Create a fresh look for your home for less with these tips.
Overhauling your entire home can be costly and time consuming, but it doesn't have to be. Choosing smaller projects can deliver a great look in less time.
Consider the function of your renovated rooms when choosing flooring for the space: For example, laminate or hardwood flooring will add warmth to living areas, whereas a playroom will benefit from a soft floor made from play mats or carpet.
Update Your Lighting
Consider energy-efficient dimmers and recessed LED lights in all rooms. Recessed lighting is one of the most widely used and effective fixtures on the market. Paired with ambient lighting, recessed lights brighten a room without taking up floor space.
Painting cabinets, replacing sink fixtures and installing new lighting are all easy ways to renovate and update a bathroom or kitchen.
Countertop finishes add colour, shine and personality to a kitchen. Available in a plethora of materials and colours, one can easily feel overwhelmed by the many choices. Make sure to speak to your builder, designer or product representative about the pros and cons of the materials you’re interested in before making a decision.
If you've got the square footage to spare, an island can also be a practical addition to a kitchen. Family and guests tend to congregate in the kitchen and an island with counter height stools offers a smart seating and dining solution. Make the most of a kitchen island by having as much storage built into it as possible.
Inject character into your living areas by adding architectural details such as wainscotting, crown moulding and baseboards. Consider overscale crown moulding for living and dining rooms, painted matte white to create a grand, Paris apartment feel.
Built-in storage always looks sophisticated, saves space and can further add to the function of your rooms. Always try to plan for the maximum amount of storage possible: from drawers carved out under the stairs, to built-in shelving and closets — one can simply never have enough.