Is your home looking a bit tired?
Time for a new look and a little TLC?
Not only does regular maintenance save you money in the long run by helping to avoid major repairs, the way your home looks impacts your mood and mental wellbeing, so it pays to give it a spruce up every now and then.
Major renovations can cost thousands and aren’t guaranteed to add to the value of your home.
But that doesn’t have to stop you from updating your home.
Small, inexpensive adjustments can improve the look and feel of your home without breaking the budget.
Here are 12 tips to give your home a fresh new look on a budget.
HOW TO REVAMP YOUR HOME ON A BUDGET
1. DECLUTTER AND ORGANISE
A good tidy, declutter and organise can make a big difference to the look and feel of a room.
Decluttering your house can also help clear the cobwebs from your mind as well.
Less clutter will open up and brighten a room, giving it a more relaxed and peaceful feel.
After decluttering, the next step is to give your home a good deep clean.
When was the last time you cleaned the carpets or washed down the walls?
A deep clean can make your house look like new.
Once the place is sparkling and clutter free, you may find there’s no more that needs to be done.
3. FIX THINGS THAT ARE BROKEN
There’s nothing that says neglect more than broken furniture, fixtures or fittings.
That’s coming from someone who has a maintenance to do list is longer than my arm.
A more appealing home can be as simple as fixing or replacing anything that is broken or looking shabby.
4. LET THERE BE LIGHT
The right type of light – lots of daylight during the day and soft, dim light at night, can improve the mood and overall feel of your home.
The best way to increase light in your home is to open the curtains, clean the windows and let the light in. If you have large windows, all the better, especially in winter, when the sunlight can also help warm your home.
Skylights are another inexpensive way to increase the amount of light in your home.
At night, lamps set the right mood – the low wattage of the light bulbs saves you money and less white light at night helps you get a better night’s sleep.
5. ADD GREENERY
Bring the outdoors in by including pot plants as part of your decor. Pot plants not only give a room a lift, they also help detoxify the air and improve your home’s health.
6. UPDATE FRAMES AND WALL HANGINGS
Are you hanging wall art in frames that are 10, 20 or more years old?
Give your pictures a modern look by updating the frames.
Alternatively, invest in or create new art for your walls.
7. ADD A COAT OF PAINT
If you have the budget for just one thing, a fresh coat of paint should be it.
A new coat of paint can complete refresh a tired looking room and give it an updated look.
If your budget doesn’t stretch for a whole paint job, paint just the woodwork and skirting or paint a single feature wall to draw attention away from less appealing areas of a room.
8. UPDATE FIXTURES AND FITTINGS
Give your home a modern update by replacing out-dated fittings and fixtures. These can include light fittings, fans, door handles, door knobs and locks.
9. UPDATE THE CURTAINS OR BLINDS
New window treatments is a great way to give a room a lift without spending a lot of money.
You can buy ready-made blinds or curtains inexpensively from craft and haberdashery stores. Wait for the sales to get the best price.
Or save even more money by sewing the curtains yourself.
10. REFINISH AND REFACE
A whole new kitchen can cost thousands of dollars. To give your kitchen a modern look, leave the structure as it is and refinish by painting or replacing the cupboard doors and bench tops and replacing the door handles.
A new splashback is another way to revamp the kitchen and is easy to DIY.
11. UPDATE THE FURNITURE AND DECOR
New furniture doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You can revamp old furniture by giving it a lick of paint or covering it with slip covers.
Second hand furniture and decor items are another way to refurnish a room without spending up big on brand new items.
12. UPGRADE APPLIANCES
Upgrading old appliances will not only give your kitchen a new look, it could save you money on running costs if you buy energy efficient models.
Revamping your home doesn’t have to cost you thousands. As long as the underlying structure is solid, cosmetic changes like paint and replacing fixtures and furniture will give you a whole new look without breaking the budget.
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.