Big Changes to Make to Your Home This Year

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If you’ve set yourself a new year’s resolution of changing your house for the better, you’re not alone. The past couple of years have seen the majority of us spending a whole lot more time within our own four walls. The coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic has gone on a lot longer than expected and we’ve been through periods of lockdowns, social isolation and social distancing as a result. This has given us more time to see what works and doesn’t work in our living spaces and also means we’re eager to improve them – just in case we end up spending more time at home going forward too. Of course, the best changes for you to make to your home will depend on your individual situation, circumstances and preferences. But here are a few suggestions that could get the ball rolling on your home improvement journey!

Decluttering

Sometimes, some of the easiest tasks make the biggest difference for our living spaces. Every home improvement journey should start with a large scale decluttering project. Some homes will need this more than others, but generally speaking, everyone can benefit from undertaking this task. We’re all guilty of collecting belongings that we neither want nor need over the years. Eventually, you can find yourself with clutter and mess running through your home as a result. Start your decluttering journey by going through your belongings and weeding out those that you don’t want and that don’t have any sentimental value. Then, you can get rid of them, clearing up a whole lot of space in your home. The best way to go about this is selling items of value and donating other items to charity stores.

Wall Color Scheme

Most of us have some sort of color scheme running throughout our homes. This might be on the basis of our property as a whole or on a room by room basis. Whichever you currently have, it’s good to remember that you can always change the tone of any room in your home. A fresh coat of paint can make all the difference and completely change how a room looks and feels. There are plenty of Pinterest boards and color palettes out there that can serve as inspiration, highlighting what colors go well together and what they might look like in different rooms. It’s also a good idea to get a small sample pot of any colors you’re considering and to try them out on the walls to see how they look in the light that your room has. Of course, painting itself can be a tough job, especially if you’re using bright or bold colors that contrast with your ceiling, skirting boards, door frames and window frames. You may find it easier to use a professional painter and decorator to complete the work to a high standard.

New Windows

There are certain parts of our home that we just take as a given. They came with the house when we moved into it and it hasn’t even crossed our mind to change them. Windows tend to fall into this category. But you never have to simply settle for the windows that are already in your property. Believe it or not, different windows can have a profound impact on the look and feel of any home. There’s the practical element of changing the shape, size or type of windows in your home for aesthetic effect. But then there are also knock on effects, such as increasing the amount of natural light in different rooms throughout your home. Take a look at Renewal by Andersen Windows for some inspiration.

Renovations

If you’re looking for some major change, home renovation work could be on the horizon. Home renovations will alter the structure of your home. The type of renovation you’re interested in will differ according to your needs and preferences. If you need more room, you might want to consider an extension, a loft conversion, a garage conversion or a basement conversion. If you want more bathrooms, en suites could tick your boxes. You might want to knock down a wall between two rooms to create a more open plan space. Whatever type of renovation you’re considering, just make sure to get planning permission from your local council before starting work. This will ensure that the work is approved and won’t have to be reversed later down the line.

You may already have some ideas, you may still be looking for the right inspiration, but hopefully, whatever stage you’re at in your home improvement journey, some of the information above should help.

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