The best part about owning a home is being able to make it your own. But it’s not always easy knowing where to start. Budgets, contractors, time commitments — there’s undoubtedly a lot of factors to consider.
Luckily, not all improvements require a pro or a big budget. If you’re ready to start making your home your own, take inspiration from these four home improvement ideas.
1. Drawer Pulls and Knobs
This little update can make a big difference and should not be overlooked. New hardware can transform your furniture, bringing a vintage piece into the modern era or giving an inexpensive piece a luxe look. Hardware can even bring mismatched furniture together for a look that’s both cohesive and sophisticated.
Knobs and drawer pulls vary in price, making this simple update great for any budget. But before choosing your new hardware, be sure to count the number of knobs and handles you need to replace. Additionally, consider the function and usability of the new hardware. After all, the knobs you choose for a bedside drawer will vary drastically from the knobs in your kitchen.
When renovating your kitchen, including kitchen splashbacks, is an inclusion you can’t forget to include.
2. Fresh Color
When it comes to adding color, most modern spaces all have one thing in common: they follow the 60-30-10 rule. This rule is frequently used in interior decorating and can be applied to color, too. It’s simple. Sixty percent of a room is decorated with the dominant color, 30 percent is decorated with a secondary color, and the remaining 10 percent is used as an accent color throughout the space.
The dominant color is typically the color of your floor and walls. By adding contrast to the room, the secondary color is usually used for curtains, bedding or a piece of furniture like a bold modern sofa. And finally, your accent color. Although this is the smallest fraction of color on display, this is the boldest of the rule and is best applied by using items such as lamps, artwork, small area rugs and throw pillows.
When in doubt, look to wallpaper. Today’s chic and stylish wallpaper options are nothing like what your grandmother used to have; sorry granny! Wallpaper often gets overlooked, but it’s a savvy option for homeowners looking to spruce up their spaces. Whether you want to deck out your entire dining room with a big, bold print or add some interest to a small bathroom with a feminine floral print, wallpaper is a great option to do just that.
4. Gallery Wall
Move aside, art collectors. You don’t have to be a professional art curator to have a stunning, art-filled gallery wall in your home. An ideal option for any room, gallery walls give you the opportunity to show off your style and favorite art pieces, all while adding color, texture and interest to an otherwise boring wall.
When putting together your gallery wall, consider an anchor piece. This specific piece should be a little larger and a little bolder than the other pieces you have selected. Doing so will make your gallery wall collage feel more grounded in the room. Plus, there’s no denying your bold work of art will be an instant conversation starter.
Upgrade Your Home with Sophistication That’s Uniquely You
Budgets, contractors and time commitments are no match for these savvy home upgrades. Whether you opt to add some color to your space or some personalization with a gallery wall or updated hardware, these easy home improvements can give your humble abode a modern, sophisticated look that’s uniquely you.
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