by Tina Martin of Ideaspired.com
While you were stuck inside your home during the pandemic, you might have considered ways to refresh and revive the look of your home. Now that you are free from quarantine, you can get a good start on making some changes. Here are some ideas from Mama Bear Team Real Estate on projects that are equal parts fun and budget-friendly.
Install New Hardware
Every home has at least a few cabinets, and if you are lucky, you have plenty of them. However, door handles and drawer pulls can become dated very quickly, and one way to make your cabinets and doors look new is to replace the hardware.
Home decor stores typically carry all of the newest and trendiest choices, but if you have abundant storage fixtures, replacing all of the hardware can get expensive quickly. You can find great deals on knobs and handles at your local thrift and surplus shops. Once you select your hardware, it usually is only a matter of changing some screws and possibly drilling a few holes to make your kitchen and storage look new.
Think About Your Walls
Painting a whole room is not your only option when it comes to walls. You can make a statement with an accent wall. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a bold design; an unusual coordinating color or textured paint are both great options.
If you don’t like painting, there is always wallpaper. Wallpaper can add durability, elegance and customizable solutions to your dull walls. There is even peel-and-stick wallpaper that not only has an adhesive back to go on smoothly but also enables you to reposition or remove it once you are tired of the style. There are also print-on-demand services that can print any design that you want. You won’t need to worry about your color or style being in stock. When you need more, they simply print your design.
Set Down New Rugs
New area rugs are not as expensive as wall-to-wall carpeting, and they can change the color, look and feel of your home. They also keep your floors cleaner and don’t show dirt as badly, so small rugs at your entry and exit points can serve a dual purpose. Strategically placed area rugs also have the added advantage of keeping your feet off of cold tile or wood in the wintertime.
Update Your Window Treatments
There is nothing wrong with changing your window treatments periodically. There are thousands of colors and styles to choose from, so you certainly can find something that fits with your overall decor. According to Houzz, you can use window treatments to help lower your electric bills as well.
Add Interesting Accents
A splash of color can go a long way to refreshing a room. You can go with complementary neutral shades or add a pop with a vivid, contrasting hue. Pretty throw blankets and pillows can drastically change the look of your furniture. You might also consider treating your walls with small pieces of artwork that inspire you or proclaim your interests to house guests visiting for the first time in months.
If you haven’t used your free time during the pandemic on home improvements, now is the time to cycle your decor to reinvigorate your home’s energy. If brightening your mood isn’t motivation enough, knowing that many of these changes could add value to your house if and when you move to sell it should help convince you!