21st Sep 2018
Transform Your Home In Five Steps
You might think that home renovations come with an expensive price tag, but there are a number of ways you can improve your living space while sticking to a budget. Whether you’re trying to create a garden paradise or refresh the look of your lounge room, we’ve put together our top five tips to help get you started.
The first question you should be asking is if you can improve an existing space or if you need to start afresh. There’s a big difference between what you want to change, and what you need to change. Unless you have an abundance of money saved, renovations can be pricey. For example, you might need more space in your kitchen. In this instance, ask yourself if there is an opportunity to declutter and improve your storage solutions, before actually rebuilding a larger kitchen. If you identify the problems you are facing in each room, it will be much easier to diagnose with an appropriate solution.
Always start small. Before jumping to the stage of renovations, take some time to consider what you like about your house – and what you really don’t like! Grab a pen and paper and map out the pros and cons of each room – chances are, you’ll start to see a pattern form. Basic elements such as colour palettes, lighting and layout are the essential ingredients to any living space. A new paint job or furniture update might be all you need – so don’t start knocking down your bathroom walls straight away.
Most of us would jump at the opportunity for a more spacious home – but saying “yes” to renovating every room in your house is going to set you back thousands of dollars. The everyday test is a simple way to assess which areas of your home get the most use, and whether or not they are matching the requirements that your day-to-day life demands. Write down a list of activities that you use your house for on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis – this list might include anything from hosting dinner parties, watching TV, playing board games with the family, or having guests stay overnight. Your home should be able to accommodate these frequent activities, so it’s worth investing in creating new spaces if they will lend themselves to your daily routine.
The biggest home and garden trends right now are recycling and upcycling. Get creative with your garden – old tree stumps can be turned into outdoor coffee tables by applying a glass or wooden surface over the top, and outdated furniture pieces can be brought back to life with a new layer of paint or a light sanding. Start your own fruit and veggie patch to help give your garden a splash of colour and add interest to your outdoor space, while cutting down on the weekly shopping list costs!
Over the years, people tend to accumulate a lot of “stuff” in their home. If an item or object lacks any significant purpose or visual appeal for you, then it’s time to get rid of it! Be selective and purposeful when it comes to your interior design: opt for furniture pieces that complement the space surrounding them and be consistent with a set range of colours and textures to develop your own unique style.
Whether you’re looking to redecorate or renovate, Gregsons offer a fantastic range of items in our home, gardens and tools auctions, which will help to rejuvenate any indoor and outdoor living space. Follow our five simple steps before making any purchases or decisions, and you’ll be on track to transforming your home.