Getting the Paint Color Right

Getting the Paint Color Right

Picking the paint colors for your home can leave you confused, there are thousands of shades to choose from and getting the paint color right is harder than it seems.  You start off wondering what to paint your living room and from there you wonder what shades you should paint the rest of the house. Some homeowners just throw in the towel and paint the whole house white.  If you don’t want to do that, and who does, let us help you pick the right colors for your home.

Painting the Living Room

There are three things to consider when painting the living room, the amount of light, the size of the room, and the color of your furniture.  If you have lots of natural light then you can use darker colors while balancing it against your furniture.  If you have a small space then lighter colors can make it look bigger.  You can always add an accent wall of a contrasting color to make the whole thing pop.

The Kitchen

The kitchen gives you plenty of options for adding some color from the curtains, to the granite, to the dish towels.  You can get away with painting your kitchen a neutral color, but if that doesn’t excite you can add bolder options.  Greens and yellows are common colors for the kitchen because they are food colors.  Blue is also a great option especially if you have neutral colored countertops and fixtures. Here is some help picking kitchen colors.

Painting Your Bedroom

Your bedroom is where you wind down at the end of a long day, you relax in bed and maybe read a book before falling asleep.  That means you should choose warm and soothing colors.  If you love color you may be tempted to pick something brighter, but save that for the guest room or your home office.  Common bedroom colors are lavenders, soft greens or soft blues.  If you want a blast of color then pick some bold bedding or an area rug.

The Bathroom

Lastly we come to the bathroom, most bathrooms don’t have any natural light and the room is small so you want to stick with a lighter color.  Blues and greys make up the best selection of bathroom colors.  You can take some samples home and test them out to see how they work with your tile and fixtures.  It is a small room, if you don’t like the color it is a pretty inexpensive and easy fix.

How You Can Keep Your Renovation on Budget

How You Can Keep Your Renovation on Budget

When homeowners are getting ready to sell their homes they will look at what projects will bring them the best return.  Often it is the kitchen and bathrooms that get the renovation dollars but if you’re not careful the renovations can get away from you and you end up spending far more than you will get back.  Let’s talk about the bathroom specifically and how you can keep your renovation on budget.

Do it Right the First Time

If you think you will save money by skimping on the contractor and hiring a friend or trying to do the project yourself , it is going to end in disaster.  The project will end up taking more time than it should and costing twice as much as it needs to.  When it comes to your bathroom you can’t afford to not have the plumbing installed properly. Working with a licensed contractor also ensures that you have a warranty should something go wrong.

Start with Cosmetic Changes

First let’s define what cosmetic changes are when it comes to your bathroom, most people think of cosmetic renovations as including a new coat of paint or replacing some finishes.  In this case in can include changing your vanity or even replacing your tub.  What you don’t want to do is change the layout of the bathroom, that involves moving the layout or rearranging where the toilet, tub or sink are located.  Keeping everything in the same place cuts the cost of your reno while still creating a beautiful space.

Choose Tiles Carefully

Nice tiles can totally change the look of your bathroom and help give it that spa feel, but tiles can get pricey.  Smaller tiles may look great but they cost more and take far longer to install.  You will be paying more for both the product and labor.  Really large tiles also add cost, they are harder to handle and there is more cutting involved.  Don’t tile from floor to ceiling that too can raise the cost of your renovation.

Less is More

The bathroom is a small space and too many finished and details just makes it look busy.  Pick a feature that you want to stand out and spend your money on that.  You can focus on your tiles, the tub or creating a beautiful and modern vanity.  You can add style elements with luxurious towels, or add a great mirror.  Make sure than you combine style with function.