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The Best Ways To Update Your House

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A DIY enthusiast, Manchester based content writer Jack loves to give the latest advice to transform your home.

We all fancy a change every now and again, but sometimes it can feel like a daunting task to update your house. There is no need to make mass changes to your home to make effective upgrades to your property, sometimes a few small changes can go a long way.


Painting

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The first way & most popular way to update your house is to give it a lick of paint. Whether interior or exterior, paint is a brilliant way to completely transform a property.

Exterior Painting

The exterior of houses is often neglected by homeowners as they think it is a big & costly job to undertake. While it can be more substantial than painting an interior room, it is not as difficult as many believe.

Exterior walls that have been painted using a masonry paint often suffer from peeling paint & green growth that seems to continue to grow back even when it is washed off. This leaves properties looking tired & in need of serious home improvement work.

Painting the exterior walls of your home can be a relatively easy process & can make a huge difference to the appearance of the property. The most important part of this is ensuring you use a high-quality masonry paint that will last for years to come, as you want the paint the continue to perform long enough for you to enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Here are some top tips for choosing a masonry paint:

  1. Use a waterproof masonry paint that is going to prevent moisture from attacking the paint. This is what leads to the paint failing.
  2. Ensure any waterproof masonry paint is completely breathable, otherwise it will trap moisture inside the building.
  3. Look carefully for the lifespan of a masonry paint on the product information. These paints can have lifespans of up to 25 years, so avoid any with lifespans of below 5 years.

The most popular shade of exterior paint is white, which provides a beautifully modern look to any property, especially when used with a dark grey or black shade on any exterior trim. Alternatively, why not consider going for something slightly unique such as a pale pink or light blue, which can really make your home stand out from the crowd. These lighter colourful shades are much more subtle than you would expect, and can be readily bought using a paint mixing service, who will be able to mix a wide variety of masonry paints in the exact shade you would like.

Light pink brings a beautiful look to any house.

Light pink brings a beautiful look to any house.

Interior Painting

Interior painting represents a much more manageable how of updating a property, and unlike exterior painting can be done all year round. Paint has a fantastic ability to completely transform the tone of a room, which makes finding the right colour crucially important.

Dark shades

Dark shades traditionally were only reserved for trim, woodwork & small areas to contrast lighter shades, but in recent years they have become increasingly popular. Dark greys, greens & even blacks can all work brilliantly well when used on interior walls in a matt emulsion. This creates a flat look that is ultra modern & can be used in almost any room to equally high standards. Dark shades create an amazing contrast for any interior decor, helping to make other objects such as artwork & furniture stand out against the walls.

Dark, eclectic spaces are a unique & striking choice.

Dark, eclectic spaces are a unique & striking choice.

Light Shades

If a dark shade isn't your thing, there are plenty of other options for you to update your interior walls. Perhaps you have a colourful way that you are bored of and want something more modern to tie in the decor of your home. Why not go for a grey tone? This may sound like a boring choice but there is hundreds of grey paint colours to choose from that all have such varied qualities. One popular choice at the moment is a blue-grey shade, which works beautifully with white, wood tones, & any darker blues.

Blue grey paint coupled with neutral tones is a perfect combination.

Blue grey paint coupled with neutral tones is a perfect combination.

Decor

Another way to update your home, which is slightly less hands on then getting your paint brush out is to have a change in decor. While it can sometimes be costly, small changes can go a long way when it comes to home decor.

Plants

Why not add some plants to your home? They are a great way to bring life & energy to a scape, and can really brighten up spaces of any size. Not only this but they are extremely beneficial to our health, and can generally lift the mood of a room. Whether you opt for a tall, structural plant that is going to carry a real presence in the space, or want more subtle plants dotted around, there is so much freedom for expression when it comes to indoor plants.

If you are confident with gardening, a tropical plant are beautiful additions to any living room or kitchen. Be careful however as they do require the right place in the house for them the thrive.

Alternatively, you can not go wrong with a cacti, which are especially good for people who do not have green fingers as they require almost no maintenance. All you have to do is water them monthly and they will be with you for years to come.

Plants are an excellent choice that can be moved all year round to keep a space fresh.

Plants are an excellent choice that can be moved all year round to keep a space fresh.

Add Something Unexpected

A great way to update a space is to add a feature element to the room. This is the best option if you do not want to make wholesale changes and does not mean that it can't have a significant impact.

A new, unique sofa is a great statement piece that completely changes the feel of a room. It is a perfect chance to add some colour & depending on whether you get a large or small sofa, can dictate whether a space feels homely or open & spacious.

Why not add a unique feature element such as a sofa to transform a room.

Why not add a unique feature element such as a sofa to transform a room.

Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Are plants high maintenance?
    • Yes
    • No
    • It depends on the type of plant you choose
  2. If going for a dark interior shade, what paint finish should you use?
    • Matt
    • Satin
    • Gloss
  3. What Should You Look At For When Finding A Masonry Paint?
    • That it is cheap
    • That it is not breathable
    • That it is waterproof

Answer Key

  1. Yes
  2. Matt
  3. That it is cheap

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Jack Louis

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