The New Year has arrived and it’s time to make some changes around the house. This is the perfect opportunity to undertake home improvement projects that will make your house look new as well as make you feel good. There are many things one can do to improve their living space without shelling out a ton of cash. All you need are good concepts that require a minimum of effort to accomplish. Check out 10 of these ideas we‘ve compiled to help you get started.
Not all of us can afford to buy new furniture on a whim. What can be done, however, is to reupholster those memorable pieces and make them look brand new. Buy new fabric, change the cushions and you’re good to go.
2. Place artwork
Art has the ability to instantly perk up boring walls. If you have a painting that’s been gathering dust in the attic, get it down and hang it up on a wall to add color to your surroundings. Or, visit an art store or online retailer for some cheap bargains.
3. Up your security
If you can’t afford to install a fancy security system, you can undertake a few precautions that will help increase security around your home. Trim shrubs and bushes to reduce the chances of intruders having a hiding place. Replace your locks with new ones that are more secure and try to install double-paned windows instead of single-paned ones.
Going green is the latest trend, so keep up with the times and try to recycle as much as you can. Divide all trash into degradable and non-degradable items. Compost materials like paper, vegetable peels, cardboard, leaves, eggs shells and hair clippings.
Repainting rooms can give your home a whole new feel and makes for a fun DIY project. Invest in some good paint rollers and brushes, pick out a suitable color and watch your old room become transformed into a new space. If you want to get really innovative, paint a section of wall with psychedelic colors or contrasting colors.
6. Prepare for the monsoon
Take care of leaky roofs and windows much before the monsoon arrives. Check the roof for any holes and replace faulty shingles. Look for cracked or loose windows where water is likely to drip in and seal them with polyurethane caulk which is said to be more airtight. Trim branches of trees located too close to the house as well.
7. Buy trendy lamps
Lighting can make or break interiors, so invest in some good quality trendy lamps to lend color to your home. Floor lamps are ideal for small spaces and many come in designs that can double up as decorative pieces. Choose illumination that throws soft light over a room.
8. Use flowers
Add a dash of color to your living space with fresh flowers. They can last for several days and aren’t all that expensive to buy, if you don’t have a garden. Place them in living room, bedroom and the dining room table.
9. Organize yourself
Buy storage containers to put in all your books and knick-knacks. If you already have such containers, spruce them up with embellishments or repaint them with vibrant colors.
10. Get new glassware
Like all things brittle, glassware tends to break. At the end of the day, you realize you don’t have sufficient numbers for a set. Appraise your glassware and get additional wine and shot glasses for those special occasions.