Upgrading your home can be a painstaking and stressful process that takes time and money, but if you deal with one room at a time and carefully consider all your options, it can make it a lot easier.
Whether it’s minor changes or extensive, more costly alterations, there are lots of things you can do to make your home look amazing.
Here are some fabulous home upgrade ideas to suit a range of budgets.
When it comes to upgrading your living areas, one of the main things to get right is the lounge furniture. It might look good, but if it’s not comfortable, it’s unlikely you will want to spend much time relaxing. Try out sofas and chairs before buying, or you could regret your decision.
Changing your flooring can make an impact on how a living space looks. Hardwood, laminates, and luxury vinyl flooring can make a room look far bigger, whereas a carpet is likely to make it feel more homely and warm. If you have young kids, then the former is probably a more realistic choice in terms of keeping it clean, whereas the latter will be far more comfortable for little ones crawling around or playing.
If you are looking for quick ways to make a fast impact, soft furnishings such as cushions, rugs, and new window coverings are a quick and cost-effective way to upgrade a room without too much upheaval.
Although you may not spend a lot of time in your bedroom, the more relaxing it is, the more likely you are to get a decent night’s sleep. Color schemes such as grey and pink can feel very inviting, or if you prefer something slightly less feminine, duck egg blue and cream are another lovely combination. When it comes to choosing bed covers, you will be spoilt for choice, but if you want to keep it simple, plain white or cream is always a safe selection. You can add color with pillows and cushions, and textural throws placed at the bottom of your bed will help finish off the look.
Another great way to upgrade a bedroom is to change the lighting. Bedside lights should be bright enough to allow you to read if you want to, but not too bright that it will keep you feeling wide awake. If you already have lights you like, but they don’t match your new color scheme, you can always switch out the lampshades rather than buying a whole new product.
If your room gets quite warm, why not change your current light to one that is functional and will keep you cool at the same time. Fan light kits come in a range of styles and finishes and add a touch of elegance to a bedroom.
If you have a good-sized kitchen and a decent budget, it is probably the room where you can achieve the greatest wow factor in terms of a home upgrade. New kitchens are not cheap by any means but can make a massive impact on the look of your home – not to mention the value. From handleless to more traditional shaker-style cabinetry, there are many options to choose from. Most kitchen suppliers can even put together 3D images of your choices so you can see what it’s likely to look like in advance of having it fitted.
If you can’t afford to have a completely new kitchen and your carcasses are still in good shape, you can always go down the cheaper route of having the doors replaced. Your kitchen will still look like it’s had a facelift but at a fraction of the cost.
Another area that shouldn’t be forgotten about when upgrading your home is the garden. If yours requires some attention, there are many things you can do to change it. If you have a slabbed patio area that is a little worse for wear, but you don’t want the hassle of replacing it, exterior concrete paint is a great way to give it a new lease of life. It comes in a range of different shades and should last a good few years before it needs to be re-applied.
If your grass has seen better days, or you live in dry and hot conditions, think about having it replaced with artificial turf. It will last a lot longer and is practically maintenance-free. The more welcoming your garden is, the more likely it is that you will spend time in it, so it’s certainly an upgrade worth considering.