Have you recently bought a house that is in dire need of an upgrade? Or perhaps you just want to shake things up at your current residence. Before you begin renovating, make sure that you’ve secured all the necessary permits. If you are looking for a little inspiration for the project, check out these suggestions:
Have some privacy
Consider having privacy window film installed if you have huge glass windows or sliding doors in prominent areas in your home. The application of window film will prevent people outside from viewing your house’s interior. If you’re worried about being unable to enjoy the view and blocking the entry of sunlight, you’ll be pleased to hear that the effect of the window film is one-way. You’ll still clearly see the outside environment, but those on the outside would not see you.
Give the walls a new look
A fresh coat of paint will make any space look good as new. There is no need to do this for every room. Prioritize the ones that have not been retouched for a long time. If you’re not ready to commit just yet, wallpaper is your friend. If you grow tired of it after some time, you can easily replace it with another one. Or if you miss the old wall, simply remove it.
But if you’re ready for a permanent new look, paint is the way to go. Keep in mind that color affects the way we see space. For instance, if the room has a low ceiling, paint it white, then choose a darker shade for the walls. It will look like the ceiling is receding and will, thus, appear higher than it is. If you want to make the walls look shorter, opt for two-toned walls. Choose a darker color for the wall’s bottom part.
Focus on the little things
Replace the hinges and doorknobs, especially if they are old and rusty. You might also want to inspect the handles or knobs of the cabinets and drawers in the house. Perhaps some have fallen off over the years or have become tarnished. Consider replacing them as well. The materials needed for this project are affordable. Plus, they are also easy to install.
If you would like to retain some of your stainless steel handles, clean them to restore their former glory. Sometimes all you need to do is to wipe them down with a rag that has been dipped in warm water. If this does not work, try using baking soda or vinegar.
Mind the countertops
If you’d like to beautify your home, you’ll never go wrong with updating the kitchen countertops. Aside from giving your home a fresh new look, it could also improve the resale price of your house.
Here are some of the commonly used materials:
- Stainless steel. It’s a costly but heat-resistant and easy to clean material. Choose this if you want to mimic the look of a commercial kitchen.
- Granite. This material is known for its durability and the unique pattern of each piece. Granite slab is expensive, but there are two other more affordable options: granite tiles and modular granite.
- Quartz. This is a highly coveted engineered stone product that is stain- and scratch-resistant.
Now that you’ve gotten some ideas, it’s time to begin planning. Determine how much you’re willing to spend and choose materials that will fit within the budget. To avoid overspending, keep a running list of all the expenses.