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There are only a few weeks left before we welcome another year. For many people, it’s the best time to start planning their home renovation or revamp project. Have you started planning your own home revamp project?
If you still haven’t figured out what to do or if you want to check out more design inspirations, you’ve come to the right place. We gathered our top five home improvement ideas for 2019 in this article.
Why not go for an open floor?
Open floor houses are so trendy these days. A lot of properties have this type of flooring plan. With this kind of setup, you can arrange your appliances, furnishings and home decorations with more ease. It also allows you to multitask. For example, you don’t have to leave the kitchen to entertain your guests. They can just come to the kitchen or you can just chat while they sit in the living room.
Moreover, an open floor plan helps you enjoy a more spacious house. Interior walls tend to make your house look small. If removing the partitioning wall won’t affect the integrity of your home’s roofing structure, you should opt for an open floor.
Fall in love with hardwood tiles
Hardwood flooring tiles often come in warm earthy tones. Using this type of flooring can easily upgrade your interiors. If you’re not a fan of brown wood tiles, you can select grey or black tiles instead. There are also naturally stained wood tiles. In choosing the color of your wood flooring, you should try picking a hue that matches your interiors.
Wood tiles are very durable but they can be prone to water damage. If you want to install wood flooring in your kitchen, you can use faux wood tiles.
Get more out of your outdoor space
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Maximize the use of your patio, lawn or garden. Your outdoor space can serve as a nice venue for your regular gatherings, barbecue parties, and jamming sessions with your friends or colleagues. You can also use it for your afternoon tea party or book reading.
If you love plants and shrubs, try growing a garden. You can grow one even if you have a limited space. Plant the seedlings in pots or recycled containers. You can place them on your hanging shelves or you can install a trough on the walls. Feel free to add garden furnishings so you can have a nice hangout spot for your guests.
If you want to enjoy the outdoors but you don’t like getting exposed to the heat and all kinds of critters, you should build a sunroom on your patio. Install tall glass windows so you can marvel at the beautiful view outside your home. Also, make sure that you sunroom has a power outlet so you can add appliances like fans and coolers inside.
Turn your kitchen into your home’s focal point
The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house most especially if you have kids or if you frequently host parties. That’s why you absolutely need to give it more love and attention. Spruce it up a little bit by installing a new backsplash, changing the faucet, replacing the kitchen floor tiles or adding an open shelf.
You can also repaint the walls. Don’t shy away from bold and vibrant colors. You can try using an eye-catching palette or you can just use a monochromatic combination. Pick a style that will best reflect your personality. Additionally, if you want to keep track of your groceries or future cooking recipes, you can create a chalkboard on the wall. If you love art, you can hang a painting.
Let the light in and use more lighting fixtures
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Lighting affects the design and style of a room. That’s why you need to make sure that your house has a good lighting. Consider tearing up a wall to install a sliding glass door or window. This will help you get more natural light inside your house. By letting in natural light, you can significantly decrease your power consumption and carbon footprint. The large windows can also help you trap heat inside your house most especially during the winter season.
If you’re not too keen on removing a part of your house to give room for large windows, use artificial light sources. You can install lighting fixtures like pendant lights and chandeliers. These will add to the drama to the room. Additionally, they can help the decors stand out. You can also add a nice neon sign light to the wall: not only will it add an “on trend” focal point to the room, but it can also create dramatic ambient lighting.
The year is about to end. Are you ready to start your home improvement plan? If you’re not sure where to begin, you can walk around your house. Take note of everything that needs immediate attention. Consider the cost and prioritize each task. Then, you can use our home design ideas above as your project inspiration. Even the simplest design updates count.
Paul Reiss is a home improvement/furniture content creator based in merry old England. By day he works as a content writer for a furniture company, by night he reads and contributes to home improvement blogs. He is fascinated by East Asian art, architecture, and design. If you want to read more of his work, search him up at roohome.com