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Many people find choosing the right color scheme to be the most overwhelming part of their home decoration process. After all, you have to consider furniture, doors, drapes, and other items before you pick any color. But it doesn't have to be all that difficult, a few simple rules can see through it with ease.
Start with a neutral shade as your backdrop and then build on by adding other contrasting colors with art and accessories. You will need to work with a color wheel and determine what color scheme of the color wheel you want to use. The monochromatic scheme involves using different shades of a single color of the color wheel. The analogous color scheme consists of using colors that appear next to each other on the color wheel to create a colorful arrangement. You may also decide to do a contrast scheme that consists of using a triad of contrasting colors. For a bolder look, use the complementary scheme— two opposing colors for the interior.
You should also consider how the lighting will change the appearance of colors within your home at different times of the day. You may have to use sample swatch cards in the colors you are thinking of using, or paint on to a card in that color and carry it around the house, testing it in different lighting conditions. Before you commit, you may even decide on painting small areas of each room to see how the colors will complement each other around the house.
Having decided on the colors you want to use, you should look at how it will flow into the general design of the room. Bear in mind the kind of furniture and upholstery you either already have present in the house or you intend to purchase. Your colors have to fit in with these generally so deciding on the exact shade of color you want should come last in what you are doing.
The entire process should not be a stressful one if you put enough planning into it. Visit with paint professionals in the paint store and ask how each color complement each other. You can bring home as many test samples as you can until you find your perfect mix. Remember, however, at the end of the day, the final decision lies with you. Your color scheme should reflect you, seeing as it is your home. So, don't hurry, take your time to reach the decision.
If you are choosing colors to sell your home, ask your real estate professional about trending neutrals in your area.
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Want to expand the square footage of your home without moving to a new house? Consider all of the changes you can make to your garage to add a den or playroom, home gym, workshop, or a combination of any these to enjoy a larger living space.
First, to determine what area(s) of your garage are flexible, consider your vehicle needs. Do you have only one car, but a two-car garage. Do you need to park your vehicle inside year-round? If you can allocate some of your vehicle parking space for other uses, measure the available area and see what expansions fit. If you need to park your cars in the garage, maybe you can arrange vertical storage in such a way that a small workshop set up or home gym fits nicely, leaving your office to be well, your office. If you don’t park vehicles in your garage and currently unpacked boxes, miscellaneous tools, bikes, and other objects take up that space, sort through your belongings, put indoor items away, and see what’s left that needs to stay in the garage.
If you can transform your garage into an additional living space, you'll want to consider your insulation and electric needs. A garage door threshold seal can make a huge difference in the usability of your garage. If rainwater, dust, animals, and pests can easily enter your garage add the seal protect your space and make it habitable.
Consider using vertical storage to free up floor space. Most garages have high ceilings, so add high shelving for holiday decorations, suitcases, and long-term storage. Install lift systems for bicycles and other gear and narrow/vertical storage units for your tools. Opening up your floor space allows room to set up exercise equipment, activity tables (pool or ping-pong anyone?), or simply to throw down a rug, set up that extra TV and plug in your Wii.
To turn your garage into a living space, for a den, or man cave you'll need to figure out a climate control solution. If your home's system can handle the extra square feet, you can work with your contractor to expand your heating and air conditioning system to the garage. Make sure you check all wall seams, weather stripping, and possible leaks to ensure you don't experience higher energy usage to maintain the space. If your garage is yet unfinished, you’ll need to take the extra steps to insulate, if not completely finish the walls so that you don't see a significant upward creep in your electricity costs.
TIP #1: If you intend to make the extra living space permanent, check your city's regulations to make sure you acquire the appropriate, necessary permits.
TIP #2: If you think you might resell your home in the future, speak with your real estate agent to determine the best way to create the added living space without losing resale value. That is, you may want to lay down your flooring on top of the cement garage floor. To ensure a future buyer can use the garage for their vehicles, you may need to make specific choices on easily removable flooring.
Expanding the use of your garage is a great and affordable way to create space in your home. Speak with your real estate professional about any changes you're considering to determine best how to add to or maintain the most value to your home while adding the most significant value to your current lifestyle.
When prepping your home to sell, you might find yourself tempted to spend lots of money to reface the street side to improve its appeal. However, cutting into your bottom line may not give you the return on investment you want. Instead, take the time to check out some of these budget-friendly curb appeal ideas to spruce up your look without breaking the bank.
By the numbers
Since buyers coming to look at your home typically look for the house numbers to make sure they are in the right place, those faded, outdated numerals might be the first thing they see. New house number ideas vary from stylish metal numerals to tiles set into a frame. There are lighted boxes that highlight your house numbers too. Look for ones you like at your local hardware, DIY, or hobby store that match your home’s architecture. Paint wooden ones to match the trim or a contrasting color. When using metal numbers, choose the metal that matches your door handles, porch lights, and other nearby metals. Take care to make them stand out from the house color so that they are easy to see. Install them in a visible location, avoiding installation where vines or trees might cover them in the future too.
Front porch mailbox
If your mail delivery carrier allows it, a front door mailbox adds charm to the area beside your front door and gives it function too. You find anything from antique brass styles to modern options with lock mechanisms to protect your privacy and secure important mail. Typically, they install quickly, with just a few screws, so that this project can enhance your home after only an afternoon.If instead, you have a mail slot in your front door, you can easily replace it as well with options found at your hardware store or look online for a wider variety. Make sure the one you buy works with the thickness of your front door and fits in the existing hole so that you do not have to make any extensive modifications.
Paint or replace shutters
Since they hang with just a few screws, shutter replacement is an easy do-it-yourself project. Bright new vinyl shutters enhance your home’s color palette. If you want a more modern update use wooden shutters with a complementary stain color that matches your home’s fencing, garage door or other wood elements.
It only takes a little effort to bring new life and appeal to your home. Your real estate pro can guide you in updates trending in your neighborhood.