Easy and inexpensive upgrades for your starter home

n the media, millennials are often treated like the proverbial younger sibling and begrudged for how easy they have it, in comparison to their predecessors.

The quickest way to “tune up” a bathroom is to install fresh hardware.

This is according to Liza Watermeyer, Tile Africa’s Retail Displays Manager, who says millennials, however, are living in a world characterised by a competitive job market and failing economy, and they constantly worry about owning a house, much less decorating it.

Whether you’ve taken that leap and put a deposit on your own place or you’re still renting, Liza shares tips on how you can put a few finishing touches on your starter home.

1. The bathroom

The quickest way to “tune up” a bathroom is to install fresh hardware. Some sparkly new taps will make all the difference, without breaking the bank.

Hanging up pictures is not always ideal in a bathroom, especially if you’re renting or if your bathroom has been tiled from floor to ceiling.

Easy to clean after meal preparations, a tiled splashback will do wonders for your kitchen’s aesthetic.

Most landlords won’t take kindly to you knocking nails into their tiles. However, they’re unlikely to object if it’s for something more practical like mounting a vanity mirror, shelf or towel-heating rack, all of which will bring some personality to this commonly stark space.

If you’re a homeowner, you can get away with something more adventurous like a decorative mosaic tile border, shower floor or shower shelving.

2. The kitchen

Once again, you can jazz up the kitchen sink with some shiny new metal such as a sink mixer in a modern style.

Easy to clean after meal preparations, a tiled splashback will do wonders for your kitchen’s aesthetic.

Finally, replacing kitchen cupboard handles will completely transform the room.

3. Other parts of the home

If you dream of beautiful wooden floors in your home but can’t afford the price tag, get the same look with wood-look tiles at a fraction of the cost.

If you dream of beautiful wooden floors in your home but can’t afford the price tag, get the same look with wood-look tiles at a fraction of the cost. With wood-look tiles, there’s also no need to worry about maintenance because tile cleaning is always quick and easy.

Best of all, you can use the tiles to create a mosaic, a trend that can be applied to other areas of the home like accent walls and fireplace hearths.

Gallery walls may be big on Pinterest, but those box frames and premium prints can be  quite costly.

Why not opt for a gallery wall made of tiles featuring interesting designs? They’re great for indoors and out, and it’s not about how much you pay, but how you use them.

And finally, if all else fails, a fresh lick of paint and a professional cleaning service will do your home the world of good.

Updated: September 22, 2018 — 4:07 pm