8 Inexpensive Ways to Spruce Up Your House

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Home is your haven — a place to relax and let your guard down. Yet, the way you feel about your space often decides whether you want to stay in and enjoy it.

Looking at the same walls and decor day after day can get boring after a while. And if you’re ready for a change, you might consider a move, maybe into something a little newer or bigger. But you don’t have to relocate to enjoy a change of scenery.

Sometimes, a few simple and inexpensive updates can make you fall in love with your home again. So, whether you’re bored with your space or it no longer reflects your style, here’s a look at 8 inexpensive ways to spruce up your house.

1. Spice Up Your Walls
Adding a splash of color is an excellent way to give your home personality or character. Create an accent wall to make a smaller room appear larger or change the color of an entire room for a fun, cozier space. You only need paint, paintbrushes and a few other materials to change the room’s entire look and feel.

2. Get Rid of Blank Walls
If painting your walls isn’t an option, add style and sophistication to any room by hanging decor on blank walls. Whether it’s scenic pictures, artwork, clocks, or other wall accents, decor creates a focal point, adds texture, and makes an uninteresting space appear more polished.

3. Change Your Light Fixtures
Old, traditional light fixtures might not reflect your style. And depending on the age of these fixtures, your house can appear to be stuck in another decade.

Replace current fixtures and ceiling fans with modern, contemporary alternatives to modernize your space and add a touch of elegance.

4. Rearrange Your Furniture
After moving into a home, some people don’t touch their furniture until it’s time to move again. If you’re bored with your design and need a change, repositioning furniture in your bedroom or living room can completely change the appearance and ambiance of an area.

Moving furniture to a different location can make a small room feel bigger and improve the layout of a space.

5. Make a Good First Impression
Not only can you change your interior on the cheap, you can also spruce up your exterior. For example, give your front door a fresh coat of paint—maybe a charming, vibrant color that commands attention. Go a step further and repaint your shutters, or at the very least, power wash your home to remove dirt, mildew and other debris that detracts from its beauty.

Additionally, you can plant brightly colored flowers in the mulch, or decorate with hanging flowers. And while you’re outside, clean up clutter in the yard, plant new grass seed and trim your hedges.

6. Accessorize
Accessories are the finishing touch to any home design, so don’t leave side tables and shelves blank. Incorporate various decor pieces to complete the look, and don’t be afraid to get creative and mix it up.

Ideas include decorative books, plants, lamps, candles, vases, figurines and other decorative knickknacks.

7. Bring Life to an Old Sofa
Can’t afford a new sofa set? No worries—schedule an appointment to have your current sofa and loveseat professionally cleaned, and then accessorize with throw pillows and a throw blanket.

For couches in bad condition, cover them with a stretchable slipcover. These covers fit securely around the sofa, giving the impression of freshly reupholstered chairs.

8. DIY An Expensive Kitchen and Bathroom Renovation
Kitchen and bathroom renovations are the costliest home projects—but worth it. Both updates can take years off the age of a home and increase a property’s value.

If you can’t afford a complete remodel, consider a mini remodel. For example, repaint your cabinet doors and replace outdated hardware with modern finishes.

Add color to freshen up the space, or create texture with wallpaper, and don’t forget the decor. Style countertops with succulent plants and vases or add accent pieces like wall photos, hanging shelves and other decor pieces.

Final Word
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your space nicer. In fact, a lot of home projects don’t even require a professional. Efforts you put into making your home comfortable create a space you’ll love. It can boost your property value, which will be excellent news once you’re ready to sell.

But what if you have a larger project in mind? Getting cash from a cash-out refinance or a home equity loan is one way to finance these renovations. To learn more, contact the loan experts at FirstBank Mortgage to discuss your options.




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