Spring is here: the flowers are blooming, the weather is getting warmer, and we’re lucky enough to see the sun for a little more time each day. With all the signs of renewal and energy around us, you may be feeling motivated to refresh your home with some small home improvement projects this spring.
In fact, these types of projects can actually make you happier, according to Forbes. After completing a remodeling project, 74% of homeowners have a greater desire to be in their home. 65% say they experience increased enjoyment, and 77% feel a major sense of accomplishment.
If you want to boost your mood while giving your home a spring refresh, here are five ideas for small home improvement projects you can work on.
1. Consider Crown Molding
If you’re a homeowner, simply adding crown molding to one or more of your rooms can make a big impact. While it’s not expensive to do, it can truly change the entire look of your room.
What is crown molding? Regular molding refers to the pieces of trim lining a room. That includes baseboards and windows. But crown molding is the decorative trim that lines the seams of your walls and ceilings. By just adding this one piece of trim, it can make your rooms look more elegant, giving it that finished look.
And at the same time it’s hiding any wall or ceiling gaps or imperfections, it could even be increasing your home’s value. Sounds like a win-win.
2. Breathe New Life Into Your Kitchen
Kitchens are often known as the “heart of the home.” That’s because families often gather there to share in lovingly prepared meals meant to nourish minds, bodies, and spirits. Food is strongly associated with culture as well.
But if you’ve ever stayed or lived somewhere that had a kitchen that didn’t meet your needs, you know how frustrating it can be -- whether it’s outdated, poorly designed, or just too small. The good news, however, is that there are plenty of small ways you can refresh your kitchen to better serve you and make it look nicer at the same time.
Consider replacing all the drawer and cabinet hardware for a cohesive look. Or, try a peel-and-stick backsplash to make the whole room feel fresh. Even small projects such as these can make a big impact on your kitchen’s overall look and feel.
3. Modernize Your Light Fixtures
You may not think about your light fixtures much … but maybe you should. In fact, you may be surprised how something as seemingly insignificant as a new light or ceiling fixture can instantly transform a room. This is especially true if your home still has the standard builders-grade lights it was built with. Take the opportunity to upgrade to something more stylish -- and you could even add a ceiling fan.
And not only is it important to update your light fixtures from an aesthetic perspective. Just like other aspects of your home, light fixtures can become old and dated. And if that’s the case, it can even turn into a safety hazard. Of course, when working with electricity, be sure to take all necessary safety precautions and consult an expert if you’re unsure.
This spring, consider your home’s light fixtures and replace those that are drab or dated in order to refresh the entire room and keep your family safe at the same time.
4. Update Your Guest Room
Even if you’re not a homeowner or you’re not interested in making more permanent home changes due to potential PCS moves, there are other ways you can spruce up your home this spring. For example, you could turn your guest bedroom -- which often serves as a utility storage room -- into a comfortable and cozy home away from home for your guests.
One of the best ways to make a bedroom cozy is by ensuring you have high-quality bedding and a comfortable mattress. Great pillows, sheets, and comforters don’t have to break the bank. And if buying a new mattress isn’t in the plans right now, consider a mattress pad that can add an extra layer of comfort for your guests.
And simply ensuring that your guests have enough space for their belongings can make a big difference in their experience. Whether that’s clearing space in the closet and providing hangers, or adding a dresser specifically for your guests’ things, these small steps can take your guest room to the next level.
5. Refresh Your Bathroom
While a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) may be better suited for a larger bathroom update project, there are small steps you can take to refresh your bathroom, making it feel like a whole new space -- even without spending too much money.
Something as small as adding a new mirror or repainting the cabinets could make a surprisingly large difference. Additional elements, such as framed art pieces along with real or fake greenery could give your bathroom a relaxing aura. And tie it all together with counter decor that is pretty as well as practical: a tray with candles, hand lotion, and hand towels in your theme color can give the whole room a polished look.
Armed Forces Bank Can Help With Your Small Home Improvement Projects and More
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