My wife and I were watching a home makeover show the other day. The contestants were awarded $50,000 to spend to improve their home however they liked. That is a dream come true for many homeowners. However, most people need to budget for home improvements in the real world.
In 2019, the average homeowner doesn’t have a tremendous amount of money for nonessential home improvements. They are saddled with higher mortgages the never before, the challenge of trying to help their children pay for high college costs and much more. This means that they need to stretch their budget as far as possible to make their home look nice.
The good news is that there are many ways they can improve the aesthetics of your home without burning a hole through your wallet. Here are some ideas you may want to try.
Paint the door instead of your whole house
It would be great if you could paint the entire house. Of course, that is going to cost a lot of money. The average homeowner in the United States pays $2,581 to paint their home.
A much cheaper option is to simply paint the door. The door is the portal connecting your home to the outside world. It is the first thing that your guests will see when they come to your house. Painting your door will make a significant impact on the appearance of your home. The best part is that you can paint it for less than $50.
Replace deteriorating parts of your floor
Fixing problems with your floor won’t be cheap. However, it won’t break your bank either. According to Lifestyle Floors UK, these changes will also make a huge difference in the layout of your home.
Find a classier way to tie back your curtains or drapes
BuzzFeed created a large list of tips on how to make your home look more expensive without spending much money. Several of their suggestions related to the way that you type back your curtains or drapes. One option is to we have them like a basket. Another idea is to use an intricate but simple hardware device. You could use a small fastener that has been lightly polished.
Most walls and ceilings are very plain. You could try sprucing them up by adding a little artwork, but there are a couple of issues with that. For one thing, pictures have a tendency to fall over, especially when you have young kids banging around the house. They also don’t really add to the decor of the home itself. They are more like add-ons that are obviously intended to overcome shortcomings of your homes limited aesthetics. At least, that will be the case if the rest of the home is not already in decent condition.
What is another alternative? You should try adding moldings to your wall, ceiling or the baseboard of your floors. Moldings are pretty easy to make. They are also incredibly cheap.
Find clever uses for a napkin rings
You probably have some all the napkin rings lying around from your wedding or another event when you needed fancy napkins. It is a good thing that you didn’t throw them away. There are a number of ways that you can use them to make your home look nicer. One option is to use them to tie up your curtain rod. You can also place them in the center of one of your moldings. Another option is to use them as the hook for your pictures. Just make sure that they are cleaned and shiny before putting them anywhere they will be highly visible.