4 Ways to Improve Your Home on a Budget

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Authored by Claire Small
Posted Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:13am

The interior of your home is the first thing you see when you wake up and the last thing you see when you go to bed every night. You have your meals there, you spend time with your family there and you occupy your evenings in your home before you go to sleep each night. When you’re spending so much time in any space, it is important that you always enjoy being in that environment. So, if you ever find yourself looking around and thinking that you want to make some changes, here are a few simple ways you can improve your home on a budget. 

Clean or replace the carpets

While the floor might not seem like the first thing people will notice when they walk in the door, dirty or worn down carpets will hugely impact the finished look and feel of the interior of your home. Overtime, your carpets will become marked and worn, making the entire space feel a little run down, especially in areas that see more foot traffic. Cleaning faded and marked carpets can make a huge difference to a space; lifting and refreshing the room. However, in instances where cleaning alone won’t cut it, you may want to consider investing in some new flooring. For hallways and entertainment spaces that are met with a lot of shoes on a regular basis, it might be a good investment to choose a more durable type of flooring, such as wood or laminate.

Bring in more light

Smaller homes have a tendency to automatically feel darker and more oppressive, but this is a problem that can easily be tackled by making some simple changes around the home. Firstly, if you have older windows that are in need of replacing anyway, then you should consider installing some modern frames from Bill Butters Windows Sherborne, to bring in more colour, light and reduce wasted emissions with double glazing. Additionally, painting your walls in lighter tones, preferably white or cream, will reflect natural light and brighten a space, especially if you use gloss paint. Plus, smaller purchases like mirrors will also reflect light around the home, creating the illusion of more space.

Create more storage space

A cluttered home will make your living space seem smaller and poorly utilised, no matter how many design elements you introduce. So, one of the most important things you can do, is create some innovative storage solutions for around the home. Built in shelving always looks more stylised than freestanding shelving units, and there are a range of places that can be better utilised by introducing storage. For example, under the stairs is a wonderful place to add cupboards, shelves and drawers. Alternatively, try to put shelves up on the walls to improve the use of the space vertically.

The little details

You would be surprised how much of a difference little details like coving, skirting boards and splashbacks make to the finished look and feel of your home. Therefore, if you’re looking to make smaller changes, just painting these elements or replacing them with some new, more colourful designs, will really improve your home aesthetic without you having to spend a fortune.