8 ways to modernise your home on a budget
It’s easy to assume that renovating and sprucing up our homes inevitably means running up huge bills, but this doesn’t have to be the case.
If you’re thinking of refreshing or modernising your home but you’re on a strict budget then there are numerous easy, affordable fixes that will give any property a new lease of life. Read on for our top tips to modernise your home on a budget.
1. First impressions matter
Tatty-looking windows and doors can really date a home. If your budget can stretch to it, consider replacing with hardwood frames, or on-trend Crittal-style steel ones. If that's too expensive, repainting in a more contemporary shade will add instant visual appeal – opt for fashionable yet classic hues such as soft grey and pale duck egg greens and blues.
If the exterior of your house looks dirty, then hire or buy a pressure washer to blast away dirt. They can also be used to clean patios or driveways, and is a simple yet effective way of modernising your home.
2. Give your kitchen a facelift
The kitchen is typically the centrepiece of most homes but the price of a brand-new one can cost thousands of pounds. Instead, simple, superficial tweaks such as replacing your cabinet handles and repainting units can make previously old-fashioned spaces look fresh and clean.
Annie Sloan offer a range of pretty shades that can be used to give cupboards a new lease of life - try this step-by-step guide for inspiration. Don’t forget to declutter and tidy your surfaces, this can make a huge difference to feel and usability of your kitchen. As we said, the kitchen is the centrepiece of the house, so should be at the top of the list for areas to modernise in your home.
3. Revamp your bathroom
Bathrooms are often one of the last rooms in a house to be updated and if your budget doesn’t stretch to a complete overhaul then there are some easy cosmetic tweaks you can make.
Dirty fixtures are never appealing so give tiles and grouting a deep clean and scour lime scale off the toilet, bathtub and sink. Replacing things like shower curtains, towels and even toilet seats can make a big visual impact, and you should also freshen up paintwork and stash all of your toiletries out of sight to create a more streamlined aesthetic to modernise your home.
4. Hide your clutter
Installing generous storage is an easy way to make your home feel clean and decluttered, which will also make it more appealing to prospective buyers if you are preparing your house for sale.
Built-in wardrobes and cupboards are the most obvious solution, but it also pays to be creative – from floating shelves to using the space under your staircase! Looking for tips to help you organise your space? Read our quick guide on how to declutter your home.
5. Upgrade your lighting
Clever lighting can transform and modernise a home, from turning dingy spaces warm and cosy to bringing out the best in your colour scheme or making a room appear larger. They also add aesthetic appeal, whether that's a statement pendant lamp above a kitchen island or pretty table lamps that brighten up gloomy corners. For more inspiration and tips check out these lighting design ideas.
6. Shop around
If your budget for new furniture and accessories is limited, venture beyond the high street. Sites such as eBay, Etsy and Gumtree are all great sources for pre-loved and antique furniture, often at very reasonable prices.
Charity shops like British Heart Foundation, flea markets and house auctions are also worth visiting – not just for furniture but also for vintage fabrics that be used to create things like cushion covers and curtains.
You should also find out if any of your friends and family are modernising their homes or moving, to see if they have any unwanted items they want to donate. And don't forget that it's easy to refurbish bargain pieces – you can sand, paint and polish furniture, and reupholster chairs and sofas in your favourite fabrics.
7. Refresh your walls
Paint and wallpaper are some of the most effective tools at your disposal when it comes to redecorating and modernising your home. Just make sure you think carefully about colour schemes – dark shades can make smaller rooms seem poky, so opt for paler, lighter hues, while bold colours can sometimes deter buyers if you’re looking to sell.
Likewise, with wallpapers avoid busy, bright patterns, or consider papering just one wall for maximum impact, and leaving the others plain. Don't forget about your floors as well. Resanding and resealing wooden floorboards will add instant polish (and value) to a room. The same goes for your doors. Sand and repaint them a fresh new hue and consider replacing knobs and handles with pretty new ones.
8. Make the most of your green spaces
Even those with small gardens can still make them look appealing. Attractive outdoor furniture – benches, tables and chairs – can make your lawn or patio look bigger than it really is.
Investing in some landscaping can also make a house look much smarter, even if it's just – planting fresh flowers or installing decking to create a terrace. Keeping up with basic garden maintenance is also important, from trimming hedges to painting fences and sheds, which are simple but effective ways of modernising your home. Read our 6 easy ways to create a stunning smaller garden for further inspiration!
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