Many of us have been there—we put off home updates until “later,” and then finally do it right before we put the house on the market, just to get a few extra bucks. But in the meantime, we constantly look around, finding our surroundings dull and old. So why wait until you sell? Why not get your home to the spot you want it now? At Windows to the World in Northeastern Pennsylvania, we’ve got a few ideas on how to go about doing it. Read on to learn more!
Consider Your Floor First
Many homes—especially older ones—tend to have a variety of different flooring throughout. If that’s the case, it tends to make the house look chopped up and busy. If you’re able to, try to get the flooring to match—or at least coordinate. Decide whether you want hardwood, laminate, tile, or carpeting. Then decide on color and texture. Flooring is expensive and you can’t do it all at the same time, try to keep the color similar at least throughout the downstairs area.
Paint the Walls Next
Painting is the least expensive area of design. The best part is, you can change it later if you want to add or update your colors. Think about making the main hall is a neutral color, with any room that can be seen from the front door coordinated. You can get more creative with the back of the house and any upstairs areas. Every paint manufacturer has a good, better, and best line of paint. Buying the better paint may cost more but, in the long run, it will cut down on your labor. One good coat is a lot less expensive than multiple bad coats.
Update Your Furniture
Try to keep the furniture in scale with the size of the room. For example, put a large sectional only in a large room and a loveseat in a smaller room. Don’t feel that your wood all has to be the same. Blending of woods is interesting and far more creative than buying a suite of furniture.
Work With Windows Last
Window treatments add beauty, provide privacy, control light, and offer UV protection for your home furnishings. Think about whether you want the window treatment to stand out or blend in. Also think about how you want the treatment to control light. Should it deflect or diffuse light?
Deflected light (the kind you get with plantation shutters and blinds) will create shadows. Diffused light is softer. Roman Shades are a great option to diffuse light. You can also find treatments that do both, such as Hunter Douglas Silhouette® window shadings and Duette® honeycomb shades.
Updating Your Home in Northeastern Pennsylvania
Dave Coleman’s Windows to the World proudly serves Northeastern Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas from our Mountain Top, Pennsylvania offices. We service Mountain Top, Wilkes Barre, Kingston, Dallas, Larksville, Plymouth, Exeter, Scranton, Conyngham Valley, Drum, Laflin, as well as Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming, PA counties. Count on us for all your window treatment needs.