Brighten up your Home

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The coronavirus has had such an effect on everyone’s way of life over the past few months and in more ways than one. One of the major changes is that we’ve all been spending a lot more time at home than usual, so we’ve all had more time to stare at our own four walls and notice those niggling home improvement issues that we’ve been meaning to get round to for ages. 

Now that the lockdown is lifting you will be able to tick some of those jobs off the list!

You don’t have to completely gut your home and take on big expensive projects in every part of your house to make noticeable changes that make a real difference. Here’s a few things you can do that can make your home look a lot better, without too much upheaval and too much time or money.

Floor it.

Updating the flooring in your home can make a huge difference to how a room or area can look. A living room can look pretty tired if it has tiles or wooden flooring that has seen better days. Your living room space can be easily lifted and brightened up just by adding a wooden floor or tiling. It also makes it look cleaner and a lighter shade can open up a room, transforming it into a more modern and elegant space.  Changing to wooden flooring in a living room, to fresher, modern tiles in a kitchen, or ‘zoning’ your garden with decking, can all go a long way to giving your home a modern lift. 

A splash of paint

A fresh lick of paint can improve any room and again, make it look cleaner and open it up. It can also reflect light which makes the room look bigger. 

A lighter shade of whites and creams are always a good option as darker shades can make a room look enclosed. If you’re concerned that a magnolia room might be a bit boring, then you can always paint once wall a contrasting colour to make it a feature wall for a nice pop of colour and to make it look a bit more interesting.

Light up your world

Some properties, especially older ones, have less power sockets than modern ones, which can make a room look quite sparse and stark if there’s only one ceiling light to light the whole area! Remove the main centre light and install a set of inset light fittings. Another illuminating idea is to install dimmer switches and smart remote controls for your main lights. This lets you control the main source of lighting in your room, so depending on what you’re doing, you can create some ambience for a movie night or have it brighter if you are working.

Just a slight change here and there in any or all of these three areas will make a dramatic and vast difference to the overall look of any home. Another plus side is that it wont take too long and be too harsh on your wallet, which is definitely a good thing for all of us right now.

It seems like a staycation will be the order of the summer for a lot of us, so we’ll be spending that little bit longer in our homes for the coming months. It might be worth checking a few things off the home ‘to do’ list and carry out out a slight makeover to your kitchen, living room or garden for your staycation summer!