Living in the same place for a while now? It’s understandable you might be itching for a change of scenery. But, with the UK housing market feeling the squeeze, moving home may well be off the agenda. So too is spending thousands on a massive renovation project. No problem though – because there are lots of ways to modernise where you live without breaking the bank.
Why add modern features to a home?
The reasons for adding some more modern features to your home are always going to be yours alone. There are, however, some familiar motives when it comes to what drives homeowners to spruce the place up. And the first is simply about giving the home a fresh new look.
Of course, there can be other reasons too. For some homeowners, it’s about making their home more attractive to potential buyers in the future using the latest tech. Others, meanwhile, might live in an older home that’s been waiting a long time to take its place in the 21st century.
So, what are the features and upgrades you can achieve on a budget?
Ideas and inspiration for your home
Create a TV wall
TV or media walls have come surging into fashion in recent times. It’s a great solution for hiding media cables and speakers away, while putting your television centre-stage of the living area. It can be achieved pretty easily and cheaply too. Wooden boards can create the main frame, while cutting out plastic sheets like these from RS is ideal for creating small windows in your cabinets.
The kitchen is at the heart of many homes. It’s tempting to think only a complete – and costly – renovation can do anything to breathe new life into it. Yet, you’d be wrong. You can get a pretty nifty result when you sand down wooden cabinet doors and give them a fresh coat of paint. You can add bits and pieces like under-lighting and modern cupboard handles too.
A sure-fire way to make your personal mark on a home is in the décor. Any room, any colour, any tastes – it’s your home after all. The possibilities are endless too. From the soft furnishings in your lounge to a complete makeover for the bedroom, none of it needs to cost the earth. You can almost guarantee a brilliant finish with paint, stencils, photo frames, cushions, and more.
Lights and mirrors
The right amount of light can do wonders for an interior space. Your home is no different. When it comes to natural light, think about using a simple mirror to maximise its reach. If the lighting could do with a helping hand, new light fittings or lamps can create a beautiful ambience. You may also want to consider smart light bulbs for that extra slice of modernity.