The new year is a time when most people make plans for what they want to achieve over the coming year, and for many people this includes carrying out some home renovations on some scale. This might particularly be the case in 2021 – with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic confining people to their homes for a large part of 2020, you might have found yourself gradually becoming sick of looking at the same old wallpaper and cushions. To help you out with your home renovation plans, here are five ways you can freshen up your home in 2021.
- Redecorate your walls
If lockdown has made you sick of looking at the same old faded wallpaper and cream paint, then now might be the time to take the plunge and redecorate. If redecorating your entire house sounds overwhelming – and expensive – pick just one room that you spend a lot of time in, such as your bedroom or living room, and make that your project. There are many different wall redecorating options you could go for. Wallpaper adds a classic look to any room and is available in a number of designs to suit any style. Alternatively, you could opt for a minimalist look by painting your walls in a single block color. Or, if you have the best of both worlds by having one statement papered wall and the rest painted in a complementary color.
- Renovate your kitchen
With many restaurants and bars being closed due to COVID-19, your kitchen is likely to have been your main entertainment location during lockdown, acting as everything from a five-star restaurant to a fun bar. All this additional time spent in your kitchen might have caused you to think about what renovations could be done to reinvigorate your kitchen and take it to the next level. Consulting with kitchen designers will help you to come up with a kitchen renovation plan that suits your lifestyle and home. For instance, you might like to widen your entertainment options with an open plan kitchen and dining room, or incorporate more hi-tech kitchen gadgets for the feel of a professional kitchen.
- Re-cover your floors
High-traffic areas in your home, such as your hallway and living room, sustain a lot of wear and tear and can easily look grubby despite constant cleaning efforts. As such, you might decide that now is the time to take the plunge and re-cover your floors. For areas of your home that get dirty easily (such as the hallway with people coming in from outside while wearing dirty shoes) you might want to choose and easily cleanable floor option such as floor tiles. Alternatively, wooden floorboards can provide a rustic coziness, and their look can be quickly switched up with the addition of rugs. On the other hand, you might prefer the classic look of a sumptuous carpet. This classic flooring option is a particularly cozy option for the bedroom, providing a soft feel underfoot when you have to get up on cold winter mornings.
- Add some new curtains
One of the lesser considered home renovation points is perhaps curtains; however, a stylish set of curtains or blinds can really complement your room’s décor and firmly establish your style. Curtains are available in a range of styles to suit every taste, whether plain or highly decorative. They also provide the room with additional insulation, blocking out cold drafts and outside noise. Alternatively, blinds can lend your room a summery tropical look, and have the added benefit of being adjustable to provide your room with privacy while also letting in natural light. Blinds are available in a number of styles and materials, such as robust fabric roller shades and faux wood Roman blinds, to suit every taste and budget.
If you don’t want to spend the large amounts of time and money carrying out extensive home renovations, you can rest assured that you can still freshen up your home with a few cheap and simple accessories. For instance, are you bored of your sofa but cannot afford a new one? If so, add a fun throw and new cushions. These can be bought relatively cheaply and, in addition to disguising your sofa, can add some extra comfort when you and your family are snuggled up together to watch some Netflix. Or, why not add some candles to your rooms? They provide an intriguing ambiance along with a range of delicious scents.