The new year is just about here. Sure, you probably want to lose a few extra pounds come 2012, at the very least those you’re still in the process of packing on — bless the holidays — but what about your home? It deserves to reach its goals and full potential too.
One great way to give your comely abode a lift is through the installation of fresh hardwood flooring. Start the 2012, the year of the Dragon, with a beautifully understated, yet impactful makeover. New flooring can do a whole lot more than what a few new pieces of furniture can accomplish on their own. That’s because what you’ll be updating touches the full extent of your home. A brighter and more harmonious indoor living space can be yours with the help of a simple flooring installation.
This home improvement project is guaranteed to garner you kudos from your family, friends, visitors, and your own appreciative self. These are the floors that bespeak both classic elegance and modern living. You’ll have many choices for hardwood material and its shades are bountiful. Creating an ambiance of warmth and comfort is not as hard as you think. The time to celebrate the new and the everyday has come.
Most homeowners love hardwood flooring; it is the perfect foundation for a beautiful home. Natural wood floors not only look attractive, but also add value to your property. If your floors are carpet, worn, or stained, replace them with hardwood flooring. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to enhance your home. If you can’t change the entire flooring, consider an inexpensive home improvement project: new flooring in your foyer and living room.
The fact is the entryway to your home is usually the first area guests notice when they walk through your door. Homeowners can get the most of their remodeling projects by narrowing in on small changes that make a big impact. New hardwood floors in your entryway and living room will enhance the beauty and value of your home without going over your budget. And if you leave the carpet in the bedrooms (for now), you can splurge on high-quality flooring in your foyer and living. This simple home improvement project will not only make your home beautiful, but also more profitable when it comes time to sell it.
The key to installing new wood floors is selecting a wood that matches the style of your home. Hardwood floors are available in nearly any kind of wood, ranging from oak and walnut to teak and merbau. You can also opt for eco-friendly options, such as bamboo and reclaimed flooring. If you’re on a budget, consider laminate floors and browse sale items online.
Finally, if you’re going to invest in new floors, make sure to have them professionally installed.
They come in all shapes, sizes and styles, making the perfect decoration item for adding color to a wall, adding light and depth to a room. Mirrors are pieces of art; they become the focal point of a room, and even the most ordinary mirror can add a new perspective to a living room, bathroom and bedroom. Since there are so many different sizes, shapes and styles to choose from, you’ll never run out of options and ideas for where to place a mirror and the color, style and size to match your room.
Mirror do something amazing for a room: they expand the visual perception of a bathroom, living room or bedroom, and combined with lights, make dark rooms bright. While this visual expansion may work in your favor, it can also be the grounds for making unwanted reflections. A mirror may add light and depth to a dinning room, but say that mirror reflects sunlight into your eyes as you eat. The reflection created will make for some uncomfortable dinner conversations as you shield your eyes from the sun.
Whether you use contemporary mirrors or vintage mirrors, try to reflect the positve attributes of a room. Take the living room for instance; a mirror can expand the imagery of the beautiful furniture, open spaces and low-lighting present in the room.
Complement the Walls
If there’s one thing that mirrors do well is they serve to complement the walls present in the room. The frame of the mirror can coordinate and add color to a room. When finding the right complementary mirror for a wall, the important issue to remember is not to allow the frame color to blend in with the color of the wall. For instance, you wouldn’t want to hang a dark-framed mirror on a dark colored wall. Instead, you’ll want to hang a light-colored frame on a dark-colored wall.
To Hang or Not to Hang
Oversized mirrors don’t always have to be hung inside a room. Large mirrors can add the same visual affect by resting on a wall as they would by being hung in a room. Take for instance two convex modern mirrors placed on opposite corners inside of a living room. The perception created by the convex mirrors creates a different dynamic inside the room than if they were hung. The reflections add new images and perspectives to the room that one mirror, or two hung mirrors could not replicate.
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Spare household areas can be somewhat of a science to figure out what their purpose should be. Most use it as a storage or display room (sometimes a mixture of both), but it can be so much more than that. Creating an entertainment room can turn the room into a place of everything awesome, and a great place to unwind after a hard day’s work.
What to put in the entertainment room depends a lot on its size. If it is a small room on the interior of a house, a couch and a nice TV are a must. These areas are good to put a gaming console or a Blu-ray player to have as an option so the entire living room is not taken up when someone wants to play a game. Other stuff, like a basketball goal or pong table can make for some fun secondary games when hanging with friends. The idea to the room can produce many different results, but the main idea is to have a private area to go when the person wants to be alone, or to avoid disturbing another event going on within the household.
If the free area is a garage, shed or very large room, the options are endless. These places are often designed to be private areas to invite people over and enjoy some free time. In these situations, a pool table is a must for ambiance if the people are not avid pool players. It’s also good to have a couple couches and chairs to make everyone comfortable, and a layout that is easy to use. A dedicated fridge and microwave should be placed out of the way to have a place to store beer and party foods. The TV, however, should be as gigantic as humanly possible with a 7.1 surround system of at least 1000 watts RMS. Not only will this make football games incredible, but make movies be the best thing ever witnessed by man.
Despite how big the room is, there are some common things that should be included in both. Wall fixtures, such as jersey display cases for high school memorabilia or favorite sports teams, should be included to create the feeling of competition. Implementing a simple idea into these rooms is a good way to have a target for what other things to add in the future when browsing around. For example, using convex glass for the fronts of cases can create a unique look that can become an interesting theme in décor throughout. Implementing a theme with other interests involved is a great way to put a little self-expression into the room as well.
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