Renovations and decorating are about making your interior look better, and often, making upgrades is all about investing in one of your most important assets: your home. However, home improvements don’t come cheap, in fact, 25% of Americans have delayed home renovations for financial reasons. Whether your goal is to increase the resale value or pour effort into an investment property, there are several ways you can influence your home’s value without drastic and expensive renovations.
If you’re looking to increase your home’s value through key upgrades, strategic furnishing, and clever decorating, here are the Designer’s Mark top 5 tips:
1. Give Everything A Fresh Coat Of Paint
Any interior designer will tell you that paint is your secret weapon when you’re looking to elevate your home.
Recently, homeowners have started leaning towards warm white tones for their walls to create a welcoming base for the rest of their decor. Warmer whites brighten the space without making it feel hollow and bare.
Remember that while white paints are typically recommended when you’re looking to sell your home, don’t be afraid to let your home reflect your personality. The right new owners will resonate with your style and be willing to invest in your home even with its fun paint colors (or custom wallpaper),
If you want to carry some color throughout your home, you can go bold with dark olive greens, bright teals, or velvety cherry reds. Or if you’re into more neutral palettes, try out some soft beiges and pale blues.
If you can’t think of any particular colors you’re drawn to – look for inspiration from your wardrobe and any furniture or decor you feel obsessed with. These pieces are bound to contain colors and tones you’ll love for years.
2. Upgrade Your Kitchen
If you are taking the renovation route, your kitchen is the first place you want to tackle. When house-hunting, potential buyers are interested in homes that have timeless base designs that will shift to accommodate their style.
To upgrade your kitchen, try the following:
- Replace cheap or stained flooring to ensure the longevity of the space. No potential buyer will be thrilled at the thought of adopting your old messes! If you’re going to make any large renovation in your house, your kitchen flooring is the best place to start.
- Upgrade your appliances to instantly upgrade your kitchen’s functionality and style. Make sure to choose appliances that are available in the same finishes to create a cohesive, intentional space.
- Replace old plumbing fixtures and use finishes that harmonize with your appliances. Stainless steel appliances look great paired with silver or black plumbing fixtures, while white or cream appliances mimic the warmth of gold or brass fixtures.
- Elevate your lighting to create a luxurious and functional space. Kitchen lighting needs to incorporate layers of task and ambiance lighting so you can use the space safely and enjoy the atmosphere it creates.
- Replace cabinet hardware with simple knobs and pulls that match your plumbing fixtures. Upgrading your hardware is a low-effort way to make your kitchen cabinets look high-quality and designed.
3. Update Your Window Treatments
When you move house, many of your window treatments stay behind. Upgrading your window treatments is a great way to improve the space for future owners and make the space feel more luxurious.
To upgrade your curtain hardware, try the following:
- Choose curtain hardware with a stylish finish. Silver is a popular finish for more modern spaces, while brushed brass or antiqued gold completes traditional homes. If you’re leaning into the coastal vibe of Boca Raton, wooden curtain poles and hardware are a timeless option.
- Use decorative end caps. End caps, or finials, cover the open ends of your curtain pole and are a great place to infuse personality into your home’s design.
- Upgrade your curtain bracket. The bracket is the piece that holds your curtain pole. There are many decorative brackets that can add a touch of luxury to your rooms.
- Use contrasting curtain rings. The key to luxury is finding the right balance between cohesion and contrast. Your curtain rings are a great place to weave in a bit of fun and surprise. If you have metal curtain hardware, try using wooden rings, and vice versa.
Other window treatment options include blackout blinds (which are ideal in living rooms and bedrooms) and blinds (which work brilliantly in bathrooms and dining rooms).
4. Increase The Amount Of Functional Space
Your home’s value and price are based on livable square feet. So, if you want to boost your home’s value, you want to increase the amount of functional space throughout your home.
Some homeowners consider adding extra rooms or building accessory dwelling units, but these aren’t your only options.
Adding storage solutions to unused areas is a wonderful way to free up floor space in other areas of your home. You could install a small cupboard beneath your staircase to house craft supplies or extra linens, or convert a portion of your attic into a closet.
Another option is to play with heights, shapes, and colors to create the feeling of a larger home. You can make your home feel more spacious with the following interior design tips:
- Install your curtain rails higher than the top of your windows to create the illusion of taller walls. This tip is a simple and effective way to make your home feel more spacious.
- Use large mirrors and artwork to make your walls feel expansive and sweeping. Large pieces of decor create the illusion of extra space by drawing the eye lengthways.
- Paint the ceiling an unexpected color to draw the eye upward. For larger rooms, it’s best to stick to pale colors to keep the room feeling bright and airy, but in small spaces (such as half bathrooms or pantries) you can experiment with darker or bolder colors to make a statement.
- Use furniture with rounded corners to increase the walkable space in each room. Sharp corners cause you to unconsciously use less of your space to avoid injuries, so switching coffee tables or side tables to something softer instantly makes the room feel larger.
5. Increase Your Energy-efficiency
Most home-buyers are looking to purchase homes that won’t cost a fortune to live in. That means they’re prioritizing energy efficiency more than ever before.
You can improve your home’s energy efficiency by installing a smart thermostat that automatically adjusts your home’s internal temperature in the most energy-efficient way possible. You can also lower your heating and cooling costs by replacing or repairing any old or leaking windows and ensuring your attic and roof have adequate insulation.
Another simple switch that can make a huge difference to your home’s average energy bill is to use energy-saving lightbulbs. Most modern LED bulbs allow you to adjust the color and brightness of the bulbs using an app – making it easy to create a relaxing atmosphere at the end of a long day.
Consider also upgrading any built-in appliances to more energy-efficient ones. Choose appliances in the same color or finish to ensure cohesion throughout your kitchen.
Increase Your Home Value With Designer’s Mark
Increasing your home’s value doesn’t have to be difficult, with these tips you’re guaranteed to upscale your home and create something potential buyers will love!
If you’re looking for furniture or home accessories to complete your home design, either for your own enjoyment or for staging purposes, you’re in the right place.
Designer’s Mark is a high-end interior design showroom that makes it easy to create a stunning home filled with personality (and resale value!) With our custom furniture, home accessories, lighting, wallpaper, and advice from our experienced design consultants, creating your dream home has never been this simple.
Contact us at 561-961-4149 to get started designing the Boca Raton home of your dreams.
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