Happy New Year! Yes, 2015 is here, and if you’re anything like us, you’ve already cleared out the January sales, and made (or broken) most of your resolutions.
It’s also the time of year that many of us start planning big changes to our homes, like moving house, renovations and redecorating. Renovation projects can be expensive – but you don’t need to break the bank to transform your home.
Whether you want to breathe new life into your existing property, or are looking to buy a new home in 2015 (thinking about how you can improve things is the best part of the house buying process!), we’ve got 5 great, affordable ideas to get you started.
1. THE DOORS
The front door is one of the first things people notice when they see your home, so if the exterior of your property is looking a little tired, a new front door is a great place to start. Make a feature out of your door, and pick one that complements the style and period of your property.
Internally, picking the right doors can really transform your space. Swapping out solid doors for French or glazed doors will maximise natural light, making your home feel brighter. Going for folding or sliding doors will help you to make the most of every inch of available space.
2. SPRUCE UP YOUR KITCHEN
You don’t have to invest in a completely new fitted kitchen – even really simple things like painting your cabinets a new colour, or swapping the handles for something new can make a huge difference to the space.
If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious, then replacing the cabinet doors with new ones, or investing in a new kitchen worktop will make a real impact, without breaking the bank. You may even want to think about changing your current kitchen table for an island.
Replacing old fluorescent strip lights with more modern pendant or hanging fixtures is another small change that will make a huge impact (see tip 3).
3. LET THERE BE LIGHT
Lighting can make or break a room, and you’ll be amazed at the difference replacing a few light fixtures can make.
As with any electric work, replacing fixtures can be dangerous, so always isolate the supply before you get the screwdriver out. Before you start, it’s also a good idea get a fully qualified electrician to take a look at the wiring if any of your fittings aren’t working. If in any doubt, have an electrician install the lights.
There’s no need to get carried away, and small changes can make a big difference.
If you don’t fancy replacing your existing fixtures, adding accent lighting like lamps is a great way to brighten up spaces, whilst providing you with more flexibility when it comes to creating the right ambience.
4. A LICK OF PAINT
It sounds simple – and that’s because it is. Painting and wallpapering are the quickest, easiest and most affordable ways to update any room, and with a bit of planning, you can finish a room completely in a weekend.
If you’re looking for inspiration on colours, Pantone has now release its colour of the year for 2015 – Marsala. A warm, robust and earthy red, it’s elegant and luxurious, making it perfect for cosy living spaces and bedrooms, and looks fantastic as an accent to lighter colour schemes.
5. Updating the flooring
There are few things that will make as much difference to your home as updating the flooring – and the possibilities are pretty much endless.
Whether you’re looking to brighten up a bedroom or living room with a luxury carpet, or to breathe new life into a tired kitchen or bathroom with stylish and cost-effective vinyl, changing your flooring will help to transform your home.
Updating your flooring doesn’t have to cost the earth – there are options available to suit a full range of budgets. Whatever look you’re trying to create, you’ll find an amazing selection of the best carpets, hardwearing laminate and practical vinyl flooring at Carpetright.
Want to try updating your flooring? Try them out first and order some free samples!