You are getting ready to close on your new home or you just moved in and all of the sudden, HGTV has become your favorite show. However, you pushed your budget just to buy the house and have to be very cost conscious when looking at doing any fix up. Or maybe you want to give your existing residence a fresh look, do a home repair or two without spending a lot. There are a great deal of home repairs you can do that aren't very expensive, though they may take a little labor.
Let's start with one of the most common fixes - paint. Paint does a lot more than just change and update a room; it also makes it feel new and clean. Ok, so you know you're going to put on your painter pants and paint the interior of the house, but now you have the hard job of selecting what color or colors?
Start by finding inspiration, which must be done before you go to the paint store. In fact, the designers at Benjamin Moore say, "You can come up with ideas by creating a portfolio of what appeals to you: a favorite painting, the color or your baby's eyes, an unforgettable vacation in Mexico or that great hike in the Grand Canyon. First, take into consideration your inspirational images' common denominators in terms of color. Do you like a variety of colors or particular shades and tints of a specific color? Do you like them bold or muted? Digging deep in the well of inspiration plays an important role in selection and whittling down your choices."
Now with that inspiration in mind, head to the paint store. The first thing is to eliminate the colors you don't like. That is always easiest. Next you will need to take the paint chips home with you and compare those colors with the other things you plan on using in the room to see what looks best. Live with them for at least a week. You will be amazed how each time you look you will see something new about the color and it will help narrow them down. You should have now narrowed the choices to 3 or 4 and you can go back to the paint store and purchase small sample bottles to test on the walls. According to Better homes and Gardens, "Nothing will help you choose a color better than seeing the hue applied to the wall."
Live with those colors applied to your wall for a week or so and you'll be more prepared to purchase your top color choices and get started. If you are still unsure, go the trendy neutral route.
Here are a few other ideas you can use to inexpensively liven up your home:
- Purchase new hardware for the kitchens and bathrooms
- Remove doors of a few cabinets in the kitchen, paint the interior of the cabinet a color that will pop and add some pieces in it
- Find a great area rug to hide floors that might need to be redone
- Change Lighting fixtures
These are just a few ideas to get you started in your new home.
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