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5 Tips to Update and Modernise Your Home

Posted on Saturday, October 10th, 2020

Renovations are at an all time high since isolation started a few months ago – truth be told, a house makeover is the kind of project that can keep your mind busy and reduce anxiety.

You don’t need to go big or go home! While major renovations are exhausting and expensive, there are quite a few small changes you can make to modernise your home without breaking the bank!

Here are five easy ways to update your house and give it a fresh new look.

Out with the old: decluttering

Decluttering is a big job, we admit it. But it’s definitely worth the effort! Designate a day or two to spend only on this tedious, but very necessary task.

While each person has their own way of tidying up, it might be a good idea to do some research and choose a tried and tested approach, like Marie Kondo’s method.

At the very least, you need to focus on a few categories of objects that most of us end up hoarding without even realising it: clothes, books, papers, cables and cords, kitchenware etc. Make sure to throw away the objects you don’t need – like that electric socket adaptor you bought 15 years ago and never used. You’ll be amazed how many of the things in your house have the sole purpose of gathering dust (and being an eyesore).

Once you’re done with throwing useless items away and organising the items you want to keep, you can move on to sprucing up your home!

In with the new: update fabrics

One of the cheapest ways to update and modernise your home is to change fabrics like: bed covers, throws, pillow cases, curtains, towels etc.

Before you run to Ikea, make sure you have a colour scheme in mind! Fabrics in bold colours can really give your home that oomph it’s missing, but it’s important to understand how to use them to their best potential. The easiest way is to play around with complementary colours: for example, if your bedroom’s main colour is blue, a splash of orange will have a stunning effect.

While you might be trying to reduce costs, we do recommend investing in good quality fabrics that really give off that cosy-and-opulent vibe you see in every interior design magazine.

Move furniture around

This is the fun part of a low-cost home modernising project! With a little help from your partner or some friends, you can give any room a total makeover by simply changing its configuration.

Most furniture rearrangements are intuitive – you’ve probably thought about moving things around, but you never got to it. Well, now is the time! And if you really want to take things up a notch, why not look into the ancient art of Feng Shui?

If you do have some spare cash to spend on your home, it’s not a bad idea to invest in a new sofa, a nifty armchair or a pretty coffee table – a single item can make a massive difference in the flow and vibe of a room.

Let there be light

Good lighting can make or break the look and feel of any space. While an abundance of natural light is always good, when it comes to artificial light we recommend changing static light switches with dimmers, a truly rewarding venture that you’ll thank yourself for!

As with fabrics, lighting solutions are for a home what accessories are for outfits. They can make a world of difference, so consider changing a few lamps and if you’re feeling more adventurous than that, invest in a jaw-dropping chandelier.

A fresh coat of paint

Nothing gives a home a more dramatic update than a fresh coat of paint. It’s also an easy and fun DIY project you can take on without hiring anyone.

Whether you choose to refresh the current colours or go for a new palette all together, your home will look totally transformed! Pro tip: find out what the hottest colours of the year are and take your home reno project to the next level!

Updating your home doesn’t have to be expensive – with a few smart changes you can achieve a magazine-worthy house in no time! If your decluttering and modernising efforts result in a large amount of waste, be sure to contact the most affordable bin hire in Canning Vale!