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Cheap and Simple Home Upgrades
A lot of people dream of being able to upgrade their living space, but dismiss these dreams as something unrealistic. What they don’t realize is that not everything can be measured in hard currency and that some upgrades require more effort and resourcefulness than anything else. Where there is will, there is always a way and here are some cheap and simple upgrades you can make in your home without even breaking a sweat (or your household budget for that matter).
Improving Your Lighting System
When it comes to most electronics in our home, it is highly inadvisable for a layman to dabble in such things. On the other hand, improving your lighting system is an upgrade so simple that it could be done by literally anyone. Making DIY lighting system in your home can mean anything from making your own lamps, lanterns and pendant lights to installing them by yourself. Either way, they enhance the atmosphere in your home while costing next to nothing.
Fixing Your Walls
Now that you have the lighting covered, it is time to address the largest surfaces of your home - the walls. Changing the color of the room starts with the walls, but you will first have to make up your mind on whether to paint all four of them or only one. Accent wall painting is becoming more and more popular amongst frugal homeowners both for its cost-efficiency and the unique impression it creates. To further enhance your walls, you may also want to consider replacing wall sockets with a set of brand new ones. Apart from being a great visual addition this is also a safety measure you want to take. You can search for help and consult project homes specialists for a different ways to make lots of changes and still stay on the budget.
Green Up the Space
According to most real-estate agents, properties with trees are much more valuable than those without them. The reason behind this is quite simple. No matter how urban we become, humans will always feel most comfortable when surrounded with nature. Luckily, greening up your home is not a difficult thing to do. It may take years and even decades for a tree to fully grow, but there are other options in front of you as well. Adding few bushes to your front lawn, trimming a hedge every once in awhile, or simply adding few potted plants next to your entrance door cannot hurt. Finally, in the era of GMO and junk food, the ability to grow your own food becomes even more important, which is why gardens are a number one upgrade choice of most home owners.
Personalizing Your Living Space
The key of turning a house into a home lies in personalizing the living space. This can mean several things, but it mostly has something to do with adding items of sentimental value to its layout. Family photos are a safe choice, but so is adding a DIY shelf or wall accessory. This especially goes for those items that the entire family helped build.
Rearranging Your Furniture
Finally, you can rearrange your furniture in one room, or bring the furniture from one room into the other. Such practice can create an impression of a completely new living space, without you having to spend a single dollar. Still, you cannot just randomly shift all your sofas, coffee tables and tall lamps. This only works if it is a result of careful planning.
As you can see, most of the aforementioned ideas require nothing but your time and determination. With some research and outside the box thinking, you can completely change the impression that your home leaves on people and still be on the budget. Even though it would be foolish to claim that money doesn’t make things easier, it is a poor substitute for creativity.
About the author: Emma B. Joyce is blogger based in Australia. She is a true home decor and DIY fanatic. Emma is interested in music and also is a big reading enthusiast. Finding new designs and patterns is her daily task. She got hooked on home accessories and decorations during her traveling and now cannot stop searching for new inspiration.
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