Three ways to improve your home's appearance

Eugene Vargas

Everyday activities can take their toll on the look of your home; faded soft furnishings, old coffee stains on the carpets and trinkets cluttering up surfaces can make a house seem run-down and outdated. If you want to spruce your place up but are unsure of where to begin, here are a few  ideas to help you get started.

Devote a day or two to de-cluttering

If you're like most people, you have most likely built up a substantial amount of possessions over the course of several years. Unless you are fortunate to have plenty of storage areas within your property (and are an exceptionally organised person), most of these items are probably scattered all over your home, taking up valuable living space and giving each room a cluttered and cramped appearance.

If this sounds like an accurate description of your house, consider devoting a weekend to donating and if appropriate, binning all of the belongings which you no longer want or need. For those who a lot of 'stuff', this can be quite an overwhelming task; however, the end result will make the hard work worth it. Removing all of the dusty old trinkets, forgotten toys, tattered clothes and unread books from your home will have an enormously positive effect on its general aesthetic, making it appear far more spacious and clean.

Repair or replace the window frames

More often than not, it's the smaller details which can make a house look a bit neglected. Window frames are a good example of this; frequent opening and closing can result in stains, scratches and other forms of damage which give both the window frame itself, and the room it is in a tattered appearance. If the frames in your property are made from UPVC,  a thorough washing using a mild detergent and a non-abrasive sponge should be enough to remove any stains and give them a new lease of life. However if the frames are wooden and looking a bit worse for wear, it might be wise to have them professionally restored. Whilst you might be tempted to do this job yourself, timber window repairs can be quite complex and as such are best done by a qualified professional.

Switch up your soft furnishings

Perhaps one the easiest ways to enhance the look of your home is to replace your existing soft furnishings. Regular exposure to sunlight, coupled with everyday wear and tear can leave curtains, rugs and cushions looking rather worn and faded. Investing in some colour-coordinated soft furnishings can do wonders for your home. This is a particularly great option if you want to change the style of a room without having to undertake a full-blown redecoration project.