A new year means the start of a whole host of new projects. The fresh start feeling that a new year brings will see you take on plenty of projects with enthusiasm. And your home won’t escape from the list of projects either.
But do you want to be spending months renovating your home when you have a host of new things to explore? Instead, choose one of these 5 easy projects that’ll be done in a weekend, and it’ll scratch that itch for home improvement, leaving your home feeling brand new.
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- Make A Great First Impression
Your front door is the first thing people see when they come round to your house. And it will make an impression. But if it hasn’t been spruced up in a while, that might not be the first impression you want sticking.
Instead, spruce it up with a lick of paint. You’ll be surprised about how much a paint job will completely transform the look of your doorway. Add a little more interest with some well-chosen greenery. If you’re not green-fingered, pick a fake plant. These days some of them look pretty close to the real thing. You can even add new hardware for a total makeover. And consider adding some well-placed lighting to enhance your home’s existing architecture.
- Rethink Your Kitchen
Complete renovations of kitchens are big jobs. Jobs that will last way past a weekend. But if your existing kitchen is in pretty good nick, you can refresh it with ease. And a few interior tricks.
Outdated and shabby tiles can be transformed with paint. And you can even make a bold impression with contrasting grout paint. Countertops are easily changed with ingenious worktop stickers that are cheap and can look as good as the real thing. Switching up your lighting will have a significant impact on the feel of your kitchen. Especially if you pick something that makes a statement. Swap out old hardware on your kitchen doors for something more modern, and you can drag a twee, old kitchen into the 21st century.
These ideas can easily be taken into the bathroom to achieve a completely new look. But if you want a complete rethink of your kitchen or bathroom areas and don’t know where to start, qualified architects can help you get your feet off the ground. And they’ll help you achieve a space worthy of showing off.
- Introduce Storage Systems To The Hallway
Hallways can quickly become dead zones in a house. If you have a family, it’s likely a dumping ground for shoes, bags, toys, and pretty much anything that doesn’t have a dedicated home.
Introduce some clever storage to your hallway to help navigate this problem. If your hallway is too compact for state-of-the-art storage shelves, switch it up. Repurposed or refashioned furniture can be just as good for storage and just as stylish. A thin, multi-shelved, long table is perfect for these spaces. You can even pop a shelf higher up to keep hats and sunglasses in an easy-to-reach spot.
- Bring In New Colour And Pattern
Nothing transforms a home than a fresh lick of paint or a bold wallpaper. Don’t be afraid to be daring. Get the paintbrush out and get to work. But remember your colour theory. Think about the purpose of the room you’re renovating. Red shouldn’t be used in bedrooms because it’s too active. But blue will work perfectly to create a zen space. A great tip to stick by is picking only 3 colours per room. And at least one of them should be neutral.
And wallpaper doesn’t have to be left for the professionals. There are plenty of stick-on options out there that are easy to put up. And even easier to take down and swap out when you want something new.
- Go Outdoors
Your outdoor space is an extension of your interior living space. Treat it as such. And giving it a lift is the perfect weekend renovation job. Gardening is great for your mind and your body. So get ready to get green-fingered.
Introduce some potted plants if you’re happy with the current setup of your outdoor space. And consider how you can improve the seating area. You want to be encouraged to go outside. Come rain or shine. Pergolas are a great weekend job. And can be spruced up with some paint and outdoor lighting.