When you buy a new home it is important that you make a few changes to make it your own. New builds are often constructed in a very uniform way and are often painted in bland, neutral colours. If you are buying a pre-owned house you will also want to make some quick changes that will put your mark on the home.
Rather than attempt to makeover your entire house, it is easier to make a few significant changes to the main living areas. The rooms to focus on first are the living room, kitchen and dining room. These are the areas you will be seeing most of the time and also the areas that your guests will be looking at.
Change the floors
Carpets are the hardest part of a pre-owned home to improve, and it is often best to rip out all the old carpets and start afresh. Not only do you get clean carpets in the colours that you prefer but you will also experience that fresh, new carpet smell that will make your home feel new.
An alternative to carpets is a solid floor. Laminate woods are going out of fashion and you should really install either solid wood flooring or tile. There are some excellent vinyl options available now, such as the high quality Karndean flooring that comes in styles that mimic wood, tile and stone; often people cannot tell the difference.
A new floor in the kitchen can transform the entire room, especially if you choose vibrant colours that complement the existing kitchen units.
The beauty of shutters
If you want to broadcast to the street that there is a new owner in the house there really is not a better or more stylish way to do this than to tear down the dusty old curtains and put up some premium elm shutters. These look stunning from both inside and out, allow you to control the light entering the house and also ensure that you can maintain your privacy at all times. Window shutters can also improve insulation and reduce your heating costs.
Shutters can look magnificent in living rooms, especially on tall windows. They also work much better than curtains during the summer when you may wish to fling open the doors but not have curtains billowing in the breeze.
Plaster the ceilings
If your home has old Artex ceilings, consider having these removed and replaced with a modern, flat plaster and painted white. This gives an immediate fresh and modern look to a home and is a relatively inexpensive process. If you are planning to change the floors, do this first.
If you wish to make your home more personal without getting your hands dirty then the best thing to do is to buy some large pieces of artwork for the walls, or even a sculpture to become a feature piece in a hallway or living room.
Ideally, you should plan to make changes as soon as you move into a new home, or better still, arrange for some contractors to do the work while you stay in temporary accommodation. If this is not possible, crack on with the DIY as soon as possible and make the house your own.