There are two places that most of us will spend most of our lives: at home and at work. There's not much you can do about the work environment (unless you have a very understanding boss), but there's a lot you can do to make your home nicer.
The only trouble is that making your home pretty can often be expensive, and we're all watching the pennies in this economy, right? So, we went out to find some of the best low-cost ideas to make your home more attractive without breaking the bank. Check them out, they're awesome!
1. Repaint The Front Door In A Bright Color
A Design Chronicle
Dark colors can make your home feel less welcoming and more severe. Conversely, a bright coat of paint on the front door can really freshen the place up.
2. Respray Door Handles
Thrifty Decor Chick
You don't have to replace a door handle to give it a new style. You can simply spray paint it instead and then when it's dry, pop it back for a new look.
3. Bold, Personal Doormats
The Sits Girls
A personalized doormat isn't very hard to make. You make a stencil of the words or design and then spray paint it on the mat.
4. Disguise That Ugly Electrical Box
Love Of Family And Home
If you paint the electrical box so that it matches the same shade as the wall it is on, it will quickly disappear from sight and your home will look better for it.
5. Give Your Mailbox A Makeover
Beneath My Heart
The humble mailbox is often the first thing that we see when we get home. If you give yours a makeover, it sets the tone for the rest of your time in the house.
6. Create A Hose Hanging Station
Shanty 2 Chic
Not only does a hose hanging station clean up the hose that's been ruining the look of your garden, but with a bit of thought, it can look great in its own right.
7. Consider Symmetrical Arrangements
Symmetry is naturally pleasing to the human eye, and if you pay attention to creating symmetry in your outdoor space, it will pay dividends in its appeal.
8. Pretty Up The Guttering
Tile And Copper
OK, this is probably the most expensive idea on the list, but it really can transform a house. Old, ugly, plastic guttering can be shown the exit and new, bright, copper style guttering can add dollars to the value of your home.
9. Paint Sidings, Trim And Fences
It's the small details that really set something outstanding apart from the competition. So, pay attention to them on your house and freshen them up as necessary.
10. Container Gardens Are Quick To Do
If you've always wanted one of those homes with a luxurious-looking manicured garden but haven't had the time or money to do it, consider a container-based garden instead -- they're quick to make and cheap to implement.
11. Spruce Up Outdoor Light Fittings
Style With Cents
Outdoor light fittings rust and slowly begin to look terrible over the years. It's simple to respray and clean a light fitting and change the bulb to a nice color.
12. The Industrial Style House Number
House number plates are really pricey for what you get. These numbers, however, are cheap because they're made from ordinary industrial screws driven into the front door.
13. Sort Out The Side Yard
Love Of Family And Home
This little area of the home and garden is often neglected for years at a time. Yet, it really doesn't take much effort to make it lovely.
14. Make Awesome Stone Flowerpots
Actual stone flowerpots are kind of pricey, but these are tin cans are covered in glue and then rolled in pebbles and grouted. They look great.
15. Make Your Porch Cool With Curtains
Hey There Home
Curtains don't have to stay inside the house, and in fact, a porch area can be really improved by the addition of some outdoor curtains.
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