Home Improvement Ideas for a New Look to Welcome 2011

As the year turns another leaf, many people welcome the New Year with delightful changes from a list of resolutions, to a beauty makeover, and other such improvements such as a spruce up project to change the look and feel of their homes. From the long months of economic crisis and long running New York housing crunch, what better way to breathe in a fresh change into lives than with undertaking projects to further enhance everyday living, making lifestyles notches better even through the constant hustle and bustle? This article lays out fast home improvement ideas for a new look this coming 2011 perfect whether you are in Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Queens or Staten Island.

Dress Up the Walls

One of the least expensive and fastest home improvement ideas to take on with the greatest impact to the overall look and interior design involves the walls. Being a dominant surface in every room, a change in the walls can easily recreate an entirely new ambiance. There are various ways to do this, and some of the most common include:

Interior painting- a whole new look to rooms can be achieved. The key to this project is proper wall preparation. You can go for simple solid paints adding variety through the trimmings, or go creative with faux finishes from simple techniques to lavish murals.
Wall papering- for added texture and a richer feel to rooms, this is a great idea to pursue. You can also choose to combine this with painting for a more unique touch.

When considering one or a combination of these, you might want to get trendy with your project by implementing the fashionable colors of 2011 in these home improvement ideas. Such ‘in’ colors include

Let There Be Light

Home improvement ideas laid out in this category will not only make up for a gorgeous new look for your interior but can also pave the way to more efficiency in homes. This can be done by adding or widening windows, but with the snow, this idea can wait until the summer months. For a fast fix, you can opt to replace and add lighting fixtures. When undertaking such home improvement ideas, maximize effects through:

Placing lights on task-designated areas such as under cabinets to illuminate kitchen counters.
Highlighting interesting décors to divert attention away from structural flaws.
Making rooms suitable for whatever purpose they serve. E.g. brighter lights for study or office areas, dimmer lights in bedrooms for a more intimate and private looks, etc.
Cutting back on monthly bills by choosing energy efficient lighting fixtures.

Refinish

There are materials in your home that will only need some refinishing to make them looking as good and beautiful as of they were new. Home improvement ideas that involve refinishing are also great ways to trim down on spruce up costs as well as save yourself from the hassles of buying and installing new home features. Some of the areas that you might consider include countertops, flooring, and cabinets whether in the kitchen or bathrooms.

Incorporate These Useful Home Improvement Ideas

Tired of looking at the same décor everyday? Follow these simple and useful home improvement ideas to bring about a visual change in style and impact. There is no need to splurge on expensive items to give your home a new look. Look around you and decide how you can re-arrange the furniture and introduce a few pieces from another room to create a new seating area. Browse EBay for any unusual objects or pieces of furniture which may suit your home. They generally sell used and sometimes antique furniture for a throw away price.

Spruce up your living room

Introduce the colors of spring into your living room. Give a cheery décor to the dining area and all areas that have public access. The kitchen is also a place where friends drop in to have a chat and a quick cup of tea. A fresh coat of paint makes a world of a difference to a dull drab home.

A useful home improvement idea would be to highlight one wall with a bright color. Run the same color on the cornice of your ceiling keeping the rest of the ceiling a pale color. You will be amazed to see how this brightens the room. Change the lighting and use highlighters to focus on any particular object that you would have stand out like for instance, pieces of art or architectural details. Use mood-elevating task lighting or a couple of hanging pendants over your sink or island in the kitchen. If you are using track lighting suspended from a single point on the ceiling, manipulate the direction of the curve.

Make your bedroom a haven in your home

Use these useful home improvement suggestions to make a transformation in your bedroom.

Remove all the heavy curtains and drapes and go in for a mix and match of color. Create a stunning room by using a single design with large floral prints or a theme. Cut out one of the flowers and make a frame to hang over the headboard. Use two or three of the colors on the design to sow full length curtains. The color scheme could be placed horizontally and need not be proportionate. This means that the top and bottom layer could be more than the one used in the centre or you could make the bottom layer larger than the second and use a smaller layer for the top. Use your eye to decide which would look nice. Use all of the design when making your coverlet so that it drapes all around and overhangs on the bed. Use the smaller prints on the cushion so that the whole room has a theme. Throw in a few bed side rugs, make sure the lampshade matches any one colour and voila! You have a new bedroom!