As years go by, your home can start to show its age. Despite the fact that you might like the way your home looks, it is always a good idea to give it a touch up so that it looks just as good as new. The best part is that you don’t have to resort to expensive remedies to get that look. Many people put off fixing their house because they are afraid of the additional costs that they will have to deal with.
Making a home look brand new is expensive because there are so many areas that you need to focus on. However, if you are thrifty or limited to a budget, you might find that your options are rather constricted. The trick is to think out of the box here and make good use of the resources you have available.
On the other hand, if you are smart, you can easily get your home looking brand new with some tricks. The best part is that they aren’t even heavy on the pocket. In many cases, all you need is a brush and a bucket of paint. The following are some of the best tricks you can try to make your home look brand new.
1. Re-Paint Your Walls
Give your walls a fresh coat of paint and you will instantly see what a difference it can make. In many cases, a fresh coat of paint also allows you to completely change up the look with ease. A good idea is to pick a color scheme that is not only different but is brighter and different from the one that you previously had.
While people are tempted to opt for a color such as red, yellow or green on their walls, it can be more challenging to style with these colors since they are so bright. Often times, the best option is to opt for neutral pastel shades that you can build with. Colors that are easy to build up or tone down are extremely versatile and can go with any color scheme.
2. Some New Curtains
One of the easiest ways to make your room look brighter and brand new is by adding some new curtains. Even washing your curtains and ironing them before hanging them up can make a huge difference. Curtains for summer can always be made with light, sheer materials. These add a feeling of space to the area and can make a huge difference. A good idea can be to get curtains that match with the walls. This can allow you to tie in the color scheme of the walls more easily.
Keep in mind that you pick colors that don’t turn into eyesores. Many people often end up getting curtains that are red or orange to go with yellow walls. These might be nice to contrast but they can easily turn into eye sores. Instead, think of more pastel lighter shades. Yellow orange and yellow green curtains can complement the bright yellow much better than red curtains.
3. Pay Attention to the Detailing
If you are painting your wall, paint other aspects of your home too such as the window sills, frames and more. Paying attention to the detailing can translate into giving a more finished and polished look to your room. It’s not always the window frames though. The door frames, the wall accents and more can all benefit with a fresh coat of paint.
The best part here is that you can use leftover paint from your walls for this factor since these are small areas that don’t require a lot of paint. Another way that you can spruce up the detailing is by using some varnish or some wood polish. This works best if you have wooden detailing in your home.
4. Adding Accents
Sometimes, you can brighten up a room by adding accents, if you haven’t already. Accents on the edge of the wall are actually useful since they help to make your walls look defined. They also break the monotony of the wall by adding a small point of focus. With the right accents, you can create a skillful illusion on the wall.
Accents can either be installed, or you could go the clever way and add some wall accents with block painting a pattern on the wall. Block painting your own pattern is pretty easy. Since it makes use of materials like cardboard, a cutter and some paint, you can get creative and add a wall accent that you can easily incorporate into any design theme that you have going on for your home.
5. Color Coordination
Color doesn’t just have to be on the walls, you can easily mix and match different things so as to get a seamless color scheme. The best way to do that is to pay attention to the other items in the room. Add some new throw pillows or even introduce an area rug that allows you to tie in the whole theme together.
Another way that you can incorporate color into your home is with the help of accessories that you can use in your home. From picture frames to potpourri bowls on your tables, you can find plenty of accessories. Votive candles are also a great addition as they help to not only create color but also add a lot of ambiance to a place. With a coherent color scheme, you can tie everything in your room and make it look straight out of a catalogue with ease.
6. Fixing Up the Doors
The doors of the house are usually overlooked because not much thought is given to them. If they can close without squeaking and lock properly, they’re good to go. However, take a closer look at them and you can see that they need some TLC. Dust in the grooves, peeling paint, stains from water or juice that never got washed off and more can build up on it.
Give your door some new life by sanding it down and giving it a fresh coat of paint. To make sure that the paint lasts, it is a good idea to add a coat of varnish to the paint as well. If you want, you can also sand down the paint and just coat the door with varnish to allow it to dry on it for a more barn, rustic look. Another brilliant way to make it look like new is to change the door knobs. Get new door knobs or polish them and they will instantly change the entire look.
7. Don’t Forget the Shelves
Another way that you can make your room look brand new is by focusing on the shelves. If you have built-in shelves in your wall, it is a good idea to make them look new by sanding them down and giving them a new coat of paint. Another way that you can do this is by adding varnish to them. If you don’t have any shelves, it might be a good idea to add them to your wall.
With their help, you can easily make your room look neater and more put to together. It also allows you to minimize the clutter around your desk and other areas. A neater, cleaner look contributes to making the room look nicer as well. The best part is that you can get cheap shelves and sand and paint them yourselves to make them look better. If a bit of DIY isn’t your thing though, you can always use new pre-built shelving.
8. Higher Ceilings
Another way that you can make your home look brand new is by creating the illusion of a higher ceiling. High ceilings can make a room look more spacious and prevent it from looking cramped, closed off and dark. One of the best ways that you can do this is by increasing the window size to make them bigger. Bigger windows let in more light, look more spacious and introduce a feeling of space. You will definitely see and feel a difference in such a room.
Also when placing the curtain rod, don’t put the rod up near the ceiling. Keep it near the top of the window frame with a few inches of space visible. This will give an illusion of a high ceiling and also make your room look more spacious as well. Another way that you can add a high ceiling illusion for your room is by adding wall accents on the roof of your wall. Be careful to only keep it to the corners of the roof since it can become too much otherwise.
9. Mirrors on Walls
Mirrors are great to add to a room but opt for bigger ones that can be used to create an illusion of space. A mirror wall is a great idea since the larger mirror can actually reflect the room and make it look larger. If you are feeling like your room is a little too cramped, this is one of the best ways to improve the way that your room looks.
Luckily, you can also get clever with the mirror placements. Place them at the back of the door or even on the doors of your wardrobe cupboard and you can have a creative illusion created. You can also choose to have mirror frames or you can go for the ultimate illusion and opt for frameless mirrors that blend into the wall or the background and are harder to identify.
10. Plants in Your Home
A very fun and interesting way that you can make your home look brand new is by introducing some house plants into your home. The touch of green they add and the aesthetic quality they bring to a home can make any area of your home instantly look vibrant and alive. Be careful in picking plants for use indoors since some are more suited for life outdoors.
Luckily, you have a lot of options when it comes to picking plants for use indoors. You can pick from small succulents to big ferns that thrive indoors. If you aren’t good with keeping plants alive, you can also substitute them by opting for plastic plants. These can give you the same look as live plants and require none of the care.