Quick & Easy Ways to Spruce up Your Home
the look of your house and make it more marketable and appealing. You
can redecorate your household interior even if you're on a tight
budget. Here are some tips on how to create a brand new look for your
home, or simply refresh your existing one, and make everything look
neat and trendy.
Paint the Walls
Giving your walls a new splash of color completely changes the
appearance of your interior. Walls painted in neutral shades create a
roomy feeling because they recede and make walls and furniture look
further away than they actually are. Use light colors like beige, light
blue, off white, peach etc. These colors are not only pleasant to the
eyes but they also are most suited to whatever color furniture or
accessories you might have. If you can, use low furniture because the
low furniture makes the eye think the ceiling is taller. If you have
moldings and trim, keep the colors light and similar to the
surroundings so they don't break up the space unnecessarily.
To make easy color coordinating, use color cards provided by paint
manufacturers. The colors on each color card go from light to dark in
percentages. To ensure that several different colors will work
together, choose hues at the same level on the color card. When
shopping for accessories, take the color cards along with you. The
other shades on the color card will make perfect accent colors.
Change the Upholstery and Covers
Sometimes it takes more than a paint job to spruce up a room,
especially if the fabric on your furniture looks worn or tired. By
changing the upholstery, furniture covers or cushion covers, the whole
area gets a totally new look. You can mix and match with different
colors and patterns but be sure to carefully match the color, texture
and design of the new fabrics with your floor, carpet or wall colors.
Take care to see that you have a common theme running between all your
upholstery so that the colors do not hurt the eye or clash.
Re-upholstering takes skill and isn't cheap, so before attempting to
re-upholster a furniture piece yourself, make sure you know what you
are doing or consider hiring a person who specializes in this craft.
Change Window Treatment
When you are considering changing window coverings, consider available
light, room decor, location and privacy. If your windows face north,
you should aim to let in as much light as possible if privacy is not an
issue. If they face south or west, you may want to cut back on the
amount of light.
Windows serve as a visual link with the outside world. They are also
the primary source of natural light in your home. Before buying, work
out all the details and make sure you are happy with selection. Blinds,
fabrics, shutters, sheers, shades, or just plain naked windows are only
a few of your options.
The window treatment is often the most eye-catching aspect of a room.
The room gets a very rich look if the window treatment that you use is
rich and comfortable. Simple window treatments should blend into the
background and soften the break that a window makes in the wall. If
your windows reveal a pleasant view and privacy is not an issue, you
may want to use minimal coverings that can be easily pulled back.
Use Lights to Brighten, Accent or Set Mood
Lighting can be practical, functional, decorative and dramatic. It
creates atmosphere and mood in a room. There are a huge number of
options available, just know its primary purpose before choosing one
for the task. An attractive floor lamp or table lamp placed next to a
comfortable chair completes a perfect reading area. Wall sconces add a
dramatic effect and can change mood for a room. You can brighten or
accent different portions of a room with thoughtfully planned area
lighting. A chandelier provides the light needed for general work at a
table or dinning. You can control amount of light from the fixture with
a dimmer switch to set the right mood for occasion or task. Track
hardware on the ceiling allows you to position fixtures for spot
lighting. If your kitchen is too dark, maybe all it needs is set of new
track lighting that puts the spotlight where you want it. Under-cabinet
task lighting makes work safer and easier and brightens those dark
counter areas. Display lights under shelves can brighten a dark or
shadowy area. Variations are endless, you just need to look for the
style that best fits the room's decor.
Update Your Floors
Update worn carpets, change tile floors or install a floating floor and
boost the value of your home. Flooring may not be the first thing you
think of when you're looking for a quick upgrade, but with today's many
flooring options, there's no need to put up with worn carpets and tile
floors. You can choose from eco friendly cork, install-it-yourself
linoleum sheet and tiles to trickier hardwood applications. In addition
to visual appeal, consider comfort, life span, cost and maintenance
when considering re-doing your floors. Sometimes, something as simple
as adding a throw rug under a table or beneath chairs will add the
warmth and color you're looking for. Good flooring is a must for a well
If you need to update or brighten up a garage floor or storage room
floor, use floor paint. Make sure that you do not bother about the cost
so much as this can be considered good investment.
Decorate With Plants and Flowers
Plants and flowers come in such a variety of colors and shapes, you can
tailor the display to suit any decor. Any interior that has plants in
it instantly livens up the atmosphere of that place. Plants improve the
air in the room and suit a range of styles and decoration. Plant window
boxes to enhance the view both inside and out. Plant flowers near the
window sill to improve the beauty of the windowsills. Use hanging
baskets to provide warm welcome.
Create harmonious look with framed art on the wall. Framed art
instantly add elegance quotient to your room. A big, beautiful picture
displayed in solitary splendor can create an instant focal point in any
room. For special emphasis, attach a picture light to the top of a
frame. Avoid any lighting that shines directly into pictures as it will
reflect and detract from the images.
Although you should never buy art to much your decor, pay special
attention to the frame, because it is a very important tool for adding
to the beauty of the painting and creating the effect of pulling the
whole concept of your design together. A group of pictures makes a
stronger statement than a single one and will turn a blank wall into an
eye-catching feature. Framed art should hang just above eye level. This
should be lower in seating areas like living room or dinning room and
higher in areas for standing like hallway or staircases.
Re-surface Cabinets and Counter Tops
If your kitchen or bathrooms are weary or you are not happy with the
colors, re-surfacing counters and cabinets will give you a whole new
look for a lot less money than actual renovation. Sometimes, just
painting the cabinets and changing the hardware can transform the look
of a kitchen or bathroom overnight.
For more decorating ideas, check home decorating books and magazines or
visit home improvement showrooms and see what products and styles are
available. You can also ask a design consultant to come to your home
and recommend different options.
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