A topic that interests most homeowners – especially folks on a budget – is how to turn their home into a dream home. Everyone wants to discover inexpensive, yet awesome ways to transform their homes – especially after binge-watching home renovation shows. We like to operate in a more realistic manner and have some ideas for you to do this affordably.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to turn your existing home into your dream home. Whether you’re looking for small tweaks or big overhauls, there are tons of affordable options that can make all the difference in updating your home without changing your floor plan. Just remember not to bite off more than you can chew in the process!
Keep reading for more inexpensive ways to turn your home into your dream house.
A great way to begin is by sprucing up your front door. This is the first thing people see when they walk up to your house, so consider making it an extension of yourself. Do neutral and low-key or vibrant and loud colors speak to you?
Consider adding flower pots to either side of the door, touching up the landscaping, adding a fun wreath, or even painting the door an inviting color. If you have a front porch, try adding a few decorative items that match your style and the aesthetic of your home. There are a few ways you can make small changes that will go a long way.
Spruce Up That Entryway
Whether this space is small or you have lots of room for improvements, this is a great starting point to get you closer to your dream home.
Standing trees and perennials make for great entryway plants. If a guest sees this upon entering your home, they’ll immediately feel welcomed. Not to mention that plants help purify the air in your home.
Another option is to add a ‘character’ piece to your entryway – something bright or bold, like an elephant statue (provided this is on theme) or even a painting with an interesting backstory. These can be great conversation starters for you and your guests.
Let More Light In
An easy and fast way to give your home a small makeover is to let in more natural light. If possible, add a window or two to help brighten up your home and save on energy costs.
If that’s not an option, replace heavy curtains with something lighter and more open. You can even add mirrors to your space to reflect light back into your living area.
Paint Stores Have an “Oops” Stash
Nobody is perfect – even paint store employees. It’s not uncommon for an order to go wrong and an incorrect color to be mixed. Instead of giving the customer a gallon of paint they won’t use, the can goes to the “oops” pile.
While this may make it difficult to get the exact color you want, it does provide the opportunity for discounted or free paint to start changing up your home.
Follow DIY Accounts for Inspiration
Have you heard the saying, “TikTok” made me do it? Well, there’s a reason for that! DIY-ers are becoming all the more prominent in the world of social media.
Fortunately, we have platforms like Instagram and TikTok that allow us to tune in to others guiding us through their processes with how-to tips and tricks along the way.
Here are some hashtags to follow on Instagram and TikTok when looking for home renovation inspiration:
#renovations #renovation #construction #interiordesign #homerenovation #renovationproject #realestate #homedecor #homeimprovement #homerenovations #remodel #reno #remodeling #diy #homedesign #homesweethome #diyrenovation #remodeling #housereno #homereno #renovationlife #renovations
Update your Light Fixtures
Minor updates to your light fixtures can transform or modernize an entire living space. You can go from dreary and plain to vibrant and modern.
Get Rid of Clutter
Sometimes, simply taking a day to organize your clutter and getting rid of items you no longer need relieves some of that unnecessary stress in your life. Check out our blog on Organizing your Space to Improve your State of Being for more on that.
Use Custom Wallpaper Instead of Paint
Repainting a room is like upgrading your car to a newer model —it makes everything feel new and fresh again! However, painting can be time-consuming and messy. If you’re looking for something that will give your room more personality than just another shade of white paint, consider wallpaper instead.
Custom wallpaper doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. There are plenty of great options available online that won’t break the bank. You can even get custom wallpaper printed with your favorite photos or graphics. Now that’s one-of-a-kind!
Here are a few other simple, yet affordable updates to consider as you go through the home-update process.
- Get creative with your wall art by using things you already own, like records, postcards, or travel souvenirs.
- Install shelves and add decorative touches like knick-knacks or photos.
- Add plants or flowers to every room.
- Paint or cover old furniture instead of splurging on new items.
- Use items like mason jars to display simple decorative items like pebbles or faux flowers.
If you’re looking to make a positive change in your home, there are plenty of do-it-yourself solutions that don’t cost a lot of money, just like the ones we mentioned here. Think about it: all you need is a little imagination, and there’s no limit to what you can do.