less expensive than this! For no cost – apart from maybe feeding the help – you can update your room. You may even make some money if you find that some items have outlived their purpose and do nothing more than collect dust or get in the way. Some general advice is to use the bigger pieces of furniture as the backbone of the plan and arrange smaller pieces around the large items.
Install Programmable Thermostat to Save on Heating
The cost of heating a home during the coldest months can be steep. Within the first year, a programmable thermostat could potentially make up for the cost of purchase. Properly programmed, a digital thermostat will make more efficient use of your heating system, saving you cash down the road. While this option may not be glamorous, it may be worth your while.
Replace On-Off Light Switches with Dimmer Switches
A room’s lighting can completely change its feel and ambiance. While they produce beautiful light, candles can be dangerous and a bit of a pain to light and extinguish. Dimmer switches can be obtained for little cost but can add a lot of value to your living area. Installation is simple and takes little time!
The topic of home improvement can instantly trigger financial stress – but it doesn’t always have to be like this. This list is by no means exhaustive, but with a little research and creativity, the possibilities are endless. You don’t have to break the bank to make your house feel more like a home.