How to Enhance Your Living Space on a Budget
If money were no object, there are probably plenty of things that you would like to do with your home. You could convert the attic or basement, install a modern kitchen, or change the bathroom to the one you have always been dreaming about. But what if your finances are a bit more limited. Can you enhance your living space on a budget? Well, the following are a few ideas to this end.
Paint the Walls
Perhaps the easiest and most affordable way to update your home is to change the color, or at least freshen up the walls with a new coat of paint. Take the living room as an example. You might decide to completely change the color but then pick a feature wall that you paint in a different shade of the new color (or choose a completely different color for a bold contrast). You might even opt to have that one feature wall wallpapered instead. It is amazing how something as simple as a fresh coat of paint can make such an enormous difference.
Change the Floors
If you have carpet or laminate flooring but it has seen better days, you could always lay new boards. This will have a dramatic impact. Laminate flooring is quite affordable, and you can even lay it yourself if need be. According to the experts at Devour Tools (visit website here), as long as you have a power saw with the right metal blades, the job of cutting boards becomes much easier. And there are plenty of tutorials online that will give you handy tips and hints about the best way to lay laminate.
Change Your Cabinetry Doors
A brand new modern kitchen may be way outside of your budget, but the good news is that you can completely change the look of your kitchen by simply painting or changing the cabinet doors. If you have the funds, replacing the doors with new ones and leaving the carcass as is would be a fantastic way to update the kitchen without spending a fortune. If this is still too expensive though, you can paint them instead. Your old doors will need to be sanded and primed before a new coat of paint is applied. You can then swap out the old handles for new ones, which is an easy and cheap way to create a fresh look.
Consider Paneling the Hallway
These days, more and more people are transforming the look of their hallways by adding paneling. Paneling is an easy project that any keen DIYer can take on with the right tools. Again, there are many online tutorials that show you how to do this. The wonderful thing about paneling is that it looks just as good in a modern home as it does in an older one.
Cover Furniture with Throws
If your living room furniture looks tired and dated, you can add a splash of color and hide a multitude of sins with some trendy throws. Think faux furs mixed with fleeces and some plush pillows on top. A single throw will not give you the look you are after, but if you layer up with a combination of fabrics and colors that complement the color scheme of the room, you can create a much more polished look.
There is plenty that you can do to update your living space without spending thousands of dollars. Small, yet affordable changes can really make all the difference. What’s more, when you do the work yourself, you will feel an enormous sense of pride and accomplishment.