With the New Year comes new resolutions and times of change! For many that includes making changes to our homes. However, if full on demolition just isn’t in your budget there are some great cosmetic changes you can make for a whole lot less! Take a look…
Keep Costs Low
I sat down with designer John Gidding of HGTV for the lowdown on how to spritz up your home for less. According to John bathrooms and kitchens are the most targeted areas for refurbishment and renovations whether it is for us to enjoy or to boost selling potential.
He advises sticking with easy and low cost changes in these areas. In the kitchen putting in new cabinets is a great way to give your kitchen an instant facelift. The next thing he recommends, if your budget permits, is coordinating your appliances. Making sure your fridge matches your dishwasher makes your kitchen instantly more aesthetically pleasing. If your budget is a little bigger, putting in new counter-tops as well gives your kitchen a well-maintained look as old counter-tops show so much wear and tear.
Next stop: bathroom. John says to make your bathroom sparkle! This especially goes for those looking to sell their homes. Getting rid of grout and re-tiling, if possible, will give your bathroom a wonderfully clean look that will impress potential buyers. The same goes for de-cluttering. Reducing your home of 40% of accumulated stuff will make it instantly more appealing.
If you are looking to sell your home often the hardest part is emotionally detaching yourself from the property and being objective about what has to change in order for it to sell. John advises bringing in a neighbor or friend and having them tell you what is too much and what overall impression your home is giving off.
John’s last tip is to consider how long you are going to be in your current home before you go crazy putting your unique stamp on it! If it’s likely you’re going to be moving on in a few years be sure to neutralize the space but introduce just enough personality so you feel at home there – only your bathrooms should resemble a hotel!
Don’t Forget to Furnish!
Home Stager Kay Hart also has some great tips when it comes to renovating. When it comes to redoing our homes Kay points out that many of we often forget to budget for furniture. This is a big mistake according to Kay who recommends furniture should make up 15/20% of our budget. She advises investing in good quality upholstered furniture and things we are going to use every day for example your kitchen table. Remember most people redecorate their homes every 15/20 years so good quality furniture will last and save you money in the long run. Another great tip is to buy furniture that is adaptable to different spaces in case you end up moving sooner than expected.
On the other hand, items we can spend less on include trendy items – things that we will want to change on a yearly basis. So for example in your bedroom invest in a good quality bed and dresser but spend less on sheets and cushions you will undoubtedly change in a year or two.
Add a Little Color…
My favorite rule of Kay’s is the ‘60-30-10 Color Rule.’ Check it out:
When designing a room:
- 60% of your room should be one color (wall color) – to anchor the room, ideally a warm and neutral shade.
- 30% should differ from the walls to add color to your room – think furniture.
- 10% to POP! – This is where you can brighten things up and personalize with accessories such as lamps, pillows etc.
So before you start knocking down walls and uprooting carpets consider your budget fully and be realistic about what you can afford. Often a quick facelift will give you the change you’re after and save you big (unnecessary) bucks!