Looking to spruce up your home this spring without overspending? Guaranteed to deliver maximum bang for your buck, each of the following comes highly recommended as a budget-friendly home improvement project:
1. Paint a feature wall
Shy of repainting an entire room, one of the quickest and easiest ways to transform the look and feel of an entire space is to paint a feature wall. Choose a bold shade that contrasts with the room’s primary colour, while at the same time framing all furniture in the vicinity. You could also pair the colour of your feature wall with that of any decorative trim you have in the room, such as skirting boards or door frames.
2. Install a glass splashback
A toughened glass splashback brings the perfect pairing of pristine presentation and practicality into the home. Ideal for kitchens and bathrooms, bespoke splashbacks can be customised to perfectly complement any interior design theme. There’s even the option of having your own images or photographs printed onto your splashback if looking to bring something truly unique into your home. Capable of withstanding temperatures as high as 300° C, a glass splashback can be just the thing for protecting surfaces in high-traffic areas of the home.
3. Fit cornices/coving
Coving can bring a sense of elegance, sophistication and completeness to any interior space. It can also be surprisingly simple to install when the coving you buy has already been precision-cut to order. From living rooms to hallways to bedrooms to dining rooms, the installation of coving can produce a completely transformative effect in an instant. It’s also a comprehensively affordable home improvement project, with creative and decorative options available to suit all tastes and budgets.
4. Install plantation shutters
Premium plantation shutters may cost more than conventional curtains, but what you get in terms of value for money is simply unbeatable. Shutters are installed in a way that leaves no gaps and creates no protrusions, resulting in a more spacious and airy feel. They can reduce heat loss by as much as 60%, maximise lighting control, block out exterior noise and enhance home security. All with a truly timeless aesthetic that will be just as desirable in decades to come as it is the day you install them.
5. Refresh your kitchen cabinets
One of the easiest and most affordable ways to breathe new life into your kitchen is to refresh your cabinet doors. A simple and enjoyable weekend DIY project, it is also a job best handled outside when there is a good weather window. All you need to do is remove the doors from your cabinets, sand away the current paint or finish, prime them, paint them and secure them back in place. If your kitchen is painted in predominantly neutral colours, go for something bold to bring a burst of brightness into the space.
6. Paint your interior doors
A home’s interior doors get used dozens (if not hundreds) of times each day, yet often go overlooked where home improvements are concerned. They are one of the most prominent features in any interior space, so why not treat them to a fresh coat of paint? As with kitchen cabinets, this is a job best handled outdoors – remove the door from its hinges, sand, prime and paint…job done!
7. Show your decking some tlc
Finally, it’s highly likely that your exterior decking and/or patio has taken quite a beating over the winter months. In which case, there’s no better time than right now to show it some TLC. Give the whole space a good scrub with a specialist cleaning product, repair any damaged boards/stones and perhaps treat the whole thing to a fresh coat of stain or a protective sealant.