There’s nothing quite as exciting as buying your first home and making it your own. We decorate it to reflect who we are, our hobbies, our preferences… It’s ours and it’s a wonderful feeling. Yet, as time goes on, it’s not unusual for people to fall out of love with their current decor and want to spruce it up some.
Homeowners don’t always realize that what they do to their homes will affect their home’s value. The design choices, particularly when they’re gearing up to put the house on the market, are going to impact how potential buyers will feel about your home.
While these tips aren’t going to have the offers pouring in by the dozens, they will keep buyers interested.
1. Rearrange furniture
Changing your furniture’s arrangement is an easy way to alter the way your house looks (and feels) without spending a dime. You can move some pieces from other areas of your home and repurpose them in others. For example, you can move a bench from the kitchen and put it in the living room in front of a window to create a new reading area. You can do this with lamps, curtains, area rugs… Just about anything you’d like!
2. Neutral colors
Color has the power to change everything. Well… In terms of mood anyway. You may have picked that perfect shade of plum for a dramatic powder room, but there’s no guarantee that the home’s new owners will. So, you’re going to have to break out the painting supplies and go neutral. We know it’s not a fun thing to do, but neutral colors are the perfect base because you can swap out the colorful items (artwork, throw pillows, rugs, vases, etc.) when the mood strikes.
3. Embrace greenery
Plants not only add a bit of green to an otherwise boring room, but it also helps to bring nature indoors. It adds a bit of life that an otherwise dull room lacks. Now, there are a lot of different house plants to choose from, but why not get house plants that are native to San Diego?
If you don’t have a green thumb or pets, don’t worry! You can opt for faux house plants, which are a lot easier to care for and you don’t have to worry about your furry friends getting poisoned if they eat a plant.
4. Shine a light on everything
When you’ve rearranged the furniture and painted the walls white, now you’re going to want to let the light in by opening the curtains. Even if you don’t have many windows or there are shade trees that block much of the sunlight, you can still turn on the lights! The name of the game here is to brighten everything up so people can see the beauty of your home.
5. Revamp cabinets
New cabinetry is expensive and it can be much more of a hassle than you’re anticipating. You can save a boatload of money if you repaint the cabinets (white is the most popular, but shades of grey and black are also trendy at the moment). You can go one step further and modernize the cabinets by replacing the hardware with sleek black knobs, pulls, and hinges.
Changing the way our house looks can give you a new appreciation for that structure you call home. These tips prove that you don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars on expensive upgrades. A few gallons of paint, a creative eye, and a few faux plants are all you need!