It may not be the everyone’s first dream house, but there are amazing benefits to having an older home. If you just recently made the purchase, you can put in a bit of elbow grease and quickly raise the valuation in a way that would be virtually impossible with a new model.
Beyond the financial appeal, you also have a great opportunity to remake your surroundings and inject new life into the place you call home. With even just a few small alterations, you can turn something stagnant into a modern setting that will make you think you just upgraded — at a fraction of the cost of actually moving to a new location.
How do you do it? There are many great ideas to consider. And the following tips and tricks represent just a few of the easy ways you can add some new flair and overhaul your house for a new look.
1. Update the Cabinets
The kitchen is always one of the most important rooms in the house. If you truly love to cook — and who doesn’t love to eat? — then does anywhere else even really matter by comparison?
Unfortunately, older homes are often cursed with cabinets that make the entire space feel like a bad sitcom from the 1970s. One quick fix is to switch these out. This certainly can’t be done for free, but it will be a small price to pay in comparison to a full kitchen re-do.
And because they have so much of an effect on the overall feel of the room, just making this one change will make you feel like you made a big upgrade.
2. Add in Some Color
Nothing says outdated and dull like drab colors. And chances are, if you’re in an older home, the walls, floors and overall aesthetic isn’t very vivid. Even if that atmosphere doesn’t really align with your natural style, many people just adapt and conform to the wider look when they’re arranging their living space — even subconsciously.
But it doesn’t have to be like that. You can quickly reimagine a room by adding some new colors and styles throughout the home. You don’t need to hire an entire team of painters or even change the carpeting. Just bringing a pop of color with some bright furniture, a patterned chair or accented throw pillows can provide a whole new feel to an outdated space. Try it out; you might be amazed at just how much of a difference can come from a few tiny changes.
3. Retile the Bathroom
A full bathroom remodel can be quite the ordeal. To truly do it right, you’re talking about a big investment, a lot of time and a big disruption to your day-to-day life. For these reasons, many people just make due with what they have.
But it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. Sure, you may not have the savings or energy to rip out the toilet, shower and all the fixtures. You can, however, completely alter the space by simply retiling even just one wall next to the tub. It doesn’t have to be a major project.
Just find a design you love that screams modern, and find someone who can install them well and quickly (or do it yourself if you have the skill and motivation).
Bringing Your Home to Life
Small things can have a major impact. That is true in many walks of life, and it certainly applies to home design. Renovations can be overwhelming when you think you have to do it all at once, but don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the great!
You really can make a significant difference to your home just by simply re-doing the kitchen cabinets, adding some new color in the form of furniture, or retiling even a single wall in the bathroom.
Your house is supposed to be your castle, a place where you feel alive and comfortable. It’s become cliché, but there really is no place like home. So don’t settle. Even if you can’t buy the mansion you always wanted today, you can inject a ton of life into the place you love.