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From Drab To Fab: 5 Fun Ways To Upgrade Your Home That Will Leave It Looking Unrecognisable

Whether you’re looking to increase the price of your house or simply just want to switch things up a little bit, there are many ways you can upgrade your home, ranging from the lower end of the price scale to the more expensive.

With the COVID-19 lockdown set to continue for at least another couple of months, there has never been a better time to give your house a makeover. Particularly if you’re furloughed from work, you’ll have more time on your hands than ever before- which gives you the perfect chance to get some redecorating done. 

If you like all things luxury, but don’t have the budget to move house, then here are some redecorating tips that will leave your home looking unrecognisable: 

  • Use Temporary Wallpaper

A fun and easy way you can lift a tired room is by applying some temporary wallpaper. Using wallpaper in your home can seem like a risk, since different wallpaper styles are continuously going in and out of fashion- so a temporary wallpaper takes away from the risk of having to fully redecorate a few years down the line.

Temporary wallpaper is adhesive- meaning that it’s easy to apply and remove- so you can easily change it when you next get bored. Whether you’re creating a feature wall or using wallpaper in the entirety of one room, be mindful of patterns and prints, and stay away from dark colours that can make your house seem dull. 

  • Add An Ornamental Pond To Your Garden

A garden pond is a great way to give your house a more luxurious feel, and since ponds are pretty much a rarity these days, you’ll get the added benefit of standing out from the crowd. Not only ornamental ponds beautiful and calming to look at, but they also encourage more wildlife into your garden, and will increase the value of your property.

If you already have an ornamental pond, there may be ways that you can spruce it up to make it more aesthetically pleasing. Try adding some different kinds of plants or some new paving stones around it, or if it’s looking a little grimy, it might be time to look at your water tank. 

Concrete water tanks are easily susceptible to erosion, creating the perfect breeding environment for bacteria. To make sure your ornamental pond is clean and sanitary, you should consider utilizing a company like COVAC, who will provide you with a concrete water tank lining to protect your water tank from eroding and deteriorating. Their solution is long-term, meaning you’ll never have to worry about the freshness of your ornamental pond again. 

  • Remodel Your Kitchen

After many years spent in your house, the kitchen is one of the rooms that can begin to look tired the quickest. Kitchen designs are ever-changing, which is just another reason why your kitchen can begin to look dated even in the space of just five years.

If you’re thinking about selling your home, then you should be aware that the kitchen is the most important room in the house, with a recent poll suggesting that a good kitchen is more likely to positively influence prospective buyers.

If your countertops and workstations are looking tired and worn, then a full kitchen renovation is best- but if you don’t have the budget to do so, then there are plenty of other ways you can upgrade your kitchen. 

For a fresher feel, you could replace door handles, counter tops, taps, blinds or tiles in your kitchen. Just make sure you find items that match with your current workstations, while at the same time breathing some modernity into the room. 

  • Update Lights

Replacing your lampshades is a great way to give your house a luxurious touch without breaking the bank. Spotlights are often used in modern houses in kitchens and bathrooms, while a big, classy chandelier in your bedroom can be a real showstopper. A floor or bedside table lamp can also help to lift up any room in the house,

When choosing your lampshades, make sure you keep in mind the décor of the room you plan to put it in, as you wouldn’t want anything that clashed or didn’t fit the colour scheme.  

  • Add New Windows And Doors

If there’s something bothering you about your house, but you can’t quite put your finger on it, then it may be your windows and doors. These are often features that get overlooked in a house, but don’t underestimate the power that new windows and doors can have on the overall appearance of your home. 

If you’re feeling ambitious, you could even change the size of your windows. Large, floor-to-ceiling windows are great because they let in lots of light, while at the same time giving your home a more modern touch.

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