While this seems like a given, a lot of people don’t realize the effect that fresh paint can have on a home. Paint can easily remedy scratches and fingerprints, and can bring a new look to a drab room. For as low as $25 a gallon and a little bit of elbow grease, paint is one of the most inexpensive and dramatic ways to bring a room back to life.
Quick Tip: Try using a different paint colors in each room throughout your home, or even two colors in a single room. Accessorize by picking up color-coordinating pillows and décor to complete the look.
Have you always disliked your hollow-core, faux-wood-grain doors? It’s amazing what new interior doors can do to a home. Modern, flat-panel doors start at $125 each and can transform the look of your house.
3. Door Hardware
Whether you are replacing your doors or not, changing the door hardware can bring an entirely new look to a door and a room. Get rid of your brass or chrome knobs and replace them with nickel, aged bronze or black doorknobs. There are some attractive finishes available starting at around $25 per knob.
Quick Tip: Pickup matching hinges. Hinge sets start at $3 each and really complete the look.
4. Cabinet Hardware
Try swapping the standard cabinet knobs in your kitchen with some Cabinet pulls. Long bar and square stock pulls provide a more updated look to a kitchen than a tiny knob. For as little as $6 per pull, it’s really worth it.
5. Floor & Wall Vent Registers
Try replacing the dull brown or white floor and wall vent registers or ‘vent covers’ on your floors and walls. Just like door and cabinet hardware, floor registers are available in a variety of finishes. There are also a number of decorative designs available. A nice decorative register can add a level of character to a wall or floor that a standard register just can’t achieve. Pick them up at your local hardware store starting at $12 each.
6. Plumbing Fixtures
It’s time to kick those gaudy acrylic-handled sink fixtures to the curb. For as low as $40 each, you can breathe life into your old bathroom with a new sink fixture in one of many popular finishes.
You can even update your kitchen sink with a modern faucet for as little as $150 it’ll be sure to make more of an impression than the standard chrome fixture most people have. Spend more for a better design, higher quality and a wider variety of finishes. Be sure to coordinate the finish of your kitchen faucet with your new cabinet pulls!
7. Vanity & Mirror
A new vanity and mirror in your bathroom can provide a look of luxury. Vanities look more like a piece of furniture than a pedestal sink does, and there are a lot to choose from at your local big-box hardware store starting at around $300. Most vanity manufacturers offer matching mirrors, which really adds the final touch and can be purchased for $50 or more.
Quick Tip: If your budget is $1,000 or more, look at what is available online for a wider variety of styles and custom looks.
8. Light Fixtures
If your home is still sporting the standard brass ceiling fixtures and big-bulb vanity lights that most track-built homes in America come with, try replacing the light fixtures throughout your home. With a wide selection of styles available, a nice looking fixture can be found for as low as $75 and will prove to be a good investment.
9. Window Treatments
For about $100 or more per window, you can bring your room to life with new curtains and curtain rods. Curtains provide a great opportunity to reinforce colors throughout your room and enhance the character while affording added privacy to your space.
Quick Tip: Try coordinating your curtain rod finish with your door hardware for consistency and aesthetics.
For $200 or more, you can make a room feel new with a beautiful rug. Select a rug that features colors currently found throughout your room and make sure you buy a rug pad for increased durability.
With a few inexpensive changes here and there, you can refresh your rooms and transform your home. If you need assistance designing your new space or making improvements to your home, feel free to contact us for a consultation.
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