Tips To Transform Your House Into A Dream Home

Apr 02

gift card image in hdIt doesn’t matter whether you live in a city apartment, a suburban ranch house or a pied-à-terre in Paris. Your residence should reflect who you are and provide a safe haven from the outside world. If you’re on a small or micro budget, don’t fret. With a little ingenuity, you can turn your living space into your dream home.

Make a Plan and Be Prepared

Whether your budget is tight or the size of Jupiter, you need a plan for how to use it. Begin with inspiration. It’s easy to find: surf style websites and online stores, pick up decorating magazines or watch television shows devoted to décor. Once you know what you like, you’ll know, or at least have an idea, of what to do.

If you’re making bigger changes, check your legal obligations to make sure your town doesn’t require a permit. And if your changes involve water lines or anything electrical, hire a professional! You’ll save yourself a lot of time…and possible injury.

Revamp, Rethink and Reuse

Creating a whole new look can be as simple as moving furniture from one room to another. Take the photos from your living room and put them in your kitchen. That crazy lamp in your bedroom? Make it a statement piece in your den.

When buying new, choose items that you can easily revamp or use in new ways: picture frames you can paint, sofas that use changeable slipcovers, cabinets you can turn into end tables, etc. Using auctions or gift cards online will help defray the costs.

Clean and Restore

Don’t dismiss the importance of giving your home a good deep clean! Go beyond washing the windows and taking out the trash. Launder all your linens — or better yet, replace them with fun, fresh new ones. Vacuum under the bed. Get rid of the grout in your bathroom. You’ll be surprised at how fresh and new your home feels after a thorough scrubbing.

While you clean, take some time to repair the minor things that need fixing. Replace broken blinds, oil squeaky hinges and paint over dints and scratches. Your house will look and feel new without costing you big bucks.

Dream In Color

Want to totally change the look of a room? Add a dash — or more — of color. Fresh paint works wonders. For big and bold, try a statement wall: one entire wall painted a fresh, eye-catching color. If you’re not ready for that kind of commitment, try painting old end tables or storage units. Simply adding a few brightly colored pillows to your couch or bed can give your room an entirely new vibe.

Don’t limit your imagination!

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