Every so often, we all want to change up the look and feel of our home environment. Shake things up a little. It keeps our living space fresh and makes something old, feel revitalised and new.
If you have been living in your home for a number of years, home improvements and changes can breathe new life into your beloved property.
17 Ways To Transform Your Home
Spruce up your space with this 17-point list of ideas that you can use to instantly improve your home.
1. Create an inviting entrance
The entrance to your home is one of the most important aspects, but it is often overlooked or forgotten about. It is the first part that visitors will see and form their all-important first impression.
By making the entry of your property a focal point, it allows you to set the right impression from the very beginning. To create an inviting entrance, you can add simple touches such as potted plants, install outdoor lighting to illuminate the walkway and help with security, or even replace the welcome mat to create a warm, inviting entrance.
2. Brighten your kitchen space with fresh lighting fixtures
Our homes should be brightly lit, you can increase the lighting within a kitchen space by updating or adding a brand new lighting fixture. This will instantly transform a dimly lit kitchen and make your dining and cooking experience increase exponentially.
Make sure to consider the design of the light as well as the function, so you can select the right fixture for your space.
3. Rethink storage space
Storage, or lack of, always seems to be a point of contention in our homes. You can never have enough, or if you do have enough, it's too much.
While it is very tempting to get carried away with buying storage boxes and organising them. Have you considered built-in storage options instead?
This could involve refashioning furniture into storage solutions, installing shelves into upstairs cupboards and nooks, or hanging a wall-mount shelf above a table. Perfect for entryway storage and a place to keep keys, hats, sunglasses, etc in easy reach.
4. Create a statement wall with paint or peel and stick wallpaper
An accent wall, the crème de la crème of home interior design. We’re all supposed to have one, it adds character and intrigue. But how does one create one? One easy and simple way to add a statement wall to your home is by using paint or peel and stick wallpaper for the more daring among us.
Peel and stick wallpaper is essentially like one giant sticker that can be stuck to a primed and painted wall. A statement wall creates a magnificent focal point in a room, to which furniture can then be matched.
5. Hang a string of outdoor lights
While our interior space is important, don’t neglect the outdoors. To add a little ambience, you can hang a string of outdoor lights, perfect for lighting up a patio or decking where evening dining can take place.
6. Switch to energy-saving windows
Monthly house bills can be expensive, particularly if your home is working with you to conserve energy. If your windows are wasting energy and not keeping out the cold or the warmth inside, then it might be time to improve your home’s energy efficiency by replacing the windows. You can switch to energy-saving windows and opt for high-performance alternatives.
7. Bring more light into your home with a roof lantern
We all want more natural light in our home, one way to add this is through the installation of a roof lantern. They are the perfect way to add a stunning feature to a flat roof.
With a lantern roof light, you can make a room look bigger and are better able to channel light from all angles into a room in your home.
With roof lanterns from BAS, you can choose from an array of RAL colours, sizes and finishes that best meet your needs and home. Whether you’re looking to install an octagonal or pyramid style roof lantern, we can help.
8. Spruce up your garden patio
If you have a garden patio, there are some easy ways that you can fix up the space and make it look more inviting and a space that you want to spend time in.
To instantly spruce up any outdoor space, add some potted plants and outdoor seating. You can also look for hidden nooks in your garden to add a bench and small table or even a mini patio or landscaping project. Another way to refresh the patio is to give the slabs a good clean either with a pressure washer or patio cleaner solution. This will give them a new lease of life.
You can also add vibrant and colourful seating to help create a tranquil retreat for you to enjoy year-round.
9. Update your kitchen backsplash
Transform the look and feel of your kitchen with a bold new kitchen backsplash. Choose one colour without a pattern or texture to create a clean-lined tile.
10. Patch up any holes in your walls
Whether you’ve put up lots of shelves and pictures on your walls, and then changed your mind on the placement, then you may now have lots of holes or dinks. With smaller holes, you can use some surfacing compounds to easily repair those holes and minor wall imperfections.
For larger holes, you can place an adhesive patch over the area and an all-purpose drywall compound. When dry, you can then paint over it.
11. Put dimmers on your lights
To quickly change the atmosphere within your lounge or dining room, you can install dimmer switches. This means that when you rotate the dial clockwise and anti-clockwise, the intensity of the brightness will change.
12. Replace appliances
Appliances get old and start to work a little less over time, if this is happening in your home, consider replacing it with an energy-efficient option.
You can safely dispose of, sell, donate or recycle broken and outdated appliances.
13. Brighten dark corners
Every house has dark corners or nooks and crannies. Sometimes it can be quite nice to fill that dark space with light and illuminate an otherwise gloomy alcove or space. To brighten any dark corner, you can decide to hang a new lighting fixture. Other creative ways you can brighten a dark room include: placing mirrors near lighting sources, hanging fairy lights or using other ambient lights, embracing white walls and opting for a light beige or grey curtains.
14. Swap out cabinet door inserts or door handles
An easy way to improve your home is by swapping out and replacing the cabinet door inserts. Alternatively, you can also replace and change the door handles to create a completely new look in your kitchen.
15. Strip and stain wood cabinets
If you’re looking to give the interior of your home a thorough makeover, then you can strip and stain the cabinets. Before staining, it's important to prep the surface, when this is done, you can then apply the stripper and sand down the wood.
16. Replace interior / exterior doors
While we typically only view interior and exterior doors for their form and function, they can also serve as perfect ways to switch up and improve the appearance of your home. You can simply upgrade to wooden doors and help dampen noise efficiently, or choose a set that will help add intricate detail and a touch of the antique.
17. Upgrade your flooring
Similarly to replacing doors, you can also consider upgrading your flooring. If you’re after a weekend project, make sure to choose a material that isn’t too time-consuming. Instead, you can opt for a roll of sheet vinyl. This looks great and lasts for a long time. As soon as you cut it to size and put it in place, it's installed - easy peasy.
Contact Birmingham Aluminium Systems (BAS)
If you’re interested in making an improvement such as adding a roof lantern, balustrade or replacing windows and doors in your Birmingham, Solihull or Sutton Coldfield home, please get in touch with our expert team. Call us on 0121 726 3201, or fill out our online contact form, and we’ll be in touch.