Life is always on a budget; sometimes, when we’re in a great financial situation, that budget can be big, but oftentimes, especially around the holidays, it can be stretched pretty thin. That said, when you’re looking around your home, the place that’s supposed to be your sanctuary, and you feel bored, it’s probably best to do something. Your home’s interior affects your overall psychology; if you don’t want to enter your house because it’s too drab, there are options for freshening up, even on a tight budget.
Your front door is the number one item to paint to create a bit of dynamism in your home. The front door plays an important role in the mental effect your home has on the people who enter it; a black door might invite notions of formality or power, while a bright red door looks casual and inviting. The paint on your front door and the trim surrounding it will fade over time, so freshen it with a new coat, or choose a new color altogether! Contrast is worth considering here; having a front door that contrasts with the rest of your home’s exterior makes it easier to find, and creates an interesting focal point for your home.
Creating an accent wall is another awesome way of adding interest and contrast in your home. Choose a room that’s already painted in neutral tones and decide on a focal point for the area; it might be where your TV or fireplace is, or a particularly interesting painting. Anywhere you want to draw attention is fine, because that’s what your accent wall will do; pick a color that pops, and paint away! This can be a handy tool if you’re like me and have a favorite color that doesn’t suit a whole room, but that you’d like to incorporate in some way. (For those wondering, I like deep shades of purple).
Finally, you can add a lot of interest to your home by freshening up the trim and windows, both inside and out. These are particularly nice to tune up because they’re relatively small, so you can use contrasting colors without overwhelming the rest of the home; nice neutrals work amazingly for trim as well. If your trim is looking grim, a fresh coat could be just what you need to liven up the house, even if you stick with creams, greys or other common trim colors.
The main advantage of all of these areas is that they’re relatively small; experienced Winnipeg painters can get all of them done in a snap, so the labour and paint costs will be relatively low. Once it’s done, you’ll have a pop of cheer every time you look at your front door, and a feeling of calm every time you look out the window. Your happiness is worth the effort, so don’t let drab colours and fading paint get you down; get a low-cost touch-up done, conserve your budget, and feel great!