Month: December 2019

Easy Home Renovation Ideas

Our homes are what represent us and just like any other thing our homes, too, need a time-to-time repair, renovate or just a little revamping done. A quick way to give your house a makeover is by changing the upholstery, giving your furniture a fresh coat of paint, changing the hardware, etc. However, if you are looking for a major change in the look and feel of your house, you can also change your floors with rental friendly options like laminate floors and vinyl plank flooring. These floors come in a wide variety of wood finishes that add to the whole look of the house and it just takes a few hours. You can visit your local home depot for more. 

Tools and supplies you will need for the renovation job:

  • Vinyl plank flooring
  • Threshold molding
  • 12” carpenter square
  • Flooring install kit
  • Tapping block
  • Door jamb saw 
  • Non-marring hammer 
  • Jigsaw and circular saw

The renovation job in 3 simple steps:

Step 1: The planning phase

Before installing the new floor you will need to do some planning – measure the floors well and layout the planks beforehand for a seamless end result. Clear out the floor and remove all the carpets, if there are any. Also, give your floors a fresh clean; removing old molding or skirting.

Step 2: The installation process

Start from the left side or a corner of the room. Place a plank closest to the wall and align it securing to the corner. Make a chalk line, to work as a guide and make a straight row of planks. Connecting the boards from here on is pretty easy. Just angle the tongue on the long edge into the groove of the row before it and then you lower the plank and tap it into place using the tapping block that comes in the kit. You’ll just have to keep marking the plank and cutting the length of the planks using a circular saw for a clean cut. 

Bonus tip: As you keep completing the rows of the plank, keep some weight on it so that the floor sits in place. 

Also, don’t worry about the texture on the wood – keep it as random as possible to give it a more natural feel.

Step 3: The final run

Trim the existing molding and slip the planks underneath the jambs for a more finished look. If your floors didn’t have molding and there’s some gap left between the flooring and walls, you can easily hide it by installing moldings with small nails. And, now, you have a fresh floor and a new look for your room.

An added benefit of laminate flooring is that these floors are rental friendly since they can be easily removed if you plan to move out and they are perfect for people who have kids and pets as they are easy to clean and maintain as well. 

Using Colors To Make Small Spaces In Your Home Appear Bigger

Understanding color

You must have heard that the light color paints make a place look bigger and the dark colors tend to make the area look small. This, however, isn’t entirely true. If you paint a small place entirely in a dark color, it will look small but if you balance it out with a light color, it will just add to the look of the place and also make it look good. This could be easily understood if we take an example of a painting that is in a light color and without shadows. It looks flat, as there’s no depth to it. The same goes for the wall paints.

To create depth, a few accents of a darker color make the place look lively. Light draws our focus whereas; shadows bring depth and create dimensions. Dark paint does not always mean black unless that’s the look you’re going for. You could go for the darkest shade in any hue like a navy blue, darkest grey or even a wine color. Here’s how you can ace the look you want to achieve and also draw attention towards even the tiniest, creating a visual interest:

Color scheme

This is the most crucial part of the process and you must take your time until you are fully happy with your decision. Start by choosing three colors in lighter and three in the darker shades that go well together. You can also go with the lightest and darkest color of the same hue for a monochromatic look. If you still don’t feel inspired, look up on websites like Pinterest and create mood boards for a better idea.

Create dimension using darker colors

A typical bathroom has a tub or shower area. The tiles are usually shiny and reflect light off them.  The cove right above the bathtub or the shower area is perfect for a dark color accent. If you have a dedicated shelving space for the towels, you could paint that area as well. If none of this works for you can simply add dark accents to the tiles in the shower area to create interest.

Go for the lightest shade for trim and molding

A light trim and molding creates a more modern feel. In contrast to the darker shade of the accents, light-colored trims create a dimensional effect. Light doesn’t always mean white and cream, you can go with any pastel shade from your palette. You can enhance the look by changing the faucets to a darker shade or even the hardware such as the knobs on your cabinet. Add a patterned rug right outside the shower area and add contrasting towels and some fake flowers to create a cohesive look. Ask your paint contractor for suggestions.