Designer tips for a cheap home makeover
(NC)—Would you like to make your home look designer-created, without the designer cost? You can transform many areas in the house on a budget with these five simple tips from award-winning interior decorator, Laura Stein. Additional tips to update your home are available online at www.vim.ca. Here's a snapshot:
Changing the colour of your walls is a budget-friendly way to breathe life into a tired space. For a clean, contemporary look, paint the walls and trim all the same colour. For a more traditional look choose a contrasting colour for your trim. Keep in mind, there is no rule that says trim has to be white.
Layer in texture and patterns by installing wallpaper. It creates a sense of sophisticated warmth and is a great way to hide imperfect walls. If you only want wallpaper on one feature wall, match the background colour of the paper to the paint in the rest of the room.
Adding architectural detail not only makes a room look polished, it also adds value to your home. For example, installing crown moulding and panel moulding is an inexpensive way to get a high-end look.
Add a fun pop of colour to your kitchen with vibrant counter appliances. Make your chosen accent colour really stand out by using kitchen accessories in the same hue.
You don't need a big renovation to upgrade an old kitchen. Paint the cabinets and switch out the hardware for a fresh new look. Take it a step further and add some wow-factor lighting or re-do the backsplash with fantastic mosaic tile. To help keep your backsplash and fixtures looking like new, apply a multipurpose cream cleaner, like Vim, to an old toothbrush to thoroughly clean all hard-to-reach crevices.
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