Paint is one of the first things people think of when it comes to freshening up a room. Let’s face it, things get drab and that comfortable, lived-in look is not always a show stopper when it comes to entertaining.
If you are looking for ways to update your living room, bedroom, kitchen or even bathrooms without an expensive renovation, here are some practical, budget-friendly ideas.
Patterns and Textures
One way to add some interest to a room without changing the color palette is with texture. Throw pillows, towels, and even wall art can add a dimension of texture to a room while staying within the same color scheme. One cost effective way to do this is to purchase pillow covers and replace them as the season changes.
Another way to add interest is to add a patterned throw to the living room, bedroom or den. Again, the pattern could be swapped out as the seasons change to match your mood. Hand towels in the kitchen and bath are another great way to introduce a new pattern or accent color.
Painting walls a neutral color, and adding various touches of texture, patterns, or pops of color can create a vibrant space that can change with the weather or holiday.
I found I could say things with colors and shapes, that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.
– Georgia O’Keeffe
Moving Things Around
Freshening up your home by relocating furniture and décor is such a simple idea and yet it can transform a room.
Think about the first time you saw your new home. You pictured all the ways you could place your furniture, and eventually chose one. Well, why not try another one of those options?
If you’re worried about how things will fit, try sketching it out on paper first. Cutting out scaled rectangles and moving them around on a piece of paper first can save your back a lot of work if things don’t fit on your first try.
One of the most common complaints people have is that their home feels cluttered. Without talking about the ominous junk-drawer(s) think about removing some pieces from a room altogether. Don’t have room for it elsewhere? Then maybe it’s time to consider parting ways and rehoming some of those space eaters.
Fresh Paint for a Fresh Look
Painting walls and trim not only provides a clean coat to your room, it also gives you the much needed chance to change your palette. Beige and gray are two of the most popular wall color choices for living rooms. This is because it provides homeowners with the freedom to change their accent colors whenever they like. Accent walls are fun, but it change determine the color palette for a long time to come.
Walls and trim get dirty. Cleaning them is not always at the top of people’s priority list. Especially when laundry and dishes demand attention. Often, the gradual build-up of smudges and handprints go unnoticed until you go away for a few days and come home with a refreshed perspective. Painting ensures everything is fresh and clean. A complete reset on dirt and grime.
Fine Touch Painting has been Williamsport’s professional painting contractor of choice for over 15 years.
Periodic Deep Cleaning
Last, but not least, we suggest a good deep clean every once in awhile. This gives you a chance to purge some items that have been moved from table to table, and scrub some shine back into the floors.
Spring cleaning doesn’t need to be left until the springtime. Open your windows for fresh air periodically, yes even in the Pennsylvania winter. Vacuum and dust while your house airs out and you’ll be amazed at how getting that stale dirt out helps.
Too busy? Just like painting, you can hire a professional cleaning company for help. They find dirt in all sort of places you never thought to look. The best part is, they work fast and you can leave the heavy lifting to them.