Is your home in dire need of a makeover? Don’t fret over your budget just yet. Updating your home doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg; in fact, if you have the right tools and the right ideas, you can redesign your home on your own. Why hire expensive contractors when you can have your way and save money at the same time? Here’s a room-by-room guide to designing your home the DIY way.
First, decide whether or not you need to change your furniture. Doing so is a dramatic change, so you’ll probably have to adjust the rest of your décor around it. If you’re keeping your furniture, create a new look by getting new upholstery or a nice slip cover. Carry the design throughout the room by repeating it on your carpets, area rugs, curtains, and other room fabrics.
Kitchen design is all about combining style and function. Start by putting your key elements in place: the sink, the fridge, and the stove. Make sure they’re all easily accessible from one another. After that, you can simply change up your colors or update your lighting. Task lighting and hanging lamps give the room an instant modern touch.
Over the years, bathrooms have evolved from basic utilities to luxurious spots for rest and relaxation. The best way to design your bathroom is to add elements of luxury, such as dramatic lights, rich tiles, or a new vessel sink. Look into new construction materials-most of them are extremely durable and designed specifically for moist bathroom environments.
Your personal style should be your guide when it comes to designing your bedroom. The simplest way to do this is to use your favorite color as your dominant hue. If it’s a rather strong shade, consider painting two walls with it and using a lighter, softer color for the other two. Fill a shelf (or an entire wall if you’re up to it) with your favorite stuff-pictures, art, memorabilia, whatever you’re into.
Often, your first decision will be what to use your basement for. Do you want a home theater, a library, or a rec room? Fill it with things that contribute to the purpose of the room. It also helps to have a theme to make decorating easier. Be sure to leave some ventilation, as basements tend to be cramped and humid.