A great home is the basic foundation of a great living and it defines who you are. However, it goes beyond that. Space where you can relax, a place where you can learn. But what is on top of all of that is that your home is the place where you spend time with your family the most. It just has to be right for you to be able to get the full experience of it.
Back in the days, home decor was limited to only the people who could afford it. Because let’s face it, customizing one’s home was not a cheap deal altogether.
But that is not the case in this day and age. While it is true that a complete home makeover can be a tad expensive, but nowadays with new technology, you can go for the one thing at a time approach.
That is where this idea of home improvement comes in, with all of the little things which you can keep adding to your taste. All you will need for that is a good old weekend to get these things up and running in the background of your home. And it can make a world of difference if you know what to put where.
So, let’s get a bit technical about this and find out about which thing can fit where. All for the purpose of adding that nice creative curve to your beloved living space. I have put together all of that, here in this article. Let’s dive in.
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The Question of What goes Good and Where
Like I said, there are certain home improvements that can go into certain places of your home. And from there on, you will never look back.
Take for example your living room where you spend a lot of your time while at home. Let’s say its Superbowl Sunday and you have all your friends over for the game and a couple of beers along with some barbecue.
All of you are completely amped up about the game but still, you feel that a bit of more comfortable seating would be good.
Throw in an air mattress in there and you’re good to go. It is something that you can easily set up in your living room, or anywhere for that matter.
Easily inflatable and easy to move around the place, and yes; very, very durable. Basically, what you get is a makeshift seating platform which will be really comfortable at a very reasonable price as well.
Now, this barely scratched the surface of all the different home improvements that you can get. It is time to lay down all the details of the top 20 DIY home improvements you can apply for a creative curve.
There are these 4 broad sections of a normal house that I have considered for which there will be different improvements that you can make –
- The Entry Hallway: This is the first thing that you see when you get inside your house and I had to put it up front because of that.
- The Living Room: Living room as I have already is that part of your house where you and your loved ones will be at the most. So, you should definitely consider improvements here.
- The Bedroom: The bedroom is going to have to have a different, a bit more chill and relaxing kind of vibe. And the improvements here will need to have some utilitarian value in helping you sleep better.
- Kitchen: The kitchen possibly is among the busiest places in your house. And any sort of improvement there must add to your experience of cooking and parties.
Now, let’s get into the improvements in each of the sections one by one.
The DIY Improvements in your House: Get these Top 20 Over the Weekends
In this section, I give you all the ideas for the home improvements that you can adopt easily. A little bit of effort from you and you also can have a house that can be the toast of the town. You will have a total of 20 different options for a nice weekend DIY home improvement project.
The Entry Hallway
The hallway in your house through which you get inside and go to the various other rooms is like the cover of a book. Although it is no direct indicator of the overall house, still it will matter as that is what comes up front.
Here are the different ways in which you will be able to enhance it –
Flooring for your Hallway
Flooring is one of the most important aspects of interior decor as it covers a lot of areas, covering significant visual real estate. So, here are the trendy flooring options best suited for entryway flooring –
The floor here will have to bear a lot of walking, it might as well be durable along with having that natural aesthetic appeal. That is why I recommend you get a bamboo flooring for this part of the house.
Bamboo is a very durable flooring material, especially in the hardwood flooring category. Being more solid than most other varieties of hardwood, this would be great in your hallway.
Hardwoods like white oak, teak, and such others will be a great option when it comes to flooring for your hallway. Durable as well as good to look at, you will also have a lot of different options to choose from.
My favorite hardwood is spruce and I have a beautiful flooring made out of spruce in my entry hallway. So, you can definitely consider among these.
Putting Up Added Options for Storage
You can never have enough space to store all the things that you have, so a bit more of that in your hallway can’t be bad. Can it?
A Console Table
These things are not only pretty smart in terms of design, but are as efficient in case of function as well. You can have a table half of which is attached to the hallway wall. And the other half is standing on the two supporting legs.
That way, you will be able to flaunt that expensive piece of antique that you have. It might be in a place of the house where not many of your guests go. So, just keep it in your entry hallway, simple.
Hangers are a common things in one’s entryway, a place to hang stuff up that you might need while stepping out of the house. Like umbrellas, jackets and the like. So, if the hangers have to be there, they might as well make a statement, that is a statement about you.
3D paintworks are one of the best things for this, wherein one will get a great view of space mountain (say). Once they are coming to your house, and same when they are leaving.
The Living Room
Here is the room where you will spend some of the most splendid times with your family. And isn’t the living room also where you will put up your Christmas tree?
So, there will be a lot of things you can do here that might make it the dream living room. Just like the way you always wanted it to be. Thus, here are the home improvements you can have for your living room –
This is arguably the most important aspect of the living room. Since this lighting will have direct dictate on the vibe and also lay the foundation of the other things here. You can have blazing bright lights to cheer up the place. Or just mellow it down with a warm one, straight out of the backdrop.
Else, you can have both with the right design, which will allow you to get just the lighting for the mood.
Fixtures Throughout the Ceiling
This one will be a really good idea if you have a sprawling living room. Then having multiple different fixtures throughout the ceiling can be really good. The lighting of the entire space will be much more even.
And yes, the right designer can bring in the right kind of creativity to make the arrangement even better.
An Eye Catcher
This can be the centerpiece of your living room as well as keep it lit through and through. Consider the Wightman Drum Chandelier, which is definitely going to be the statement lighting piece.
There are a plethora of different options out there that you can choose from. So, go for the ones that will be a great complement to the lighting effect of it.
Accents are some of the most pleasing designs of lighting to look at. And that can’t be any more true for living rooms over the other ones. Picture a living room that has a golden light accent throughout. It will be absolutely ‘warm’ in every sense of the term.
Further, accents don’t mean that they will only be on the ceilings. They can be in all those places of the living room where it would look good. Where it would complement the entire scene well, wherever you see fit.
Flooring is going to be the thing that is going to give the fullness to the entire living room. It is almost on par with lighting and unlike the entryway flooring. Will be subject to lot less roughness so to say.
And because of that reason, you have all the freedom in the world when it comes to choosing the designs. From natural finish hardwood, all the way to the PVC designs and everything in between.
You will have a lot of choices, one better than the other. Choose the one that will be the best fit for whatever lighting there is in the living room.
These are the things that will occupy your and your guests’ attention for the most amount of time. So, they will have to be one of the most important investments that you can make.
A Foosball Table
This is a classic when it comes to the entertainment aspect of your living room. A football table can keep you and your friends engaged for hours on end during the weekends. The Sports Squad FX40 is the one that comes to mind for this.
It is a fantastic football table at the best price that you can get. Also, it will give you a great chance to work up a sweat every time as well.
In today’s age, a living room is not a living room without a television right in between. It is the centerpiece of the movie night that you can have with your friends and family. So, investing a good chunk of money for this will be the way to go.
An LED television with right expanse, as much as you will need with crisp quality of picture will be money.
Your bedroom is going to be very important as that is the place where you have your good night’s sleep. And we all know that good sleep is the key to a healthy body and mind.
So, any investment you make here that will not only make it look better. It will also help with your sleep and that is an investment for good health in and of itself.
So here are the ways as per what is in fashion this year in which you can improve your bedroom –
The Bed Itself
There is nothing more pleasing in this world than a bed that you find comfortable to sleep in. It can be a really soft one or relatively resilient, whatever fits your comfort level. In terms of size, you can choose from the most compact single person beds. To those hefty king sizes and queen sizes.
And with the bed, there will be choices for all the different kinds of accessories like sheets and pillows.
A Nice Air Mattress
You can go for the more convenient option of air mattresses as well. You will also be able to use the air mattress to expand the capacity of your usual bed. And for that, you will have to get the right sized one.
Or else, it can be just a makeshift bed for whenever you might need it. So, do consider this versatile option for your bedroom.
Designing the walls will add to the overall aesthetic vibe of your bedroom, and having the right color is important as well. Then comes textures, engravings and all that, so let see what you can get going –
Texture and Artwork
You can have a dark throw on texture sheet that you can fit on the walls of your bedroom. It can also be pictures and paintings which when put in the backdrop of your bedroom. Will definitely be more than the sum of the individual parts and more.
It is not necessary that you will have to cover every other wall in your bedroom. The design orientations will depend on the position of the doors and windows. And overall, what it would do is help the other accessories fit in better.
Mounted Storage Compartments
These little cupboard-like structures which you can mount on to your wall can prove to be very useful as well. You can have different shapes, sizes, and forms of these things. Each with its own little bit of space to put cool stuff into.
Have one atop your bed and to keep your alarm clock, and say goodbye to the snooze button. As you will have to get up in order to reach the thing.
A Closet to Keep your Stuff in
Your bedroom will be one of the most private places in your household. And that will surely need its little storage space for anything that you might want to keep in it. However, don’t think that a closet is just a glorified box to keep stuff in.
If you put the touch of creativity on it, it can enhance the vibe of your bedroom that much more. So here are a couple of ideas for your bedroom closet that are the most happening as of now –
Don’t want to give up extra space of your bedroom just to fit in a closet? Go for the modular design closets.
With these ones, you won’t have to worry about space, as it will be within the wall. Just a nice doorway in between you and your stuff and you’re good to go. You can also have a little office set up in it, where you keep your workstation. Remember? Winston Churchill used to work from his bedroom.
A Solid Wood Closet
If you want something really classy and aren’t concerned much about space, then nothing beats a good old solid wood closet system within your bedroom. And these ones need not be super pricey.
You can get these for reasonable prices as well, take for example the Andover Mills Revere Armoire. This one’s within the price bracket of 250 bucks, yet can be one of the best additions to your bedroom.
Now, what can I say more about the kitchen? Isn’t that from where our favorite food comes from? So, it does deserve some serious attention if you’re thinking of home improvement. There are a lot of cool things you can do there; that is going to make your experience in your kitchen even better. Both in terms of functionality and appearance.
There are cool new things that you can install in your kitchen that can make a lot of difference. Here are some of the following –
The Kitchen Cabinets
One of the most essential things inside one’s kitchen beside the refrigerator is the kitchen cabinets. Ask yourself. Have you ever seen a kitchen that lacks a good storage system? Probably not. Think Gordon Ramsay’s kitchens.
I personally prefer wooden designs for kitchens and also bear a fascination for that. Science also validates the fact behind the wood. In it, that having cabinets and countertops made of wood is a good way to go for a healthy kitchen environment.
Same as cabinets, a fitting countertop will be imperative for a good kitchen. As you will do a lot of cooking stuff on top of those countertops. And for that, you can find out the best countertop for your kitchen setting. Else cooking might end up being a chore, both for you and for your family members.
Here are a few different countertop options that you can have this year, that are getting quite lucrative –
If you ask me about kitchen countertops, my first choice will definitely be wood. Getting that natural vibe feels so right in the kitchen. So, you can go for wooden countertops, in which you will have a lot of options.
Whatever the budget may be, there will be something for everybody. My go to is the butcher block countertops, which not only look good. But can also take some severe beating for when you want.
Well, one thing is there that you will have to maintain it well.
Granite-led Countertop Settings
Granite is one of the most common kitchen countertop materials and that is because of its performance. It is very, very tough and also is very easy to clean. And unlike there wooden brethren, would need much less maintenance.
Further, these will not be super taxing on your pockets also.
Ceramic tiles are not only a great material to put on your kitchen countertops but are super easy to install as well. And the really good thing about these is that you can have them in almost any color that you want.
And yes, ceramic tiles can be some of the most affordable countertop materials that you can get.
You will have to guard your kitchen walls against any spills or other things dirty. That is what makes the kitchen backsplashes so important. You might have one installed already but if they have been there for a long time. Chances are that they are dirty, or you are simply bored of that same old look.
So, you can invest a bit of money and get yourself new backsplashes for your kitchen. Generally, it will be of the same material as that of the countertops. But you can make it better by going for something like metal panels.
These have been growing trendier with the passing days simply because it is very easy to keep clean. Compared to let’s say an exposed back finish, cleaning a metal surface would be a walk in the park.
If you are bored of the way some parts of your house looks and want to make it better. Or you want to remodel your living space to say something new about you. You can do that one step at a time with these DIY home improvement ideas.
Slowly but steadily, with the passing weekends when you busy yourself with these projects. You will end up transforming the house that you have always known. Into the house of your and your family’s dream which you can cherish together.
Get on with these ideas and come up with your own, whatever you can visualize. You can realize.