Want to start off 2015 with freshening up your home? It is not a bad plan and usually you can accomplish a great deal, meaning a true transformation, in just one weekend. Naturally, that depends on your handiness level and the size of your project, but if you are going for mostly inexpensive cosmetic changes you should have no trouble.
- Pick your Room – most homes have a room that is used a lot, but it doesn’t really look the way the homeowner wishes it would. Let’s say the kitchen – I know, cringe, because what you really want to do is rip out the whole thing and start over. That’s what I really want to do, but a whole new kitchen is not in the budget.
- Decide what changes you are comfortable making on your own. Meaning, you will not have to hire a professional (unless there is some sort of emergency) and what your budget is.
Simple changes can make big impacts:
Fresh Paint – nothing can make a space feel brand new like a fresh coat of paint and there are so many colors to choose from. Pick the color that makes you happy and go with it. I will say, I find it much more aesthetically pleasing to put a neutral color on the walls and then add punches of color through fabric and art work, but everybody is different so go with what moves you.
Change your light fixtures – I am not suggesting you tackle a big project that has you trying to move things around in ceiling – I simply mean change out an old chandelier for a shiny new one. Also, try to make sure you have the appropriate amount of light in your kitchen – no one likes a dark kitchen – you have to be able to see what you are doing in there.
Change out the hardware on your cabinets – now this can get a little pricey depending on the hardware you choose and how many cabinets you have, but if it’s something you are going to do try to have everything coordinate. By that, I mean, don’t have a silver chandelier, stainless steel faucet and then bright gold hardware on your cabinets. I can tell you, without a doubt, that this is not a good look because this is what my kitchen was sporting before we moved in.
Upgrade your plumbing fixture – when you are searching for a new faucet keep in mind your other décor choices and also your needs. If you have a large kitchen and a large sink area, don’t put in a tiny plumbing fixture. If you have a tiny kitchen and sink area, find an appropriate size faucet for you.
These are all simple fixes that should not take too long and can quickly update the look of your home, which adds value to it. If you run into any trouble changing out your plumbing fixture give Carmine’s a call at 203-791-8089 and we will get it working for you.