Thursday, April 2, 2015

Tips learned from Home Renovation Shows

There are many places to seek inspiration for home improvements. You have magazines such as Elle Decor and BluPrint, Pinterest, Houzz.com, and other rich sources of style and interiors. But another common source of such fun and creativity is TV.

With the slew of shows like Tiny House Nation and House Hunters on the lifestyle channels, we do learn a tip or two on how to kick off our own home renovation projects. Here are some tips that easily come to mind. 

1. Never compromise when it comes to fixing the major issues of the house such as electrical, plumbing and foundation work. Hire professionals. You can, however, still keep within the budget by adjusting and finding cheaper alternatives when it comes to decoration. 

2. Before starting a remodelling project, set a budget. Once you’ve computed for that, give yourself a buffer as most of the time you will go a tad over budget.

3. Take home paint samples and apply the paint on the walls until you are sure that you’re in love with the color. What looks good on a 2x 2 inch color swatch may not exactly be as pretty as you think once it’s splashed across your entire hallway. 

4. Once you have a color palette and are looking for furniture and decor to complement your home’s interiors, take the color swatch (which carries the exact colors of your home) along with you as you shop. This is great when you’re picking out fabric and other decor. 

5. While DIY projects have their own charm and can end with stunning results, most of the time, if you’re not a particularly patient or skilled artist, the project may end up looking like a failed high school project. It’s okay to leave some tasks to the professionals such as bathroom and kitchen installments. 

6. Your tastes may change over time, and what may look great now may not look so chic 20 years later. This should become a serious consideration when choosing colors and décor. If you’re looking for a look that will translate to any decade, keep to a neutral palette. Crisp, whites and beiges will always look sophisticated. 

7. In this age of multi-tasking, go for items that provide more function for the buck. Think ottomans that serve as storage or cabinet doors that can be pulled out into side tables. 


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