Long gone are the days when you had to settle for your house the way it was when you bought it. Now, with some creativity and determination, you can make your home into the home of your dreams. Start by checking out these six ways to make your house more attractive.
1) Go with the Basics
When looking for quick ways to make your house more attractive, think back to what you liked best when you bought your house. For many people, it was probably because of a few unique touches and not just generic elements. The same holds true today: To create an attractive home, focus on one or two specific items that will bring value and personality into your space. If you’re a handy DIYer who can tackle things yourself, begin by updating your front door with a new look. Or, if you’re short on time and can afford hiring someone else to help out, hire a designer to draw up some plans for accent walls in one of your living areas.
2) Update Fixtures and Doors
Old bathrooms, kitchens and closets can make a home look tired. To give your house a facelift without spending much, think about updating fixtures and doors. Consider swapping bathroom cabinets for new ones in neutral tones and purchasing new interior doors. If you’re not sure how much to spend, invest in a few items at a time; it’s better than throwing money at everything all at once if it isn’t necessary.
3) Create an Inviting Entryway
The first thing people see when they enter your home is your front door. If it looks unkempt, it can make a bad impression. Instead, plant an herb garden in pots or planters just outside your front door or paint it in a bold color like red or orange. You could also invest in an area rug or pretty entry mat so you’re not greeting guests on cold concrete. With a little bit of extra effort and some creativity, you can ensure that your guests aren’t left with a bland initial impression when they enter your home.
4) Add Balconies and Stairs
Stairs and balconies can make a house look as if it has an interesting history and/or makes it look taller. In addition, adding these features gives potential buyers something physical to see on-site. The hard part is selling an unappealing home for more than market value. This is easier when you have multiple buyers who are competing for your property, but you can still do so by taking advantage of other trends in real estate. This requires that you recognize what’s happening in your local market, which may change from time to time depending on external factors like economic conditions or social events that affect homebuyers’ decision-making processes.
5) Play with Scale
A room’s scale can dramatically affect how inviting or uninviting it feels. One of my favorite tricks is to play with scale using multiple pieces of furniture at different heights. By grouping several small items together or placing a single tall item next to several smaller ones, you create contrast in both size and texture. This contrast makes a space feel larger and more cohesive at once. It’s one of my go-to tricks when designing a space!
6) Play with Color
More is more has become an overused adage in interior design, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. In fact, as The New York Times points out, more when it comes to color actually gives a room a sense of spaciousness and liveliness—you just have to go about it in a strategic way. Try applying one or two hues as your main focal point (think: blue walls) with pops of additional colors for accent pieces (think: blue-and-white ceramics). This will draw attention and create interest without crowding your space. For example, you could try painting one wall red with white accents throughout your kitchen area. Go bold by painting all four walls different colors—who said white rooms were boring?