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Home Remodeling Ideas and Inspiration for the New Year
After you’ve tossed all those New Year’s party supplies and put holiday decorations back in storage, chances are your home is looking a bit bland. Make good on your New Year’s resolution to spruce up your space with these home remodeling ideas.
A new year means new trends in home décor. Incorporate some 2017 trends like rich fabrics, high-shine accessories and muted colors, or create a space that’s uniquely yours. You can read more about 2017 interior design trends in a blog post we wrote earlier this month — or draw inspiration from our 2017 Home Design Trends Pinterest board. One little piece of advice: Organize what inspires you on a Pinterest board or in a Houzz Ideabook. That way, all of your favorite ideas are in one place.
Choose a Style
Look around your home and figure out which parts you love and which you wish you could change. This will help you figure out what style appeals to you. Whether you prefer a classic, fixer-upper, contemporary or coastal look, let your style preference drive your design choices so you create a cohesive, welcoming space.
Choose a color scheme that complements your style and the rest of your home, but don’t be afraid to try something new. Try incorporating some of this year's hottest colors or a shade you’ve always loved but never featured in your home. See how they look in your space before you buy gallons of paint with this color-testing mobile app.
Mix and Match
New accessories and furniture can easily transform a space, but there’s no need to blow your whole budget at the furniture store. Check out thrift shops, garage sales and online sites like Craigslist for on-trend vintage pieces. A mix of old and new can add a layer of interest to the room and leave you with a few extra dollars in your home improvement budget.
Planning Pays Off
Save yourself time, stress and money by planning ahead. Well-planned home improvement projects can help increase your home’s energy efficiency, trim annual maintenance fees, and improve overall style and comfort.
Before you start a new project, seek expert advice, and research product and contractor options. For larger improvement projects, like additions or window and door replacement, start planning as early as possible, so you can get on a contractor’s schedule before they are booked for the year.
Not sure how to budget for window and door replacements? Our budget tool can help you figure out how much to start saving.
Don’t Forget About Energy Efficiency
From a style standpoint, new windows, doors and appliances can change the look and feel of a room. For energy efficiency, use ENERGY STAR® certified products for your home improvement projects. This can help save you money on energy costs. Just look for the blue ENERGY STAR® sticker when shopping for replacement.
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