Try these simple ideas to upgrade your home for summer

The expert shares the best renovation ideas to spruce up your home in 2022

Spring and summer are a great time to refresh your living space and lift your spirits along with your home.

The following options can dramatically change the look of your interior, from simple and effective that cost little to a little more investment and structural changes:

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The most common and efficient way to improve your home is to add more storage space.

It’s always possible to simply add more shelving or a kitchen island, but you can also turn a neglected closet into a great pantry, or turn that space under your stairs into a small library, or the perfect hallway closet.

Probably the most significant change you can make to a room is repainting the walls. You may find that an accent wall or an all-blue living room is all you need to inject new life and energy. Choose any color and express your personality.

Or you could experiment with wallpaper: try round shapes in a room full of rectangles, for example, and see what works.

Make the most of mood lighting

The addition of new windows enhances the environment, as sunlight flooding a space in the morning and during the golden hour of the evening brings an instant sense of well-being to an interior.

Skylights can also be a great addition, or carefully placed artificial light to create an inviting ambience.

Use mirrors to create volume

Making small or average spaces look larger is an easy task as all you need are well-placed mirrors to reflect light and space. This can work very well in a narrow hallway, for example.

If you want to make a room appear smaller, you can paint either one wall or the ceiling a darker color.

Renovations on the pricier side might include a glass connection from the house to the studio or other structure to give the illusion of being outside without exposing you or any part of your home to the weather. Perfect for old farmhouses or any multi-building property.

Consider eco-friendly renovations

These renovations can be done in two ways: the first is to keep changes simple while saving money and the planet, the second is to completely renovate your home and lifestyle to achieve a near-zero carbon footprint achieve.

In the first case, you should consider installing solar panels on your roof, insulating walls, roof and floors to use less energy or installing double-glazed windows to save on heating bills.

Establish a connection to the garden

Try to place plants of all sizes and shapes wherever you can to connect with nature and support your sanity.

It might surprise you how much flooring contributes to the overall look of a room. Updating could be the key to solving all your problems.

This can be taken to the next level by adding fancy flooring or using tiles to perhaps create a picture or distinctive pattern.

Make the most of sloping ceilings

If you have an oddly shaped ceiling, don’t give up hope, as these corners can be used both practically and aesthetically.

You could add a small chest for interesting storage or use it as a decorative focal point in some way.

Use stencils to add character to walls and furniture

You can either make or buy stencils and use them to revitalize old furniture or a wall. It’s a low-risk renovation because you can always paint over and start over if you don’t like the result.

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