(Family Features) Home upgrades are necessary for a variety of reasons, but many homeowners want to update their home to add comfort and beauty. While a total renovation can be appealing, it can also be costly and time-consuming.
However, if you’re willing to do some of the work yourself, there are ways to upgrade your living spaces to add style (and value) without the help of a contractor. Consider these DIY ideas to spice up your home’s aesthetic and create a more attractive place to live.
When it comes to easy DIY projects, a fresh coat of paint can drastically upgrade your space without the need for major renovations. Light colors like gray, beige, or white can make smaller spaces appear more open, while darker hues like navy and purple can create a dramatic look. If you don’t want to (or need to) paint the entire room, you can add a pop of color with an accent wall or touch up the paneling for a quick and easy touch-up. Applying color to a less traditional spot like the ceiling or refreshing cabinets with a new color can also help bring your spaces to life.
Install clean stone accents
When you want to add warmth and texture, easy-to-install stone veneers can offer the look of natural stone without the expense. A mortarless option like ClipStone is designed to be installed with screws and common tools, making it easy to achieve the look of traditional brickwork without the hassle and mess. Durable and low maintenance, you don’t have to worry about sealing or painting and it’s a perfect option for outdoor or indoor installation that can be installed in any weather. Available in a variety of styles and colors, homeowners can mix and match to create a customized look. It also features an integrated water management system, overlapping edges to minimize gaps, reversible outside corners and a variety of available accessories.
Update window treatments
Windows can often be overlooked or left with the simple paper blinds or aluminum blinds that the builder originally installed. Consider replacing them with shutters, wooden blinds, or curtains that better match the style of the room. In addition to blinds, curtains offer another way to add design elements that suit your taste. From geometric panels to curtains, the possibilities are almost endless. Or simply match the curtain panels to the color of your walls or an accent color for a look that complements almost any style.
Cabinet handles, outlet covers, curtain rods, switch plates and doorknobs are easily ignored, but replacing them can be an inexpensive way to add a little touch of elegance to your home. With a variety of designs and finishes to choose from, including bronze, brushed nickel, copper, and stainless steel, updating worn pull handles and knobs can create an affordable look that seems expensive. The same applies to switch covers and socket plates made of metal. While decorative curtain rods can be on the pricier side, adding a coat of paint in a metallic finish could be a cheaper alternative.
There are a variety of inexpensive ways to redesign the exterior of your home. Start by pressure cleaning your siding and windows, which can make your home look almost as good as a fresh coat of paint for a fraction of the time and money. Remember to also clean your driveway, patio and sidewalks to maximize your investment. Pulling weeds, pruning trees and shrubs, and patching up bare spots in the garden can also go a long way, as can planting greenery in front of your home and making landscape improvements like adding mulched beds, water features, or decorative edging. Another idea: replace your front door or give it a fresh coat of paint to add a pop of color to your porch.
Source: Cornerstone Building Brands