There’s no question that a well-decorated home can be a source of joy and comfort. But for many men, the task of decorating their home can seem daunting. It may feel like you need to have extensive knowledge of design principles or wield a paintbrush like an expert to achieve a stylish look.
But this doesn’t have to be the case! There are plenty of simple steps you can take to update your home without spending a fortune, and we’re going to take a look at a few.
Declutter your space
One of the keys to a clutter-free home is finding storage solutions that work for your space. Having too many items in one place will cause them to become disorganized, and they’ll just end up looking messy anyway, so you need to identify where you’re lacking storage options and find ways to add these areas. If you have a smaller room, you’ll want to eliminate any unnecessary items that are taking up space. For example, if your bedroom is smaller, there’s no need to keep a giant armchair in the corner when all it’s doing is eating up valuable floor space.
Simplify your living room with open storage
When you bring any item into your home, it has to have a place, which can cause clutter if you’re not careful. If you bring home too many things at once or don’t take the time to find a good storage solution for them, then your living room could end up looking like a bomb went off. One simple step to avoiding this is opening up your space with open storage. This can be as simple as getting a bookshelf or using an armoire to store the most commonly used items, so they’re out of sight but still easily accessible when you want them.
Add furniture and accessories
Varying up your furniture arrangement will keep your home from looking stagnant, and it’s a great way to utilize every inch of space. If you have a lot of big pieces, you might consider rearranging so they’re not lined up in a row across your living room. This will help add some visual interest and break up the large floor plan.
Accessorizing is another great way to add some pizazz to your home without making permanent changes. Whether you want to add some greenery, artwork, or unique lighting, accessorizing is the way to go when you’re looking for an inexpensive update.
Make your home more energy-efficient
One of the biggest decisions any homeowner will make is how to heat and cool their home. You could choose electric heating, which can be very expensive, or go with gas heating which can be somewhat pricey. You could also install central air conditioning, but many people don’t want to deal with that’s another large expense.
Luckily there are plenty of other options out there, so your wallet doesn’t have to take the brunt of it. One simple way to cut down on your heating and cooling bills is to upgrade your home’s insulation. This can be as simple as installing weatherstripping around your doors and windows, and it will help keep the hot or cold air out, depending on the season.
Make sure you’re not wasting water
Water conservation is important for everyone, regardless of whether you live in a city or the wilderness. Making sure you’re not wasting water can keep your monthly bill lower, which is always a good thing. One way to do this is to take shorter showers. You should also be checking all your faucets for leaks and have any clogged drains professionally resolved.
Automate your home
The 21st century is the age of convenience, and you definitely want to keep up with it. If you’re looking for ways to automate your home, look no further than your smartphone. There are plenty of smart devices out there that allow you to control and automate everything from your thermostat to your door locks via an app, so you don’t have to lift a finger.
If you’re interested in taking your renovations up a notch, look into voice-activated appliances for the kitchen. You can even go with touch-pad devices for things like lights, door locks, and your entertainment system, so your home is completely automated.
Be proud of where you live!
No matter how small or big your home is or what kind of style you have, it’s your space, and you should take pride in it. When you feel proud about where you live, it shows, so others will respect the investment you’ve made in both money and time.