Redecorate to Renovate Without Ripping It Up
Sometimes you look around at your home and realize that you need a change. Maybe you bought the house fifteen years ago and notice that you haven’t done much to it since then. Or, maybe you built your house and designed it from the ground up back in the 1990’s and still have the same furniture that showed up on moving day. Maybe you just need to upgrade that tired look, but you don’t have the time or the resources to rip it all out and put it back together again.
Never fear, there are many ways to renovate your tired old home that don’t require construction. No walls to tear down, no floors to pull up, and no remortgaging costs to worry about.
Clean It Up
You’re busy, we get that. We know that between work and kids and life in general you are tired; you just want to put your feet up at the end of a long day and forget about the rest of the home around you. But when you look at it, really look at it, what do you see? How does it feel? If you look close enough, you may realize that what you need is pretty simple; a good cleaning and a new coat of paint.
Try de-cluttering your shelves and end tables and putting away some of the accents that just take up space. Dust and polish everything, deep-clean the floors, update the window dressings. Then pick a great color that matches your décor and paint the room. Even painting just the main wall can give your eyes a pop when you see it.
Floor It Down
You don’t need to rip out your hardwoods or lay down new Berber. Area rugs can change up your flooring faster than you can roll it out. They come in so many designs, styles, and textures, you can easily find one that will match your décor. They provide warmth and comfort over tile, concrete, or wood and you can even lay them over your existing carpet to create a balanced space. Most designers recommend that you place the rug no more than 2-feet away from the wall so that it is not too small for the space you are using it in and it should be the focal point of your room.
Brighten It Up
If you think that your rooms look dark and dim, then they probably are. Low lighting and poorly lit rooms look (and feel) small, confining, and cramped. Who wants to spend time in a room like that? The trick to making it feel better is to make it brighter. Tall floor lamps placed in dark corners will light up a room and literally bring it to life. Rustic or contemporary floor lamps by Uttermost will bring design and creativity into the room as well. And by simply placing a couple of new table lamps around the room, you create a welcoming atmosphere layered in light.
Take It Out
A porch is a porch, but a porch that is turned into an outdoor room is spectacular. Patios and porches are often overlooked as potential rooms to spread out in and enjoy. Start by installing an outdoor rug to give it atmosphere and then use comfortable outdoor furniture to give it the cozy feel of a backyard retreat. Cushions and fire pits are great add ins that won’t break the bank and even a set of string lights can make you feel like this is the place to party – when you aren’t relaxing, that is. Suddenly you find yourself with a whole new room without having to build an addition.
Open It Up
Most people love the look of an open floor plan. When buying a new home or renovating your existing one, the number one feature that people are looking for (or looking to create) is a space where the kitchen, dining room, and living room can be one with each other. But if you aren’t in the market to tear down the walls, your best bet is to make the home feel as open as possible.
Big, bulky furniture should be swapped out for smaller pieces. Moving your furniture around to create more room can help. But the best open-air illusion you can create is mirror placement. Place them opposite a window and watch the space increase. Reflect the light with a mirror by Howard Elliot.
Your house is your home and you must treat it like the good friend that it is. Your clothing and your cars change with the times, why not your house? Keep it and love it, but make it look better than ever with these simple changes.