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Make A House Feel Like Your Home

filed under: Informational posted on February 9th, 2015

Sometimes it can be difficult to design or decorate an existing space because you only see what is already there. Plus, taking on a home renovation can be pricey. Fortunately, there are simple ways to transform a house into your home without breaking the bank or taking up all your free time.

Small Spaces and Storage Solutions

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If you don’t have a lot of space to work with, it can be a challenge to fit all of your possessions without making it cluttered. Save space by using wall mounted shelves to store books, photos, televisions or other knick-knacks. This also is an opportunity to get creative by making interesting shapes, like honeycomb or overlapping shelves in a corner of a room.

If you prefer an open floor plan and it seems like you have too many walls, renovating might be a good option. If you plan to knock down any walls, consult a professional to examine the layout of your home. You need to know what is in the wall before you knock it down, such as electrical cables, HVAC vents, water pipes and gas lines. If you discover any of these obstacles, hire a plumber, electrician or contractor to see if anything can be moved or what options you have. When taking on renovation projects, always consult professionals so you can go through the process safely.

Fresh Coats of Paint

Nothing changes a room faster than a brand new coat of paint. Choose colors that reflect the mood and purpose of the room. Go with lighter neutrals for offices, bedrooms and areas meant for relaxation. In narrow spaces, use different colors on opposing walls to make it feel wider. Warm colors will make a space feel cozier and more intimate. Also, don’t forget to create a nice contrast with your furniture and decor colors.

If you live in a rental or don’t want to fuss with painting, buy wall decals that can easily be removed from your wall. You can find something zany like Pac Man decals, something serene like cherry blossoms or something bold like patterns.

Brightened Windows

If your home is too dark or cramped, take a look at your windows. Allow for natural light to enter a space by installing additional windows, or replace existing windows with larger ones. When installing windows, make sure the manufacturer’s instructions are followed closely to avoid sealing, leaking or structural problems.

If you do not need or want additional windows, then curtains, drapes or blinds can breathe new life into your room. Instantly transform your space through window treatments that complement your furniture and decor style. Let them add color, texture and design to your room. Depending on the amount of sun exposure you have, consider solar shades to reduce glare and UV protection. Or, embrace a green design through woven wood shades or cellular shades.

Whether you want a full renovation or just some small decoration adjustments, you can transform your space with just a little work. Your home should express your personality and style, so don’t be afraid to get creative and make it your own.

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