You love your home and your neighborhood. However, you are not adverse to adding a few new touches, here and there to give it some pizzazz. Whatever you do to improve your home, as long as you don't go crazy will increase its value. You may want to move in the future so just be sure to keep major items like cupboard, counter tops,flooring and carpet more neutral. Walls can always be painted but the big items are major expenses for the new homeowner and may stop the sale.
Let's cover a few key areas
This is the first impression visitors have or your home. Make it welcoming and convenient.
1) Mirror You can either hang a mirror over a table or if possible mirror a wall. This is a great optical illusion for small entrances. and it will give a feeling of spaciousness.
2)Table Place to drop your keys or visitors purse, phone or gloves while guests are removing their coats and shoes.
3) Bench or chair Someplace to sit while removing boots or shoes.
4) New entrance flooring to present the Wow factor.
5) Wallpaper is making a comeback. Check out some of the new patterns and create a whole new look.
With open concept great rooms being so popular today, this is the room where the family gathers and spends most of their time. Separate living rooms although still found in some homes are not the place where families watch television and congregate. If this is the case in your home spend the bulk of your budget on a comfortable sofa with love seat/chairs or a sectional. Be sure to pick a fabric that is good for everyday use. If it is possible, you may want to take a wall out between the living room and family room and create a large great room.
This adds warmth to a family room and a great focal point. Televisions can be mounted above which solves the dated problem of where to place the TV. If a gas fireplace is not feasible try an electric fireplace. The cost is much less and you can achieve a similar result.
Accent tables or a glass dining room table or desk will give the illusion of space.
If you have numerous books, or other items sitting around, consider a wall cabinet to show your accessories in a more organized way.
Search for a color scheme or pattern that pulls the room together.The rug does not necessarily have to be expensive. It is the overall look that is important.
Monochromatic can be very attractive but not for everyone. If you like color, use it. Add splashes of your favorite tones to that monochromatic room and it will be transformed. This can be accomplished through accessories such as pillows, throws, wall and table art. The beauty of this inexpensive makeover is that when you tire of the look, you can remove the color and enjoy the serenity of that monochromatic room again.
Chose colors that flow. If the hallway is a cool color( blue base) keep the bedrooms which you can see from the hall in the same palette. It does not have to be the same color or even similar but if it is also cool, the space will appear larger.
Chair/Table Desk: If space allows, a reading corner is a welcome addition especially to the master bedroom. In a child's room, a desk and chair are often needed for homework. If you are on a budget, watch the garage sales or the kijiji ads. You can slip cover a chair inexpensively or use a wooden chair like a rocker and put a throw and/or cushion on it to match your bedspread. Place a small table for reading beside and the room has a perfect place to read or spend some quiet time. For the child's room search for a compact desk and chair and some wall units if possible.
In all of the above remember greenery! It will alos add warmth to a room, fill empty corners and be your most inexpensive way to complete the look of your home. Have fun!
For additional Decorator Ideas, check out my past blogs.