Low-Cost Updates that Add Value
Custom details add character but can come with a big price tag. Follow these cost-cutting tips to personalize your home without exceeding your remodeling budget.
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Skip Crown Molding
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Lay cozy carpet in a master bedroom rather than more expensive wood flooring. Your feet will thank you on those chilly winter mornings.
All About Carpet
Learn more about carpet and how to choose the right type for your floors.
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Vary Light Fixtures
Choose pricier, eye-catching fixtures to highlight one or two main areas in the kitchen, such as the island or sink. Opt for less-expensive, off-the-shelf fixtures elsewhere.
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Decorative brackets add an appealing blend of support and architectural interest to basic wooden shelves. Purchase unfinished wooden brackets from a local home improvement store and customize them with paint or small wooden accents.
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Pay Attention to Color
Color is a home designer's cheapest and most powerful tool when transforming a room. Whether you're adding a little color or a lot, make over any room in your home with a fresh coat of paint, or colorful tile, hardware, or accessories. Mustard-color paint energizes cabinetry in this home's hardworking kitchen.
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Enhance with Woodwork
Architectural woodwork not only adds character, it disguises imperfections in old walls. Use simple woodwork, such as beaded-board paneling and corner rosettes, to dress up walls and add interest to rooms. Beaded board is durable, budget-friendly, and can stand up to splashes, making it a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms.
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Create Multifunctional Spaces
Good looks and practicality are equal partners when implementing storage in heavy-traffic areas. Open shelves in the kitchen marry storage and display, providing easy access to dishware during meal prep and entertaining. The technique also works well in any small space around the house -- from bookcases to bathroom storage -- as the visual openness keeps the room from feeling cluttered.