Whether it’s the neighbors or the wallpaper, there are usually a couple things about our homes we’d like to change. Here are four easy solutions to your common home woes:
Problem: My house needs more personality.
Solution: Paint the walls! An easy and cheap way to transform a room is to pick a new paint color. There has been a lot of modern research on the psychology of color and some argue that it can even affect our moods, so there’s merit in brightening up your kitchen with a yellow accent wall or bringing calm into your bedroom with an oceanic blue. Plus, a quick beige coat over it saves your resale value. If you are shy about a full on wall treatment, even some paint on a prominent furniture piece or a bold, colorful wall-sized art piece can spice up your space.
Problem: My house feels tiny.
Solution: Mirrors and floor-to-ceiling designs are your friend. It’s not true that you have to put one piece of tiny furniture and hope a room opens up. Be unafraid to take design around the whole room: place a mirror on the wall instead of an art piece to open the area, take that newfound paint color all the way up to the ceiling and accent it with floor-to-ceiling light drapes to give all your spaces a grandiose feeling.
Problem: My house could use some updates.
Solution: Change your home from residence to oasis. Design each room after a favorite travel destination and turn a walk through your home into the ultimate staycation. Convert a back patio, unused extra garage or basement into a secondary living space to give your home the feeling of a new addition without needing a construction crew or a visit from HGTV. All of these will help modernize your home with things easily found at the home store.
Problem: My house is fine — it’s my yard I don’t like.
Solution: Makeover your outdoor areas by creating a focal point for design. Have a pool? Set up a grilling area and lounge chairs so you can invite friends over during the warmer months. If you are set on lounging with a smaller group, salvage some wood or make use of that beautiful oak tree and set up a hammock to enjoy the ambiance. Even some upcycled pallets with waterproof cushions and a fire pit can transform your backyard into a new space you enjoy, an extension of the home you’ve learned to love again.