3 Ways to Keep Your Home Looking New

Dated: April 7 2021

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3 Ways to Keep Your Home Looking New

Just because your house isn’t new construction—and it may even be a little long in the tooth—doesn’t mean it has to look outdated. There are certain design concepts that can keep the interior of your residence looking fresh and modern by downplaying flaws, performing a cosmetic nip and tuck, and using the art of illusion.

Downplay Flaws on Your Walls

Over the years walls that become spotted with dents and dings, or poor patch jobs, don’t have to look like they’ve seen better days. The paint finish you choose can help hide visible wear-and-tear.

A flat paint is ideal for concealing surface imperfections because it absorbs light instead of reflecting it due to its chalky, matte finish. Flat paints are not only great for your walls, but ideal for ceilings with irregularities—flats made specifically for ceilings are designed to resist yellowing.

Shinier paint finishes, like satins, semi-glosses, and high-glosses, reflect light and emphasize wall imperfections.

Cabinet Cosmetics

If your kitchen is stuck in a time capsule an easy way to update it is to give the cabinets a fresh coat of paint. Remove your cabinet knobs and pulls, sand your wood cabinets, and wipe them clean.

Next, choose a new color that’s fresh and modern. Many interior designers say a cool neutral like greige (a combo of grey and beige) can be an ideal shade to complement many elements inside your kitchen. You might also consider white. White cabinets are a tried-and-true classic that can make your kitchen appear larger, and more open and airy. But remember to create contrast somewhere in your design. If your budget allows, introduce color in a backsplash, or install a contrasting stone countertop.

If you choose, you might also swap out old cabinet knobs and pulls for new ones. If you’ve got an island or a breakfast bar consider adding pendant lighting in the same finish as your new hardware for an updated and cohesive look.

Remember, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on your update. Choose any of these changes that make sense for you and your budget.

Faux Crown Molding

If you want crown molding for your ceilings, but don’t have the cash to get it, you can still get the look using a simple painting technique that can work for walls of nearly any color. If you’ve got a white ceiling try extending the paint of your white ceiling down about 4 inches onto the wall. Do this around the entire perimeter of your room. The result is a band of white that tricks the eye by imitating the look of molding that tops your walls.

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Chip Boyer

Chip is the IT Manager for Alex MacWilliam Real Estate. He handles the technology needs of the company as well as helping agents in their day to day problem solving.....

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