4 Quick and Affordable Home Renovations

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You may love your home, but still want to change it. We all get bored or frustrated with our surroundings once in a while, and unfortunately it just isn’t practical to buy a new home every time you dislike something in your current space. If you are looking for a way to make your home more inviting, if you want to be more organized, or you simply crave a change, you can take on a quick renovation project without spending a lot of money.

Unless you have specific experience, you may want to hold off on redoing an entire bathroom or painting your house by yourself. If you make an error, you might end up having to pay a lot to fix it, and this type of project can be exhausting. However, there are many smaller renovations and won’t cost a lot that you can do yourself. Here are four ideas to start with.

1. Rearrange your furniture

Sometimes you need to change your furniture around for practical reasons. There are seasons for specific furniture arrangements. If you have a glass table in your living room, but you have a baby who is now learning to walk, a glass table (especially with sharp edges) might not be ideal in the middle of a playroom. You also might not want your favorite couch to be in reach of the puppy you are training.

Keeping everything the same can get stifling, so even without a specific reason to change your furniture, doing so can be fun. Having your furniture arranged in a convenient manner, and also making sure that your furniture meets your needs, will help your home feel like home. According to Better Homes and Gardens, you need to consider size. If you have a small living room, make sure you leave space for a walkway, place your biggest furniture first, then create your core seating area, and follow with extra furniture.

2. Use paint

While painting your entire house might be impractical, you can certainly improve your home’s appeal (for yourself or for potential buyers if you are trying to sell) by using paint. If you have baseboards that are dirty or outdated, fresh paint can really help. Also, if you have a room with chipped paint or a color that you don’t like, it won’t take too much time or money to paint one room. A quick (but careful) paint job can be particularly helpful if the color is off or the paint is chipping in a room that you spend a lot of time in, such as your bedroom or living room.

Also consider painting an accent wall. Painting just one wall in a room can add personality to a room and also help brighen a space. You will want to be careful to choose the right wall, and the right color: usually accent walls have no windows or doors, are often painted around the focul point of the room (like a fireplace), and the accent wall will often be a deeper color than the other walls.

3. Organize

Some of us are naturally organized, and others need a little motivation. While taking time (and possibly, spending money) to organize your house might seem like a waste, it can actually help make your home more inviting for guests or potential buyers, and help you to enjoy being at home. You can organize your home in a weekend or less by organizing your closet, your pantry, and your cleaning supplies, and if you feel like cleaning, that can help too.

Organizing itself can be a big project. Just looking through old clothes, sorting your CDs, and finding places for all your knick knacks can take a few minutes, or it can take hours. If you like building things and you are interested in an actual project that requires physical work, consider building your own shelves.

4. Change the lighting

Lighting truly affects the mood that you and your guests feel in your home. Poor lighting can cause eye fatigue, headache, and make people feel depressed, but bright lighting can stimulate the mind; natural light that comes through windows and skylights can help calm your mind and emotions. Too much artificial light can also affect your sleep.

As you consider changing your lights, be sure to think about the whole picture. You should consider how much natural light a room already gets, the type of bulbs that you want to purchase, the effects you want in each room, and also think about the specific needs that each room in your home will require.

Renovating your home doesn’t have to be daunting; taking on small projects can be rewarding and even fun. If you want to give your home a boost but you don’t want to spend a lot of money, painting a room, organizing your things, rearranging your furniture, or changing the light can all be great ways to update your home. Another good idea is to do quick landscaping projects, or replace cabinet accessories.

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