In an ideal world, if you got tired of your home, you could move to a new one. However, financial restraints mean that is not always an option. So rather than having to uproot to a new house and leave your community, you need to give your home an update and freshen it up.
Declutter – You have probably become desensitized to the word declutter as it is banded about a lot, but really you just need to accept that many of your possessions are unneeded and add to the feelings of discontent within your home. Have a good spring clean of your worldly possessions and either give to charity or sell them on. Once you have stripped back your belongings, you are in a better position to make some changes.
Maintenance – There will be parts of your home’s interior that need attention, whether it is that squeaking floorboard on the landing or rehanging your kitchen door. If you maintain your home, you are protecting your investment, and when you can sell it, these minor irritations will not hamper the resale value. Check the baseboards, stairs and walls – if you see something that requires attention, fix it. You may need to hire trusted dry lining contractors if your property’s walls need to be replaced because of wear and tear, but it is well worth doing to ensure a smooth wall ready for painting.
Color – A fresh lick of paint can do wonders for energizing a home. It is a simple thing to do but delivers a high impact result. Don’t be shy about the colors that you choose – experiment. Add interest to a room by creating a feature wall with either paint or wallpaper – you can tie in the colors that you use with the textiles and fabrics to really create a stunning interiors design scheme. Use a mood board to plan the colors that you use for each room. A color wheel is an essential tool to use to ensure that colors you use complement each other – either using similar or contrasting tones.
Furniture – A change can sometimes be as good as new! Move your furniture around the room to find an alternative position for it. While you may like to sit fireside during the winter months, by the time spring and the summer months arrive, you will use the room differently so adapt the position of your furniture to suit. For example, move your couch near the window to take advantage of the views. Moving your furniture can have the power to help you appreciate it in a whole new light.
Storage – Now that you have decluttered, you should be in possession of items that you use, but everything needs a place to be housed. Clever storage solutions can help you keep surfaces clear and keep you organized. The smallest of homes can be transformed with storage solutions that have dual functions – bench seating with storage built–in or a bed with drawers underneath.
Your home is your retreat from the world, but occasionally you need to review how you live in it to truly benefit from the space. By clearing out clutter and dealing with maintenance issues, you can create a blank canvas on which to introduce color and interest.