For home style and value con­sid­ered these ideas …

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - METRO RELIGION -

Up­dat­ing your home can make the space more liv­able and beau­ti­ful. Giv­ing your home a “re­fresh” can also boost your prop­erty value. Here are some ideas to con­sider for your next im­prove­ment project, big or small. Layer the light­ing. The se­cret to mak­ing a room look like it came straight out of a magazine is lay­ered light­ing. Set the tone with am­bi­ent light­ing at ev­ery height. Try ex­per­i­ment­ing with wall-mounted sconces, pen­dants, chan­de­liers or foot lamps for a brighter space and in­creased func­tion­al­ity. Cus­tom­ize your win­dow treat­ments. Madeto-or­der win­dow cov­er­ings are like a well-tai­lored blazer — they in­stantly add time­less luxury and pro­fes­sional so­phis­ti­ca­tion. Opt for a clas­sic look with clean lines that’s al­ways in style, like the mod­ern ro­man shades shown in the ac­com­pa­ny­ing photo. These shades can open from the top, from the bot­tom, or some­where in-be­tween for the per­fect bal­ance of pri­vacy and light. Stage like a pro. Even if you’re the only one who will be see­ing your home this week­end, style the place like a de­signer would for an open house. Start with your cof­fee ta­ble — com­bine one large state­ment piece like a vase or bowl and stack art books or can­dles for fash­ion­able flair. Other mean­ing­ful touches are fresh or­chids, plump­ing the pil­lows and drap­ing a throw across the couch. Mod­ern­ize your kitchen. Few ren­o­va­tion projects of­fer a bet­ter re­turn on your in­vest­ment than a kitchen up­grade. This key room is the heart of the home and is of­ten the first place guests look. Even small up­dates can make a big dif­fer­ence. Try swap­ping out a dated sink or an an­cient mi­crowave for a new en­ergy-ef­fi­cient model, or paint­ing the cab­i­nets and re­plac­ing knobs and han­dles with a stylish metal like brass.

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