1.) Programmable Thermostat:
OK, so we know that this specific home improvement project does not add anything visually into your home design, but let’s be fair- trimming around 5-10 percent a year off your heating/cooling bill, also allowing you more control over the inside temperature, all while getting a new high-tech gadget is a win-win-win-win situation. A programmable thermostat permits you to prevent ever having to come home to a sweltering heat after a long day of work. It enables one piece of mind when leaving pets at home, no matter how hot it is outside. Coming in at about $75-$120 to have one installed for you- it is truly a remarkably cost-effective way to make sure you get the most comfort possible out of your dwelling. HouseLogic.Com has some pretty good information on choosing which sort of thermostat will suit your needs. And no need to fear! Programmable thermostats (like most other electronic devices in our day-and-age) are becoming more and more user-friendly and simple to operate.
2.) Add a Splash of Color with an Accent Wall:
Painting an entire wall can be a nightmare (believe me, we know), and after a long week of work, the prospect of taking on this overwhelming and exhausting task inevitably leads to a room that remains that exact same old neutral beige. Well- here’s a compromise. How about an accent wall? The difference a single wall of bold color can make in an area can’t be ignored. An accent wall is a superb place to begin remodeling or refurnishing your dwelling. It provides you with a base colour palate with which to work, and can aid in the later selection of cushions, rugs, chairs etc.. With an overall project time hovering around 6-8 hours (depending on the size of the wall you’re painting) from start to finish; painting an accent wall is a surefire method to add a touch of pizzazz to your room.
The sky is actually the limit on this one. And the best part is that your ventures through a local thrift store or Goodwill can yield incredible results at unbelievably low prices (if any). Being connected with, and actively tracking Craigslist is a secret weapon when it comes to designing on a realistic budget. You may go with vibrant, muted, pastels, or even fabrics and various textures!
Recently a trend has been becoming more and more popular in US homes: a faux headboard. What does this mean? It means that you use the wall and space already available to make a creative and very innovative design in place of a bulky headboard in your room. Pinterest has some gorgeous galleries in case you’re looking for some inspiration. The complexity and project time it will take to finish a headboard creation of your very own is totally up to you. Some companies even offer templates and decals that may be stuck directly to a wall. The advantage to some faux headboard is beyond aesthetic. Aside from the space you can save, and the flexibility in design you may have, a faux headboard is easy to change, easy to update, and can be modified to reflect changing trends or a changing room.
If you’re anything like me, your life is a constant cacophony of psychological “to-do” lists, family engagements to maintain, errands that need to be run, bills that need to be paid, and a way of communicating that often gets lost in the mix. Developing a DIY message center is a perfect way to be certain everyone is on the same page. What’s wonderful about these types of message centers is that most, if not all, of the materials you will need can either be located at a local thrift shop or on the free part of CL. Don’t wed yourself to chalkboard either. Although chalkboard is a simple solution (especially now that it comes in huge sheets using an adhesive back ( like contact paper), you should also consider using a pane of glass (painted on one side) and framed! It’s the perfect mimic of a dry-erase board, but with more style. You can even use a very thin piece of aluminum if you want to exclusively use magnets, and for those talented seamstresses out there- cloth and ribbon will also produce a beautiful, versatile, Broward County Raccoon Removal, and most importantly- functional piece for your home… and on a budget. A number of these message centers include a section for mail, a section to write notes, and a board to post important bulletins to yourself or your family. I’ve seen every design style from rustic to contemporary, so whatever the style of your house, you can construct a message center to compliment your design strategy when adding functionality.
5.) Change Your Faucets:
An often over-looked item on the “home improvement” list- altering your taps is a simple way to really alter the appearance and feel of a room. Outside of accent pillows, it is the simplest way to breathe life back to a kitchen or bathroom. Your neighborhood hardware store has some amazing selections – do not be afraid to be a little daring! Just make sure that all of the hardware matches, and decide whether it is important to you to have the same hardware throughout the home. This is also a perfect opportunity to re- pet-proof and child-proof your lower lying closets.
6.) Add Some Under/Over Cabinet Accent Lighting:
If you want to really add some wow to your living space, consider over/under cupboard lighting. I can’t stress enough: invest the additional money and get lids. At $20 a roll, you can get LED rope light in any color you can imagine. Dramatic lighting in this way can add incredible depth and dimension to your design space while creating a terrific atmosphere and additional lighting without the hassle or bulk of adding a new lighting fixture. Some companies do offer these kinds of lights at a top- requiring electrical work and a contractor, but the same effect can be accomplished with a simple trip to a local shop and a small amount of clever fastening. Secure the rope lights out of sight in the junction where your counter meets the body of the cabinet, or concealed on the very top. The lights will reflect light off the wall or cupboard (depending on placement) and will produce a dramatic, and beautiful effect that really provides a cutting edge style to any room.
Add a Back-Splash:
Now, depending on how you go about this- it could be both costly and time consuming to install a back splash in your wall. Unless you have some experience with DIY home improvement, I would suggest leaving grout and tile jobs to a professional, however, there are ways to put in a back splash that could be done by anyone, regardless of experience level. Many home improvement stores sell sheets of counter tops, self-adhesive back splashes that mimic the look of real ceramic tile. Of course- consult an expert (even if just your native home improvement partner) about which type and material of tile or tile copy you should receive. A backsplash is just another element like the accented wall; it’s a dash of color and a break up homogeny that adds texture and life to a drab space.
This is more a decorating tip than a home improvement tip- but its details like these that can really tie a room together and help a design space make that leap from concept to polished thought. Think bold and bright. Throw pillows can be just enough color to produce a room interesting without being overwhelming or overbearing. Experiment with different texture and fabric combinations, find a mix that is appropriate for you. Inexpensive, with big impact; throw pillows will be the un-sung heroes of home interior design.
Paint Your Front Door:
Look at almost any “tips, tricks, and ideas” for home improvement, and somewhere on that list will be replacing/repainting the front door. I couldn’t agree more. Beyond the obvious curb appeal, painting your front door can actually refresh your home and add some vibrancy and style to your home-front. First impressions are the most important, right? Make the first impression of your house to be one of happiness and warmth. For less than $30, you won’t believe the difference it will make!
10.) Select a Room: Replace All the Cloth You View:
Updating window treatments, runners, rugs, pillows, and can transform any room in a matter of an instant. That’s the fantastic thing about colour; it can change not only the look, but the feel of any room. Even something as simple as replacing drapes can shed years off the look of your home- and let’s face it- replacing window treatments is just another task on that endless, and unending list of “I will get to this one day” projects all of us keep tucked away. Changing accents like these is elastic, non-committal, and allows space for experimentation and expansion over time. Not many home improvement projects may offer that kind of fluidity.
In final as far as we would like to think that the only way to make a real impact on the aesthetics of a house is through big design jobs, there are clearly tiny ways anyone can transform their house on a realistic budget, in a short amount of time. The above listed improvements can be a family project, involve family, friends, and revel in creating a gorgeous home space and spending some quality time with those close to you. You don’t have to break the bank to change your home’s style. It’s a journey which can be accomplished one step at a time.