If you’re like many people, you may be planning to update your home this year. But the expense can be overwhelming, and it’s not uncommon for would-be renovators to give up before they’ve gotten started when the job seems “too big”.

Luckily, I’m more than a little experienced with both renovating and redecorating. Here are some smart ways you can make the most out of your space and completely change the look of your home without breaking the bank:

Get painting

One of the best ways to change things up is to change the colours on your walls. If you’ve been dealing with out-of-date colours or peeling wallpaper, a bit of paint can make a huge difference.

Keep an eye out for paint sales, and stock up when you find a colour you love. Take a weekend off, and enjoy some DIY time with the family as you completely change the look and feel of your home. You’ll be surprised by how much bigger and brighter your rooms look once you choose a light neutral paint colour.
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Consider a staircase

Whether you’ve had some staircase ideas for a while, or you’ve just begun thinking about how you can get some more space in your home, there are plenty of external staircases UK for you to choose from. If you need another room, but don’t have the budget for a complete renovation, a staircase can allow you to build an extra room without changing the structure of the house.

Brighten up

Lighting is key if you’re hoping to bring your home out of the past and into the future. This is especially true in the bathroom, where bright lighting can make the room appear bigger and more inviting. In the kitchen, good lights are crucial for safety while cooking, and there are many different types to choose from if you’re hoping to modernise your home.

Looking for something a bit different? Keep an eye out for a quirky chandelier that you can clean up, or check out Pinterest for some ideas on how to make your own.

Check your floors

If your carpet is old and threadbare, investing in a new solution can be a game changer. You may even find that you have wooden floors underneath, which can look gorgeous once they’ve been sanded down and polished.

This is another opportunity to keep an eye out for some good deals, and you’ll be surprised by what you can find if you shop around. If you’re planning to sell in a few years, investing in nice carpet will add value to your home, and will make it appear more welcoming when it’s time to attract potential buyers.