It can sometimes be frustrating, but this is usually down to poor planning. If you have a vision in your mind of the changes you would like to make, jot it down on paper. It is advisable to do some basic sketches too, as you then have less work to do when explaining your ideas to others. This will come in especially handy if you are undertaking some of the most drastic renovations that will require the use of tradesmen.
Listed below are some great ideas for transforming your home. Some are quick fixes to rejuvenate existing features while others involve major changes. Either way, you are sure to find something that is appealing and doable.
Lamps and lights
Let’s start with the basics. Is your house a little gloomy at times? Are there dark corners in which none dare to tread? Suffer no more, friend, help is at hand! Well-placed lamps are an insanely quick fix when it comes to enhancing the appeal of any room. There are all kinds of lamps available out there. You might opt for fitted fixtures which will make your walls a real talking point.
These come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, so there will be something out there for everyone. A lot of these wall lamps can be customized to any colour you require. A quick trip to your local DIY store will give you all the inspiration you need. Then you have standard lamps. These staples of pre-war era homes are having quite the comeback. In line with the current fashion for all things 1950s, a standard lamp can be given a modern twist by adding a funky lamp shade.
Wallpaper and Paint
One of the slightly more difficult jobs in home improvement terms is wallpapering. Don’t get me wrong, it is not that hard to do, but it requires patience and attention to detail. The key here is planning. First choose your paper. There are a wealth of different options open to you here. You can go for plain colours or stripes. There are pictures or patterns. You can even upload a photograph of your own and have it made into customised wallpaper! The sky's the limit when it comes to choice.
Now that you have settled on an eye-catching design, it is time to hang it. This can be a daunting prospect for some, but take your time and all will be fine. Ensure you have a pasting table set up in a part of the house where it won’t get in the way of passing traffic. Read the instructions carefully when it comes to the paste as you could end up with something either too thick or not thick enough. This will give you a headache when it is time to hang the paper.
As with everything now, there are plenty of video tutorials online to help you learn the best methods. Easy!
A common practice for new home buyers is to think about which walls can be knocked down so that the house has a layout that best suits them. This is something not to be taken lightly and it is always wise to bring in the professionals. Two rooms separated by a wall could be opened out into one large area by demolishing a partition wall. Although this sounds drastic, it is not as big of an undertaking as you might expect.
A wall could be removed in a day if there are a couple of people working on it. The real job here is the cleanup operation, but apply a bit of elbow grease and you will get through it all soon enough. Once you have your nice large area, you may want to have a sliding screen or bi-fold door way installed. This way you can achieve both your big open area and have the option to separate it again whenever you need to. There are a number of ideas out there for door systems of this kind, like the ones over at http://bifold-hardware.com/us/.
Are your carpets making your home look like the set of a 1970s sitcom? Have they lost their lustre? This is no problem as a change of flooring can be a great way to give your house maximum impact. There are all kinds of flooring out there. Depending on your budget you could go for something really impressive like stone, but it will be considerably easier to go with wood or a new carpet. Wooden flooring is very popular at the moment and can give a really clean and neat finish to a room. Not to mention it is really easy to clean, which is a big factor in houses with children or animals.
There are all types of wooden flooring out there, from light birch colours to dark oak stained boards. You can choose to go with real floorboards, but this may be expensive and is a large job that could cause disruption in your household. A much more straightforward option is to have wood panels installed. These kits come in flat packs and the panels slot together with minimum fuss. If you are handy with a saw you can do this yourself in a couple of days depending on room size, but there is no shame in calling on a professional. They could have an average sized room ready in an afternoon.
Sometimes we can't see the wood for the trees. Hopefully, these suggestions will provide some inspiration for ways to revitalise your living spaces. Some are easier than others, but that doesn’t mean they are less important. You may find that the quickest alterations have the biggest wow factor when you show guests around your posh new pad. So roll up your sleeves and get to work, you have some decorating to do!