When it comes to home improvements there is much that we can tackle ourselves with the help of family and friends and the assistance of online tutorials. It is not just about repairs but also about improving the aesthetics and ambience of a room.
Why not transfer your artistic skills onto your walls? Instead of painting them one colour or another, or perhaps two shades if feeling particularly adventurous, you could treat them like a blank canvas and create a scene in every room that reflects that room’s activity. In a room where children play, for instance, a beach scene could be created. In the living room where movies are watched, perhaps a representation of a favourite movie character could be attempted.
Have you ever considered painting the floor? That would add colour without having to necessarily renew the tiled or wooden surface when there is nothing wrong with it. Paint used in any situation will provide a home with a new and refreshed look. It will appeal to the eye when we look down, which is something that we will all do to see where we are walking. We notice the floor more than we might think.
New Finish on Kitchen Cabinets
You do not have to go to the expense of having all new kitchen cabinets fitted when you can enhance the ones that you have. This can be by painting them another colour such as green instead of white, or by giving them a texture. Woodgrain is a popular texture to create on a wood that does not have a noticeable grain. Paint finishes can be bought to achieve this effect for you.
Renew Your Stair Carpet with a Stair Runner
If your stair carpet needs replacing because it is threadbare, then a solution that would provide a different look might be to have a stair runner. This is just to have carpet running down the middle of the stairs and have polished bare wood on either side. A vertically striped carpet that shows the direction you walk in would seem a perfect design, although that will be entirely up to you to decide. You just need to make sure that the carpet is well fitted so that there is no movement in it, with it not being fitted right up to the sides.
Think about vintage light fittings to add a period vibe to a room. You do not have to go Gothic with every room, perhaps just one room. So, you might choose reds and blacks in terms of your wall’s colour scheme, and then have a period lantern that is black hanging off the ceiling by a chain. A dark red wall will make things darker than using a lighter or more insipid colour. That is if you desire that kind of ambience. Then candles can light things up with a more dimmed look if you do not have too many. It all depends on what you use the room for. If it is for reading, then you will want a brighter light. Perhaps a set-up that has three strong bulbs in one unit that lights up the room in several directions, in this instance.
There is also always the option of purchasing a customised neon light to serve the same purpose. The colours of neon signs where gas is used are determined by the gas used. The colours include carbon dioxide (white), helium (yellow), hydrogen (red), or mercury (blue). However, low-voltage LED versions of these are now available and provide a greater range of colours, including blue, green, orange, pink, purple, red, white, and yellow. Sizes will range from 50cm to 200 cm, and so large enough to cover a significant amount of wall space with something different and quirky.
So, a few ideas to consider that will have your old home looking like you have just moved into a brand new one, yet be customised to your taste. Walls will have more of a purpose when they are themed. They will distinguish the different rooms more clearly. Kitchen cabinets do not need to be replaced when they can be spruced up. In terms of your stair carpet, think about only having carpet where you walk. Then, looking up, see what can be done to make your light fittings as exciting as they are illuminating.