Is a full remodel of your home not in the budget for 2014? Or 2015, for that matter? You can still make changes to improve its appearance. Here are five cheap and easy home improvement ideas that will rejuvenate your home:
A fresh coat of paint in a new color can transform a room. From there, you can change out accessories to give the space an even bigger visual boost. For example, choose a new hue for the bedroom, and then purchase new linens in a complementary color to tie the changes together.
If you don't have the time to repaint, or love the current color, consider thoroughly cleaning your walls and touching up the paint. Doing so can freshen the room with less of an investment.
You also can make an impactful change outdoors by repainting, refinishing or replacing your front door. A red door will pop on a darker colored home, and a freshly sanded and restained door can rejuventate the entry point.
If your front door needs to be replaced, consider upgrading to one that requires less maintenance and adds security. The project also can expand to include the addition of sidelites and other front-door features that upgrade the appearance.
2. Adding a Tile Backsplash
Kitchen remodels can be quite extensive, and expensive, especially if you are moving the location of major appliances and plumbing. A less involved tweak is to add a tile backsplash . A backsplash not only protects the wall behind the sink, stove and countertops from moisture and stains, it adds visual interest to the kitchen.
A one-color tile backsplash serves as a subtle design element in the room, playing off more dramatic appliances and décor. If you want the backsplash itself to be a focal point in the room, add a mosaic or other pattern to draw the eye. A pique assiette, in particular, makes for a conversation piece, as well. It features broken china and tile as part of the mosaic and can be a walk down memory lane for family members.