During the months of the pandemic, our homes were our havens, and now that people are venturing back into society, it’s time to look for creative ways to revive and refresh our living spaces. While there are some things you can do yourself, other redesign projects might best be hired out to a contractor. LivingSpaces & Lifestyles Magazine shares tips, techniques, and creative ideas for making your home feel like a designer showcase.
Clean It Out
Start by giving your home a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning. This is the time to do everything, purging your pantry of pandemic comfort foods and going through your closets and garage and donating clothing and household items that you no longer need. Create storage solutions for things that feel like they’re always in the way. According to Canadian Living, whether you have extra blankets and pillows, board games, school or craft supplies, organizing these things into attractive storage containers will make you feel decluttered and organized, which can put you in a better state of mind.
Add Some Colour
If you’ve been staring at the same walls for many months, you may be ready for a change of scenery, in which case a simple coat of paint can give a new vibe to a living space. This is the type of project you can probably do on your own with a little bit of help from an online tutorial or a demonstration in a home improvement store. If you’re painting, don’t forget to lay drop cloths on the areas you want to protect, and tape off angles, fixtures, and ceiling lines. Ask an expert at a home supply store about the best brand of paint and materials to meet your specific project needs.
Moving your furniture around is a no-cost way to make your space feel refreshed. In fact, you might even try redecorating with your own things. According to Essential Home, it’s all about inspiration! Take tchotchkes and accessories from different rooms, put them together on your kitchen table, and reappropriate them to different areas for a different look. The lamp you were so-so about in the living room might look great in your guest bedroom! You might consider creating conversation spaces, reading nooks, or a study area. If you’re limited on space, get creative by using pretty screens, or hanging decorative curtains across the center of a room or across a corner. Add plants – they are both attractive, and help purify the air!
Our homes have many spaces that we instinctively designate for certain purposes based on their names, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Think outside the box! A spacious walk-in closet could be converted into a yoga or meditation den, and a spare bedroom can be an art studio, home office, or even a gaming room. A garage can turn into a home workout studio with weights and punching bags. Even a basement can be converted to guest quarters, a home theater, or an expansive workspace. If you’re adding something like carpet in a basement, include some flooring installation to avoid mold.
What Can You DIY?
Of course, everyone has different skill sets and comfort levels when it comes to remodeling and design projects. The key is to be honest with yourself about what you can reasonably do on your own (and do well!) and what you can’t. Cosmetic fixes are usually straightforward, like changing out hardware, painting, and wallpapering, or rearranging things. You might also be able to lay some kinds of flooring or swap out appliances or sinks and vanities. When it comes to plumbing, electricity, or construction, call a pro.
When To Hire a Professional
If you’re in the market for a home improvement project that is large-scale or complex, or requires specific permits, skills, and equipment, your best bet is to work with a reliable contractor. This will help reduce the potential for error and injury, eliminate the stress and headache of trying to do it yourself, and may actually add to the value of your property from an appraisal standpoint. Read online reviews and get several estimates in writing before proceeding with hiring a contractor. You’ll want someone with good references who is licensed and insured.
When you’ve been homebound for a long period of time, changing up your interior design, decor, and even room configuration can provide you with a new outlook and make your space feel refreshed again. Also, utilize this time to do things like have your air ducts cleaned, your filters changed, your windows washed, and open up your house and air it out. Even a little sage cleansing can make the place feel fresh and new!
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Submitted by guest writer Carrie Spencer