When you make the decision to add value to your home, the first thing that pops into focus is that you need to give your home a facelift. No one wants to buy a house with peeling paint and old fixtures. However, revamping your home doesn’t mean that it’s going to lose all of the original charm that made you fall in love with it in the first place. Instead, it means that you get the chance to enhance the charm that you fell in love with while adding some modern finishes that will set off the look.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at ten ways you can give your home a fresh new look, keeping the charm that made you fall in love with it in the first place
1. A Lick Of Paint
Time does some awful things to the paintwork in your home. Yellowing walls? They don’t sell and if you’re trying to market your home to others, you want the paintwork to be bright and beautiful, not dull and faded. Giving the interior of your home is a new lease of life right there, and you won’t even realize how much it’ll transform your home until you do it. The best bit is that it doesn’t cost much cash and it doesn’t take much time to get your home looking entirely revamped with a couple of tins of paint. You can keep all of the traditional trimmings that you had in your home without having to change much, and you’ll notice how much brighter each room looks with a complete paint job, too.
2. Upgrade The Fixtures
Look, it’s important to tell you that the large, bronze chandelier in the lounge has got to go. Yes, it looked impressive once, but it’s not impressive anymore. You need to choose something a little more modern to enhance the space. This is one feature that you can replace quite happily with large ceiling fans made with timber and other materials. Not only will you instantly modernize the space, you’ll make it look cleaner and bigger. Without the imposing chandelier in the middle of the room, you’re going to improve and expand the ceiling space.
3. Choose White
Earlier when we mentioned paint, we mentioned how it’s transformative to the rest of the rooms in the home. This is because patterns on wallpaper can really interrupt the view of the room where paintwork doesn’t. To truly embrace a little modern living, why not choose white? Or even better, white on white. White is bright, fresh, airy and looks fantastic, which is what you want to achieve if you’re going to upgrade your home.
4. Repair Your Roof
When you think about renovating your home, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a complete gut job. But you don’t necessarily need to gut your entire house in order to give it a makeover. Sometimes, all you need is a little bit of TLC – and that includes your roof.
A leaky roof can cause a lot of damage to your home, so it’s important to keep it in good condition. Check for signs of damage, such as leaks or missing shingles, and have any repairs done as soon as possible.
Work with a roofing company that will repair your roof and also protects your home from future damage.
5. Refresh The Furnishings
Were not suggesting that you replace all of your home furnishings, but we are suggesting that you go for a revamped look for your furniture. Save yourself the cash and instead, upholster the furnishings that are soft, and sand down and varnish those that aren’t. You can modernize vintage furniture with a coat of paint, too, and you can even repurpose some items. Use an old ladder for a towel holder, or a place to display photos – it’s quirky, but it works!
6. Don’t Let Go Of Handles
So many cabinets and doors look vintage because of the handles. If you keep hold of the handles, you can give the cabinets and doors a lick of paint and a breath of fresh air before replacing the handles again. Some of the handles are carved in a way you won’t be able to find in the stores anymore, so it gives your doors a touch of charm and character.
Alternatively, if your cabinets are looking very worn and in danger of falling to bits, why not treat your kitchen to some fresh new RTA cabinets and upcycle the old cabinets’ handles?
7. Get Knocked Down
You will find that if your home is old, the entryways and halls are rather narrow. You should consider the flexibility of open-plan living, and this way, you can respect the way the house flows naturally. The biggest advantage here is that you can connect the areas of the home and make it far easier to communicate with the rest of the family. With the advice of a builder, you could knock down a few of the walls that create a barrier between the rest of the rooms and create a truly flexible space.
8. More Light, Please
Okay, so you’ve taken down the chandelier, but that doesn’t mean that you’ve removed the light from the rooms. You should never underestimate how lighting changes the game in your home. It can bring an entire room to life, and you won’t have to have much of it in the house, either. If you have LED white bulbs in your home, you’re going to enhance the way it looks and make it brighter. For intimate spaces, like the bedroom and for the lamps in the home, think about getting a yellow bulb to dull the brightness. Lastly, remove the window treatments and see how much natural light floods in!
9. A Bit Of Both
When you strike a balance between modern furnishings and the classic items you’ve had for some time, you’re going to create an amazing look. That vintage rocking chair is going to sit very nicely in the office, alongside the technology and modern desk and chairs. You can fuse vintage and modern pieces for something beautiful, giving off a vibe that is one-of-a-kind and perfect for buyers to see your style.
From the rugs on the floor to the cushions on the sofa, the picture frames on the walls and your curtains, all of these will speak to your home style. Revamping these as closely as you can to what you already have is a smart idea. You’re going to be able to change out the accessories in your home and find that you have so much more space to look at. Sometimes, accessories can make a room look too busy. The right changes can open the home and make it feel modern and bright. This makes all the difference if you’re lifting your home away from feeling cluttered and dated.
11. Work On The Floors
Wooden flooring is beautiful, isn’t it? The problem with it is that you need to keep it in good condition if you want it to look beautiful. Buffing the flooring and even giving it a new coat of paint can make a difference to the entire room.
Your home is going to be revamped, smarter and better, all with a retained charm!