Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Quick Ways to Spruce up Your Home

Every now and then your home needs a little refreshing. General wear and tear, combined with the ravages of time, eventually take a toll on even the most meticulously looked after home. However, there are some simple and inexpensive things you can do to keep your home looking its best, bringing it up to date with current house designs or restoring its original glory. Here are some tips on sprucing up your home.

Restore Your Floor
So many options are available nowadays that there’s no reason to have a worn-out floor. Natural hardwood looks charming and comes in a wide array of stains to suit your style. Vinyl sheeting that looks just like hardwood but at a fraction of the cost is popular and attractive, while tiles offer visual appeal and are very easy to clean. Replacing old carpet with something fresh will invite the warm, cozy feel that only comes with walking barefoot on pure new wool. Remember: when choosing new floor material, keep in mind not only the visual appeal but also the cost, longevity you want from it, and how much effort you’re willing to put in to keep it clean.

Update Your Kitchen
When considering a renovation, kitchens usually appear near the top of most people’s lists of priorities. A kitchen renewal might mean completely replacing the old one with something new, either by doing it yourself or hiring a professional to design and install it.

If, on the other hand, you’re happy with the layout and size, why not consider re-surfacing cabinets and benchtops? This will provide a fresh, new look for much less than a full renovation will cost, and it takes far less time to complete, meaning less disruption to your daily life. Consider visiting a display home set up by a builder such as Coral Homes to view examples of full kitchens and a comprehensive array of bench and cabinet surfaces.

Let There Be Light
Adding light to a room lifts the mood and atmosphere. Your home might benefit from a skylight or two to introduce refreshing natural light into a previously dim corridor or room. Placement and design of electric lighting such as ceiling lights and standing lamps brightens up a room after dark and, when coupled with a dimmer switch, lets you precisely control the level of light you want. Replacing older incandescent or halogen lights with modern LED and compact fluorescent tubes will also save you money, as you get more light for less energy consumption and get a great new look for your home at the same time.

Re-Upholster Your Furniture
A home doesn’t always need a major restructure to spruce it up. One alternative is updating the fabric on your furniture. While you may love the design of what you have, people and pets have a way of wearing down the covering that eventually forces you to replace the whole unit or just the upholstery. To get the most benefit from your new upholstery, make the effort to match the texture, design and colour with the colours of your carpet or walls.

Have some ideas of your own for sprucing up the home? Share them in the comments below!

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