We all want our homes to be a haven where we can relax and enjoy life. Part of that is creating a place that feels light and comfortable. Below are a few DIY project ideas that don’t require a huge budget but may boost your mood when you come home.
If you like bright, airy spaces, you may want to repaint the walls using cheerful colors to add personality and light. You may also want to paint the floor. Try vertical stripes in one room and stencil patterns in another. You can create happy rooms with their own, distinct personalities using cans of paint and your imagination. Finish it off with decorative light switch covers.
Spending time in cheerful, optimistic, light-filled rooms is more relaxing than being cooped up in dark and dreary ones.
A truly happy home is one with great insulation, working air conditioning, and heating, so you will want to make sure your HVAC equipment is well maintained. Once you’ve taken care of the basics, you can do a lot more to save money. Try installing a smart thermostat. It can save you a bundle and doesn’t cost much. You might also want to install motion-detecting light switches in the rooms you use most. These will save money because they’ll remember to turn off the lights even if you don’t.
You can renew a bathroom by re-caulking or re-glazing the bath and removing shower doors to make the room look bigger. Or you can install a new faucet. You might be able to find a unique-looking one on Craigslist. You also can give your bathroom a distinctive look by using napkin rings to pretty up the shower curtain.
Don’t forget to install a ventilating fan in your bathroom. A bath vent fan prevents mold and mildew, two things that will definitely make your home unhappy.
Just replacing the cabinet knobs will give your kitchen a new look. If you want your kitchen to look trendy, get some popular brass tacks. Here, as elsewhere, you will want to add light because the more light there is, the happier we tend to be. Installing under-cabinet motion-sensing lights is practical and brightens up the place. The additional lighting will help you cook, read recipes, and might even prevent an unfortunate accident.
To give your kitchen its own look, try your hand at crafting silk flowers. They’ll look pretty in the windowsill. Or try re-purposing distinctive-looking cans into great-looking planters. For a more permanent statement, try a faux tile kitchen backsplash. It looks lovely and you don’t have to commit to the mess and price tag of a tile installation.
We want a comfortable home. We don’t want a house where we feel like we are just one creak away from having to call service. We just want to relax in a space that looks and feels cheerful. Keeping that kind of home takes work, but having a home you can truly enjoy will be worth all the effort.