Who doesn’t love a bit of luxury? However, if you’ve been shying away from giving your home a posh update for 2018 just because you don’t have the time or budget for luxurious upgrades, you’re in for a pleasant surprise!
Indulging in luxury doesn’t have to come with a huge effort or hefty price tag. These easy home improvement ideas are guaranteed to give your home that coveted “wow” factor without breaking the bank.
There’s no doubt about the value of adding more curb appeal to your home. Start with clearing dirt and dust from siding using soapy water and a long scrub brush. Alternately, you can also pressure wash your home’s exterior and driveway. Clean windows and window sills, and wipe down the main door, door jambs, and mailbox. You might want to give the door, mailbox, shutters and trims a fresh coat of paint. Consider installing new door hardware and house numbers or simply clean and polish the existing hardware. If you have a front yard, keep it free of weeds and overgrowth. Mow the lawn and prune overgrown trees and shrubs. If you live in an apartment, you can grow ornamental plants in decorative planters and place them by the main door.
Simple lighting changes can make a big impact and help brighten up your home. Consider adding decorative lamps in bathrooms and on shelves, and metal can up-lights to dark corners. Create layers of light by using a mix of light fixtures together, like up-lights, lamps, and ceiling lights, to add interest. Use dimmers to control lighting and create a soothing mood.
Most importantly, do away with your old, boring light fixtures and invest in new, modern lighting. Inexpensive light fixtures are easy to find, but if you’re really trying to cut costs, just dust your old fixtures and give them a good wipe down. One easy shortcut is to spray paint old fixtures in metallic, neutral, or bold colors to go with the rest of your home’s décor.
Countertops serve as functional focal points in kitchens, bathrooms, and bar areas. Depending on their use and composition, countertops are subject to stains, scratches and nicks, and high heat and moisture levels over the years. If you have countertops that are no longer in their prime, replacing old countertops could be an easy way to update your kitchen or bath. This can also be a factor for the house seeming more attractive and appealing to potential home buyers.
While installing a well-designed backsplash can elevate the look of your kitchen or bath, updating this design feature has many other benefits. A backsplash protects the wall between cabinets and countertops from splatters and spills. It’s also easier to clean than bare walls, making it a more hygienic option for your kitchen or bath.
For a simple DIY project, install inexpensive subway tiles to create a classic-yet-modern backsplash. You can even line up the tiles horizontally or at an angle for a chic herringbone effect. Ceramic mosaic tiles mixed with glass or stone tiles can make for an unusual and upscale-looking backsplash. Painted or bare wood paneling can also look beautiful as a backsplash, but don’t try this around faucets or a stovetop.
The ceiling is not called the fifth wall for nothing; it’s an important design element that can enhance the look of any room. A well-executed ceiling treatment can add architectural style and beauty to your home’s interiors, while also covering up any flaws.
The most affordable way to spruce up your ceiling is to give it a fresh coat of paint. Experiment with colors; dark colors can warm up a space and help bring a sense of scale to tall ceilings. You can also paint a strip of ceiling color on the walls where they meet the ceiling. To create the illusion of a tall ceiling, continue wall color as a border on the ceiling perimeter.
In addition to this, you can consider installing tin ceiling tiles, patterned tiles or planks, crown molding, and ceiling medallions to add even more style to your ceilings.
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