What are some temporary ways to upgrade your home? Check out these ten easy ideas to help make your residence feel brand new:
Where should you put them? Consider where you spend the most time and place several house plants in that room to improve your mood. Windowsills are always a spot in need of sprucing up – herbs are a fine choice there – and in bathrooms, consider ferns.
Introducing new lighting into your home will improve the ambiance. Given more people are working remotely from home than ever before, it is crucial that this aspect of your house is of the highest quality. And once winter arrives, you will be especially happy for incorporating more lighting into those gloomy interiors.
A simple way to enhance your lighting is to add table lamps to a living room or den. If designed elegantly, they can even draw attention when turned off. Kitchens often need different types of lighting; choose a ceiling fixture or recessed lights that evenly distribute light around the space and place pendants nearby. If you want to add flair, consider handblown glass that can hang from the ceiling.
It sounds a bit bizarre – wallpaper that’s easy to take off? But it exists – and it’s easy to put on walls too. Simply peel it off its sheet and place over that paint color you’ve never really liked. No need to hire specialists who will bring chemicals into your house to apply regular wallpaper.
And removable wallpaper offers just about the same number of choices in terms of textures as traditional wallpaper. That means grasscloth and damask designs both come in a peel-and-stick version. And if you decide it’s more appropriate for another room, you may be able to rehang it elsewhere.
Just like removable wallpaper, this is a relatively recent addition to the field of reversible home updates. Considered an inexpensive alternative to tile, this vinyl floor comes in various colors and textures and can even mimic natural wood.
Much in the bathroom is permanent – it’s not easy to find a reversible toilet, say, or reversible cabinets. So your home design ideas have to be somewhat scaled back.
Go with cotton mats that can absorb water easily. While you’re at it, pick up a cool-looking shower curtain that complements the mats.
Tired of that aging toaster? Ready to get a more modern espresso maker? Buying new kitchen hardware can make your house feel refreshed at a reasonably low price.
7. Peel & Stick Backsplash
Do you want the look of tile without the expense – and without the mess of using a mortar and other products to install it? Peel & stick backsplash may be for you.
This do-it-yourself wall decor is easy to install and often available in ceramic or vinyl squares. Choose from many looks, including glossy subway tiles, stacked stones, and intricate mosaics. If you want to look really fancy, opt for a peel & stick backsplash that looks like marble to update mirrors and frames. Consider adding it behind your stove or above your counters to modernize the look of your kitchen.
Amazingly, buying new mirrors became hot during the pandemic. Why would that be? According to Vogue.com, “we were quite literally and constantly, staring at our walls for months on end. And their blankness began to bug us.”
Aside from checking how you look, mirrors are a great decorative addition to living rooms and hallways. A series of small mirrors can be placed in a pattern to reflect light and make a room look brighter and more expansive.
9. New Blinds and Curtains
New blinds and curtains can energize a somewhat drab room.
Don’t forget to buy curtain rods set at the proper height to give your new purchase its best presentation. And curtain hardware is crucial too – tiebacks, rings, clips, and holdbacks can all take your windows to a whole other level.
Refreshing your bedding is an easy way to revamp your bedroom’s look without any major updates. Add some throw pillows and replace the boring bedspread with a more colorful one. This is your last view of the house before you go to sleep, so make sure it pleases you as it can really affect your mood.
If you are looking to move homes, implementing these small upgrades can be a great way to prepare your residence for a future sale. But remember that having an expert real estate team on your side to sell and buy can make the biggest difference.
Your home is your biggest investment, so make the most of it. Buy your new house with the power of cash, move in faster than ever before, and let a local Compass Agent handle the rest.