Home décor is all the rage at the moment, with hundreds of Instagram pages being set up every day for people to show off their latest home improvements and interior style. We all want to live in a beautiful home, but money is the biggest restriction most people face. Home improvements and furnishings are not cheap, and major changes are also heavily disruptive to normal routines.
With this in mind, you might be wondering if there is a quick, easy, and cheap way to instantly upgrade your home. The good news is, there is! Here are four cheap, creative, and impactful ways you can really make a difference to your home’s appearance.
1. Replace lightshades
One of the most classic indicators of whether a person lives in a nice house or not is if they have a fancy chandelier in their home. Whilst most people don’t, this analogy certainly draws attention to how important and eye catching a good lightshade is. You don’t need an ornate chandelier to show that you have taste, but replacing your standard lightshades with something bigger and bolder will definitely have a positive effect and give your house a subtle yet effective upgrade.
This works particularly well in areas where there is a lot of dead space, or where there are high ceilings, as it fills the space but doesn’t make it feel crowded. Large lightshades are also a popular option above dining tables, but they generally work anywhere that needs a pop of personality. Replace your lightshades and see how much it changes the dynamic of your home.
2. Add DIY paneling
Paneling is exceptionally popular right now, and for good reason. It looks fabulous in almost any home and perfectly treads the line of classic yet modern chic, especially in newer properties that don’t have much else going on architecturally.
You can easily add your own paneling in just one day, and you don’t need to spend a fortune on materials, either. Simply head to your local DIY store and find either MDF or dado rails (depending on your personal taste and how ornate you want the paneling to look). You then need to cut it to size, ensuring you have four sections of wood per area of paneling you want to do.
You can drill it into the wall, or you can simply apply it with glue. When it’s dry, paint over it and voila!
3. De-clutter the garden
Upgrading your home doesn’t just refer to the inside – you need to pay attention to the outside, too. This means taking a good look at your garden and assessing the clutter that may have accumulated within it. It’s quite common for bulky items and waste to make their way to the garden, so a simple way to elevate the look of your house is to remove any clutter that has amassed in your outdoor space.
Whilst you’re at it, put in a bit of elbow grease to get your garden looking tidy. This means mowing the lawn (unless you have artificial grass), neatening up the edges, and maybe even giving your fence a new lick of paint, too.
4. Reupholster seating
The fourth way you can upgrade the look of your home is to reupholster your seating. This works particularly well if you can’t afford a new sofa, or if you generally don’t need one. Reupholstering can be tricky, so it’s best to do a lot of research before you commit to buying the fabric. Once complete, it can instantly change the look of your home, and you needn’t spend a fortune doing it, either. Plus, this is far more sustainable.
We hope you’ve been able to draw some inspiration from these four cheap and easy ways to upgrade your home!