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How to Make Your Home Feel New Again

Coming home to a fresh, inviting atmosphere is one of the most relaxing aspects of each day. It can bring immediate calm, especially if your home feels fresh and new. Give your house a simple facelift with immediate results with these easy projects.

A New Front Door

A whole outdoor renovation may be out of the question, but you will be pleasantly surprised by how much of a difference a new front door will make. A relatively affordable project, it creates an inviting look right from the driveway. You can modernize the aesthetic of your house with a colorful door or go for a classic look with a wooden door. Be sure to consider the trim that outlines the door, and go for a look that matches the siding and windows.

 

Relevant: This Old House | Pick a Front Door

Fresh flowers

Look no further than a meadow for a simple way to freshen up your interior or exterior. Take your kids outside and pick some wildflowers, display them in mason jars on your coffee table, kitchen counter, or bathroom and voila! A new look.

For an outdoor upgrade, consider adding window boxes to your exterior and rotate seasonal favorites: marigolds in the spring, Black-Eyed Susans in the fall. Pansies do well pretty much all year. This low maintenance and cost effective tip is sure to please.

Deep Cleaning

No one likes to do it, but performing a deep clean can certainly enhance your home. Think about the tops of the cabinets, crevices behind the appliances, and corners of your shower. Does the thought of this make you shudder? Time to get out those rubber gloves and tackle dirty and leaky showers. Make it a family activity and spring clean (no matter the time of year). Even the oldest houses look good after a cleaning and a fresh coat of wax.

If you can afford it, call a service to deep clean your house, and you will not regret it. While you are at it, when is the last time you cleaned your carpets? Carpet cleaning companies will even scrub your furniture and upholstery, which can do wonders.

 

Relevant: Sealrite Solutions | Leaking Shower

Bring More Light in

Cleaning your windows, adding lamps, changing light bulbs, or any way you can bring more light into your house is a surefire way to brighten the atmosphere. Dark spaces tend to hide dust, so lightening up your space will also encourage you to keep the room tidy. You could also examine if the color of your walls is making the room feel darker than it really is. Why not experiment and try funky table lamps or grand chandeliers for a cool space enhancing technique.

 

Relevant: WikiHow | More Light

Change the Fixtures

Everyone seems to have at least one brass doorknob or faucet in their home holding out from the 80s. Consider replacing these with a more modern brushed nickel, stainless steel, or gunmetal look.

Even your kitchen will benefit from the relatively easy replacement of cabinet hardware. Look for modern trends at your local hardware store, and you can change them out in under an hour, freshening up your kitchen in no time.

Throw Pillows

Many of us have fallen victim to a new sofa trend only to regret it a couple of years later. Still more of us keep our sofa for its comfort, not its looks. An easy way to add style to your living space is with bright throw pillows. Aim to pick up an accent color in a nearby chair or piece of artwork, and your pillows will tie the colors in the room together nicely.

 

Relevant: Ballard Designs | Choosing Throw Pillows

Flooring

Your flooring gets a lot of use and little recognition. If you have carpet, consider switching to hardwood floors. Not only do they modernize your home, but they also help alleviate allergies. Carpet houses an unfortunate amount of unwanted creatures and other particulates, from dust mites to potato chip crumbs. Hardwood, laminate, and engineered wood floors will all freshen up your space and help you keep your house clean.

 

Relevant: Armstrong Flooring | Hardwood Flooring Installation

Embrace the Character of Your Home

Perhaps the best thing you can do to make your home look new is work with its character, not against it. Older homes carry a charm that is impossible to mimic. Sure, new homes are shiny and tempting, but your older home can be too. Enjoy your built-in shelves, arched doorways, and authentic brick exteriors. Don’t be afraid to spruce up the paint, so long as you’re not covering up things that could add to the value of your home. Remember to make it feel fresh with small accents while celebrating its unique soul.

 

Relevant: Etsy | Embrace Your Imperfect Home

Make Your Home Feel New Again

Your home should bring a sense of peace and calm to your life. You don’t need to buy a new home to feel a sense of freshness. Instead, invest your time, energy, and dollars into some simple ideas to see significant results.

 

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How VR Technology is Changing the Home Design Process

Ever since the birth of virtual reality, augmented reality devices are becoming more and more common, with new applications being discovered every day. Other than recreational use in video games and television, there are also shopping and design applications for augmented and virtual reality devices and programs. One of the most exciting applications for this technology is using it for interior design.

With the ease of a simple app, you can rework an entire room of your home without actually buying and placing items in real life. Now, you can play around with new ideas and visualize furniture pieces in your home without actually committing to anything—now that’s exciting. Here’s a look at using tech to redecorate your house.

Augmented and Virtual Reality in Interior Design

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By utilizing a combination of augmented and virtual reality, you can quickly make alterations to a room—switch up the furniture arrangement, paint colors, and other essential design elements, such as lighting features.

This virtual environment makes it easy to visualize the look of your space, and you can make quick comparisons between different possible designs. Virtual reality programs can be used to allow homeowners to compare different paint colors for the interior walls of their home—helping them to identify the color they like best in their space. Then, before making final purchases, you can play around with the furniture until you find something that suits the room and your sense of style.

Commercial Design Applications of Augmented and Virtual Reality

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Augmented reality tools can also be used to show prospective homebuyers how the property could look after they move in. Here, the virtual environment makes it easier for buyers to see themselves living in the space, so they can make informed purchasing decisions moving forward.

These tools can also be used to allow designers to compare different ideas and decide which are better suited to the space in question. These and other applications of virtual reality can be used to significant effect by interior decorators and others in the industry to help bridge the gap between imagination and reality—creating a design that suits the space perfectly.

The Bottom Line

As technology continues to improve, more applications of these tools will inevitably be discovered and invented. Whether it’s in the form of interior design apps or sophisticated software for commercial contractors, virtual and augmented reality tools can be used to great effect when it comes time to redecorate and remodel or home.

Instead of having to repaint a room, rearrange furniture, and find new decorative pieces to accent the room, virtual reality tools can save time, money, and frustration by making it possible to do all these things quickly and easily.

While VR technology can help you visualize changes to your home, you’ll still need someone to step in and make these changes in the real world. Ready to take the next steps in the design process? Reach out to us at Jaworski Painting.

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Unique Bathroom Designs that Give Your Home Character

When creating your dream home, it may not cross your mind to focus on the design of your bathroom. After all, who wants to spend a ton of time in a bathroom? On the other hand, you want to be able to relax in your bathroom, especially if you are taking a long bath after a hard day. Instead of going for generic, turn your bathroom into a statement room in your home. Here are a few unique designs that will give your bathroom some character.

Relaxing Spa Retreat

Everybody seems to want their bathrooms to look like their dreamed-of posh vacation spa resorts. To transform your bathroom into a more relaxing spa retreat, you need to make sure you find the perfect tub. This will be the focal point of the room, so you need to find this first. Select one that has enough room for you to stretch out and enjoy a luxurious soak. Adding a high-end tile backsplash, and faucets in an accent color that speaks to you. Finish the look with lots of fluffy towels, matching toiletries, and light scented candles.

Elegant Victorian Look

If you are looking for something a little more stripped back without getting rid of the elegance, try looking at a variety of Victorian elements. Bathing was an important ritual, so it makes sense that that aesthetic can really make your bathroom stand out. You can have the elegance and glamour of a freestanding tub, without having to worry about hauling the water in to fill it. When choosing a sink and toilet, keep it simple. Indoor plumbing was new during the Victorian era, so it shouldn’t be flashy. Wooden accents and bare plumbing can do a lot for conveying this look.

Nature Paradise

If you have a favorite part of the world, you can style your bathroom to fit that climate. To mimic a nature paradise bathroom design, look for authentic materials and hues that could be seen outdoors. Tubs in cool sage greens, wooden plank floors, and copper fixtures combine to create an outdoorsy paradise to be enjoyed indoors. Add some fun plants and use frosted windows to let natural light in without compromising your privacy.

These are only a few of the many options available to you when designing your bathroom. Remember to pick materials that appeal to your soul. Your new bathroom should feel like your haven. Create a stunning bathroom that can offer serenity while providing functional uses as well.

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5 Tweaks That Will Revolutionize Your Kitchen

We all love our kitchens to be as functional and beautiful as possible. There's a good reason why, too. Most people spend a great deal of time in their kitchens, and it tends to be a busy place that serves multiple functions. Since we expect so much of our kitchens, it's wise to make the most of them, and even the little tweaks can make a big difference. Here are five of those adjustments that will make a huge difference to the functionality and beauty of your kitchen.

 

Custom Cabinetry

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If you are in the market for cabinets, but you're not sure if you should go with standard cabinetry or custom, seriously consider custom cabinets. With standard cabinets, small spaces are often not utilized to their full potential. When a space in your kitchen is in between two sizes of standard cabinets, the smaller cabinet is installed with a filler piece so that the cabinet looks finished off. The only problem is that the filler piece is wasted space. When someone custom designs your cabinets, they can find the best ways to use all of your space.

 

Brighter Lighting

If you feel cramped and claustrophobic in your kitchen, a fairly simple and inexpensive fix is to change the lighting so that it is brighter. It will make your kitchen feel bigger and more cheerful. It also makes finding the wine bottle opener easier to find. Update your interior paint job to brighten up the room even more.

 

Knobs and Drawer Pulls

If you feel like your kitchen is looking outdated, changing out the hardware on your cabinets is a fairly inexpensive way to drastically change the way that your kitchen looks.

 

Staging

It's the details that matter the most, and sometimes those details are pretty simple fixes. For instance, a small rug or some flowers can make the room so much more inviting. Feel free to look at the magazines for ideas.

 

Pare Down

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One of the easiest ways to create a more enjoyable, functional, and beautiful kitchen is to get rid of things that you no longer need. Many people tend to keep things that aren't serving a purpose anymore. Sometimes, we do this because there's nothing wrong with the item. For instance, if you have forty mugs, it's very unlikely that you'll use them all. Go through and keep the ones that you love. The rest, you can either have a garage sale, give to a friend, or donate to charity.

 

There are numerous small upgrades or even minor changes that will drastically improve the beauty and functionality of your kitchen. You will feel more comfortable and confident that your kitchen is serving your needs in the best possible ways.