As the phrase goes, your house is your fortress. To keep it looking its best and to have it remain the special place you come back to every day, you need to look after it.
It is always tempting to think that having something new in the home will bring a whole new feeling and rejuvenation to the place. Often that is true, but there is a limit to how many times you can keep adding new elements to the home. Before you know it, you can have quickly spent a large amount of money on different enhancements and wonder why your place feels cluttered and distracting rather than inviting.
It’s always a good idea to stop before you add anything and work out exactly what is missing and what needs replacing.
Add a fresh face rather than replace
When it comes to replacing something, it is often important to look at your existing piece and see if there is any chance to revive it.
It is a common mistake that people make in thinking their once treasured furnishing or décor needs to be replaced.
More often than not, something can be brought back to its best with a little TLC and the right restorative practice.
This can be a rewarding experience when you do that handiwork yourself. There are many benefits to using your own hands and the tactile process involved in things such as:
- Polishing the item
- Adding a timber stain
- Deep cleaning
- Restoring a piece
- Rearranging the furniture
The most amazing thing can be that your efforts and proper planning bring the best possible result.
Something that has been in your home for years can look as good as new with the right preparation and process. There is a way to keep the character and charm of each item alive. It’s a reminder that you bought or furnished your place in that specific way for a reason.
Saving money and the waste
The great thing about choosing restoration rather than replacement is that you can save a significant amount of time and money.
When you replace an item or rework something of a larger size and scale such as timber decking, then you are adding to the waste. It is more cost-effective and environmentally friendly to restore things in your home than replace them.
This is especially true when you look at something as important as your outdoor decking.
For the top look of your timber, you need the best decking oil to bring out all the different elements of the wood and its characteristics.
Having used the best product for deck protection and then letting that decking suffer from neglect as the elements wreak havoc is a true waste. Maintaining your timberwork is easier than you think.
The beauty is that you can actually add a special element if you use a new timber stain. That colour or shade can come shining through and the timber will look brand new.
Adding a fresh division
There is one way to add an element of spatial division which gives you a definitive style you can enjoy.
By cordoning areas off, you can give the appearance of more space rather than less. You also have the chance to hide things from the eye.
As an example, you can cover unsightly parts of a garden such as rubbish bins, hot water units, or pipework with something fancy such as aluminium screens.
You may not have the ability to make the most of high-quality metal cladding which can be the ultimate in rainscreen cladding. There is the chance to use the best non-combustible material and specialised design.
A decorative outdoor screen can be a valuable addition to the garden or outdoor area. You have the ability to choose from different styles to suit your own personal taste.
Rework and rejuvenate
Before you need to go and hide specific things in and around the home, such as an ugly part of the garden, a split in the plaster or a crack at the bottom of a window, take a breath.
There are simple ways to make more of what you have without needing to be concealing small issues or problems in the home.
The first thing to do is to fix those problems and begin the work of reviving your home bit by bit. If there are any scuff marks on the walls or skirting, then a proper cleaning regime will help brighten up those areas.
If you have furniture that is need of a new coat of polish or wood stain, then you can bring those pieces back to life.
It can be quite startling at how much of a difference a deep clean of your home can make.
Moving furniture and items around to clean also gives you the chance to re-examine the placement and arrangement within the room.
Just because something has always been in a certain position in the room, doesn’t mean it is necessarily in the ideal spot.
Where to start?
The first step in rejuvenating your home is to start with the most manageable points.
Making a list of what you can do to help refresh your place allows you to look at each of the tasks and to allocate the necessary time and resources to getting it done.
By cleaning your home thoroughly, polishing the décor and furniture and sprucing up your outdoor area and garden, you have a great opportunity to see how good your home already is and can be.
Then it is often a matter of simply maintaining those areas and finding ways to declutter, rearrange and rework each and every space.
Taking away things that you don’t use, don’t particularly like or find that distracts the eye from the decorative effects that you want to focus on can give you a clean palette.
Your home is worth your time and effort. You spend more time there than anywhere else on the planet. It’s your little piece of the world and you can make it special in more than one way. Come home to the home you love to be.