Simple Bathroom Updates That Make A Big Impact

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to change the look and feel of your bathroom. Simple, low cost changes can give the room new life, and they don’t have to hurt your pocketbook.Start with something as simple as new towels and soap holders and go from there.

Mirrors are a focal point in the bathroom. Replace old mirrors if you can, or simply add a new frame. Glue painted or stained chair rail around any size or shaped mirror for a fresh look and feel. Showerheads, faucets, and pulls for your drawers can be changed out easily and coordinated with towel rods and paper holders.

Of course you know you can paint your walls, but did you know you can paint your countertops too? Base your colors on room size, as going with dark shades, or even too much of a bright shade will make your room seem smaller. Light, neutral wall colors can be spiced up with simple accents that won’t overwhelm or cramp your style.

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Simple Bathroom Makeovers

All bathrooms need a change from time to time and according to Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer and author of “Mystery of Color,” the initial hurdle for most homeowners is size. If your bathroom is small, Friedmann suggests that you begin your journey with paint, a fast easy way to revitalize any room. Coordinating the color of the bath with another room in the house will allow you to pull the design together, but don’t stop there. Bathrooms do well with bold colors and Friedmann states that bold colors and dark shades of blue, gray or green, can be a great look. Wallpaper is reportedly another avenue you can travel by considering bold colors or perhaps striped wallpaper or painting stripes, in order to give the room a sense of visual flair. Accenting the cabinets with coordinating colors can also add a new dimension to the room and is cost effective, in addition to changing out the old hardware for a more modern look. If your budget permits, replacing faucets and fixtures can add to the overall mood and you can complete the picture with coordinating bath towels and keeping accessories on walls and counters to a minimum to avoid overdoing it.


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Kitchen Makeovers That Don’t Break The Bank

No matter where you entertain your guests, eventually, they all gravitate towards the kitchen. If you’re in the market for an economical way to breathe some new life into this room, you might want to consider simply painting the existing cabinets and replacing the hardware with something that suits your style. This has the benefit of giving your kitchen the appearance of having been remodeled, without the big price tag that usually goes along with it, as well as being a project that most homeowners can accomplish without having to hire a professional. But, before you get the screwdriver out, stop and consider a few things first. You want to think about how you want your new kitchen to look, if you have wood stained cabinets and you don’t want to paint over them, try re-coating them with a matching stain or clear polyurethane to bring back that new shine. A bright kitchen can give the illusion of a bigger kitchen, so you could paint the cabinets a lighter color. Your local hardware store has a variety of knobs and hinges that will complete the look of your new kitchen.

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Re-evaluating The Concept Of Home

With the rollercoaster ride that defines the housing market these days, more homeowners are re-evaluating their relationship with their homes. What was once considered a financial asset, is now being reinvented into a “home.” With the added uncertainty of the economy, families are opting out of vacations and putting their money into making their surroundings more comfortable. According to a Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies report, home remodeling is expected to pick up in 2012 and will reportedly make it the strongest growth year since 2006.

The average homeowner doesn’t have unlimited financial resources at their disposal, so when it comes time to make those much needed repairs or remodel a room, a concerted effort goes into making intelligent, economically feasible decisions. Stephen Saint-Onge, contributing editor for Better Homes and Gardens, suggests that before you begin your new remodeling project, you “Take stock of what’s good in a room and then start dealing with the not so good.” For instance, when faced with the dilemma of inadequate storage space, consider installing inexpensive pine shelving, which can be painted or stained to complement or accent the color scheme of the room.
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The Beauty Of The Bay

Older homes have a unique character to them and a lot of homeowners are turning to them because of the high cost of land and new construction. Older homes also appeal to new homeowners who dream of fixing them up as they go along. Many older homes have features that you simply don’t find in the more modern styles and one of these breathtaking features is the old fashioned bay window. These beautiful works of architecture can be the focal point of the house, as well as the room they’re featured in. But what may have been a selling point to the home could become quite a challenge for the novice home repairman.

According to an article, The Older Home: Make the most of your bay window, it suggests that one of the first things you do before remodeling, is to inspect the outside of the house where the bay window joins against it for possible damage that may have occurred due to uneven settling. Unless the window was constructed over a structure, the windows may not open properly and cracks can let air and moisture into the bay area, causing damage.


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Finding Your Home’s Voice

Your home says a lot about who you are, what you like and how you feel about your environment, so take the time to consider what you want to say. Whether you are just redoing a room or the entire house, the “plan your work and work your plan,” strategy goes a long way in ensuring that your design experience is as pleasurable and successful as possible. Typically, color schemes are the most difficult aspect of design and with the variety of tones and shades available on the market today, it’s no wonder. Keep in mind, that at the end of the day, you are the one who will looking at those walls, so it’s vital that you are happy with them.

When you’re researching ideas for layout, color schemes, and even picture combinations, don’t be afraid to replicate something that you find pleasing. Accenting a wall or two with a complimentary color can reportedly alter the perception of the room and when contemplating what to put on those new walls, consider adding a series of photos or collections of items that you enjoy, for example, antique toys, ocean views, or children’s photos.


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Increase Resale Value With Kitchen Upgrades

If you’re looking to sell your house and want to know how to get the best price for it, you can’t go wrong with a little kitchen renovation. Alice Chan, a designer and home selling strategist said, “Real estate pros tell us that kitchens lead the list of spaces that make or break the sale of a home.” In fact, the Home Gain National Home Improvement Survey for Sellers found that people who invest a little extra money in their kitchens before putting their houses up for sale were able to get a 66% return on that investment.

Add Task Lighting

With this in mind, you’ll be looking for a few good ways to update your kitchen without taking out a second mortgage. One option you have is to upgrade your lighting. If you still have those commercial fluorescent light boxes those should be the first things to go. You could also add improved task lighting by hanging pendant light fixtures over islands, bars, and sinks.

Appliances Should Match

Another option you have is to switch out those old, mismatched appliances for some that are matching, sleek, energy efficient. According to Chan, “Mismatched appliances will stick out like a sore thumb and deter buyers.” Your new appliances don’t have to be stainless steel but they should complement the style you’ve chosen for your kitchen.

Modernize Your Sink

Along with appliances, you might want to look at switching out that old ceramic sink for something modern. According to Chan, even just springing for a stainless steel basin and adding a stylish faucet with matching liquid soap dispenser can really improve your “wow” factor.

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