A home should be your safe haven, and if it’s not comfortable enough you may not feel as comfortable as you’d like. Especially if, like a lot of people these days, you spend more time at home than you’d like! Fortunately, even a little interior or exterior makeover can add a fresh vibe to your place. It may seem time- and money-consuming, of course – but in reality, it doesn’t have to be like that.
You don’t need to spend all your savings to spruce up your house. There are several cheap, quick tips to add a lavish look to your place in no time. If you want to feel more comfortable at home, take it to the next level with these 11 amazing tricks.
Make Your Garage Into a “Chill Zone”
Having an unused garage is a great thing! It might feel like a burden – having a forgotten space that is used to collect junk is never fun. But you can make the tough decision of making it into an extra living space – especially if you park on the driveway anyway. You can replace your standard garage door with a door that has transparent panels and lets in more light, put insulation and carpeting on the floor and renovate the walls. It may take a lot of work, but these types of changes make for fun and rewarding projects. You can gain an extra art studio, gaming room, pool room or home office. Yes – perhaps a separate home office would be nice these days?
Replace the Light Fixtures
You can get light fixtures at any home improvement store and install them in just a few minutes. This is a quick way to kick off your project as it’s very easy to do and doesn’t cost much. It will make your home brighter and cheerier. It will also make you see your home in a “whole new different light”!
Put a Mirror on the Ceiling
Most people use mirrors to make a space look bigger. But what if you put mirrors at an angle? It will make the ceiling look taller and lighter. You can hang a mirror on the ceiling in just five minutes, so it’s one of the quickest ways to spruce up your home. You can do the same with a round mirror hanging on the wall. Doing this in strategic places like a narrow walkway will create a feeling of space – no need to associate it with the 70’s or shag carpets in cheesy bedrooms.
Add a Chandelier
Chandeliers are perfect for hanging above dining rooms or kitchens. These can add a touch of elegance that will make your house feel like a palace. Of course, they are a little more expensive and tricky to install – but they will be gorgeous and change your space immediately!
One of the things that can have the biggest effect on your space and wellbeing are indoor plants. There are a lot of people these days who seem to be obsessed with their Monstera Variegata, but you don’t need to be a die-hard plant fanatic to enjoy their benefits. Plants make you feel calmer and help with oxygen supply in any room they live in. Some of the best indoor plants out there are the Snake Plant, Monstera Deliciosa, Dracaena, or the Spider Plant. You’ll be amazed how much they change the whole feel of a space!
Paint Your Floor
Consider painting the floor in a bold color – maybe something unexpected like red or yellow. If you have neutral colors in your home, painting the floor might be a great idea. It’s pretty easy to do yourself – just pick up a paintbrush, roll out a few cans of floor paint, and go for it! You can use patterns, stamps or lines to make it interesting – of course, we’re not talking about carpets here! This is perfect if you have old linoleum floors or a hardwood floor you’re not ready to fully renovate.
Update Your Couch
Right now you probably have an old, worn out couch that’s making you feel old too! You can easily update your couch with new throw pillows or blankets. It will make your living room look bright and new! If you want to go big, you can even replace the whole thing with a new one! It will be such an improvement. There are a lot of great couch covers available too, that you can snugly fit over your couch and create a couch that feels brand-new.
When it comes to making your home look better, it’s all about adding some decor here and there. Maybe it’s just time to take out the old and put in the new? We don’t want to clutter! See if that old poster of Ariana Grande is something you still feel reflects your inner “you”. Maybe it’s time to add a wall clock or a few decorative vases?
Rugs are easy to find! They help fill out a room and tie together all the elements and colors. Rugs are also very easy to install – just put them down on the floor and walk away! If they’re big rugs, they might need to be anchored to the wall with some command strips or double-sided tape or plastic sheeting, but in general, they’re super easy to install! They also come in every color imaginable; so you can easily change the look and feel of a room! They make any room feel warm and cosy.
This might seem like a no-brainer but maybe it’s time to devote a whole day to go through your closet, garage, under your couch, in all those boxes that you’re “getting to” and make a huge dump run, Goodwill donation or a big Craigslist ad? This might not be adding anything new to your apartment but it will leave you feeling peaceful, refreshed, and your home will be a lot more welcoming. It’s true that keeping your place dust-free, tidy and minimalistic will actually help you deal with everyday life stress. And this doesn’t have to cost you anything – in fact, it may even make you money if you decide to sell some of your unused things.
Try New Curtains
Curtains are a great way to bring in some color into your home – but they also keep light out too, which is great if you have windows that let in too much sunlight! Check out this guide on choosing new curtains for your room – it’s easy to do and doesn’t cost much at all! Keep in mind that curtains usually require more than one tier as well as thicker rods (even if you have the kinds that can be easily pushed open). Even if you don’t have time to go window shopping, try shopping online as many websites have huge selections of curtains at great prices! Maybe you’ll want to get rid of your curtains altogether and replace them with minimalistic blinds – they’ll collect less dust and take up less space.
A refresh of your house or apartment doesn’t have to be costly or huge – it can start with simple things like tidying up or replacing some old curtains, couch covers or rugs. If you feel like you need more change, you can make it into a big project. Remember that the goal is to make your space feel peaceful, so don’t go crazy with getting new “stuff”!