Does your house need a make-over? Or maybe you’re doing much-needed repairs and decide to update your style while you’re at it. Whatever the reason, redesigning and redecorating your home can breathe new life — and pizazz — into your house.
Here are seven ideas to get you started.
1. Open Doors For All
Doors are a necessary part of privacy and security for any house. But that doesn’t mean you need to settle for plain wood doors inside and out. Consider replacing interior doors with frosted glass doors — there are hundreds of unique styles, colors, and designs available. Plus, you don’t have to sacrifice privacy for classy upgrades. Frosted glass doors offer a perfect accent to any home.
2. Window Gardens and Greens
There’s nothing quite as tasty as freshly picked herbs, juicy tomatoes, and spicy peppers to top off that home cooked meal. Even tastier when the ingredients come from your own garden. But perhaps you don’t have yard space, or maybe you simply don’t have time to maintain an outdoor garden. Enter window gardens. Small, compact, and sustainable, window gardens can be customized to your individual space — all you need is the planter box and a window. Grow herbs, small vegetables, or flowers and enjoy the benefits of nature right inside your house.
3. Timeless Throw Rugs
If you don’t want to replace your floors just yet but are tired of looking at that same stretch of hardwood or carpet, consider a timeless throw rug. Perfect for adding an accent to your living space, rugs can also help insulate your floor in colder climates and can minimize slips and falls that happen on slick floors. Especially if you have small children who like to run around a lot! Throw rugs come in any number of sizes, and styles — and yes, prices — so you can find the perfect addition to your space. Even if you do plan to redo the floors in the future.
4. Fashionable Energy Savings
That white plastic thermostat might be more than just an eyesore on your wall — it could be costing you money in heating and cooling bills. Consider upgrading your thermostat to a smart one — it can help you save energy and looks classic and modern all at once. While you’re at it, consider replacing any old lightbulbs with energy-efficient bulbs, such as LEDs. You can even purchase smart bulbs or lamps that can be controlled via your wifi.
5. Artistic Accent Walls
Do you have a stretch of empty wall that feels flat and uninspired? There’s no need to repaint or rearrange a bunch of furniture (unless that brings you joy, of course). Consider making that space into an accent wall. Framed art, family photos, floating shelves with keepsakes — there are endless possible ways to spruce up that wall space and make it pop. You could design a grid pattern for photos, or even add some artful spotlights that can highlight the art or collections you prize most.
6. Light ‘Em Up
If you have a yard or sidewalk, or perhaps a garden path, the last thing you want to do is trip and fall. Especially at night. Exterior lights can offer a great way to brighten your landscape in style. You can find garden and path lights in a phenomenal array of designs and choose from solar-powered or wired. You can even set the lights on timers so you don’t waste energy. Never worry about tripping up again — plus, path lights are easy to pack away for the winter or when you no longer need them.
7. Save Space In Style
Does your living room never seem to have enough seating space — or storage? Consider a snazzy ottoman to enhance your space. Stylish and functional, an ottoman can function as a footrest, a seat, and a storage container, while looking classy and timeless the whole time. Store blankets, magazines, toys, or seasonal decorations in your ottoman, and retrieve them easily when you please.
Not all home redesign has to be monumental or expensive — you can freshen up your house with these easy ideas, and make your friends go “wow!”