Television is littered with home improvement shows, especially if you have cable and you have access to the Discovery channels. If you watch these programs and then look round your own home thinking that something is lacking, then maybe it is time to take action. The problem is that a lot of these shows have a team of people who know what they are doing, if you tried you might not have the same success. So if you want to improve your home but want to do it as easily as possible then read on.
Possibly the easiest do it yourself tasks around. Picking up a paintbrush and roller is something we can all do. Even my five year son is pretty good at it. Granted the cutting in or edges can take a little time, but it is really easy to do.
Giving the walls a fresh lick of paint can transform the look of a room and unless you live in a mansion then you can transform your home in a weekend.
If you have some favourite furniture, then make the walls complement your furniture. To do that well then brush up on your colour skills. Go online and look up the following colour balance techniques. If you add ‘tool’ to the end of the search you should be able to find exact colour choices.
- Complementary - opposites on the colour wheel (red and green)
- Analogous - related colours (red and purple)
- Monochromatic - shades of the same colour (pinks and reds)
Update your lighting
Lighting has a major influence on how a room feels, get it wrong and you will have a living room with stark lighting like an office. Get it right and you will have a cosy feeling room that just oozes style and sophistication. If you can, ditch the big pendant lighting and opt for lamps that will give you a more personal feel. Lamps are great at producing diffused light, which helps lower the effect of shadows and creates a better overall light, less harsh. Think gentle glow, as opposed to strip lighting.
Adding a big mirror to your room can dramatically change the feel of the room. If you have a small room it will immediately make the room feel larger. If you have dark room then the mirror will help bounce the available light around and make the room feel lighter.
Can't afford to put down a new carpet? Well the cheaper option is to get yourself a big ol’ rug. Rugs are relatively cheap and can be a great way to add a splash of colour and texture to a room.
Remember that your house is meant to be a home, a reflection of your life. Plain walls are boring get some life on them be that a set of photos some artwork or whatever pleases you. You live there so express yourself and stop living in a magnolia world.