Creating a home you love is about more than paint colors and light fixtures, it’s about creating a space that reflects your personality and makes you feel welcomed every time you open the door. People hesitate to personalize a home in fear that people won’t understand the changes they made or that it will decrease their home’s value.
While very outlandish design ideas might make it harder to sell your home, it’s important to be true to yourself and to focus on what will make your home feel like a paradise. Here are five clever improvements you can make to your home that will make it a better place for you to live—and won’t lower its value!
1. Build a secret nook for the pets
Everyone needs a spot to call their own, and your fur baby is no exception! If you have a set of stairs, you can easily hire a construction company like J&J Northwoods Construction Inc. to come to see if you have space in your stairwell to house your pet’s bed, food, and toys. This will help keep the pet hair. Under control and your floor clear of debris, while providing a nice haven for your dog or cat to escape to when things get too hectic in the home.
2. Create a beautiful (and practical) entryway
The first thing most people see when they enter your home is your entryway. Unfortunately, not many of us are blessed with a grand, clearly defined, entryway to welcome visitors. To create an entryway, use wainscoting to delineate the space and outfit it with a series of attractive hooks. High shelving can serve as a storage to tuck things away. To make everything stand out, paint the wainscoting and shelving with a contrasting color to the walls. White on dark gray or navy looks particularly striking.
3. Invest in innovative lighting
Natural light can help elevate our moods, keep our plants growing, and make our home a more welcoming space. If new windows aren’t in the budget, there are other methods you can use. Innovative light bulbs can be controlled from your phone to match the sun’s cycle outside, brightening and dimming as the sun moves across the sky. Also, consider installing task lighting that will permit you to use dark corners better or to use all your kitchen corners.
4. Make narrow spaces more usable
If you’re stuck with a small kitchen or tiny bedroom, make these spaces more workable by adding storage or furniture that easily stows away. Tables that fold down onto the wall will allow you to have an in-eat kitchen—but only when you need it. Innovative shelving or wall hangings that make use of floor to ceiling space is another great way to make a room more functional without taking up extra floor space.
5. Hide the necessities
We all need garbage bins, vacuums, and microwaves, but that doesn’t mean we want them to serve as a centerpiece. Instead, find creative ways to hide them by building nooks for garbage cans, putting the microwave in its cubby in an island, or designing a closet just for cleaning supplies that are separate from the linen closet or entry closet.