Information on how to make your home neat clean and attractive.
- A fresh coat of Paint- The most effective thing you can do to change the appearance of a room is to use paint. If you have been suffering in a home that has stayed stagnant with the same paint color for 10 years or worse, if you've lived with the off-white builders paint since you moved into your home, it is time for a change! When selecting a color ask yourself what colors make you feel calm, alive, happy, vibrant etc. If you are getting ready to sell a home, it is always best to use neutrals like taupe, cappuccino, warm butter yellow, nothing off-the-wall like lime green or bright orange. A nice coat of bright white paint can often add a freshness to a bathroom or other space as it exudes clean in a room that is full of color. It is relatively inexpensive and can be done at anytime. Ask some friends for help and you'll be done in no time. If you are redoing a room, it is best to pick out your furniture and rugs/carpet/hardwood first, then the paint color. It is far easy to select a c
- Change your Lighting- If your home has any form of fluorescent lighting, track lighting or an ugly builder's bedroom lamp it is time to make a small investment. Pot lighting, floor lamps, table lamps and providing for more natural lighting with a skylight are all great options. A must have in any room is a dimmer switch. You can really set a mood with lighting which is why candles are so popular, be sure to add a dimmer so that you can maximize your new lighting and the room. Hang a pretty inexpensive chandelier over the bed or above your dining room table for some elegance. You can find a lot of great pieces at both the Salvation Army as well as garage sales. Maybe you like the lamp base and not the shade, or vice versa. Make the investment in the one piece and replace the other. Symmetry is important too. Always try to look for sets of lamps for side tables in bedrooms and living room areas to keep a sense of balance.
- Cover your Walls- If your walls are bare and lack any paintings, photos or art pieces, now is the time to add some warmth and personality to the room by adding some pieces. The important thing here is to find items that you personally love. I love black and white shots of my family framed in a plain black frame but use them sparingly as to not make my house look like a museum. Find some interesting mirrors, a world map framed for an office, or pretty floral prints of a single flower. If you have an African mask collection that has been collecting dust, bring it out for display. It is also a great way to add color to a room. There is nothing worse than walking through a home with all white walls, no wall art or photos and boring furniture. Add some personality! You can even make inexpensive window boxes that are frames with a deep box covered with glass to put items on display. I like baby items like a rattle, baby blocks for a child's room or shells for a bathroom or bedroom. The possi
- .Remove Clutter- This can be a small or huge undertaking depending on how much stuff you have. You can do this on your own in small increments or hire in a professional to do it in a fraction of the time and show you tips and systems along the way. Removing clutter not only gives you more physical space to walk and move but your home will immediately appear larger. This is great news if you are preparing for a move. What is clutter? Trinkets, knick-knacks, mail from 2 months ago, garbage, items you or your kids have outgrown. This will give you a greater sense of peace and less stress. It is hard to work on anything in a cluttered room without feeling distracted or stressed about the extra things that you know need to be done. Please don't just move items from one room to the next. It will still be there waiting for you later. I always make a point in my own home to constantly get rid of clothes, unneeded items and clutter mail. I know we will move one day and it will make life much ea
- Arranging Décor Items- One thing you'll notice in any show home you tour, is that there décor items are of substantial size and well placed. This can be achieved in your own home also with a few easy to follow steps. Firstly, remove all tiny trinkets and knick-knacks. Have a cabinet full of tiny little figurines is not the way to do it. Have a room for these items if you are a collector instead of having a trail throughout your house. For example, use your living room as an example. The side tables might have a large dish with potpourri on one with a small frame of family and a coaster, and the other have two small hard cover books on top of each other for display and a 3 pronged candle holder. Keep it simple! Your bedroom dressers should not be covered with receipts, tealights, keys, a jewelry box, books with book ends and a potpourri dish. Eliminate all tiny items and have 2-3 items max on any piece of furniture unless it is quite large. Another example is a master bathroom. Use one
- New Flooring Makes a Big Difference-Whether you realize it or not, floors get walked on an awful lot. If you have carpet, linoleum tiling, or ceramic tiles, it might be time to replace them for a new covering of the same material or a new one altogether. If you live in an older house see if you have hardwood buried under the older carpet you have now. It might take a bit of sanding and a shiny new varnish but hardwood adds a richness that carpet cannot. If you are replacing carpet ensure that you get a new one that wears well and keeps its shape. In addition you'll want to invest in a nice thickness of under padding. If you are going the tile route there are a lot of options. There are peel and stick ceramic tile look-alikes as well as the real thing and linoleum. Either way, fresh new flooring that looks clean and un-abused is far more appealing. Ensure that you color-match with any furniture, cabinets etc to ensure it all blends for harmony.
- Crown Molding Provides Richness-Wander around your home right now and look at the baseboards that are currently installed. Chances are you got the builder's style. If you are happy with it and live in a newer home then do keep it. If you are looking at old baseboards painted over several times it is time to replace them. You'll want to then match up your baseboards to your new molding. I love the classic white molding against a nice neutral colored wall. However, the options are endless. In some cases you might want leave the molding unpainted altogether or use a slightly lighter shade to avoid the contrast of white on a bright or dark color. This Gives a richness and finished look that you'll love and home buyers notice and appreciate.
- Outside Structural Appearance- It's time to address the outside of your home. Besides, curb appeal is huge and you likely pull up to and away from your home each day, it might as well look great. Take a look at your porch, steps and driveway and if any need repairing or replacing you'll know. Look for rusting, worn-look, cracked steps or driveway or discoloration. It might be as simple as having the driveway repaved or doing some repair to loose or cracked steps. Next look at the lighting, symmetry of lighting around the garage is great or one ligh