Deciding that it is time to renovate or redesign your home is a fun time in a home owner’s journey. Having the freedom to pick your own colors, materials, furniture, and any changes you want to make can be liberating and a great way of expressing yourself. Deciding which things to change, renovate, or redecorate though can be a difficult choice, particularly when constrained by a tight budget or other factors such as guests coming into town, or a busy work schedule. Whether you want to do it yourself or find an affordable way to make some changes, here are some of the hottest decorating tips out there in 2014.
- Painting or otherwise designing an accent wall. While paint is the easiest and most affordable to do yourself, many people are also finding that brick or stone make for elegant and classic looking accent walls in living rooms or bedrooms around the house. Buying the materials is more affordable than also buying the labor, and there are a lot of instructions out there for how to do these on your own. This is more affordable if you do it yourself, but will take longer, so you need to weigh those options carefully as a homeowner and be realistic and patient with yourself if you are going to do the work.
- Changing window treatments is a heavily overlooked decorating tip. Nearly all home owners underestimate how much a nice new set of blinds to match the paint and furniture can really change the look of a room. For example, you might never have thought to put plantation shades in your home but for many they offer just the right amount of flexibility in terms of light and air allowed in and out with the luxurious feel of elegant window coverings. There are a lot of terrific vendors out there, such as One Stop Decorating in Kansas City, who can help you find the right type of blinds or shutters for any room in your house.
- Dark hardwood floors have become incredibly trendy over the past couple of years, and are popping up everywhere in new homes and renovations. They are elegant, easy to clean, hide dirt and scratches easily, and match very well with almost any color kitchen cabinet, paint, or granite counter top. You just have to be careful when designing that the rest of the room stays on the lighter side so that it does not become overwhelmingly dark or seem like it is too small of a room. Dark hardwood floors with white or off white kitchen cabinets and grey granite counter tops is one of the most requested kitchen renovations around.
As you can see, there are a variety of different techniques and styles that a home owner can apply. Some are do it yourself, others are more complicated do it yourself, and others still likely require professional installation of some sort. These are just a few of many ideas out there, so make sure to look around and figure out what works best for your home.