These days the idea of home improvement is often looked at with a wary eye. With shows all over the Home and Garden Network involving large scale changes and ridiculous expenditures, an average person may feel that any home improvement is beyond their means, but this is not true — Home improvements can start small and be done in increments, so as not to crush your budget.
One of the easiest things to change about a room are the light fixtures. From the kitchen to the bedrooms, a new light fixture can change the way you feel about a room, bring in more light, add a softer tone, and improve the mood of the room. For about thirty dollars you could buy a fan and light ensemble and connect it yourself; it comes with very detailed instructions. Adding a fan to each room can also lower your cooling bills, while adding a fan to the kitchen can keep air circulating through the room, so that food smells don’t hang around.
New blinds or window shades can also make a room feel new, give windows a different shape, and provide color when painting is too expensive. Adding a curtain or shade is a way to decorate for the season, while adding inexpensive white lights to the shades can bring softer lighting to your room.
Kitchen improvement will usually have dollar signs flashing before people’s eyes, but if your appliances are in working order, then you can do some simple things to make your kitchen seem updated. New cabinets are expensive, but adding a small decorative stencil to the outside near the handle or along the side can add a pop of color. Windows can add light to the room and give a roomy feel to even the smallest spaces. Sam’s Kitchen Remodeling only uses the highest quality replacement windows and energy efficient windows supplied by Superior Replacement Windows.
Pulling all the clutter out of the cabinets, reorganizing, and laying down an inexpensive layer of wall paper or cabinet liner will give the interior of the cabinets a different look. If you have space between your cabinets and ceiling, you can fill it with inexpensive plastic fernery or flowers and add some white lights, and you have a whole different look to your room.
Counters are also on the wish list, but you can buy single tiles and create a colorful border and give your counter an updated look. You can also by tile covers for less, and use those to create interesting wall patterns or cover tiles. If your appliances need updating, look around at used furniture stores or yard sales; you can get great deals there.
New paint costs around the same as a light fixture, depending on the amount, type, and color. Changing the color of a home’s inside is a big decision, but if you chose to do that, remember to buy the correct amount of paint, because going back and trying to match the color can be trying. Don’t forget that you will need brushes and rollers, as well as painters’ tape. Sometimes walls just need a good cleaning to restore their original luster, no paint required.
Kitchen and home improvement does not have to be an expensive, worrisome problem. It can be creative, inexpensive, and even fun.