Thursday, May 8, 2014

May is National Home Improvement Month: 5 Expert Tips to Get You Started

It’s finally May and summer is finally on its way – Yay! I don’t know about you guys but I feel like it has been winter for like waaaaay too long this year. I’m ready to get some spring cleaning done and get my house updated and ready for the next year. May is National Home Improvement month so it seems like the perfect time to get some shopping, cleaning, and updating done. And the awesome designers at Sure Fit, have some really great tips to get us all started this year!


Change the Wall Color: If you have had the same wall color for a while, then it may be time to give each room or an individual room an update. Choose a color that will match with the furniture and accessories that you already have in order to prevent the need to purchase additional items once the walls are changed. Furthermore, if you aren't ready to change each wall, try an accent wall. Accent walls can dramatically enhance a living space without being too overbearing.
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Update Old Furniture: From pet hair to lint and every day wear and tear, sofas and chairs can start to look dingy after they've been around for a few years. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars to reupholster or purchase new furniture, opt for slipcovers. Sure Fit has a variety of custom fit slipcovers to fit any style living room style - from modern chic to southern charm. 

Make Your Home Larger: Brightly colored walls, curtains and mirrors give the illusion of having a larger space. To create an optical illusion, cream and light blues often give rooms the appearance of being more open, bigger and brighter. In addition, mirrors give the illusion of depth. Choose a focal point on a wall and either opt for a large mirror to mount or mirror tiles

Use a Rug to Anchor a Room: An area rug can serve as an anchor for a room. The color and style can draw the eye's attention as well as give balance to any room. Additionally, rugs create a warm environment and act as insulation between your bare feet and cold floors. 

Kitchen/Bathroom Cleanup: The kitchen and the bathroom should be the cleanest rooms in the home. Think about it, you eat in the kitchen and you clean yourself in the bathroom! Keep both rooms orderly by using trays and baskets as organizational tools. Instead of leaving out unnecessary items on the counters such as mail, robber bands and sponges, a try or basket will neatly hold everything in one place. To create an "apothecary" look in the bathroom, try using Ball mason jars to store items such as cotton balls and q-tips.

Disclosure: These tips were provided for me by Sure Fit. I was not compensated in any way for this post. I'm simply passing along some pretty awesome tips for my readers.

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