Anyone who owns a house will know that from time-to-time the place needs a make-over. We are not talking about the constant maintenance and repair work that must happen on an almost weekly basis to avoid it turning into a wreck, we are talking about slightly grander things. Ways to keep it fresh and original. There are plenty of things that can be done, and while some can be expensive, there are plenty that can be done on modest budgets but still make major impacts. With this in mind, here are four easy ways to help your house look great.
All about the welcome
Almost everyone who visits your house will come in through the front door, which means, if you want to make an impact, this is a great place to start. It might be tricky if you are staying in an apartment where the body corporate has strict rules about uniformity, but, if you are in a free-standing house then you have carte blanche to do what you like. Start by Googling something like ‘custom entry doors Sydney’ to see what you can find. You may well be surprised by the number of options available. Find something that you like, and which makes a statement. Be bold. There is no need to compromise on security, just find something that ticks the boxes on multiple levels. A great front door, probably something made of solid timber, is a great way to make a good impression on first-time visitors.
It is amazing how light can completely transform a space. We are talking about natural light here and the best way to facilitate its presence in your house is through the use of skylights or large windows. Blinds are also a great way to ensure that light control is effective. Curtains can look very stylish, but they tend to be very all or nothing, whereas blinds can be opened or closed by degrees to ensure that the light allowed in is both the right amount and that the temperature is controlled at the same time.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with the floors of your property. If there are carpets that have been there for a long time, do some investigations. You might be surprised at what you find underneath. It was very trendy not too long ago to cover over old parquet tiles with carpet – there is a great value to be had in uncovering these, sanding them and exposing them to the world. Regardless though, floors are great surfaces to play with. You can carpet, tile, lay a tinted cement screed or install underfloor heating. The options are endless.
This is probably the easiest place to make a big difference. Buy plants and commit to a weekend or two of digging and planting and you will be well on your way to making a big difference to the look and feel of your home. A flourishing garden always looks good and makes a house seem cared for and welcoming. It is important however to water often and maintain the garden, because if you don’t a dilapidated and unkempt garden can really lower the tone of the whole property very easily.