I love watching people take their homes and make them fabulous. Plus, now that I’m just weeks away from moving back to the States, I guess I am just feeling the love of writing about budget design again, as evidenced by this post on my DIY tips.
Today, I wanted to dish out some advice about modernizing your home. I feel like a lot of people want to renovate, but they don’t know where to start. Plus, even the word “renovation” sounds fancy and expensive, so here are some tips on how to update your outdated space on a budget.
Start With a Blank Canvas
It’s amazing how a little paint on the wall can make a room feel fresh and modern. You don’t have to hire a decorator; just start from scratch by doing it yourself. If you find layer upon layer of wallpaper stuck to your walls, you can hire a wallpaper stripper if you have to, or just get pumped up and decide to tackle it in one weekend. If it’s just a paint job that you need, get some rollers, brushes, masking tape, put some old sheets down on the floor, and go to town!
A fresh coat of paint can give any room an instant makeover, and one part of the room that lots of people overlook is the ceiling. If you repaint the ceiling in a clean bright white, it will make the entire room look immediately brighter. You can even paint it a similar color to the walls, just go one shade lighter. Remember that in order to create a modern and fresh look, bright and light is key. I’m always telling the hubs I want my house to be completely white and neutral (probably somewhat impossible once we have kids, haha!) It may seem boring at first, but there’s something so relaxing, bright, and airy about a crisp, neutral home.
Don’t Forget the Floor
If you live in an older house, it’s definitely possible that beautiful wooden floors are hiding under your carpet. If you’re feeling particularly up for the challenge, you can rip up the carpet and assess it. Just keep in mind that you could be causing more damage if the wood is past repair. At the same time, if it works out, clean, polished floors are a great way to make your house look more modern. To keep it from feeling too drab and cold, try adding cheap jute rugs or some wicker baskets to get some great texture and color in there! I also like really soft, white faux sheepskin rugs to put everywhere too.
Bump Up the Lighting
One thing about old houses is they don’t often have those big, beautiful windows that you see in newer constructions. But, fear not! You can actually manipulate the amount of light in the room without installing a bunch of expensive lights. If you have windows, take away the curtains and replace them with blinds or curtains that are white, soft, and breezy. You can also install a dimmer to your current light so that you can create a cozy and warm feel in the evenings. Oh, and add mirrors both to reflect the light and for checking if you have broccoli in your teeth.
Less is More With Furniture
One fun way to renovate on the cheap is to use the furniture you already have. Except, instead of worrying about rearranging everything, just focus on deleting some items. If you want your home to be crisp and modern, embracing a little bit of minimalism will help you get there. Basically, get rid of the clutter (including your beanie baby collection from 1999!) Clean off the shelves, and breathe in and out. Ahhh, that’s nice isn’t it?
Anyone else in a renovating mood? I can’t wait to get my paws on a new apartment!
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