Giving your home a face-lift may be something that is on your agenda, but it may not be something that is within your realm of expertise. Fortunately, you don’t need to have a degree in interior design to transform your home. You also don’t need to win the lottery to do so, if you follow some of our tips.
1. Clear Out the Clutter
One of the most transformative changes you can make to your home is decluttering. Not only will you change the look and feel of your home, but you’ll find that you are better able to focus and reduce your stress when you live in a clutter-free environment. Don’t let yourself feel overwhelmed when you start.
First, choose a room and give yourself five solid minutes. Aim to fill one trash bag or use four boxes: one for trash, one for donations, one to keep, and one to relocate to another area of your home. To be most effective, decide on each item in the room before moving on to another.
Once you take the plunge and have items to give away, choose where to donate them. Keep in mind that a local soup kitchen would benefit from your nonperishable foods, and a homeless shelter will benefit from your unwanted toiletries, blankets, and rain gear. Take your computers, housewares, and books to thrift stores, and give your unwanted cleaning supplies, office supplies, and plastic bags to animal shelters. If you have items that you would rather sell, consider setting up a yard sale and donating the proceeds to a local charity that is important to you.
2. Start Painting
Just about anyone can paint a room, and you’ll be surprised by how a coat of fresh paint can transform your home. You likely can paint a room yourself over a weekend, and the toughest part will be choosing a color. If you plan to sell your home soon, choose a neutral white or off-white color.
If you don’t plan to sell soon, your color choices are nearly limitless. DIY Network recommends looking at the brochures in a local home improvement store because they often feature color schemes to inspire DIY-ers. You also can talk to a salesperson about the colors you want to achieve, or you can ask her to match a swatch that features your favorite color.
Keep in mind that cool colors like green, blue, and purple make rooms look larger and red, yellow and orange make rooms more vibrant. For a romantic feel, choose light shades of blue, lavender, pink, or yellow. Sage is a good choice for a kitchen, and light blue inspires feelings of tranquility.
When you have your color choice, consider the painting tips suggested by Real Simple. Begin by cleaning your walls to remove dust and dirt. Then, tape the trim, window, and door frames to protect them from the paint.
Next, prime your walls. Using your wall color and a two-inch angled paint brush, start painting around the trim and corners of walls where the roller does not reach. When these areas are done, use a roller and paint the walls in a three-by-three-foot W pattern until you complete each section on a wall. You also can update your trim and moldings with a fresh coat of paint, too.
3. Add Pops of Color
If you’re afraid of committing to a wall color but want to transform a room, add pops of color with various accents. One tip is to use the 60-30-10 rule for decorating with color: 60% should be the dominant color, 30% should be a secondary color, and 10% should be an accent color. For example, place colored glass vases around a room to test out vibrant colors.
To make your vases pop even more, place them on a windowsill to let the light shine through. Add colorful pillows to your couches or chairs, or put a contrasting throw rug or blanket in the room.
You don’t need expert knowledge or a huge budget to make transformative changes to your home. Start by clearing out the clutter and donating or selling items. Then, add a fresh coat of paint to rooms and decorate using pops of color. Then, voila! A whole new look for not a lot of money.
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Written by guest blogger: Paul Denikin