Home is where the heart is, and while we all have an idea of our perfect interiors, keeping on top of all those home repairs and upgrades can be an expensive business. But updating your house doesn’t have to be beyond your budget. Here are our top tips for keeping your home improvements affordable whilst still achieving premium results.
Sometimes a few simple changes can have a big impact on the look and feel of your home. So, before you call in the builders or decorators, just a few hours spent decluttering or storing away any unnecessary furniture could make a big difference to the look of any room. The ‘less is more’ approach will give your home a more spacious, airy feel and will also make your whole house easier to clean and maintain.
- Keep everything fresh
On the subject of cleaning, there are also a few DIY tricks you can do to keep your home feeling fresh and bright. Simply changing the lighting in a room can have a dramatic impact on the way it looks and transform a dim, gloomy home into a welcoming space. And you can create extra warmth by adding sidelights or lamps that will take any room from day-to-night.
Top Tip: as well as always having spare light bulbs in reserve, also ensure you have an extra supply of air filters for your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, ready to change so you can keep your revitalised home a breath of fresh air; with Filter King, they can be delivered straight to your door.
- Give your kitchen a makeover
Replacing a kitchen can be a costly decision so if you’re looking for a more affordable alternative, then why not give your kitchen a simple but effective makeover? You don’t need any specialist skills to replace the doors on your kitchen cupboards and the result will give you a fresh new look without the expense of ripping out and replacing all the units. Or, if you’re feeling particularly creative, buy some specialist cupboard paint and transform your kitchen at a fraction of the price of a whole refit.
- A lick of paint
One of the most affordable home improvements is also one of the easiest – a coat of paint. Fresh paint will lift any home and changing the colour can completely transform the way a room looks. Opt for lighter, neutral colours for versatility or go bold with feature walls for a more dramatic, designer effect. And, if you roll up your sleeves and do it yourself, you can really save on decorator fees.
- Shake up your furniture
Once you’ve painted a room, you can create a whole new look by simply rearranging or repurposing your furniture. Create extra space by taking out large, unused pieces or paint wooden furniture to match or contrast with your newly painted walls. You could also reconfigure a room by using your furniture to create sections for modern, open plan living that will make you see your home in a whole new light.
And finally, if you’re on a limited budget but still want to improve the look of your home, one effective and affordable way is to accessorize. By simply changing textiles such as cushions, rugs or throws in a room can transform its look and is cheaper than buying new furniture or making more costly adaptations. And the beauty is that you can switch your home accessories up as often as you want – keeping your home improvements both affordable and on-trend.