Monday, February 13, 2012

DIY- Quick Tips to Give your Home a New Look

Guest post by Christina Johnson

All homeowners want their home to look its best, whether for their own enjoyment or to get a better price when they put it on the market. However, most of us want to keep the expenditures to a minimum while doing this. Fortunately, there are four easy things you can do to improve both the appearance of your home.

As simple as it sounds, a good coat of paint can transform a room or house. Choose colors that match the rooms you will be painting. Bright whites or yellows work well in a kitchen, while light blues and greens are perfect for a bedroom or bathroom.

To do a professional job, ensure that you have prepared properly before you start. Remove all furnishings and other items to protect them and make accessing the walls easier. Tape over any areas you do not want to paint, such as moldings or baseboards. Place painter’s plastic on the floor to protect it from drips.

Many homes are dark holes on the inside and dark mazes on the outside. This problem is easily addressed. Install energy efficient light in the lights you do have. This will allow you to add more lights to a room, such as table lamps and recessed lighting without increasing your electrify bill.

For the exterior, add solar powered lights to pathways, around decks and garage entrances. This will brighten those areas at night without using any electricity. These lights can be adjusted to produce a brighter light for a short time, or a slightly dimmer light over a longer period.

Another way to improve the appearance of a home is to change the furniture. However, new furniture can be extremely costly. A better approach is to purchase inexpensive furnishings that you can enhance with new covers, pillows and throws.

Chose items that serve more than one purpose. For example, a wicker chair that works in the living rooms with pillows might also be used on the deck without them. You can also refurbish your existing furniture by refinishing any wood and reupholstering.

Blank walls just cry out for something to be put on them. You can make any space more appealing by adding art. These don’t have to be masterpieces or even originals. Quality prints can be had for surprisingly little and will let you bring the outside inside. Make sure the prints you select match the decor of your home.

Aside from painted or printed art, you can also use your family photos to brighten any area. For long hallways and stairways, a line of photos can add interest and energy. These photos can be individual shots, or arranged as collages.

Christina Johnson who works remotely for Elliman Prudential in the New York City Apartments and Rentals market.  She is using her journalism major to combine what she loves most, writing and her career. Her specialties include home decor design and DIY home improvement projects.

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