Surprising Ways to Make Your Home Feel Brand New
It's all in the details! If you're looking to shake things up, finish carpentry is the solution you've been searching for.
Are you getting restless with your interior design? It doesn't take a renovation to revive the look of your home. Finish carpentry focuses on the final touches that make a house a home, but just a few of these modifications can also make a house feel brand new again. You'd be surprised how new floors or different colored trim can transform the look and feel of a room. Custom-built carpentry is yet another way to add stylish components to your home while freeing up valuable living space. Take a look at how you can give your home new life -- sans a remodel.
Upgrade to Hardwood Flooring
Add instant warmth and character to your home with hardwood flooring. Whether your home is casual, formal, traditional, or modern, hardwood floors can be stained to match any style. Choose between solid hardwood, engineered wood, or bamboo to find hardwood flooring that fits your budget and needs. Not only can wood floors bring beauty and comfort to your home, they can also visually connect rooms with an inlay of lighter or darker woods. This design trick, creating a design or pattern with contrasting materials, can bring a cohesive feel throughout your whole house. If you're looking to enhance a smaller room, select thinner boards to create the illusion of a larger room, and pair geometric parquet flooring with traditional or exotic settings to bring an elegant and exciting design element to your home. No matter what your personal style is, hardwood floors can elevate any environment when correctly installed.
Add Style to Your Stairs
Make an architectural statement with your stairs! A staircase can do much more than connect levels in your home. From creating a grand entrance to a work of art, stylish stairs can transform any home with their dramatic flair. A finish carpenter can help you redesign existing stairs while restructuring your home's layout for a free-flowing floor plan. Add a winding staircase for a sense of elegance featuring a smooth transition between levels or a staircase with floating treads for a modern take on an open-concept design. Not only can a new stair design repurpose your floor plan, giving your house a whole new feel, it can also enhance your home's appearance by adding unique character.
However, you don't have to undergo heavy construction to make a big change. A decorative railing or contrasting stair treads can also make a lasting impression. Customize the design details and wood coloring of your railings and treads with the help of a carpenter for a flawless finish.
Embellish Your Walls with Wainscoting or Wall Paneling
Upgrade a room without breaking the bank. Wood paneling is a simple fix to plain walls and can add character and architectural detail to your home in a matter of hours (with help from a finish contractor). Wainscoting is a type of wall paneling that partially covers a wall and is commonly used along stairways and in formal bathrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, and studies for a sophisticated look.
To make a jaw-dropping statement, try paneling an entire accent wall. Wall panels can be customized by size, shape, design, and more to augment your existing home features. Wood-paneled walls can also give your space a homey or rustic look with reclaimed and whitewashed wood.
Better Homes & Gardens Tip: Stay away from using wood wall paneling in your kitchen. It can add heat to an already cooking kitchen.
Say Yes to Specialty Trim
Time to play dress up! Specialty trim can embellish your windows, walls, and doors, transforming them from unnoticed elements to novelty components of your home. To give clean lines to rough transitions between walls, floors, and windows, have baseboard and window trim installed. Baseboard and window trimwork is decorative as well as functional -- covering up gaps and uneven areas with a chic fix. All trim should reflect the style of your house, whether it's simple and stripped or more elaborate. You should also coordinate your baseboard, door, and window trim to blend seamlessly with any wainscoting or wall paneling for a perfectly integrated interior.
If you want to go the extra mile, crown molding is the way to go. Just as baseboards tie together floors and walls, crown molding does the same for ceilings and walls. Crown molding can also make rooms feel taller or smaller and always adds a touch of elegance.
Get Creative with Custom Built-Ins
Do you have empty corners, nooks, or closets? Repurpose idle space with built-in shelving and storage to showcase your prized possessions or hide your household clutter. Finish carpenters can create custom-built bars, bookshelves, cabinets, shelving units, and seating that add to the integrity of your existing architecture. Assess your home's needs before you begin planning to make sure you make the most out of your built-in fixtures.
You can also integrate appliances into your interior design. Custom-built entertainment centers, kitchen units, and fireplace surrounds can refine any room with a smooth transition between form and function. Leave the measuring to the pros, and focus on the fun part -- designing your dream house.