Home makeovers don’t always have to entail major changes in one go
The beauty of makeover shows—or any reality program that offers drastic transformations—is the exploration of possibility. The shock that comes with seeing what’s achievable, the stark before-and-after contrasts: these get viewers excited about the chance to maybe do the same with their space. With still enough hopeful energy spilling over from the New Year, it’s time to pursue it. Why not consider home upgrades you can pull off this year?
Apart from working on yourself (developing good habits and being diligent about your financial goals), refreshing the look and feel of your home can also help you get a boost this year. For easy home improvement ideas that you can pursue one project at a time, scroll through.
Repaint your interiors
Spot chipped, peeling or cracking paint around the house? One way to rejuvenate your space is to give your room a fresh new coat. Wall makeovers are largely underestimated but make a big difference (a change in color alone creates impact).
Before jumping into this home improvement project, look into the psychology behind color and be guided according to the kind of energy you’d like your space to give off. Dark blues are cool and mysterious; zesty yellows and greens are refreshing and vibrant. The failsafe light neutrals may not be as adventurous, but they’re always successful at giving a space a cozy, airy feel.
Build a smart home system
Home makeovers, of course, are not limited to interior design and home décor. On the tech and gadget front, try slowly incorporating smart home items into your space. What you’re after here is convenience: Smart home gadgets are specifically designed to help you monitor your home with ease while controlling settings anytime, anywhere.
There are a ton of smart home devices to choose from, but here’s a worthwhile base to cover first: boost your internet connection with the TP-Link Deco 5. This is a WiFi mesh system that extends WiFi coverage to all rooms in your home, eliminating dead spots. This way, your smart gadgets can work seamlessly.
Level up your internet plan
This one’s a home improvement project that’s less visual, more experiential—and there’s no better time than now to upgrade your home internet. With Globe, for example, you can jumpstart your smart home journey with Globe Prepaid WiFi. You also have the option to upgrade your Globe Broadband plan to enjoy a stable connection while you work from home, stream your favorite titles on movie nights, bond with friends over co-op video games and more.
Get creative with storage
Decluttering your living space is one thing; keeping things organized and following a smarter home storage system is another. Find out how you can optimize your space with storage solutions that can make communal areas of your home easier to navigate. Think: kitchen organizers for seasonings or cutlery, built-in shelves for books or reworking the space underneath your stairs for bulkier items that don’t spark joy at the moment.
Create an indoor garden
Everyone could use more green in their lives—workspaces and living spaces included. If you aren’t confident about your plant care knowledge, there are resources online that can point you in the direction of easy-to-care-for, apartment-friendly plants. Try setting up an indoor garden by a windowsill and slowly work your way into filling the space. Aesthetic value aside, of course, houseplants are great for reenergizing a space, improving air quality and even reducing stress for those in the space.
Set the mood with lighting
Lighting is crucial in that it can directly influence the mood and feel of a space. Bright white light tends to feel clinical. Warm yellow-white light is a little more relaxed. Yellow and dimmed-down, meanwhile, make for cozy mood lighting. With or without talk of fixtures, though, don’t forget: during the day, let natural light in when you can.
Upgrade your kitchen
If over the quarantine you fell in love with cooking, consider this as a sign to start your home makeover in the kitchen. Quarantine has stretched across enough months for you to decipher which parts of the home you spend the most time in for work and play, so take that into account when deciding home upgrades to invest in. This doesn’t mean a full-blown kitchen makeover, however; simple tweaks are enough. Maybe spring for a new knife set. Install floating shelves. Streamline your décor by following a specific color scheme. Why not redo your pantry?