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Home Improvement & Decor

21 Budget-Friendly Ideas for Sprucing Up Your Home - Part 1

 HERE ARE THE FIRST 12 IDEAS.  THE OTHER 9 WILL BE INCLUDED IN TOMORROW'S BLOG POST.

You don't need to spend a bunch of money to have a beautiful and stylish home.  You can create a comfortable as well as upscale environment in your home on a limited budget. 

Here are the first 12 of the 21 ideas we think are just great to decorate, spruce up, or stage your home on a budget.

1.  If your fireplace is outdated, how about re-covering it with slate or marble-look 3x12 tiles in a herringbone pattern?  This is a great way to get a really high-end look for a very low cost.  Here is inspiration overload on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/herringbone-fireplace/.

Kitchens Sell Houses - Inexpensive Improvements That Will Make Your Kitchen Shine

Kitchens sell houses . . . and bad kitchens cause houses to take longer to sell and for less money.  

Here are some good ideas for making your kitchen more appealing without spending a ton of money.  You can do all these yourself for just the cost of supplies, and the resulting improvements can easily add many thousands to the value of your home.

1.  A fresh coat of paint is one of the best boosters of a space, and if you do it yourself it is very inexpensive . . . the cost of a gallon or two of paint and perhaps a roller, brush, tape, and a few other supplies that you can re-use for the next project.

2.  Replace or add hardware to your existing cabinets. Hardware is like jewelry for your cabinets, and updated hardware can make a dramatic difference at a very low cost . . . and it's easy.

Painting Your House This Summer? Here's Some Help Deciding on Colors

It's such a big decision . . . what color to paint your house!  It's a really hard decision to make.  It's difficult to imagine your home a different color than it is right now, so often people just paint it the same color.  At least you know what you're going to get, right?

To choose the right colors you need to take into consideration the color of your roof and other items that are part of your house that will not be painted as well as the style of your home and your personal tastes.  Do you want your home to stand out in the neighborhood, or blend in with the surrounding homes?  There are many things to consider.

Here's a link to a quick 'quiz' on Houzz that may help you decide what colors speak to you.  If that doesn't help you decide, most of the paint stores, as well as the big box stores, have online color pickers that allow you to upload a photo of your home and experiment with virtual colors.  Here's a link to Sherwin-Williams virtual house painter.

Happy house painting!