Small Changes can make a Big Difference at Home

February 05, 2012

As you know from reading Chicago Real Estate Forum, February is Pull Your Sofa Off the Wall Month, a month that inspires homeowners to spice it up a bit when it comes to home decor.

Remodeling is on the rise. Homeowners are underwater on their mortgages and their homes are worth far less than they owe on it, forcing people to stay put and invest in what they got.

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Even small upgrades can make a big difference to the look of your home's decor.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, the Remodeling Market Index (RMI) in the fourth quarter of 2011 rose to its highest level since before the market crashed in 2008. The RMI was lead by improvements to two categories: Major additions (from 45.2 to 52.3) and minor additions (from 45.7 to 50.1).

But what if you aren’t in the market for a full-on remodeling job? There are other ways to get more out of your living space without breaking the bank.

That’s where Pull the Sofa Off the Wall Month comes in. One idea behind the observance is to work with what you already have.

We came up with some ideas for sprucing up your abode without breaking the bank.

*Repurpose. You might have everything you need to redecorate your home in your home. Look around and figure out how items from one room could change the look of another room. Experiment by moving around artwork, collectibles, furniture, even lamps, until you find a look you like. In a new setting, you could fall in love with your stuff all over again.

*Paint. This is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to dramatically change the look of a room. Plus the room will feel cleaner with a fresh coat on. If you aren’t up for all the taping and what-not, consider simply painting one accent wall with a complementing or contrasting color. Still too big a job? Start with something smaller like a door, a piece of furniture or even just the inside back wall of a book case.

*Add green. Bringing houseplants into your living space has two benefits: Live plants can add a calmness and coziness to a room while helping to clean the air of harmful indoor pollutants. Add one that flowers for some color. Consider growing some with herbs that you can use for cooking. Find out how to care for the plants and do it, and enjoy a more natural feel in your home.

*Think small. There are little accents you can add to your decor that will make a big difference. Switch out your cabinet handles and drawer pulls with unique or colorful knobs. Change out the curtains in the living room or tie them back with a cord in a contrasting color. Laying down rugs is an inexpensive way to bring a new focal point or color into a room.

*Declutter. It doesn’t matter how attractive you make your home; it’s going to feel off if it’s disorganized. Get rid of things you don’t need or use anymore, including excess furniture. Clean countertops and desktops to keep them neat, and vacuum the floors as well as all the baseboards. Pulling Your Sofa Off the Wall can give your home a new look, just be prepared to tackle whatever has been hiding underneath.

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