So you’ve made your dream home a reality, but find yourself growing increasingly tired with the layout and design of your most trafficked rooms. Your Pinterest and Instagram feeds are filled with enviable photos of impeccably decorated bedrooms and bathrooms. If you’ve been itching to change up the tone and tempo of your home but scared of the costs tied to big renovation projects, we’ve got some of the easiest and most affordable home improvement projects to consider for the New Year! Make your visions a reality with every budget and skillset.
8. Install shelving
One problem most homemakers run into when decorating the interior is that the room feels too one dimensional. Drilling shelves into the walls of your bedroom or living room give you more creative space and dimension to work with. Placing a colourful succulent or a stack of your favourite books atop a sturdy shelf can beautify the space in an instant. Ikea offers shelving units of all shapes and sizes for affordable prices under $100.
7. Glamorise the bathroom
You spend more time in your bathroom than you’d probably like to admit, but let’s face it, our bathrooms are our safe havens. Give your bathroom a quick makeover by sprucing up the vanity. Installing a glossy granite vanity top can cost as little as $150! Replacing faucet knobs can modernize your bathroom for under $75. Replacing a small cloudy mirror with a large spotless one can open up the space and expedite your morning routine.
6. Update your roofing
Though upgrading your roof may take an expert pair of hands, the payoff is huge. Living in a neighbourhood where every house looks exactly the same can be a downer for expressive creatives. The easiest and most affordable place to start roof renovation is with the fascia boards. Switching up the colour of the inner board allows you to play with the rest of the trim colours on your house. For expert advice, dial-up local contractors before climbing any ladders. If you plan to outsource the labour to a professional, make sure to shop around surrounding towns for the best price. Fresno roofing contractors may have better prices than Parkwood contractors!
5. Fire up the fireplace
Maybe your house came with a fireplace, maybe it didn’t. If it did, tossing a log onto the fire every now and them can warm your house up in more ways than one. Stack up logs next to the fireplace to double as feng shui and functionality. If your home was made without a fireplace, you can easily purchase an electric fireplace that even features flame-like visuals for heightened believability. Have an empty wall that needs filling? Enlist the help of a specialized contractor to install a built-in electric fireplace to modernize your living space.
4. Organise your closet
Sometimes the spaces that need the most work are the ones that only you see. Closet organization goes far beyond just folding and hanging your clothes. Enhance your closet by installing a shelving system that works for you and with you. Wire systems tend to function most effectively as they don’t catch dust quite like solid closet systems do. Most brands offer in-wall anchors that make DIY installations a breeze.
3. Upgrade your cabinetry
Older homes tend to feature older cabinetry. Despite your efforts to modernize your home and class it up, your kitchen cabinets are holding you back from your dream kitchen vision. 2019 is the year to switch out your dated cabinets and welcome high-grade cabinetry into your home. If you’re looking to be more frugal with your funds, explore paint job options for those boring cabinet doors.
2. Invest in lamp dimmers
Lighting is everything when it comes to interior decor. Instead of spending your big bills on new light fixtures, spend under $50 on installing lamp dimmers. Dimmers give you full control of the brightness in a room. Having options between on and off can correct the ambience of a room for a home dinner or a study session.
1. Paint a chalkboard wall
Creative minds and children alike will love having a chalkboard wall that doubles as an imaginative drawing medium. Organization lovers will love having the ability to jot down notes, to-do lists, and reminders on the wall— no sticky notes in sight! If a wall is too big of a commitment, paint a chalkboard space on a kitchen cabinet! You’ll be able to feature colours, messages, and authentic artwork anytime creative genius hits you!