One way is to get a “Redesign.” No, I don’t mean to start tearing down walls. An interior redesign, a fairly new term for some, is when you use your own furnishings and belongings to create a new look, a mini-makeover. Often, with zero dollars spent!
Use your imagination; bring in items that are in other rooms. Use a dresser as a buffet or a buffet as a foyer table, or a foyer table as a sofa table. Make an empty catch all room usable again by putting any extra pieces together making it a new reading room, TV room, office or even a home gym. Mix it up…pull furniture pieces out into a room making conversation areas using chairs and tables from other rooms.
When redesigning, try to think of the following:
Here are a few low cost ideas. Try painting an accent wall or bathroom. Once you start painting, you’ll love it so much you’ll end up painting your whole house! Paint your kitchen and bathroom cabinets; buy new hardware and, viola…instant upgrade! Put in new light fixtures, faucets, take down old wallpaper. You can also buy new accessory pieces and get rid of ones that you’ve had forever. Put up new wood blinds, roman shades, or drapes. How about your carpet? Have it cleaned, colored, or buy new, or try new flooring in tile, wood, or laminate.
Is your kitchen stuck in the 70′s or 80′s? Replace your appliances with stainless steel ones, more costly, but worth it. If you’re really handy, you can even paint your old appliances with silver appliance paint. I’ve seen it done, and it turned out great!
Bottom line, if you plan on staying, make your home a place that you look forward to coming home to. The small investment made will not only give you enjoyment while you’re living there, but will increase the value of your home if you do sell.
Do you feel like you are not the creative type, have no idea where to start? You also have the option of hiring a professional Interior Redesigner. They will be able to come into your home and give you a mini-makeover. The fee is nominal and is typically a few hundred dollars depending on how many rooms and how much work is involved.
For a great start check out the Texas Home and Garden Show one weekend. You’ll get plenty of ideas to peak your interest and be on your way to redesigning a home you’ll love living in.