Makeover Your Home Without Having to Renovate

Wednesday Apr 27th, 2022


Renovations can be costly. Contractors and tradespeople are in high demand, which, combined with labour and material shortages, means not only higher costs but also longer wait times to start and finish renovation projects. It can be tough to be patient, especially if your home could benefit from some much needed improvements. Fortunately, there are some pretty easy (and relatively cost effective) ways to give your home a newly renovated look without actually having to undergo the time and expense of a major renovation. 

When in doubt, paint it

It sounds simple but paint can truly work wonders in so many areas! It’s a relatively cost effective way to transform a space, especially if you’re not afraid to do it yourself.  Freshen things up by simply repainting the existing colour in high traffic areas such as hallways and entryways or repainting baseboard and trim in a bright white to make them look clean and new. Or, play with matching your trim paint to your wall paint for a softer, more minimalist look. 

Are you looking to makeover a space? Try something new altogether to change up the style with a drastically different colour. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to picking a colour, you can read our blog on home decor and colour trends for 2022 for some inspiration. 

Whether it’s tile, window frames, or cupboards, paint can turn something you may not be a fan of into something you love without having to completely replace it. There are so many step-by-step videos and resources online to help you prepare and navigate whatever surface you plan on painting. If you plan to DIY any paint project, be sure to follow the proper setup and technique! Check out my blog on 10 tips and tricks to paint like a pro before you get started. 

Hardware switch up

Instantly transform your kitchen by swapping out worn, dated hardware for something sleek and modern, or give a cabinet some interest by adding an antique knob. Not only is updating hardware mess-free, it isn’t too difficult at all and you likely already have all the tools you need to get the job done. Go beyond knobs and pulls and update hardware like door handles, towel racks, hooks, and toilet paper holders to give your home an updated look throughout. There are many different hardware styles and finishes to choose from depending on the look you want to achieve. Regardless of what you choose, always ensure you’re making consistent updates throughout your home so that the style and spaces flow together. 

A bright idea

Lighting can make an eyecatching impact on a space. Switch up your ceiling fixtures to influence a new style by choosing a fun new design or trendy material. From woven shades to abstract chandeliers, there’s something for every style. When it comes to installing lighting, it’s best to bring in a professional. There are however, some lighting options such as battery operated lighting, that do not require a hardwire installation. Battery operated strip lighting added underneath kitchen cupboards will take your kitchen up a notch and battery operated wall sconces can give you a chic, custom look without having to worry about electrical. 

Treat the windows

Brighten up a space or change the style altogether by introducing new window treatments. Whether it’s panels, blinds, or shutters, there are many options to choose from depending on the style you want to achieve. This is another low-cost, low effort improvement that produces noticeable results. Add additional light, the illusion of height, or extra privacy by changing up your window treatments to transform your space. Not sure on where exactly to install things? There are many helpful resources online that demonstrate the best way to install window treatments, and they often will provide tips on how to do so in a way that can make the window appear larger or the ceilings appear higher. In many cases window treatments are included in the purchase of a home so having gorgeous california shutters or a modern matte black curtain rod with neutral panels will not go unnoticed. 

Utilize the walls

Perhaps you don’t have the budget to knock down that wall and achieve the open, airy floorplan of your dreams. That’s okay! You can still make modifications that will make your space feel larger and more open without having to do a major renovation.  It’s all about your walls and how you’re utilizing them. Reflect natural light and make a space appear larger by simply adding a large mirror. A floor length mirror angled slightly up against a wall can give you the illusion of added height, more light, as well as make even a small room feel more open and inviting.  Swap out bookcases or cupboards for floating shelves to make a kitchen or living room feel more airy. Not only are you creating more space, but you also have the opportunity to decorate and can showcase beautiful vintage glassware, your favourite books, or cherished photos. 

Sometimes the budget or time for a major renovation just isn’t there. Fortunately there are some relatively easy and cost effective ways to makeover your home that can still bring that same level of joy. If you’re thinking of selling, a refresh can be beneficial prior to listing to get your home looking its very best and perhaps appeal to more potential buyers.

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