Many homeowners would agree that a remodeled room or house feels fresh and new! It is exciting to make your space more functional and dynamic. But what if you aren’t prepared to go all Chip and Joanna Gaines on your house?
A fresh look doesn’t have to mean demolition and thousands of dollars. Here are 8 ideas that can give you the fresh look you are hoping for.
Freshen Up Your Home with these 8 Remodeling Ideas
1. Update the light fixtures
Updating the lights can change the entire dynamic of a room. If you have a space that never seems bright enough, consider adding recess lighting or lamps. It might even be as simple as replacing dated light fixtures with new, modern lights. Make sure you are comfortable doing this or hire an electrician.
2. Replace outdated bathroom fixtures
The faucet, cabinet handles and towel racks are a great place to start if you want a new look for the bathroom. Whether you prefer rustic, modern or industrial, there is a design for you. The difficulty of this project varies as much as the styles do. New fixtures that have a similar design and function as old fixtures are fairly easy to replace yourself. Others are harder.
For example, if you have a one-hole sink faucet and buy a three-hole faucet to replace it with, the project will be more in depth. The same goes for shower heads. TLC’s licensed plumbers can help you if you choose to make a major fixture change.
3. Paint and stain
If you are not ready to replace the cabinets or knock down a wall to open up the living room, paint and stain can save the day. Paint is a simple way to make a big change in home design. Does the room feel too small? Use a lighter color on the walls. Painting even just one wall in a room can make it feel like a different place. The same is true of your cabinets. A fresh coat of paint can bring them back to life overnight.
Walls and cabinets are not the only things that can be reinvented with a paint job. Spice up trim, molding and even the ceiling. Painting doors and fireplaces can also change a space. Some homeowners choose to paint over tile floors and backsplashes. If you choose to do this, make sure you research the right type of paint that works best for the surface in question.
4. Update the floors
Replacing the floors in a room can sound overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. There are flooring options for every budget and style. Many stores that sell carpet will install it for free with purchase.
Tile and wood are trendy in home design because they are beautiful and functional. Laminate wood is also popular. Depending on how adventurous you feel, you may be able to purchase the wood or tile and lay the floor yourself.
5. Reinvent the backsplash
There lots of ways to spruce up your backsplash. Tile backsplashes are beautiful and practical. You can hire a professional or try a hand at tiling your own backsplash. You can also try stick-on imitation tile, vinyl or paint.
If your kitchen appliances give away the age of your home, it may be time to update them. Appliances come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. Do you want them to make a statement? Use striking colors and unique designs like modern or retro. If you’d rather your appliances blend in, there are dozens of options for that too.
7. Trim and molding
There is no doubt that trim and molding are little touches that go a long way. Adding trim along the base of the wall and around doors gives a finishing touch to any space. Crown molding can dress up any room. As with everything else, you have tons of options! The best choice for you depends on your budget and the look you are going for.
8. Rethink decorations and furniture
Maybe you love the colors, fixtures and floors in your home but still want it to feel fresh and new. You can get that feel with decorations and furniture arrangements. To save money and create a look that is uniquely you, think of new uses for old frames, barrels and boxes, vases, sconces and shelves. Rearrange the furniture in a room to make it feel more open or closed. Your home can be completely transformed by simply mixing, matching and repurposing what you already have.
What is the bottom line?
Making your house look and feel like new can be simple and fun. With a paint brush and a dash of creativity, your space can be revamped to fit your current needs and preferences. If you are interested in a total makeover for your home or room, contact TLC’s remodel team today for a free estimate.