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A Basic Guide to Choosing a New Color Palette for Your Home

Color Swatch for Repainting Your Living Room

For a great number of homeowners, the thought of changing the color scheme of their home can be a little daunting. Many people are often a little overwhelmed by the prospect of changing the color palette of their home. Decorating in more daring colors, from delicate pastels to bold vibrant tones, can dramatically alter the ambiance of your home. Color can be an excellent way to make a statement and enhance a desired mood. However, by carefully considering your color palette, you can ensure that the rooms in your home reflect your creativity, taste and personality.

color palette for your home

Don’t be afraid of white:
White is one of the most popular colors of paint and decor. It is a neutral and safe color, which can be the perfect complement to all types of flooring and furnishings. Despite being a very flexible color, it can sometimes be a little bland. However, white can create a very clean and contemporary look, providing an excellent way to showcase bright accessories and personal belongings. By ensuring that you have plenty of color accents, your room should feel bright without feeling cold and sterile.

Create warmth with earth tones:
Earth tones such as browns, beiges and reds are becoming increasingly popular in home decorating. Even adding small accents of these colors can add an opulence and rich warm texture to your home. The spectrum of these shades can vary very dramatically, from rich browns and bold reds through to softer terracotta or beige tones. This enables earth tones to be used in a number of rooms throughout the home, to create romantic sumptuous effects in bedrooms, cozy comfortable moods in rest areas or a bold ambiance in a kitchen.

Consider blues:
Blue shades were traditionally reserved for decorating boy’s bedrooms. However, the wide spectrum of blue tones has had a revival in the last few years. Blue tones can actually be very versatile. They can be used to create an energetic mood with bolder shades or a relaxed atmosphere with warmer more muted tones. Blue is also a very contemporary color for bathrooms and kitchens, as it can be used to create a crisp clean ambiance. The color is also great to use in complementing other colors including yellows, greens and whites. These color combinations can be used to create themes such as sunny beaches, nautical or even warm oceans.

Experiment with a feature wall:
If you are lacking the courage to commit to a full bold color transformation in your home, why not experiment with a feature wall. This allows you to use a bolder color on one wall, while keeping the remaining walls neutral and subdued. The colors can be from the same shade palette for a dramatic effect or use contrasting colors for a sense of vibrancy and fun. Using this technique can allow you to gain confidence in your choice of colors without making a big commitment. However, you should consider the colors of your furnishing or accessories in order to ensure that they complement your new color choices and are showcased properly in the new room.

Experimenting with new color palettes for your home can be a fun way to improve your home and allow the rooms to reflect your creativity and personality. It is worth taking a little time to consider the type of ambiance you wish to create in your chosen room before deciding on your color choices. This will ensure that your chosen colors enhance this atmosphere and complement the theme of the room decoration. When you are considering redecorating your home, don’t just purchase the same old shades of off white but try having a little fun with color, you may be amazed at the dramatic effects that you can create.

5 Ways to Revamp Your Curb Appeal for Peanuts

Picture of Home for Sale

Right or wrong, first impressions count and that goes for your home too. If you wish to sell your home, the curb appeal has to be right, in order to get prospective buyers interested. You may be thinking, that it would cost a lot of money to enhance that first impression, but it need not cost much at all. With a little imagination, some elbow grease and very little money, you could really enhance your homes curb appeal. Here are five simple ways to get started.

curb appeal tips on a budget

1. Paint for Success

Exterior paint is pretty cheap at approximately $25 per gallon and it’s available in a wide variety of colors. So why not take a day and repaint your front door, trim and shutters? Unless you have a huge house, this will probably cost less than $100. If you pick the right color, it will make the front of your house pop and make a real difference to the curb appeal. Just make sure to match the color you choose to the rest of your house and make it sympathetic to your area.

2. Upgrade Your Exterior Lights

If your exterior light fixtures are looking a little tired, you can replace them with a new unit that can cost as little as $20 each. The lights you choose should be powerful enough to light up the entrance way and be sympathetic in style to your existing fixtures. If the lights you buy have an identical mounting system to your existing fixtures they will be much easier to fit.

3. New House Numbers

A faded old house number could be a replaced with a more modern brass or stainless steel one for only $2. A more elaborate plaque that is customized, may cost anywhere between $50 and $100. It’s a good idea to make sure that the numbers chosen match your existing fixtures. Coordinating for maximum impact in this way will give you the most bang for your buck.

4. Replace Your Mailbox

This will depend upon any local city regulations that are in place, which must be adhered to. A new mailbox can be had for between $10 and $100. This project will take an hour or two to complete, but at the end, you will have an attractive fresh new mailbox. The benefits of this upgrade may not be immediately noticeable to you, but a prospective buyer may notice.

5. Soften Facades and Add Color with Flower Boxes

Flower boxes can make a real difference to the curb appeal of your home. They can add colors and soften the front of your home, making it more inviting. A flower box can be bought for as little as $25 and can be mounted on porch railings or underneath windows. Try to pick plants with colors that complement your home. One important consideration with this tip, is that you will have to buy the soil and the plants, and it’s easy to get carried away. Remember your budget and keep an eye on what you’re spending. It’s also worth mentioning that the plants will need upkeep, until you sell your home.

All of these tips are easy to carry out for even a novice to DIY projects. They will enhance the curb appeal of your home and will not cost you a lot of money. Hopefully, by doing one or more of these simple DIY tasks, you will be able to increase your homes visibility and curb appeal to get those potential buyers interested and secure the sale you want.

How To Ensure Your Garage Appeals to Potential Buyers

Clean Garage Photo

When preparing their home for sale, many home owners make sure that their windows are clean and bright, their yard looks neat and tidy and their interior is beautifully staged. However, garages are often left forgotten. While you may not fully use your garage, this feature is often highly sought after. Your potential buyer may want to store their vehicle or simply prefer to have additional space for storage. Therefore, it is important that your garage holds maximum appeal to your potential buyers.

garage organized

Clear the clutter:
Since you are aiming to move within a matter of weeks, this is a great time to have a yard sale. You may have items in the home that you no longer want, but it is worth looking through any boxes and cabinets in your garage. You should aim to organize all shelves and cabinets to ensure that any remaining items look neat and tidy.
Organize, organize, organize!

Once you have cleared any unwanted items, you should properly organize all the items inside your garage. If storage space is limited, consider adding heavy duty hooks to lift larger items off the floor space. Consider installing some free standing shelving, which could also be used in your new home. Organizing items off the floor will ensure that the garage looks spacious and tidy. Make sure that any harmful chemicals, dangerous tools or flammable materials are stored safely away. Potential buyers may have children with them for the viewing, so they should feel safe and confident.

Clean up:
Most garages have suffered from spills and stains, and they are also home to years of spider webs. These should be cleaned away to allow the garage to look neat and tidy. Clear any oil spots from the floor, by using sawdust to absorb the liquid, before washing away with laundry detergent. Any windows should be cleaned to allow plenty of natural light.

Check all the features:
It is also important, to check that any electrical features are in proper working order. Potential buyers may obtain the impression that the home is neglected if lighting or door openers are not fully functional. You should check all switches, lights and features on your garage door opener. Replace any fuses or bulbs before they are forgotten. You may wish to consider installing a smoke detector as it will be a positive safety feature for potential buyers.

Dress the exterior:
Once the interior of your garage is looking great, be sure to dress the exterior. Adding a fresh coat of paint to woodwork and cleaning the siding can really enhance the curb appeal of your home. You could also make the exterior look more attractive with potted plants to showcase your appealing garage.

Highlight the special features:
While other properties in your area may have a garage, you should be sure to highlight any unique or special features which are particular to your garage. This could include work benches or storage solutions. You should ensure that your real estate agent is aware of these extra features, so they can be highlighted to any of your potential buyers.

Generally, a poorly presented garage will not cost you a sale. However, in a more challenging real estate market, a well presented and appealing garage, could be the feature which gets you the sale. This could give you an advantage over other properties in your area and help to secure a quick sale.