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Home Improvements: Must-Have Items For Your Nest

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They say that a change is as good as a holiday, and it certainly rings true when it comes to making some well-needed home improvements. Both small and big changes to your living spaces can dramatically improve your mood, help your family dynamic and even add value to the property itself. What you decide to upgrade relies on a number of factors, your budget and the size of your house being a few. So let’s get started with some insider knowledge on home upgrades and explore a few ideas to spark your creativity.

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Everyone can get into home improvement

Whether you’re a seasoned renovator or just keen to freshen up your space, there are so many different ways you can approach a project to improve your home. You might choose to get your kids involved in some painting or decorating, or decide to stick to less structural updates, like upgrading your appliances or adding some new furnishings.

What can I upgrade in my home?

You might not be in a position to make any significant changes to your home, particularly if you’re renting, but there are still some easy upgrades you can achieve. Furnishings and homewares are a no brainer, plus they’re easy to upgrade seasonally if your focus is aesthetics and stylish interiors. But when it comes to functionality, appliances are a great place to start.

5 rooms to give a mini makeover to at home

We can’t all be contestants on The Block, but we can channel our ideas and creativity into our own home improvement projects. It all largely depends on your budget, so to get the ideas flowing, here are a few things you can do to spruce up your living spaces.

1. Living Room

A quick and effective way to add some life to your living room is by upgrading your television. If you have the space, invest in a big TV. That way you can turn your humble living room into an arena to catch a sports game, or a cinema to watch the latest Hollywood Blockbuster.

A great option is the Samsung 75” Smart QLED TV because it’s rich colours and contrasts make on-screen content feel more lifelike. Plus, its connectivity means you can use voice commands via Google, Alexa or Bixby to control this smart TV from the comfort of your couch, so if you’ve lost the remote again, no problem!

2. Kitchen

For a room you may spend a lot of time in, it’s important to keep decor fresh and functional. Here’s a tip: try out one of the hottest design trends this year and introduce some black appliances into your kitchen. Two upgrades to consider are your fridge and your oven.

The LG 570L French Door Refrigerator can bring a touch of class to your kitchen and its slim, minimalist design means it can fit in narrower alcoves. Who knows – a new fridge might finally inspire you to try meal prepping or spark a new interest in cooking!

Similarly, this Bosch Series 8 Oven matches perfectly and would modernise even the most vintage kitchen setup. Cooking healthy meals gets a whole lot easier when you have the right tools at your disposal.

“Whether you’re a seasoned renovator or just keen to freshen up your space, there are so many different ways you can approach a project to improve your home.”

3. Laundry

You may not love doing laundry, but you can certainly make it more efficient by upgrading your washing machine. Who doesn’t love sliding into fresh, clean sheets at the end of a long day? An Electrolux 10kg Front Load Washer has a great energy and water rating so you’ll save on your bills, plus it’s big enough to handle the laundry needs of a large household. So, if your current washing machine is shaking so much that it virtually walks itself around your house, it might be a good time to refresh and upgrade.

4. Home office

If you’ve recently transitioned to working from home, one of the best things you can do for your productivity and work happiness is have a laptop that’s fast and up to date. With a laptop, you can be mobile and try out different parts of your home to find your optimal workspace.

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 has all the specs a high-performing laptop should, plus it’s lightweight and super portable. Switching from a bulky desktop computer to a slimline laptop might just be the change your workflow needs!

5. Turn your whole house into a smart home

We’re not talking IQ here, but rather a smart home is wired with the latest tech to either automate or centralise controls for various aspects of what happens in the home. If you love to listen to your tunes while cooking or entertaining guests, then adding a smart speaker is a quick and easy way to spice up your home.

There are a lot of great options, like the Sonos Arc, that allow you to stream music, podcasts and radio, and also ask questions using voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant. So, say goodbye to the stress of losing remotes because smart home tech is hands-free and requires minimal set up to start working for you.

Home improvement ideas for small houses

Dealing with a limited amount of space doesn’t have to be a burden. It just means you might need to get a little creative when it comes to maximising the rooms and spaces you already have. To get you started, here are a few quick tips and tricks you may like to try.

Create multi-purpose rooms

Instead of using your spare room as just a home office, you could turn it into a multi-purpose room for other activities, like yoga or even board games. Creating spaces that are modular and can be adjusted easily can transform your home in so many unique ways.

Add different kinds of lighting

One of the fastest ways to change the ambiance of a room is to change the lighting. Why not simplify your daily life and upgrade to smart home lighting. Whether you’re looking to lift your indoor or outdoor space, we’ve got everything from lightbulbs to strip lighting, lamps to motion sensors, and much more.

Adjust the colour palette

Different colours can affect how a room looks and feels (both in terms of painted walls and also coloured lamp shades). Cooler colours like jade and dark blue are calming colours in the bedroom, while warm, bright tones like orange and red can add a splash of much needed energy to kitchens and home offices.

Home improvement ideas for family sized houses

For those who have a bit more space, you might be surprised to learn that some of the best house upgrades won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Regardless of your budget, there’s a lot you can do to both freshen up your space and add value at the same time.

Make your entrance inviting

Set yourself up for a cosy experience at home by giving your entrance hall a bit of attention. This could include a fresh lick of paint on your front door, or if you’re renting (or live in an apartment building), adding some coloured furnishings.

Wallpaper or paint a wall

One way to give a room some personality is to adhere some decals, apply wallpaper or even paint some colour onto the walls. Wallpapered walls are the perfect backdrop to a mounted smart TV and can change a room’s whole vibe easily and with minimal effort.

Replace older household items

When we typically think of home improvements, there’s a tendency to start with the bigger ticket items. But start small. Replace pillows, blankets, cushions and even that old computer you never use. Upgrading the items you use every day can make a huge difference to how you feel in the long run!

Home improvements without the headache!

Upgrading and improving your home doesn’t have to be a stressful process, especially when it comes to upgrading your appliances. If you’re looking for inspiration, you can check out our range online or in store. What matters most is that you take the time to create a space that’s not just functional, but that also feels good when you’re in it.

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