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3 Easy Ways to Update Your Home Without Breaking the Bank

3 Easy Ways to Update Your Home Without Breaking the Bank

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Are you sick of your home’s boring, unimaginative style, or growing tired of its dingy, dated décor? Do you wish you could update your home’s appearance but can’t afford the cost that comes with a full-on renovation? We’ve all been there. If you’re searching for a few quick and easy ways to significantly enhance your home’s aesthetic appeal without breaking the bank, follow these three tips for refreshing your living space while sticking to a super-strict budget.

Pick Out New Paint

There’s no easier or more inexpensive way to give your home a brand-new look than swapping out the stale colors that currently coat your walls for bright and vibrant hues that welcome you when you walk through the door. While some do-it-yourselfers steer clear of painting projects because of the perceived hassle, you won’t find a better bang for your buck on a budget home renovation project anywhere else.

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For the best results, select shades that evoke moods which correspond to each room you plan to update. Cool colors—like blue, green, gray and lavender—call forth feelings of peace, calm and tranquility, making them the perfect choice for bedrooms. Warm colors—ranging from yellow and orange to red and pink—can have a stimulating effect and are therefore are great option for home offices, accent walls, or living rooms, dens and kitchens.

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In addition to altering the types of feelings a certain room evokes, the paint color you choose to display on your walls can also help to change the perception of a specific room’s size. If your goal is to make a small space seem a little bit larger, opt for a cool color—like a deep blue or aqua—which can help to open or “expand” a space as the color appears to recede. Warm colors, by contrast, have a tendency to “advance” toward you when you step into a room, making large rooms feel more intimate and cozy. Whatever hues you pick from your preferred palette, giving your home a much-needed pop of color is a surefire way to completely overhaul its appearance for the minimal cost of a few cans of paint and a handful of brushes.

Update Cabinet Pulls and Bathroom Faucets

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Another simple and inexpensive way to take your home’s décor from drab to fab is to replace dated fixtures with ones that are bright, shiny and new. Few aspects of your home get used more frequently than the fixtures throughout, and whether you realize it or not, coming into contact with ones that don’t wow you—or, worse, ones that remind you that your home is in desperate need of some upgrades—can play a pivotal role in the way you feel about the space you call home.

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Take a moment to think about just how many times each day and night you handle the fixtures throughout your residence. Whether it’s the leaky handles on your bathroom faucet you struggle to turn each time you wash your hands, or those ugly, sticky cabinet pulls you’re forced to grab every time you time you make a meal or put away a plate, the less-than-impressive fixtures found in your house can have more of an effect on your mood than you might think.

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From brass and bronze to copper, chrome, nickel and gold-plated, the options available are virtually endless. Head to your local hardware store to search for a style that fits your needs, personal style and your budget—or browse online retailers via websites like Etsy for a product you can customize right down to the color and texture. You’ll be amazed at how adding an updated set of fixtures to your home can drastically change the entire look of a kitchen or bathroom for anywhere from $50 to a couple hundred dollars. Just make sure you stick with one style and color scheme throughout to keep your home looking uniform and avoid creating an awkward contrast from one room to another.  

Upgrade Your Lighting Fixtures

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When it comes to mood-boosting home improvements that won’t put a major dent in your wallet, installing new lighting fixtures should rank at the top of your to-do list. Much like the pieces of furniture you’ve chosen to decorate the interior of your home tell a story about a homeowner’s personal style and preference, lighting fixtures create an immediate ambience that determines both the look at feel of your space. If you long to come home after a long day at the office and lay back and relax with your four-legged friend, you probably wouldn’t choose a stiff couch with an expensive, scratchy fabric for your living room—you probably prefer a plush and comfy couch that welcomes you and your guests to kick off your shoes and make yourselves at home.

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The same is true for lighting fixtures. There are thousands of styles available today—pendants, track lighting, wall sconces, chandeliers and more—and the odds of your home having one that speaks to your particular style upon move-in are slim. Fortunately, updating your lighting fixtures is an easy and relatively cheap task. Once you’ve selected a style that suits your personal tastes, narrow your options down to individual fixtures that blend in well with the rest of your home. If you just outfitted your kitchen cabinets with brand-new brushed-nickel drawer pulls, for example, don’t install a brass lighting fixture over the dining room table.

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Look for sleek and sophisticated styles that contribute to the overall feel of the space but don’t draw too much attention to the fixtures themselves. Just as the knobs or pulls in your kitchen serve as an accent to the cabinets themselves, the lighting fixtures you install should complete the look you’re going for without attracting too much of the attention as the focal point in any particular room. Switch out a cumbersome and dated chandelier for a trendy, colorful pendant that’s more your style, or install under-cabinet lighting or recessed lighting in rooms with low ceilings that can’t easily accommodate a hanging fixture without making the room feel even shorter than it already is.  

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Once you’ve enhanced your home’s aesthetic appeal by installing updated lighting fixtures, experts recommend updating the types of bulbs you use in order to complete the ambience you are trying to achieve. Avoid harsh fluorescent lighting and stick instead to incandescent bulbs—which offer a warm and inviting atmosphere—or halogen bulbs, which emit a soft, white light that is the closest you’ll find to the look of natural daylight.

The space you live in is your sanctuary, and with just a few minor and inexpensive updates to the key components of your property, you can enhance the look and feel of your residence to make it feel less like a house and more like a home—all at a fraction of the cost of a total renovation.


Refresh Your Home’s Style with the Most Popular Paint Colors of 2017

With the arrival of spring right around the corner and the promise of warm, sunshine-filled days in the very near future, homeowners across the country are searching for new ways to revamp and refresh their living spaces. Whether your humble abode currently boasts a palette of dated paint colors or you’re simply tired of the hues you’ve had on the walls since your most recent  attempt to update your décor, giving your home a whole new look is as easy as picking up a paintbrush.

2017 Paint Color of the Year

If you’re feeling inspired to update and enhance the colors on your walls but you aren’t quite sure where to start, take a cue from several big-name interior design experts who recently released their top picks for the go-to paint colors for 2017. The Pantone Color Institute, whose mission is to help companies make the most informed decisions about the colors chosen to represent an assortment of brands and products, has selected “Greenery” as its 2017 Pantone Color of the Year.

Pantone Color Institute’s 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery

According to the company, Greenery—a bright shade of yellowish-green that resembles the leaves on a tree or stems on a flower in bloom—was chosen because it represents “refreshment, rejuvenation and rebirth.” In addition to providing your home with a pop of color, experts say using Greenery as the “neutral” hue in their color scheme offers homeowners more opportunities to select décor in other complementary colors without coupling shades that don’t go well together. From yellow and pink to blue, gray and orange, the colors that can be successfully paired with Greenery are seemingly endless, giving homeowners a wide array of options when it comes to choosing a palette that works for their own personal style and décor.

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2017’s Popular Paint Color Options

While the Pantone Color Institute’s Color of the Year may be the most well-known hue of 2017 among interior designers and color experts, a variety of paint companies ranging from Glidden to Olympic have also made their selections for the most popular colors for this spring, summer, fall and winter. If you’re not finding inspiration with Pantone’s Greenery—or you’re looking for a different option for a separate set of rooms—you’re in luck. The following home color trends of 2017 provide plenty of options for you to pick from when giving your residence the much-needed makeover your property is craving this season.

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In years past, beige was the primary neutral paint color of choice for many, but experts now say the popular hue of the past has been pushed aside to make room for more modern neutrals such as shades of gray and blue as well as taupe. This year’s popular picks include Glidden’s Byzantine Blue, Sherwin Williams’ Poised Taupe, Olympic’s Cloudberry, Benjamin Moore’s Shadow and Krylon’s Copper. When most homeowners think of “neutral” colors, these types of muted hues might first come to mind; however, a handful of brighter hues are also making names for themselves as the most popular neutral tones for 2017, including Valspar’s Crushed Oregano, Dunn-Edwards’ Honey Glow and Behr’s Wanderlust.

Behr’s Wanderlust. Photo Courtesy of: Behr.com

Design Tips to Keep in Mind When Painting

There’s no doubt that switching up paint colors in the interior of your home is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to change the look of your living space and overhaul your home, but before you dip your paintbrush into the can and get to work on the walls, it’s important to remember a few interior design tips for painting.

  • Before finalizing your pick for a brand-new paint color, purchase a small sample of your favorites and paint a swath or two on the walls. Then, pay attention to the way these colors change in appearance at different times of day. You may love one particular color during daylight hours, but it could look completely different as the sun goes down.
  • To hide flaws on your walls, opt for a flat or low-sheen paint color. High-gloss paint reflects light and draws the eye to uneven surface, so you should avoid this type of paint unless your walls are completely smooth.
  • Give your room the appearance of taller walls by extending your paint color onto the ceiling, making a border of 6-12 inches along the perimeter of the ceiling where it meets the walls.
  • If you want to make a smaller room seem larger, use pastels, whites or other light colors to create the illusion of bigger spaces.

Regardless of which colors you choose or which rooms in your house you ultimately decide to paint, taking the time to select a new palette that fits your own unique sense of style is a surefire way to enhance your décor and to refresh and revitalize your home this season.

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