New Year, New-to-You Home

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - HOME & GARDEN SHOW - BY NWA HOME BUILDERS AS­SO­CI­A­TION

It’s the New Year, and you’d like to re­ju­ve­nate your home. You’re not go­ing to move walls or build an ad­di­tion. But you’d like to breathe some new life into what you have. Here are a few easy up­dates you can do to make your house seem in­stantly new to you.

Paint a room’s trim. Re­fresh your main liv­ing space by paint­ing the trim. Crisp base­boards and mold­ings go a long way to re­vi­tal­iz­ing the whole room. Bright white is a clas­sic color that will com­ple­ment any dé­cor style.

Re­place or re­cover a piece of fur­ni­ture. Even one new liv­ing room chair or a re­uphol­stered love seat can re­fresh a room’s look. A new cof­fee ta­ble or area rug will also help change a room’s ap­pear­ance and serve as a new fo­cal point. Or, even with­out new fur­nish­ings or up­hol­stery, re­ar­rang­ing a seat­ing group to face a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion can breathe new life into the room. Con­sider hang­ing a wall mir­ror to cre­ate the sense of ad­di­tional space around a cozy group­ing of fur­ni­ture.

Add fresh ac­ces­sories. Pil­lows and throws can quickly change a room’s style by adding vi­brant col­ors or calm­ing neu­trals, while also en­hanc­ing warmth and com­fort. Ceil­ing-tofloor length drapes hung just out­side a win­dow’s width seem to ex­pand the room up and out.

Make your home a lit­tle smarter. With a va­ri­ety of eco­nom­i­cal smart-home hubs to choose from, it’s eas­ier than ever to take that first step into the world of smart-home liv­ing. Look for a hub with do-it-your­self setup and no monthly fees. Down­load a free app, buy a few com­pat­i­ble light bulbs and a smart out­let strip, and you’ll soon be able to re­motely

con­trol sev­eral ap­pli­ances within your home. From there, con­sider a smart dead­bolt, garage door opener, home se­cu­rity sys­tem and/or ther­mo­stat.

Give a small bath­room a new char­ac­ter. Bright-col­ored walls or bold wall­pa­per pat­terns can re­ally make a small bath­room pop. Col­ors and pat­terns that would be over­whelm­ing in a larger room work like a dec­o­ra­tive ac­cent in the smaller set­ting. Or go the other way and make the bath­room an oa­sis of seren­ity with light blue-grey walls.

Look at light­ing with new eyes. Is there an area that could use more light? A warmer glow? Add a lamp to a ta­ble in a dim cor­ner to open up the room and show off the ob­jects on the ta­ble. Pen­dant lights aren’t just for din­ing ar­eas — a stylish pen­dant fix­ture hang­ing next to the arm of the sofa or guest bed is an ob­ject of in­ter­est as well as a source of light. In the kitchen, in­stall LED strip light­ing un­der cab­i­nets where work sur­faces be­low could use a lit­tle il­lu­mi­na­tion.

For more tips on how to quickly and eas­ily make your house new to you, con­tact North­west Ar­kan­sas Home Builders As­so­ci­a­tion at 479-751-6688 or www.nwahba.com.

A new or re­uphol­stered chair can re­fresh a room’s look.

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