It’s amazing what a few small changes can achieve. Whether you’ve lived in the same house all your life or never seem to stay in one place for too long, by giving your home a facelift, it can improve your mood and make your space feel more personal. Curating your belongings and the setting of your daily life allows you to feel more in control and less stressed.
Depending on where you live, and if you rent or not, there are certain limitations to what extent you can alter parts of your home. With this in mind, here are a few hints to inspire you when you decide to refresh your home and transform it into something new.
One: Exterior – How better to start giving your house a facelift than by beginning from the outside and working your way inside? Of course, if you live in rented accommodation or an apartment building, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to alter anything about the exterior of your building drastically. If you can, however, prepare to be amazed at how far a little bit of work can take you. With the right roof cleaning services, you can freshen up your home a surprising amount as the roof is easily coated with any number of unsightly debris that makes a house look old and drab. Similarly, cleaning the windows on both the outside and inside of the house is much like brightening the eyes of the building. Reflective surfaces are naturally appealing, and your home will start to look like a precious gem with the right treatment of its exterior.
Two: Landscaping – Since you’ve started work on the outside of your home, you may as well continue. Most homes tend to have flat lawns that consist of simple grass and maybe a hedgerow. To liven up the yard, find plants that can grow and flourish in your neighborhood’s natural environment. Make sure the climate and soil are adequate before getting to work. If you’re feeling particularly confident or simply want more of a change, employ a landscape architect to redesign the very shape of your outdoor space. Interesting features such as ponds, paths, and rockeries make a huge difference to any garden. By reshaping your yard space, you’ll find it more adventurous and exciting to discover your home again.
Three: Wall Colors and Textures – If you love your furniture and your decorations too much to change them, but you still want to revitalize your home, why not consider stripping away your old wallpaper or even your plaster? Bare brick walls in the right places can act as an effective feature wall and create a new depth to any room. Of course, you would have to make sure that the walls you intend to strip are ready for that kind of treatment. If not, even just painting a wall with a new color can change the entire feel of the room. White walls are crisp, clean and brighten up almost any space and is a great choice for when you want to keep all your possessions and furniture but also want your rooms to look well-styled and put together. When choosing wallpaper, think carefully about whether or not you are certain of the print before committing to it since wallpaper is notoriously difficult to apply and remove. Choose bold, bright patterns if you are more carefree about how trendy your house has to be. If you want something more classic, search for some updated Victorian or farmhouse prints that don’t distract too much from the rest of the room. It’s important to either make a statement or blend in when it comes to wall coverings as anything in between will become muddled with the furniture and create a visual nightmare.
Four: Layout – Some houses are built with exceptionally well thought out floorplans and seem to flow naturally as you go from room to room. Some are open plan while others are compartmentalized and distinct. Each of these has its own benefits and detriments. For example, open plan layouts allow plenty light into the space and therefore feel larger and flow easily. Kitchens lead to dining spaces to living rooms,and life feels effortless. However, open plan layouts also limit how much variety you can implement within your décor. Too many different wall coverings would undoubtedly clash and hurt the eyes, whereas furniture pieces all from the same set in the same store can be far more obvious and cheap-looking when every item is visible at once. Separate rooms create moments of disjointed transition between each other which disrupts the flow of living, but they also allow more of your creativity to spread throughout the house. Whichever your home is at the moment, take a look at the floorplans and see whether there are any changes you could make to improve your lifestyle in a way you see fit. If you want to express yourself in a variety of complex and distinct ways by decorating multiple rooms, you can find clever ways of connecting them so the flow is as easy as can be. Or, if the structure of your house permits it, knock down all the walls and experience your home in an entirely new way.
Five: Rearrange – It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as knocking down walls when it comes to bringing your home back to life. Without so much as planting a seed or picking up a paint roller, you can change your home in such a way that you’ll feel as if you’ve moved. Pick a room that doesn’t excite you anymore and make a note of which pieces of furniture are where. Draw a diagram if it helps, then redraw the room with the same pieces of furniture rearranged. There are online games and mobile applications that serve the same purpose to help you visualize the changes you want to make. Keep in mind that measurements are vital and windows should never be blocked. Once you’ve decided on the new positions, rearrange the furniture and enjoy the peculiar excitement of being somewhere simultaneously familiar and unknown.