With new home trends emerging, it’s an ideal time to collect ideas to inspire your next home improvement plans.
Well-planned home improvement projects — such as incorporating natural light into a room by replacing old windows — can help increase your home’s energy efficiency, trim annual maintenance and improve overall style and comfort.
Follow these design tips to get your remodeling project started:
1. Get inspired. Create a space uniquely your own. Draw inspiration from art, colors, styles, textures and other items you like. Collect them on a Pinterest board or in a Houzz Ideabook.
2. Choose a style. Do you like a classic look? Colonial or contemporary? Or does an eclectic approach appeal to you? Let your style preference drive your design choices.
3. Choose a color scheme that complements your style. Incorporate your favorite colors, or explore color options through online tools.
4. Select furnishings and accessories to enhance the transformation. A mix of old and new can reflect your personality.
Outdated tile can make a bathroom look old and dull. Replacing it with new tile that is in style will give the space a rich, modern look.
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LED bulbs deliver the same warm glow as traditional incandescents but use 84 percent less energy and last up to 20 years, says Maxwell Ryan, founder and CEO of Apartment Therapy.
Washington, D.C. designer Darlene Molnar predicts that velvet sofas will be a top trend in 2014, with jewel colors or gray bringing a soft elegance to rooms after years of sharp clean lines. And furniture designer Clint Parker notes that eco-friendly, sustainable furniture is gaining steam, with new composites and fabrics such as hemp and sorghum making the concept more accessible.
Properly landscape around the home to avoid providing sites where pests can hide. Keep shrubbery trimmed and ensure mulch is kept at least 15 inches from the foundation.
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