A little DIY is all you need to give your home a much needed facelift, and make a big difference to your happiness and comfort levels. Feeling content with your home will transfer positive energy to other areas of your life, and greatly improve your quality of life. Give these tips and tricks a go, and experience the satisfaction of making over your home yourself on a minimal budget.
Change the Lighting
Lighting plays a bigger part than we realise on the appearance of a room. The wrong type of lighting can affect your productivity or rest adversely, leaving you frustrated and fatigued. Changing the lighting can produce a remarkable change in not only the room, but also your attitude.
Use bright white lighting in rooms where you spend a lot of time working, such as the kitchen or home office. This is to help you see better and lessen the strain on your eyes. Use warm yellow lights in areas such as the bedroom and family room to aid in relaxation and to soothe your eyes. To save on your energy bills, make sure to use fluorescent tubes where possible.
Grow a Garden
If you have space to spare outside your home to build a small garden on, take the plunge and experience the satisfaction of growing your own flowers, fruits or vegetables. A garden to care for is fun, educational and healthy for you as well as your family, and will also help save you money.
Flowers picked from your garden and displayed in vases will instantly brighten up any room. Harvesting and eating fruit, vegetables or herbs you have grown yourself means you have high quality ingredients for your meals whenever you need them, and will also give you a deeper appreciation for your food.
Those with limited space can consider growing plants in pots indoors, near windows where there is plenty of sunlight. This has the added benefit of improving the quality of air inside your home.
Paint the Front Door
The front door is the first thing that you and any visitor to your home will see. It not only serves as an entrance and exit point, but also sets the tone for the interior of your home. Freshen up the exterior of your home by giving your front door a new lick of paint. Try using a bright and contrasting colour that pops against the walls, such as red. Use sturdy and quality hardware, such as the handle and lock, to finish off the look.
A polished set of house numbers on the door, a new clean door mat, and pots of plants or flowers on either side, will all contribute to making your home appear welcoming and cared for.
Although these improvements are relatively small and easy, they will not only contribute to your wellbeing, but will also add value to your home. Therefore the time and money that you spend on DIY around your home, enhancing it, is an economic investment in your future in addition to the instant return you receive in self satisfaction.
About the author: Jane Taylor is an interior designer who is experienced in providing home improvement and interior designing tips. These days she is writing articles related to preventing damp walls.