There are so many things that you’ll love about your new house once you’ve bought it.
When the initial awe wears off, and you need changes, you need to think about how you can change the interior without creating a dent in your income.
Every small change is costly, whether it is painting, renovation, or for that matter, changing the furniture itself. Some parts of these tasks require a specialized skill set, which needs you to outsource the job no matter the size of the task.
Outsourcing means finalising contractors, drafting agreements, setting deadlines, and follow-ups, among other tedious tasks — something that will sometimes take the fun of renovating away.
However, there are ways in which you can alter how your house looks without outsourcing it to professionals.
One of the simplest ways to do so is to change the way your home looks upon entering it. And there’s no better way to do exactly that than to change your furniture.
Now, the natural first question most people ask will be how much new furniture costs. For sure, furniture is not only costly, but it takes up quite a lot of space as well. Below, we have a list of simple improvements, that will not only save you money but precious space as well.
While there are other improvements you can do, let’s keep the discussion to the stairs and kitchen as changes in either will already alter the look significantly:
First of all, you don’t need to be Martha Stewart to get creative with all the things you can do with your staircase, furniture or kitchen.
Sure, the Dursleys (Harry Potter anyone?) might not have gotten a chance to explore the full use of their staircases, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying out these little hacks below:
1 – Stairs with Storage
Stairs offer an unlimited number of options when it comes to optimizing them.
Most people fill in the space between the stairs or leave it empty for aesthetic purposes.
Instead, you could install drawers that you can use for any purposes. And for the book lover in you, you can use the spaces between each step as a bookshelf.
How about that!
2 – Stairs with wardrobes/closets on the side
If you think it’s not feasible to put up shelves in between the stairs for whatever reason, we have you covered. All the space on the side of the staircase is pretty much useless at this point.
So why not put it to good use? Remember Harry Potter?
Nothing needs more creative ideas than a kitchen. With all the utensils, ladles, glasses and plates, and consumables, you need to be creative so that you can have access to everything you want. And without having to work extra hard to reach it!
1 – Foldable Dish Dryer - if you don’t have a dishwasher...
You wash your plates and leave them to dry. And yes, dripping water makes the entire area wet and uncomfortable.
Creative ideas like a foldable dish dryer ensure that you don’t have to dedicate a separate space for drying the dishes.
2 – Foldable Bar Stools
Countertops and bar stools require so much space – there’s no doubt about it!
They also have to match the aesthetics of the area, which makes it a tougher job to match the chairs with the vibe and the decor of the place.
One option is to forget placing separate bar stools and try to integrate them into the countertops, no?
3 – Foldable Kitchen
Say what? Well, what if you live in a smaller unit or even a tiny home?
It’s a bit impractical to have designated spaces for the kitchen and living room. Folding entire areas, like a kitchen or dining table, would be a lot more efficient – just have a look at what Ikea offers in that department!
So, why not consider using modular kitchens that can be stowed away when you don’t want them.
Bottom line: space should not be a constraint for making your house look radiant.
Do not be afraid of making a statement. Hanging a chandelier in a small living room might seem extravagant, but it speaks volumes about your aesthetics.
Play around with the background as well, and see what suits you best. There are countless options for you to have everything you want in the limited space you have.
Helpful and interesting info from Paul, and Harcourts to help you with your property journey.