Though a house has stood the test of time, it doesn’t come without its fair share of wear and tear. As age hits a property, no matter how many good memories it accrued over the years, things can start to look a little worse for wear. That can be a real damper to be in, and it can be a sign that it’s time to freshen things up a little.
These tips work for any reason you want to breathe some new life into your old house, whether you are passing it on to your children, just looking to spruce things up, or you’re wondering “what’s the best way to sell my house?”
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You’d be surprised what a simple coat of new color can do. Using paint to liven up your home is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to do so. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not go ahead and explore using a bold new color. An accent wall can add a unique personality to an old space in an instant. If you feel even more confident in your painting skills, try painting in a design. A rainbow for the kids’ room or some flowers on the deck, perhaps?
New lights can change up the ambiance completely. If you don’t want to add any new light fixtures, you can simply swap out your existing bulbs for newer ones. Think yellow lights instead of fluorescent whites. If you have the option of adding new fixtures themselves, though, a statement lamp can make all the difference. Depending on your budget, you can either buy one or even re-tool an existing one. If you have a specific light that you want but can’t afford, try visiting online shops, resellers, or vintage outlets for slashed prices or similar pieces.
Sometimes all a space needs to look brand new is a deep-cleaning. It is the time to sort out all your things and finally clear some items out. Set out piles like for keeping, throwing, and donating to help the process go faster. Once you’ve sorted out the things in your home, it’s even better if you go in and do a hard-core disinfecting, too. Think of it as a detox and reset for your home.
Instead of just storing items, try to swap some things regularly in from storage. Not only is this a more mindful way of using your pieces, but it also helps change up the look of your home. If you have some classics just hidden away, try to find ways to incorporate that into your existing style. You will be pleased to know that, like in most areas, interior design is ever-repeating so that nothing is ever really out of date. What may seem old to you know, when placed correctly in your space, may look brand new?
Giving your home a makeover need not cost you an arm and a leg. All it takes is a creative eye, some time, and a little elbow grease, and pretty soon, you will see your space transform from drab to fab.