Four home projects for 2019

Every home can do with an update now and then, and if this is the year that you’ve determined your own home will get a new look and a freshen up, we’ve got some great ideas for you to consider. Each one is a quick, relatively simple change, but each one will make a huge difference to your home.

Add Storage

Most homes don’t really have enough storage, or the storage they do have just isn’t utilised properly. If you want to make your home tidier, adding storage is a good way to do it. Take a good look around and work out where you can fit some storage. Is there room in your hallway, for example, for a wooden chest with coat hooks over it? Is there room at the bottom of your bed for an ottoman, perfect for storing bedding and towels?

You might want to go one step further and employ a tradesperson to create bespoke storage options that fit the spaces in your rooms that are currently doing nothing.

In the end, the more storage you have, the better.

Add Personality

So many homes are decorated neutrally – which is the trend and can look lovely, of course – that it takes away from any personality; they all look just the same. It’s great to have your home reflect your own style and tastes, and if you want to keep the neutral décor, you can add these little touches of personality by other means.

Add a quirky bench radiator or two, display any awards and trophies you might have won, put artwork on the walls that you love (not what you think other people would want to se7e), and have family photographs where everyone can see them.

New Taps

Not everyone’s budget can reach to installing a new bathroom or kitchen, but since these are two of the most telling rooms in a property when it comes to décor aqnd age, it is important that, if they are looking rather worn and outdated, that you do something to spruce them up.

Changing the taps can be enough. Choose brand new, modern looking (or traditional if the room calls for it) taps, and you should be able to install them yourself. If not, a plumber will be happy to do it.

Just this simple act will improve your bathroom or kitchen considerably, and for a much smaller sum than renovating the entire room would cost.

Have A Feature Wall

The right choice of feature wall can look remarkable, and really bring a room to life. Choose just one wall – usually one that is not broken up by a window, fireplace, or door, for example, and change it completely.

Wallpaper it in a bright or busy pattern, paint it, install wood paneling, or do whatever else you want with it to make it look different and stand out. This is yet another chance for your personality to shine through, so don’t hold back.

If there comes a time when you want to sell the house and think that the feature wall might be putting people off, you can easily paint over it again.



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