Whether it be family dinners, traditions passed down generations, or sorrows, every house has a story to tell. This might explain why most of us feel a certain degree of attachment to our abode.
Apart from ensuring that it is well-maintained enough to be a comfortable sanctuary, everyone wants their house to be an apt representation of the stage of life they are in right now. Hence, now and then, every house needs a spruce up.
Are you considering remodeling your house? If so, here are ways you can add life and improved functionality to your house!
- Start with the kitchen: countertops, backsplashes, and islands
The first thing you might want to transform is your kitchen. After all, apart from your room, your kitchen is probably the space you and your family use the most frequently! Not to mention that since it is accessible to guests, you want to create a good impression through it.
Regardless of whether you opt for a minimalistic theme or an old-school vintage kitchen, there are certain elements that you must look at to bring your idea to life.
For starters, begin with changing the countertops and cabinets of your kitchen. Choose a material that is durable as well as sophisticated to make the most impact. A professional kitchen remodeling company will best help you select the right structure, design, and material for your countertops.
Another element that can work is adding a unique backsplash. Remove the same old generic one and replace it with a pattern or color aligned with the theme you wish to incorporate in the rest of your house. Again, you will find options like ceramic, stone, glass, or tile for your backsplash.
Your kitchen will surely look transformed when you add refurbished or new countertops and cabinets with a vibrant backsplash. As the final impactful factor, get an island made if you don’t already have one.
This will allow you to convert your kitchen to a familial gathering space! Think of all the memories you can make during breakfast and quick lunches.
- Breathe life into your living room: flooring, sunken areas, and lighting
Generally, your living room is the space that everyone walks into when visiting your house. In other words, it is the first impression of your abode, and consequently, about your taste! Therefore, when remodeling your house, you cannot ignore or underestimate this space.
For the living room, start by changing the flooring. Even if you are satisfied with it, trends and times tend to change. And good flooring can help create an excellent impact from the get-go!
You will find various peel-and-stick options for floorings that are quite thin. This means that you don’t have to remove your current flooring when giving the room a makeover. It also means that if you get tired of your choice, you can simply peel it off and move on. This is excellent for consumers of today, whose preferences change quite often.
Another home renovation trend that has garnered raging popularity is recessed areas within the space. These spaces are meant to place sofas and give off an intimate and cozy look to the living room. Not to mention that sunken areas make a given space look quite large.
To further make the room look comfortable and warm, consider replacing old drafty windows with new ones, if possible. Nothing stimulates a homely feeling like natural light. And new glass can ensure that maximum light comes in during the day.
At the same time, you might also want to get some classy curtains or blinds (depending on your theme) to filter off the sun on the considerably hotter days.
- Now comes the bathroom: wallpapers, storage, and safety
Simple and budget-friendly changes in a bathroom can make the space more functional, safe, and visually pleasing!
First of all, let go of plain old white walls and replace them with wallpapers.
Whether you add simple color to the walls or add eccentric patterns, the choice is yours. Just make sure to create an accent wall (usually the one with the sink) and choose a different color or pattern. This will give dimension to the room.
Once you are done elevating the aesthetics of the room, think about its functionality. For starters, increased storage will be quite helpful, right? Add slim, open shelves, place baskets, and try to maximize vertical space. You can even go as far as placing an apothecary cabinet in the room if the space allows it.
Finally, don’t forget to keep in mind the safety of your family. That’s right! A bathroom can be quite dangerous if you don’t equip it with the right equipment and material.
For example, make sure to use ADA-compliant towel bars, toilet paper holders, and other accessories. Add an anti-slip mat in the shower if the bathroom will be accessed by older people. These seemingly small additions will go a long way in ensuring the safety of your loved ones.
- Finally the bedrooms: Headboards, lighting and paint schemes
There can be no house renovation without making changes to the bedroom! After all, at the end of the day, these are the rooms that you and your loved ones will be spending the most time in.
To update your bedroom, you might want to consider adding a headboard above your bed as per the current trends. You can decide whether to add a small one or an oversized dramatic headboard. Both of them help accentuate the space. It also gives you room to exhibit your personality via a DIY headboard!
Additionally, while you might be tempted to only focus on the kitchen and bathroom lighting, it turns out that bedroom lighting is also equally important. Stop relying solely on a ceiling light or nightstand lamp.
Instead, install single set-pieces that combine different types of light sources. For starters, begin by replacing your old ceiling light with one featuring a fun design and control over the light intensity. An oversized shade or chandelier will also work if that is the vibe you are going for!
Finally, don’t hold back when selecting the wall color and theme of each bedroom. Choose colors and patterns that best speak to your heart. Try to give each room a personality. This is the element we are certain every house owner will master.
When remodeling your house, give each space and corner its due importance. Whether you see it from a functional point of view or when aesthetics is concerned, every aspect of your house matters.
However, at the same time, don’t see each space in isolation. Instead, one coherent theme should be used across the house. This will help the space in looking put together yet customized to your preferences.
There are many other remodeling ideas that you can incorporate. At the end of the day, use hacks and ideas best aligned with what you want your house to look like. Don’t just follow trends. This will ensure that you don’t make a decision you regret when the trend fades away.
After all, it is not every day you remodel a house! Make it worth your time, money, and energy!
Alycia Gordan is a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on healthcare technology, fitness and lifestyle. She is a tech junkie and divides her time between travel and writing. You can find her on Twitter: @meetalycia