Tuesday, March 30, 2010

How to Decorate a Teenager’s Room When You Have Budget Constraints

If you are the parent of a teenager, sooner or later the subject of redecorating what has been a child’s room will come up.

A teenager’s room is different from a child’s room in that it should be treated more like an adult space. But, it should have a slightly fun flair to it also. It is best if you involve your teenager in coming up with a theme that will help to express who they are (and not what you want).

Also, when redecorating your teen’s room, let them choose the colors, but provide them with some guidance. So why not let them have a look on the internet and see what they can find?

When redecorating a teenager’s room, remember that they are very sensitive to color, and they are much more free with their sense of adventure. Why not go for using a bolder color on the wall behind the bed. Plus, it will save on you having to decorate the whole room. Also, it means that you can include a color in the room that they really like and want, but which will not overpower the room completely.

Another way to redecorate your teen’s room when on a tight budget is to change the window covering. Instead of curtains, why not get them blinds instead? Because they come in so many different designs, colors and materials, there is likely to be something that they will like.

Why not get hold of a small table and turn this up into a cool make up vanity by painting it to match your teenager daughter’s bedroom décor?

Also you could get some colorful bed linens to bring all the elements of the decorating you have done together. You could even purchase extra sheets, which can be made into curtains and lampshades that will match the rest of the décor.

If you can not afford to replace a worn out carpet in your teen’s bedroom, then opt to have it taken up, and go for low maintenance painted floors with some throw rugs. Also, why not include some large cushions that they can use when their friends come round? It will provide them with a much more relaxing and friendly atmosphere for them and a place where they can get away from it all.

Rather than replacing a perfectly good bed, you might be able to get away with buying a more adult like headboard for it instead.

Plus, by rearranging your teen’s furniture in their room, you will be able to give it a whole new dramatic look. Many successful teen room makeovers can quickly and easily be accomplished just by changing the layout of a room. Also, by introducing new accessories and lighting to their room, it can help to change the look of a teen’s room dramatically.

If you want to make a teen’s room look a little funkier, then pick up some fringe or beading from a clearance table at the local craft store. You can then glue this around the bottom edge of the lampshade and the hems of curtains to provide a new look. You could even glue it around the edges of shelves.

Why not keep those free CD’s that such people as AOL put in to magazines etc., and turn them over on to the reverse side and glue them to the frame of a mirror or to cover a closet door or use them as picture or poster frames.

As you can see, there are many ways in which a teen’s bedroom can be redecorated that will not end up costing the parents an arm or a leg.

Decorating a Child’s Bedroom on a Budget

When starting any project where a child is concerned, it would be a great idea if you get them involved. What you need to remember is that this is their room, and you want the space to reflect just who they are and what they love. So why not grab a pen and some paper (as your child is likely to come up with 100’s of ideas) and get talking!

1. When decorating a child’s room, choose the wall color carefully. It is important that you pick a color that not only matches the theme you have chosen, but will grow with them. You don’t want to be redecorating in a year or two.

2. If you want to add a splash of color to a child’s room, and do not want to repaint, add a solid colored rug.

3. As curtains can be expensive, try making them yourself or get a blind instead. Then hang a sheer panel in front of it. You can also add some color to a sheer panel so that it further complements the child’s room by painting it with fabric paints (you could even let your child do it themselves).

4. What about a new light or lampshade to match the theme? This is a great way of adding a new look to your child’s room, as well as being a cost effective way of reducing the light they use in their rooms. You can also purchase a plain lampshade, some acrylic paints and let your child decorate it themselves?

5. If you want to have matching bedding, but can not afford to buy new sets, buy some matching flat sheets and use them for duvet covers, pillow slips and curtains. (That is what I did for both my children’s rooms and they loved it!)

6. Personalize something for their walls. You could take photographs of them with the family and pets and make them into a collage.

7. Another great way of making their room unique and not break the bank, is to create a comfort zone. All you need are some big pillows, or a plush or inflatable chair. Add some small shelves or plastic boxes on the side in the area so they can store their toys or books with pride.

How to Decorate the Nursery on a Small Budget

Every new parent has a vision of what the perfect nursery should look like. Here is a reality check. Is there any need for you to spend $2,000 in order to decorate and furnish a space that will be outgrown in a couple of years? In fact, you do not need to spend a fortune of decorating a nursery for that new arrival.

Here are several different ways in which a nursery can be decorated no matter how small your budget is.

1. Instead of using wallpaper, paint the nursery instead. Choose colors which will grow with your child instead of going for the traditional colors. Invite friends and family round and get them to dip their hands into a pot of paint and place their handprints on the wall? They could even sign their names underneath if they want. Doing it this way, your baby will get to enjoy a brightly colored room full of contrasting patterns. This is of special appeal to young infants, and it is an interesting way of introducing them to the people who will be important in their life as they grow up.

2. You do not have to be artistically inclined, but if you want, you could add stencils to the wall (if you don’t like the handprint idea!) This is inexpensive, as well as an easy way of adding different elements and features to a baby’s room.

3. Where the floor is concerned, make sure that you have a stain resistant carpet, or just have hardwood floors with some scatter rugs on it. If you already have carpet, and you are worried that it may not stand up well, then get an area rug which will cover and protect it.

4. When you are decorating a nursery, consider buying some pieces secondhand. The advantage to this is that you may find items that are of a higher quality than you would normally purchase or a vintage piece of furniture, that you can refinish to match the décor of the nursery.

5. Consider buying a piece of furniture that can be used for many different things. Do not spend money on buying a changing table, rather, buy yourself a dresser that is about waist high, and sit a changing mat on top. Then fill the drawers with all your nappy needs. In order to stop the pad from slipping, place a small rubber mat underneath it. Then, once the child is older, the chest of drawers can be used as it was intended.

6. Instead of spending large amounts of money on buying storage boxes for your nursery, why not use baskets and shelves instead to store toys and other essentials.

I hope that the ideas above will help you when making decisions on how to decorate a nursery on a small budget.

Some Tips on Redecorating the Master Bedroom When Finances Are Tight

It really is quite easy to change the look of your bedroom without spending a fortune. Just using a little creativity on your part will go a long way to improve the layout, and look, of your haven away from the stresses and strains of modern life.

1. A good thing to do before your start redecorating your room is to de-clutter. Unfortunately, many of us tend to use our bedrooms as dumping grounds because they are away from the public eye. So put any items that you don’t need away in labeled boxes and store them either under the bed, in a closet or the garage or loft.

2. The most inexpensive way of changing the look of a room, as well as the one that will have the most impact is painting. You do not even need to change the color; all you need to do is paint on a fresh coat of the color that is already there. However, whether you decide to change the color or not, you will find that the feel of the room will have changed. You could even consider putting up a border, or stenciling some designs on to the walls in order to give them a little more life.

3. Why not have a rummage through your drawers for scarves, tablecloths or pillowcases that compliment the color scheme of your bedroom? These items can be used to soften the look of a dresser or the edge of your bedside table.

4. By adding scent to your room, you will be changing the way the room feels. If, however, you do not have any potpourri, then cut up some orange peel and allow it to dry. Once dry, mix it with whatever sweet spices you have (say cinnamon, ginger or all spice) and then put it in an open bowl in your bedroom to freshen it up.

5. Get some baskets and hang them up in nooks and corners of your bedroom. Not only will they add style to the room, but will provide you with additional storage space also.

6. A great way to change the look and feel of a bedroom inexpensively is by buying a new lamp or even just a lampshade in a color and style that will compliment the décor of your room.

It is important to remember that the bedroom is a place where we spend much of our downtime. So why not spend a little time making a haven for yourself that will not break the budget.

Helpful Tips for Redecorating Your Bathroom When on a Budget

Before you start thinking about any decorating you would like to do in your bathroom, you need to make sure that it is in good shape. It is important that you make sure there are no leaks, and that all the caulking is tight.

You do not want to complete the redecoration of your bathroom, only to find a leak, and have to completely redecorate after it has been fixed.

Unfortunately, although the bathroom is one of the easiest and least expensive rooms to decorate, it is often the most neglected. For many of us, redecorating our bathroom consists of replacing an old shower curtain with a new one and that’s it.

Hopefully, using the tips provided below, you should be able produce a whole new and inviting look to your bathroom.

1. You can make a huge impact on this room by getting rid of any dark wood and old hardware on cupboards. Just by using some paint and replacing the handles on the doors, you will give the room a completely different look.

2. If you have the room, put some plants in your bathroom. Just remember to water them!

3. Repaint a wall or half a wall with a contrasting color. This will create the illusion of space even in the smallest of spaces (which many bathrooms are).

4. Change the light fixtures, as the right type of lighting can make a huge difference to any bathroom.

5. Consider replacing the taps to your bath and sinks. Just by replacing the tired, old looking taps to your bath, you will give it a completely different look, and it’s an inexpensive way of updating an old room.

6. Instead of buying a new shower curtain, why not use a regular curtain. This can be hung from a tension rod and backed with a shower curtain liner.

7. Get a few candles. Not only are they attractive, but they instantly add warmth to a space. Add a few bars of scented soap and your bathroom will soon feel warm and luxurious.

In fact, before long by using the tips provided above, your bathroom will look bright, fresh and new again

Some Ways to Decorate Your Kitchen on a Budget

For many people, the thought of redecorating their kitchen can be frightening. They start thinking that they need to replace everything in order to get a whole new look. By just following a few or all of the tips provided below, you should be able to create something new for next to nothing.

1. Instead of replacing the cabinets in your kitchen, try repainting them. There are many techniques which are easy to learn and will provide your cabinets with an expensive designer look. Such techniques as crackling, faux finishing and glazing are not only simple to do, but will save you money. If you need help on looking for ways to update old and tired kitchen cabinets, then take a look on the internet.

2. Provide your kitchen walls with a new lick of paint. By painting your walls in warm and inviting colors, you can make your kitchen the of the hub of the home.

3. Why not spend a little of your budget on purchasing some new hand towels and potholders that will match the color of your new décor.

4. Another simple and easy tip for redecorating your kitchen, and will cost you nothing, is toyou’re your beautiful dishes and glassware out of the cupboards, and use them to accentuate the kitchen.

5. A great way of changing the whole décor of your kitchen is by putting up new curtains. They will help to create a fresh new look to your kitchen, and they certainly will not break the bank and you may well find that just making this one change will give your kitchen a completely different look. By changing your curtains, you could actually bring out the personality of the kitchen with little or no effort on your part.

6. If you have appliances that you wish to hide, get some material that co-ordinates with the décor of your kitchen, along with some wire and hooks, and then just place the fabric in front of the appliance. Hey, presto, it’s covered up, and the fabric provides a new dimension to your room.

7. Why not consider replacing the cabinet doors. Many companies can provide a good selection of designs, colors and shapes of kitchen cabinet doors. This is a much more cost effective way of giving your kitchen a whole new look without actually having to replace the whole cabinet.

8. Something else to consider would be to simply replace the drawer and cabinet pulls.

9. Another affordable way of making your kitchen look different is by adding a kitchen island. They not only provide you with more counter space, they provide a place where people can gather. If that doesn’t fit your budget, then consider using a moveable kitchen cart or table. An added bonus to using one is that when they aren’t in use, they can be put away, and leave you with room in your kitchen.

10. Finally, if your kitchen-redecorating budget is so small that you are unable to do any of the tips already mentioned, think about replacing the backsplash instead. The great thing about backsplashes is that they now come in a variety of different colors, materials, and styles.

As you can see, redecorating your kitchen on a budget can be as simple as just giving the walls a new coat of paint, or changing the existing hardware or doors on your cabinets. By simply making one small change you can give your kitchen a whole new look.

Ways to Decorate Your Dining Room When Your Budget is Tight

We will now look at a number of different ways for decorating a dining room to give it a whole new lease on life, without breaking the bank.

1. Why not cover the table with some fabric in order to hide any ugly surfaces? You could then use the colors in the fabric as the basis for the new décor for the room.

2. The use of inexpensive accessories will help to change the whole appearance of your dining room. Get some candles and candleholders in order to provide a different look and feel to your room.

3. Why not make a wall hanging for the room. If you can, purchase some Chinese posters (these are inexpensive) as they are easy to turn into wall hangings.

4. Why not see if where you live has a furniture bank. This is where you can arrange to drop off any old pieces of furniture that you have and no longer want. Then all you need to do is choose a piece from what they have there to replace the piece you have donated. You may find the ideal dining table and chairs that you want for the theme of your room.

5. The rule of three. Instead of placing items together as even numbered groups, do it in odd numbered groups instead. Where 2 candlesticks together look symmetrical, by adding a bowl or another smaller candlestick holder, you can add a whole new element.

6. Instead of the table being horizontal to the walls, why not place it in the room at an angle (but make sure you have enough space to walk round it). Also, move any cupboards etc., away from walls, and instead place these in corners of the room at angles. By doing this, you are giving your dining room a whole new look.

7. Why not build and attach a fold down shelf to one of your dining room walls? It will certainly make it easier for you when entertaining, and can be used as a buffet area also.

8. How about giving your dining room cabinets a new lease on life and paint them to accentuate the color of the room? Check at your local paint supply store or DIY store, as well as online for advice on how to paint them.

9. Use a mirror in order to create light and space in your dining room. Frame one in such a way that it creates a mock window. You could even use one by placing it behind some artistic belongings in order to highlight them from all sides.

10. If your dining room chairs are looking a little tired and dated, then cover them with slipcovers…why not try making some covers yourself? You can purchase another tablecloth or two that match the one you use for your table, and upholster them in this as well.

11. Finally, you should consider repainting one or two walls with an accent color. Maybe go for a color, which will accent all the various aspects of the room, and integrates well with any soft furnishings that you have.

How to Decorate a Living Room on a Budget

Here are a few different ways to provide a new look to your living room. It may be that you are just starting out in a new home, or that you would like to revive an old tired space, but decorating any room, and especially the living room, can be a real challenge. It can be even more of a challenge when you only have small budget to work with.

The biggest hurdle that you face is how to get a look that expresses your unique personality, without spending a fortune. However, by looking at the items you already have in a different way, you should be able to create a cozy family room for almost next to nothing. Below are a number of decorating tips which should help to turn a drab living room into a warm and friendly place for everybody to gather.

1. Paint

Paint one wall using your favorite color, and make this the focal point of the room. Hang a piece of interesting art on the wall (it could even be something you have made yourself). Place a nice piece of furniture on that side of the room to provide even more accent to the wall. If you want to add extra impact to the wall, then why not use a rubber stamping technique? Although it is extremely easy to do, rubber stamping can look very impressive when finished.

2. Use an Area Rug

This is a great way to define a conversation area, so you need to look for one which will complement the décor of the room. Rather than laying it straight, put it at an angle underneath your coffee table, or in a central location where the seating is situated. For a comfy, inviting look, just add some large cushions.

3. Pictures & Mirrors

Choose mirrors or pictures that compliment your personality. When hanging a mirror, place it in a position where it will reflect either a nice view, or an interesting architectural element of the room. Including a mirror in a room also creates the illusion of more space.

4. Lighting

Replace lamps, as these are one thing that can ‘outdate’ your room. If you are unable to replace the whole lamp, then just consider replacing the lampshade instead.

5. Coffee Table

If your coffee table is looking tired or scratched, then cover it with a small decorative runner, or if you want to be a bit more adventurous, then why not tile the top of it with mosaic tiles or colored glass instead.

6. Rearrange the Furniture

Think outside the box and put your furniture at an angle. By doing this you are giving a whole new look to the layout of your room, and it is much more inexpensive than buying new furniture.

Pay attention to the floor space and use it to your advantage. You can get some scatter cushions and use these as additional seating. It will provide your living room with a much more relaxed atmosphere.

7. Plants

Use plants to add freshness and impact to the décor of your room, or hide flaws.

Finally, if you do not need it, remove it. You can either donate it to your local charity, or ask a family member or friend if they could use it. By de-cluttering a space, you will not only be providing yourself with more room, but you will also be gaining a whole new look.

A Few Tips to Get You Started

The first thing you should remember when decorating is that there are no rules except those that you set for yourself.  However, having a plan is always a good idea and will help you to keep on budget. 

Below are a number of tips that will help you get started.

1. Trust yourself

Remember, you will know more about what looks good for your home than you think. 

2. Focal Points

Select the most important element in a room, say a fireplace, and make this the focal point.  Then place furnishings and objects around it to draw a person’s eye towards it.  You could, if you want, direct the person’s eye towards, say, a window, which then directs them to look outside into the garden.

3. Themes

Provide each room with a theme.  You may just decide on a color, or it may be a particular style, say French Country or Italian Tuscany, for say the kitchen.  Doing this will give you a starting point, and will help to guide you through the decorating stages.

4. Planning

When planning your design, work from the largest area of the room to the smallest.  For instance, start with walls, windows, floors, furnishings and then finish with accessories.  It is important to remember the larger the decorating surface, the more impact it will have on the finished design.

But the most important thing of all when decorating on a budget is to have fun!

The Challenge of Decorating on a Budget

For anybody, decorating on a budget can be a challenge, but it also can be very rewarding, and it will also teach you how to showcase your home. This article and the following posts will help to provide you with great ideas and tips for decorating various rooms within your home without going over budget.

Just by adding a few small, but creative and decorative details, you can make any home look like a million dollars. As long as you approach your decorating on a budget creatively, it should not only save you money, but will be fun to do. 

If you want to create the perfect look for your home, and you are on a budget, then you need to get creative. It is not impossible to design a new look for any room in the home on a shoestring. So, as long as you are willing to invest your time and energy, you should be able to make a room go from plain to perfect in no time at all.

Instead of looking at the more expensive items that are available, why not start looking at their inexpensive counterparts. There are plenty of companies who offer items that look as good as the more expensive ones for half the price. 

The real test for anyone who is decorating on a budget is his or her ability to take an inexpensive item and camouflage its real value. Ideally, you want to make a $10 item look like a $100 item instead. This can certainly be achieved, all it requires is a little patience, and a little decorating know how. When sticking to a budget, it does not mean that you have to cut down on the quality of everything that you want.  Not only can decorating on a budget be fun, but if creatively undertaken, you can do it with flair and style.

It is important when doing any decorating that you have a plan. You need to know what furniture you need (if any). What color scheme do you want for each room?  What style do you want? By doing this, you will not waste time and money in purchasing things that you do not need and that you do not like. 

In fact, budget decorating is all about knowing what is a good deal and what isn’t.

So why not give it a try, and as long as you make it fun and enjoyable, you will find that it can be done.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Kitchen Remodeling: Should You Buy New Appliances?

Each year, thousands of homeowners make the decision to remodel their homes, and they tend to start with the kitchen. One of the most common reasons for any project is change. The average individual is likely to enter their kitchen, at least eight times a day. Unfortunately, over time you may find that your kitchen no longer looks or feels attractive. If this is how you feel, it may be time for a change.

A remodeling project means different things to different individuals. There are some homeowners who only like to change one or two things, like their lighting fixtures and floor tiles, but there are others who want to change everything. If you are really looking to make your kitchen into a whole new room, be prepared to spend a lot of time, work and money, but rest assured, the end result is almost always more than worth it.

We often associate kitchen remodeling with things, like flooring, lights, countertops, cabinets, and sinks, but if you really want a new look without the hassle of ripping out the cabinets and fixtures, you should think about replacing the major appliances.

This can seem as if you are really getting a new kitchen, especially if your current appliances are quite old. Over the past few years, kitchen appliances have changed quite a bit. Whether you are looking to purchase a new dishwasher, refrigerator, toaster, oven, microwave, or blender, you will find that you literally have an unlimited selection to choose from. Almost all of them come in more than one color making it easier to match the appliances to your existing décor or theme.

You also have the benefit of adding value to your home by updating your appliances with more energy efficient, cost effective replacements.

If you are trying to save money, it may be a good idea to purchase one appliance at a time. Even if it takes you a year to afford all of the new kitchen appliances that you wanted, you can do it without breaking the bank.

Kitchen Remodeling: Choosing Your New Kitchen Cabinets

Are you tired of opening up the same kitchen cabinets, every single day? Although many homeowners love their kitchens, there are some who are looking for a change. If you are one of those people, the ones who are looking for a change, you may want to think about remodeling your kitchen, particularly your kitchen cabinets.

When it comes to remodeling, there is a common misconception about what exactly kitchen remodeling is. Many assume that to remodel a kitchen you need to change everything, from the light fixtures all the way down to the floor tiles. While a large number of homeowners do choose that route, there are others who only choose to redo small portions of it, and the cabinets are usually the first changes to be made!

Although choosing a new set of cabinets may seem like a fairly easy task, it is one that you shouldn’t make on an impulse. Since you will be living with these new cabinets, at least until you move or decide to remodel again, you will want to make sure that you don't settle for second best.

For the best results, you may want to visit your local home improvement store and check out some of their displays. This is a great way to decide which cabinets would look good in your kitchen.

You may also want to do some 'shopping' online. Although the shipping is often considered quite high, you may be able to find exactly what you were looking for. If you are looking for a unique set of kitchen cabinets, a set that you cannot find anywhere else, you may be able to order a custom set from a local or online manufacturer. The cost may be more than what you intended on paying, but, as previously mentioned, it is important to get what you want.

Keep the purpose of your cupboards in mind. For instance, if you will be using the cabinets to store your food or your dishes, you will need to make sure that you purchase ones that can offer you the most space. While decorative cabinets are nice, they are sometimes limited on the storage space that they have.

In addition to the size of the storage space, it is also important to examine the size of the kitchen cabinet itself. Most home improvement stores sell cabinets that are not fully put together, and they are often precut to size. It may be possible to change the measurements, but it could be difficult and costly to do so. Although you may be more concerned about the color or design of a kitchen cabinet set, it is important to remember the basics. Even the most beautiful kitchen cabinet set will not do you any good if it cannot be installed in your kitchen.

Once you have found the cabinet set of your dreams, the remodeling can begin. Whether you choose to install them yourself, or have a professional do it for you, your kitchen should look beautiful in a day or two. Now that's not too long to wait is it?

What Remodeling Your Kitchen Can Do For Your Home

If you are a homeowner, there is a good chance that you take great pride in your home and there may come a time when you may want to spice it up a little bit.

When it comes to home remodeling, one of the most common rooms remodeled is the kitchen. Of course, remodeling your kitchen may make you happy, but did you also know that it can do great things for your home? The truth is that you are not the only one who can benefit from a little bit of kitchen remodeling, your home can also benefit.

Perhaps, the greatest way that your home can benefit from any remodeling project is the overall value of your home will increase. The increase in value will all depend on what type of remodeling was done and how it turned out.

Professional kitchen remodeling jobs are the ones that tend to increase a home’s value the most. Also, the more of your kitchen you remodel, the more the value of your home is likely to increase. An increased home value can turn into a profit for you, if and when you decide to sell your house.

In addition to an increase in value, you will also find the overall appearance of your home will improve. That will not only have an impact on your home, but you as well. It is a known fact that when homeowners have a decent looking home, they not only feel more comfortable in it, but they also feel more comfortable inviting guests over. By remodeling your kitchen, your home will be more welcoming and inviting. Whether you just want to have your friends over for coffee or you want to host a large party, a renovation project may be just what you need to get the ball rolling.

Although you may have quicker results using a professional contractor, you may not want to. If you want to perform your own kitchen remodeling, you can, but it is best that you first know exactly what you are doing.

If you do not have experience with home improvement projects, it may be a good idea to take a course, class, or seminar. In fact, you may find that one of your home improvement stores offers these classes for free or for a reasonable fee.

Since the overall value of your home, as well as its appearance depends on the outcome of your kitchen remodeling projects, you will want to make sure that your remodeling is done right. If you are unable to attend a class, you should at least obtain a copy of a renovation guide or how-to book. Many of these books are available for sale online or in book stores, and there is also the option of online how-to videos that many home improvement stores offer.

Once you have the information you need to get started, it's just a matter of material and lots of elbow grease!

The Pros and Cons of Remodeling Your Kitchen

When we are interested in doing something, such as a home improvement project, there are many of us who are unsure what we should do, if we should even do anything at all. When it comes to deciding on a plan or a course of action, many individuals make the decision to focus on the good and the bad of the situation, or, the pros and cons.

If you are thinking about remodeling your kitchen, you may be wondering what the plus side is. Well, you are in luck! There are an unlimited number of ways that you can benefit from having your kitchen remodeled.

Perhaps, the greatest pro is the increase in your home’s value. When it comes to remodeling, you will find that, in most cases, a home’s value increases with a remodeling project, including a kitchen makeover.

Another pro to remodeling your kitchen is the fact that you will, essentially, be getting a new kitchen. Although some homeowners choose to only remodel a small portion of their kitchen, others go right out and remodel the whole thing. Whether you make the decision to simply change your kitchen countertops and cabinets, or change your kitchen counters, cabinets, sink, oven, floor tiles, and wall paint, there is a good chance that your kitchen may appear as if it is a whole, brand new room.

One of the many other pros to kitchen remodeling is one that you might not necessarily have thought of before. That pro is who can do the remodeling. As a homeowner, you have complete control over what you would like done, as well as who can do it. This means that if you would like to do your own kitchen remodeling, you can easy do so. If you do not have the time or the skill needed to remodel your own kitchen, you could also hire a professional to do it for you. You also have complete control over who you hire to remodel your kitchen, as well as how much you want to pay. That is one of the many pros to remodeling, even if you can’t do it yourself; there is someone else out there who can.

As previously mentioned, as a homeowner, you have complete control over what will and will not happen in your home. In addition to deciding whether you will do your own remodeling, you can also decide which type of remodeling is done. If you need to fix a few repairs, you could easily remodel only a portion of your kitchen, but if you would like a whole new look, you could remodel the whole room; the decision is yours.

Although there are a number of pros to kitchen remodeling, there are also cons. The biggest con is the fact that it cannot only be costly, but time consuming. You may be able to recuperate the cost of your repairs, if and when you go to sell your home, but nothing is guaranteed. Another disadvantage is that although a large number of homes see an increase in their value, thanks to remodeling projects, not all of them do. It all depends on the quality of the remodeling done. If a remodeling project is poor in quality or it may later lead to additional problems with the home, you will find that the value with not increase, but it might even decrease.

Something else to think about is the extent of the remodeling to your home. If you do a complete kitchen or bathroom reno, and the rest of the house looks outdated in comparison, you might not see much of an increase in value.

The best thing you can do when taking on any project is to list all the benefits and disadvantages beforehand to gain a better perspective.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Home Decorating Fabrics

Fabrics are meant to compliment a room, and beautiful fabrics can improve any space. Used in upholstery, couch covers, slip-covers, bed coverings, window treatments, table coverings, etc, a room without fabric is is just plain cold. Using home decorating fabrics, a space can be transformed into an inviting, warm and cozy place to relax and enjoy with family and friends.

Because fabrics are an essential part of home decorating, it is important to choose those that correspond with the other objects in the room. It’s easier to pick fabrics if you have advice and suggestions for a particular decorating design. Without any direction, your interior decorating project can become frustrating and discouraging. Instead of working toward your dream home, you’ll find yourself caught up in a nightmare.

There are plenty of home decorating themes to choose from. Each of them has their own color and style for fabrics. With a theme to guide you, choosing home decorating fabrics shouldn’t pose a problem. For example if you choose a Tuscan theme, the choices would include woven textures such as burlap, fabrics made from the abaca fiber and fabrics made from the banana tree fibers, Savannah cloth and tobacco cloth.

Tuscan home decorating fabrics tend to be heavier but they are very flexible and versatile. If you use the Tuscan theme as your guide, these home decorating fabrics could be used for blinds, drapes, slip-covers and even perhaps even area rugs.

If you decide you like the cottage theme, fabrics would include floral patterns and bright colors. Cottage decorating, with regards to upholstery and the various projects requiring fabric, suggests bold and colourful patterns. Although a floral pattern is the most popular in home decorating fabrics for the cottage theme, printed fabrics with vegetables or fruit are also quite often used.

Choosing the Victorian theme would suggest you choose home decorating fabrics such as velvet or brocade in rich colors of blue, green, burgundy and so on. Victorian fabrics are meant to be quite feminine as well as elaborate. These materials are used for curtains, bedding, slip-covers, etc. You might even want to trim these fabrics with lace, beads or ribbons.

These are just a few examples of home decorating fabrics used in relation to different themes. You must choose fabrics that speak to you. It’s also important to remember that home decorating fabrics can be quite expensive. Once you’ve decided on a fabric and purchase it to use in your home, you may have to live with it for a long time. For this reason it is best to be absolutely certain before making that final decision.

These fabrics often require special care for washing. If you’d rather a fabric that is easy to care for, make sure this is considered when making your choice. Remember this is your space, your decision and it should meet your needs.

There are thousands of home decorating fabrics to choose from. By using available resources such as home décor magazines, home decorating catalogues, Internet websites and of course fabric stores in your area, you ought to be capable of making a sensible decision and appropriate choice for home decorating fabrics.

Home Decorating Catalogues

Many homeowners use home decorating catalogs to order items, make improvements to their home or find home decorating ideas. These catalogs usually provide photos of complete rooms and the opportunity to purchase any or all of the items used to create the room. For people who are not creative, these catalogs are great resources for decorating tips.

Home decorating catalogs are normally made available by major department stores, building centers and home décor shops. These stores provide customers the option of visiting the store to purchase merchandise. Some will provide a delivery service or mail service and others have online home decorating catalogs available to shop from.

Decorating catalogs are published for the benefit of the customer. These publications entice people to visit the stores, hopefully with the intention to buy.

People can get a mental image of what their space could look, like by looking at the vivid pictures in home decorating catalogs. These books provide hours of enjoyment for people who are fascinated with new trends in home decorating. Providing examples of new colors and new accessories, home decorating catalogs offer people an opportunity to stay in touch with fashion and even explore new possibilities for their space.

Home decorating is usually divided into different categories regarding style. Some of these styles or themes include country, French country, English country, modern, traditional, Oriental, Victorian and old world.

Each of these themes would have an individual section that focuses on furniture, color, fabric and accessories. If a homeowner was interested in changing the theme in their home from country to Oriental, browsing through catalogs would provide useful information and possibly an opportunity to purchase items to help transform their home.

Online catalogs provide people an even better opportunity to look at available merchandise. The Internet, with its capabilities is equipped to provide enhanced images, and they are very convenient. Online shopping is quickly catching on. More and more people are taking advantage of the convenience offered through shopping online.

Without leaving the comfort of home, a person can spend hours browsing home decorating catalogs. With methods of payment such as credit card, Paypal or C.O.D., people can order what they need or want with the click of a button.

Either online or a publication, home decorating catalogs provide people with access to everything they need to improve a room or their entire home.