With the end of summer and warm weather also comes the end of outside projects and improvements to your home. Whether you’ve just wrapped up painting your home a new trendy color or recently replaced your outdoor furnishings with a new matching set, the first few chilly weeks of fall provide the perfect time to start planning some new interior projects.
But where should you start? Too often there are more options for home improvement than you and the rest of your household can tackle all by yourselves, making the decision at times an overwhelming one.
That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the top interior renovations you can work on during the winter months that are sure to make your home cool and chic.
Let’s face the facts: kitchens either make or break your home. As the focal area for so much of what goes on in a home—from sharing a dinner with your family or hosting friends over a couple of drinks—no living space is complete without a stellar kitchen.
Cabinets, Appliances, and Countertops
Cabinets can actually make a huge impression on the overall impression of the space, making them a great project to tackle right away. This could be as simple as refreshing the varnish or as in-depth as tearing them out completely. Whatever you decide, make sure that the style and hue of your cabinetry pairs well with the rest of your kitchen design.
If you’re a person looking for a more functional home improvement project to tackle, consider replacing your outdated appliances. Old appliances are a drain on your design and your energy bill (in equal measure), making newer and more efficient models often worth the investment over time. To lessen the costs associated with repairing and replacing your appliances, you can also research the best home warranty companies, as many will cover these new appliances should they become damaged.
Finally, nothing says design-savvy in your kitchen quite like the right countertops. From engineered quartz to single-slab granite, choosing the best fit for your space is no easy task. To make the decision easier, you can create a kitchen renovation budget based on the amount of square footage you’ll need to eliminate pricier options. It’s a good idea to then research how different materials
Hidden Home Systems
Some rooms are always going to present themselves as more design-friendly than others, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to laundry rooms, cluttered bedroom closets, and bulky heating systems. Although these are must-haves for any home, they’re often quite the eyesore and can leave an unfavorable first-impression on your guests.
But what if you were able to better conceal these areas of your home? “Hidden” appliance rooms are designed to do just that. Depending on your situation, you can use a number of different methods to conceal unaesthetic spaces. For example, you can hide away an exposed furnace system with a decorative curtain or a closet door. Some homeowners will even go to the extent of relocating their laundry room to a quiet, unused corner of the house.
These design changes will help you and your visitors keep your eye focused on the more beautiful aspects of your home.
If it’s time to renovate your home’s flooring, hardwood floors are consistently one of the most popular upgrades you can make—both for their style value and their durability. Compared to other flooring materials, hardwood floors will take much longer to become outdated and will give you some serious design points both now and into the future.
Part of the reason why hardwoods continue to stay so popular is that they are relatively easy to upkeep and clean. Spills, stains, and minor scratches are simple to repair, especially compared to carpets or the grout between tiles.
Committing to re-flooring your home is certainly no easy task, so make sure you are well-researched before you commit to this project. Selecting the perfect wood requires you to think about the type of finish, the coloration of the wood type, the width of each plank, and the type of grain. Wider planks, for example, give a room a more sophisticated look, while a lighter wood typically shows less dirt.
If you can’t swing a hardwood floor renovation because you’re renovating on a budget, laminate and ceramic materials can be just as sensible in their style without doing too much damage on your savings.
A New Coat of Paint
If you’re looking for a shorter-term renovation project, a new paint job does wonders for rooms that may only need a little bit of TLC. In fact, the color you decide for your walls can bring an enormous impact on your overall impression of the space.
Vibrant hues, including yellows and greens, not only promote a vivacious energy, they may also help the room feel more spacious. These rich colors can also help you cultivate a space that is inspired by styles and cultures from around the world. Muted or neutral colors are much safer choices, so they’re more likely to pair well with your existing set of furniture.
In terms of overall style value, there are several bolder choices you can make while painting to create a room design that feels entirely unique. One popular option is a feature wall, where a single wall of your room is painted in a different (often stronger) color to draw the eye around the room and create a focal point in the design. Smaller choices, such as a new color on your molding, may not be as instantly noticeable, but they can make an immeasurable difference on the room’s presence overall.
Permanent Lighting Fixtures
What good is a fully renovated room if the lighting isn’t good enough to truly see your improvements? Light design is one of the most impactful renovations you can make to improve your ambiance, yet so few people add it to their DIY list.
Lighting fixtures are such a formidable tool in your designer arsenal because they help highlight the rest of your design choices while also serving as design features themselves. A great example is a chandelier, which adds elegance and brightness to a room in equal measure. Even more subtle lighting, such as an accent light or flush mounts, tend to contribute to whatever larger statement you want that room to say.
Because light fixtures are typically so self-assured in their style, a great renovation practice is to choose your lighting first and base the rest of your room’s design around that single piece. A lamp made from exposed brass, for example, could translate into brass knobs on your cabinetry, a rustic coffee table, and dark, wide-paneled flooring.