Renovating your home is a great way to liven it up. You can elevate your house from looking lived into looking like something you would want to live in. That’s why it’s so often the first step that most new homeowners think to accomplish.
But as is the case with every home renovation, you have to consider costs. Going over your budget is all too common and never a pleasant feeling. So how do you make sure you keep to your limit while still getting that ideal to remodel? Well, we’ll show you how. We’ll be going over remodeling ideas room by room for your picturesque remodeling hopes.
The living room is one of the most important places in your entire. This is where you will be spending time with your family. This is where you will want to watch TV or read a book after a hard day. This is the room you will be welcoming your guests in for the holidays.
For living rooms, you can go for a clean and open look. Colors like white or almond work well for your walls. Spacing your furniture and removing clutter and non-essentials is another good step.
Changing the flooring is a big step in getting the room feeling open yet lively. Normally this would mean extensive floor work that’s both expensive and time-consuming.
But these days, there are much better options. You can invest in something like peel on floors that change the floors without having to do anything costly or permanent. What’s more, you can add any kind of layered rugs on top to bring in even more interest for the eye.
Lastly, add some house plants for good measure. Any kind of potted plants around the corner of the room or on the windowsill will work well. You’ll have a living room that feels like it lives and breathes.
Kitchens can be some of the most drab rooms in a poorly designed house. All it takes is being extremely minimal or needlessly gaudy to ruin the vibe. But luckily, it’s something that’s easily fixed.
For kitchens, you can get away with very minor tweaks. In fact, the less you do, the better it can make an impact. Start by changing the splashback of your kitchen wall. There are many choices to go with, like tiles, ceramics, or even glass.
Another thing to aim for is your kitchen counters. If you don’t feel like replacing your entire cabinets, you can just settle for their countertops. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive either; you can use salvaged materials. Things like wood, marble, and stone can be used, especially if they’re leftovers.
Cabinets can always be upgraded for very little money while changing the look of the kitchen. If you want to save even more money, you can just get by with changing the cabinet doors. They will have somewhat of the same effect without putting a lot of money down.
When buying, renting or renovating houses, most people forget about bathrooms. They’re shoved off in the lowest spot on the list. But it’s often the case that a bathroom can make or break how you feel about your house. All it takes is a bad bathroom to keep nagging away at your mind in the back.
The simplest place to start with bathrooms are things you can clearly see. This includes hardware like your fixtures, faucets, and towel racks. If any of these are outdated looking or, god forbid, rusted, then you need to work on replacing them.
You can get great looking faucets and racks even when you’re on a budget. What’s more, you can complement the look with some towels in complementing colors.
If you want to go further, you can start by updating the paint or even going for cheap wallpaper. Replace your cabinet with something a little better looking. Again, this is something that you don’t need to spend a ton of money on doing. In fact, that’s going to apply to nearly all of the renovation you’re going to be doing here. As you’re remodeling a bathroom, you don’t need to be too fancy.
You spend a third of your life getting a good night’s rest. And your bedroom is your safe haven for that time. That’s what makes bedrooms such an essential talking point when shopping for real estate. And it’s what most of your focus will be on when you’re thinking of renovating it up.
Thankfully, the rules for renovating a bedroom can be pretty simple. Most of the time, the end result is to simply arrive at a place where you can make the room look and feel comfortable. The easiest and cheapest way to do that is by using light to your advantage.
You can get cheap low wattage lights that set the mood for the room. You can also invest in curtains that partially let some of the light through the windows. And speaking of curtains, they can set the stage fairly well. All you need are a good looking pair of curtains for some literal window dressing.
Supplementing all this with cushions and shelves can do well to make the room feel fuller. With the right ambiance and choice of décor, you can lift up your bedroom to look like an ideal place of dwelling.
Last, of all, you can even begin your renovating before the bedroom by painting the stairs and adding wall décor to the hallway leading into your bedroom. It creates a nice looking guide for you to hit the hay at the end of the day.
Basements and attics are almost always logged away as the ‘other’ section of the house. They’re hardly regarded as the most important. And they’re designated as your house’s default storage space and dumping ground. But all it takes is a little polish to bring them out nicely.
The great part about renovating these spaces is that they’re your DIY creative playground. You can make them as functional or as fun as your heart desires. You can turn them into a practical home workout space or an unorthodox room to have fun in. There are no rules.
A great way to reclaim these spaces for something different is to channel your personality in them. You can paint them in your favorite colors, add your favorite pieces of décor, and furnish them however you want.
A common but great way to do this is to just turn into a media room. You can hang some string or Christmas lights on the ceiling, lay down mattresses on the floor, and add your TV or projector. It makes it a great room for sleepovers and watching movies together.
Study Room/Home Office
Your house’s study or home office is where you’ll want to feel like you can maximize your productivity. That means renovating it in such a way that you can channel your focus.
A good enough starting point is in adding shelves that complement your space. Not only will you serve to hold your books, but they can also add the right energy to the room.
For furniture, it’s best to aim for a matching set of tables, chairs, and stools that tie the room together. Minimalist desks work well to clear your mind of any clutter. You can always add in small drawers here and there to organize your files and materials to avoid piling things on the table.
You can even spice up the room if you work in a creative capacity. Add framed posters and pictures of your favorites works, creators, and quotes on the walls. You can complement that by making a paint splatter wall that you can use to repurpose old leftover paint. All this will add little to your budget but a lot to your renovating potential.
Dining rooms are where you’ll be getting together with your family to eat a meal and share your moments together. It’s not just a glorified cafeteria. You want it to feel special and homely without being dull or hard on the eyes.
The first thing to change up is the light fixture that hangs down from the middle of your living room. So many homes end up getting stuck in the past because it’s the last thing that they think of changing. Take this opportunity to change it for something from this decade or even remove it entirely for a minimal set of ceiling lights.
Take this time to try and change up your dining room furniture as well. It doesn’t need to be anything special or expensive as long as it doesn’t feel too outdated.
A good clean wallpaper works well with complementing or neutral colors. Light and spaced out patterns work especially well for your wallpaper designs. Some floating shelves with family pictures and succulents on them will give the room a good vibe too.