When it comes to design, sometimes the smallest upgrades can make the biggest difference. There isn’t always a need to remodel the whole house or even an entire room. Making small improvements along the way can help you save money while increasing your home’s value. Here are a few ways to incorporate a new wow-factor to your home that will make a big impact at a minimal cost.
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Tile can completely transform the look of your kitchen or bathroom. From simple white subway tiles to decorative designs, there are thousands of options to choose from, almost guaranteeing you will find exactly what you want. In the kitchen, you can tile the entire backsplash or create a focal point above your stove. Decorative tile murals have been a growing trend this year, allowing homeowners to add extra personalization to their design. In the bathroom, where the most tile is often found, you can add a tile accent wall in the shower, upgrade the vanity backsplash, change the flooring or all of the above!
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Save floor space and add an eye-catching design element by incorporating sliding barn doors. These have been increasing in popularity in recent years because they are as functional as they are beautiful. They can close off small or unsightly spaces such as laundry rooms, powder rooms or closets but at the same time they are great for opening up rooms without sacrificing floor space. You don’t need to live in a farm-style home to have barn doors as they come in a variety of styles and sizes.
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If you plan to install a fireplace, make sure it’s positioned where your family will actually want to gather. If you already have a fireplace, there are plenty of ways to upgrade it without breaking the bank. If you have a brick fireplace, consider painting the brick and adding or updating the mantelpiece. Sick of the brick? Cover it with granite or marble for a sleek, modern look.
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Wallpaper is back! Over the past few years, wallpaper has made a tremendous comeback due to stylish new prints and improved methods of installation and removal. Wallpaper can be either simple or dramatic and you can use it wherever and however you want. If you’re looking for a dramatic pop, use it for an accent wall. With so many choices, sometimes enlisting the help of an interior designer is the best way to find the right patterns and price points for you.
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There’s a lot that you can do to update your kitchen without going through the stress of a remodel. If your cabinets are in great shape and you’re happy with the configuration, you can paint them, replace the doors with a different style, or remove some of the doors to create open shelving. Updating the hardware and light fixtures are inexpensive ways to switch up your kitchen’s style as well. Sometimes a new countertop or backsplash is all you need to give it a whole new feel.
Did you know that The Valle Group offers complete interior design services? Even the smallest updates can be difficult to navigate if you don’t know where to start or where to purchase materials. To learn more about Valle’s interior design work, visit www.vallegroup.com/projects/interior-design/.