2020 is the year of staying at home, so naturally, it is the best time to get around to those home improvement ideas you’ve been wanting to do for years but haven’t ever found the time. In saying this, we know that times can be challenging for people financially at the minute, so want to show you how to spice up your living area without breaking the bank.
Add some panelling to your home
Wall panelling is really having a comeback in the world of interior design, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. It can be a great way to add some life and variety of textures to a bland room, and depending on how brave you are with the colour of the panelling can even become a vibrant feature wall of itself.
Give a new lease of life to your old decking
With many of us ditching the bars and spending our weekends at home in the garden, make sure you don’t forget about your drab old garden decking in your home improvement quest. Whilst decking wood is built to withstand harsh weather, both heavy rain and intense sunlight can slowly turn even the best oak decking to a dull grey. The first step is to source the power washer that you haven’t seen in five years from the depths of your garage; we know it’s in there somewhere! Pair this with some hand scrubbing, and then simply go in with your favourite wood stain. Don’t forget a final protective coat to keep it looking fresh for longer.
Open up your bedroom space with fitted wardrobes-
If you’re looking to really make the most of your space at home, nothing tops built-in wardrobes. They allow you to utilise your area, keep clutter at bay, and are arguably the best way to modernise a room with only one change. Whilst they can get super expensive when you add everything up, you can save a lot of money with DIY fitted wardrobes if you’re happy to fit them yourself. This can cut out the extortionate design and installation cost, with the wardrobes coming ready to assemble. If you don’t think you could manage this yourself, you could always use a local handyman and chances are you’d still be saving a fortune.
Ditch the blinds-
Whilst good blinds can be great for keeping light out, they rarely add much character or architectural detail to a room. Interior shutters can do just a good a job at providing privacy, and most still give you the choice to choose how much light to filter into a room. Swinging wood shutters are super easy to install yourself, provided you have the precise measurements of your window space, and can look super expensive when paired with some lightweight linen drapes.
Shelves, shelves, and more shelves-
After fitted wardrobes, shelves are probably the most useful home improvement option out there. Adding instant storage, a carefully thought out shelf arrangement can make even your old cutter look cute. Whilst all shelves are great, nothing tops alcove shelving. They use up previously wasted space and prevent alcoves looking bear and cold. Whether you stock them up with your favourite books or take the time to fill them with cute plants and other decorative items, shelves are a super-easy way to make even the most oversized room seem warmer and cosier.
Find a chic stair runner-
Stair runners can add a great pop of colour to a boring wooden staircase and are practically useful in terms of preventing slipping. They get pretty expensive if you go to get a bespoke one designed, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Any woven runners from home decor stores can be stair runners if you can see the vision, and you can even get creative with the arts and crafts to make it unique to your home. Check out this super easy guide to installing your own stair runner.
Home improvements can seem overwhelming to many, but hopefully, these ideas can help you to find small and simple changes to focus on that won’t cost too much. The best place to start for gathering ideas and visions, and mapping out the changes you want to make is without a doubt, Pinterest. The app is brimming with fantastic home ideas, and with a quick search you can find anything on you’re looking for there. Chances are if you’re thinking of it, someone on there has already done it and provided photos of the finished product. Remember, you don’t need to do everything at once, it’s always better to focus on one room at a time, and always have fun!