Simple Changes That Can Make a Big Difference in Your Home

Making changes to your home can help it increase its value and keep it up to date. Making changes to your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune and take you a long time. There are simple changes that you can make that can make a difference in your home.

Buy New Appliances

Buying new appliances can change the look of the interior of your home by making it look more modern. New appliances are generally made to be energy efficient. Older appliances tend to be less efficient, costing you more in utilities.  Older appliances may also start to accrue more expenses due to needed repairs as they age. Appliances made within the last 20 years may still be in good working order, and repairs may not cost too much, but they won’t be as efficient. They also won’t look as good in your home.

Paint the Walls a Different Color

Painting the walls of your home can change the look and feel of your home, while being cost effective. A fresh coat of paint can cover up blemishes on walls. You can choose the amount of your home you want to paint by painting an accent wall or entire rooms. The paint you choose can fit your décor and change the feel of your home. Light colors make your rooms appear bigger, bright colors make your home seem more vibrant, and pastels can help your home feel cozy and serene.  You can also impact the air quality of your home by using low or zero-VOC paints.

Replace Your Doors

Replacing your doors can have a big impact on the curb appeal of your home as well as its energy efficiency. Newer doors can improve the look of both the interior and exterior of your home. Damaged or weathered doors can also be unsightly and should be replaced. Doors leading to the outside of your home, such as the front or back door, can play a huge role in the energy efficiency of your home. Replacing your doors with ones that fit snug in the doorway and have proper insulation will help you to lower your heating and cooling bills.

Install New Windows

Installing new windows is a simple change to your home. You can switch out old and outdated windows to newer ones, which will help to improve the look of both the exterior and interior of your home. Installing new windows not only has a visual benefit, but a functional one as well. Older, outdated windows will make your home less energy efficient. You should change your windows to more efficient ones that will keep air in and out. This will help reduce your heating and cooling costs.  You can also choose windows with some tinting. Tinting can cut your home’s AC bills by blocking UV rays from entering through your windows.

Rearrange Furniture

Rearranging your furniture is an easy way to make a difference in your home. You should rearrange in a way that gives each room the most function while still looking aesthetically pleasing. Try using the golden ration to help you achieve the most out of your spaces. The golden ratio is a 1:1.61 ratio where there is visual balance. You can also add in some more furniture to your spaces to really give them a face lift. You don’t want to overcrowd a room, so make sure you don’t have too much furniture. You should also not have an abundance of large pieces in a single room. Don’t be afraid to remove furniture that isn’t working well in your space and get new pieces that will add accents and visual appeal. You can also move your furniture around to help open your space.

New Lighting

Your lighting does more than just make your rooms bright. You can also think about the fixtures, upgraded controls and energy efficiency, color scheme and appearance. You can update your light fixtures to reflect a more modern design. This works both inside and outside your home. You can utilize lighting fixtures to introduce new color schemes by adding in different color finishes. Your lighting can also be upgraded to feature new technology like “smart” lighting. Your new lighting can also be energy efficient by also upgrading to LED bulbs.

Add Window Treatments

To upgrade the look of your windows without replacing them, you can simply add window treatments. You should also consider doing this after replacing windows as it adds such a nice touch and can make your window the focal point of a room. Your window treatments can really add style and warmth to your room. It is a great way to showcase your style and is a cost-effective upgrade.  You can add some colorful curtains or a Roman shade to give your window some life. Your window treatments can also help you control how much light is coming into your rooms. This helps you utilize it to help your home be more energy efficient or can make a room more enjoyable by not having too much or too little light.

Knobs and Handles

Simple changes you can make to your home are to update door knobs and cabinet knobs and pulls. These can get worn out and dirty looking. Replacing them reflects more modern design by choosing new colors and finishes. You can start with the kitchen cabinets by changing out the pulls and handles on the doors and drawers. If your cabinets don’t currently have these, adding some may be a great way to add some style to your space. You can also replace these on your bathroom cabinets to update the style. Your doorknobs are another easy fixture to update to reflect a more modern home design.  

Simple changes can make a big difference in your home. Some of these changes can also be done on your own, which makes them much easier to do. These simple changes can also be cheaper ways to help you get a more upgraded home.

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