5 Simple & Affordable Ways to Revamp Your Home

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5 Simple & Affordable Ways to Revamp Your Home

Unless you are completely redecorating your home every 2 years, you have probably paused to look around your house and felt, at best, completely uninspired or, at worst, totally unfashionable. The good news is that you don't have to spend a fortune to update the look of your home. The 5 tips below are great ways to create a stylish and fresh look in your home without undergoing a complete remodel.
1. Paint
If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times. Paint changes everything. Painting a few (or all) the rooms of your house is the easiest way to make it look like you've updated everything, when really it's just the color of the walls. Three keys to choosing a great paint color are research, sample & test. Talk to a designer, go to a paint store or research online to find out what other people have chosen and loved for a paint color. This takes a lot of the guess work out of the process. Bring home a few sample cans; (most paint stores offer inexpensive, small sample cans). Test large swatches of the colors on your wall. If you like a color, try it in a few spots to see how different lighting affects the look of the paint.  House Beautiful   is a great place for paint color inspiration.
2. Lighting
Replace your dated light fixtures with updated ones. If you’re ready for a change from the shiny, ornate chandelier hanging in your entry hall, then this one is for you. Replace it with something basic and fashionable.  West Elm has some beautiful but simple lighting that still makes a statement. Also, consider simplifying by replacing some of your light fixtures with can lighting to create a clean, modern look. Canned lighting is being seen in kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms and hallways.
3. Update Accessories  
This is the really fun one. If you have an especially dated looking living room or bedroom, consider replacing pillows, throw blankets, duvet covers, wall hangings & rugs. Replace heavy, patterned drapes with lightweight, solid ones or just remove them all together. Watch a tired room transform into a fun, stylish room with just a few changes.
4. De-Clutter
Less is more. Instead of spending money to update your look, you can actually make a little money! Take inventory of your surroundings. Do you have knick knacks that are "just for decoration" or electronics that you never use? Clean them out and have a yard sale, or put them on Craigslist  for a few quick bucks. Getting rid of all the outdated pieces you have is the quickest way to look less outdated!
5. Revamp Old Cabinets

While a bit of a commitment, new cabinets can transform a kitchen space.  Cabinets are expensive to replace, but painting old cabinets is affordable. Painting cabinets a neutral white color is sure to completely freshen up the look of your home.  Also, some homeowners have chosen to paint yellowed, heavily grained cabinets with a dark opaque stain or charcoal or black paint for a sleek, sophisticated look. And who knows?  Your fresh cabinets may even inspire you to cook a little more! Set aside a weekend for a do-it-yourself project and transform your kitchen.  This Old House shows you how.
If you look around your home and find that you yearn for a change, don't despair. You don't have to pack up and move. Set aside time to work on one item at a time. By focusing on these five simple and affordable revamping methods, you can completely transform your home in a couple months with minimal expense.

Houzz.com  is another great resource for not only paint ideas but also for lighting, accessories, etc. – You name it!

As always, call or email the Gentry Group if you would like to discuss your plans to make sure you are spending time, money and energy on items that will offer a good payback when you are ready to sell.
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