Improvements don’t have to be big to greatly improve your quality of life and joy in your home. The first step is to do some serious thinking about what works and what doesn’t. Once you’ve decided exactly what isn’t working and why, you can go to work on what will make every corner of your home exactly what you want it to be.
Even an apartment kitchen can be improved with the addition of task lighting. Start small. Invest in a battery powered LED lighting kit that mounts easily under your cabinets and can be turned on via remote. With many of these simple kits, you can change the color, dim or brighten the lighting and enjoy quality task lighting at a very affordable price.
Your bathroom can be made more luxurious with simple touches, such as plush new towels. You can also turn your bath into a private, relaxing oasis with the addition of a tub tray that wraps over the edges of your bath. You’ll have a spot for your wine glass, a scented candle and a propped resting space for a book or tablet.
You can also improve your bathroom with a free standing towel warmer or a warming bath mat. Neither will cost a great deal and both can come with you when you move. If you have to get out of a snuggly warm bed on a cold day, you can at least enjoy a warm towel.
There are certain home improvements outside your home that are incredibly important and should be updated periodically such as your roof, garage, and landscaping. These aspects of your home are the first aspects of your home that anyone will see and it is important to maintain and replace them. For example, some roofing should be replaced as soon as 12 years after the initial installation depending on the type of roofing. Many people do not realize the dangers and costs of not replacing your roof within the recommended time frame. An old roof can lead to water damage and mold.
If you’re considering a roof replacement or update, look into some of the high tech skylights that block out light pollution with blinds but open on a timer to allow you to wake with the sun.
For those who just can’t decide on a bedroom temperature, because one is cooking while the other freezes, try some temperature changing sheets to keep everyone happy. This fabric is used in Army combat clothing, though the sheets come in more colors, so you can be sure that both you and your partner will be comfy no matter who left the window open.
Folks knowledgeable about interior design in Seattle also recommend more daylight. If you need to sleep in a deep, dark space, you can still enjoy waking up to a beautiful sunrise.
Boosting your closet joy will start with some decluttering. Take a box, a trash bag and a basket into the closet space. Pull everything out and start again. Things to toss go in the bag, things to donate go in the box, and things to keep go in the basket. By the time everything is out, you should be able to put the basket items back in an organized fashion with updated velvet hangers that don’t allow slippage.
Purge tip: When the bag is full, dump it. When the box is full, put it in the passenger seat of the car so you see it and address it the next time you’re out and about.
For drama and a bit of flair, repaint your living room and add an accent wall. Go big with this space. If the living room is beige or off-white and you have a lot of wood in the home, use rust or plum on the accent wall. Light grey walls will look great with a navy or teal accent wall. Once the wall is painted, use it as a gallery for art you love. Add white shelving to make those objects really pop against the accent color.
Small changes can make for big enjoyment of your indoor and outdoor space. Strive to make updates that you know will help, because you’ve taken the time to study and think about them. Once you know what doesn’t work, talk to a designer about changes you’d love, and make them.