It’s easy to postpone home improvements. Whether it be due to a lack of time, or inspiration, oftentimes, we find that a home makeover falls to the bottom of our to-do list. Regardless, it’s an incredibly rewarding task that should be taken on every now and again- so that your home always feels inviting and comfortable. It doesn’t need to be overwhelming, either. There is a myriad of different ways that we can spruce up our home to give it a modern and fresh look. It’s time to get out your bathroom renovation supplies and some nice paint swatches and give your home the upgrade it needs.
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1. Look for Budget Artwork
Art can be costly, but it’s the best way to liven up your space and give it a new feel. Consider purchasing from local artists online; it’s a great way to support your local art community and will also likely be a lot cheaper than shopping from mainstream artists. Websites like Etsy and Pinterest will allow you to easily filter through different types of art and identify what you do or don’t like.
The artwork also doesn’t have to be traditional, either. Instead of purchasing a painting or print, consider utilising a statement piece of furniture or a funky vase as a piece of artwork. As long as it’s interesting and works cohesively with the rest of the room- you can use it as an art piece.
2. Look to Remove, Instead of Add
When changing our space, we’re often tempted to purchase a lot of new items. This often will result in clutter and can leave the room looking even worse than it was before. Try to isolate items that don’t suit their surroundings and either paint them, refurbish them, or bin them.
You can also look to incorporate them into other rooms. That ottoman that looks gaudy in your living room might work great as a step-stool in your bathroom. This method means you won’t be breaking the bank and will be working as sustainably as possible.
3. Select a Colour Scheme
Instead of trying to make vastly different pieces work together in disharmony, carefully select a colour scheme that you actually enjoy. Head to your local paint or homewares store and select some swatches that call to you.
You can also head to Instagram or Pinterest to sift through different colourways. Once you’ve compiled an album of photos that you like, work to make your home match those colours.
4. Keep it Simple
Though you might be tempted to make every room a statement room, sometimes neutral works best. Stylistically, bathrooms look and work best when they have a minimal design. Keep the colour palette light, and if you’re interested in adding any pops of colours- make sure that it’s furniture that can be easily removed if you ever need to resell your house.
Decorating areas like bathrooms and kitchens too boldly can drastically affect the future resale value of your home, so it’s important to keep that in mind when you’re making any changes.
5. Look for Multi-Purpose Items
It doesn’t always have to feel like we never have space. By purchasing items that serve multiple functions, we can save space and make our homes more efficient. Look into purchasing items like ottomans, coffee tables and benches that also have storage components inside of them.
This is especially great for kitchens, where you’ll need as much room as possible for all of your utensils. You can also utilise storage components as artwork displays by simply placing your favourite art pieces on top of them.
6. Research and Plan Accordingly
Going in blind might sound like the quickest way to get things done, but it will likely mean that you’ll have to put in hours of rework. Try to draft up your floor plans ahead of time, or even sketch out what you want your space to look like.
Creating inspiration boards online is a great way to get organised, as it will give you a solid idea of what you like. Once you have an idea, draft up your budgets and floor plans and then move forward into the fun parts of decorating.