If you are looking to breathe some new life into your home, you might not know exactly where to start.  Oftentimes, we can have so many great ideas for what we want to accomplish that it can become overwhelming.  For instance, you may want to install new flooring, paint a few rooms, and replace your windows.  Where would be the right place to start?  How should remodeling steps be prioritized?  All too often, homeowners get overwhelmed by all of these decisions and end up putting off their remodeling project for years.  On the other hand, it is also common for some to update certain elements of their home but not others, creating an ominous sort of unbalance between modern and outdated.  That’s why Simple Restoration is providing these steps for home remodeling in Montclair.

These steps will outline the basic framework for updating your home.  Of course there will always be more that you can do, but these are the key points that you should initially focus on.  The upgrades that are emphasized here can alone give your home a new, modernized feel, while still retaining the traditional warmth which has always been there.  It is especially helpful to know these focal points if you are  doing a bit of DIY home remodeling.  So without further ado, here are the steps for remodeling your Montclair home: 

1. Get Creative With Your Walls

This is one of the most straightforward and noticeable changes that you can make in your home.  Whether you are finally taking down that old wallpaper which has been there for as long as you can remember, or if you would simply like to change the colors of a few walls, this doesn’t have to be an expensive process.  In fact, it’s quite easy to do by yourself, considering that it requires fairly minimal materials.  With some painter’s tape, rollers, pans, paint, and a plastic tarp, you can completely change the way any room looks.  This video here shows a step-by-step process of how to paint a room.  Here are a few advanced painting techniques, which can help you get even more creative with your walls:

  • Create Patterns with Painter’s Tape

That’s right, you can use painter’s tape for more than just protecting edges and molding from excess paint.  You can also use it to come up with some pretty creative designs.  For example, try using it on a small strip of wall to create a checkerboard pattern.  If you make sure that the paint doesn’t bleed through the tape, you can end up with some pretty crisp designs on your walls.

  • Use Stencils

Stencils are a fun and easy way to decorate your walls with some basic patterns.  For instance, polka dots, stripes, and other geometrical patterns are extremely easy to paint with stencils.  Make sure you use some thick paper such as drafting mylar to make your stencils with, that way your designs can come out as clear as possible.

  • Blend!

This is a much more modern technique of giving your walls some character.  The main mistake that most people make here is attempting to make a seamless blend from one color to the other.  In fact, your blend will look better if it’s not seamless! You want there to be a clear distinction from one color to the other. 

2. Update Your Entryway

Although you may take it for granted, the entryway to your home creates the first impression that someone gets when they enter your home.  An updated entryway also brings your remodeling project to the attention of those entering your home, so that they may take better notice of the rest of the improvements that you’ve made.  The largest and most effective change that you can make to your entryway is adding a porch.  Not only will it improve your home’s external appearance, but it will also serve to make visitors feel like they are entering a grand building.  A front porch addition is a bold architectural structure which will make more home stand out.  It can also serve to protect packages and guests from harsh weather.  Here are some smaller updates you can make to your entryway:

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Make sure to always trim hedges and tree branches so that they don’t obstruct your entryway… stray branches can give your home a spooky feel.  Consider removing any large bushes next to your doorway which might make it feel confined.  Opening up the space can make it feel much more welcoming.

  • Painting

A little bit of paint on your entryway can make it look brand new.  Whether you simply paint your front door a bold color so that it sticks out from the rest of your home, or if you go a step further and paint your porch or window frames, this is a very affordable way to go.

  • Replacing Your Front Door

Many front doors give away the home’s age.  By replacing your front door, you can automatically breathe some new life into your home.  Consider doors framed by stained glass, double doors, and more! 

3. Mix It Up In the Kitchen

Your kitchen is the heart of your home.  It’s also the room of your home which sees the most regular use.  Therefore, it deserves to be updated!  Kitchen cabinets especially, are a dead give away when it comes to the age of your home.  However, there are so many choices nowadays, that it may be difficult to tell what exactly is stylish.  Well the truth is, it’s up to you decide!  While traditional designers would advise you to stick to one metal for all of the hardware in your kitchen, we don’t see any problem with mixing it up!  For example, having brass handles on your cabinets and steel appliances creates a nice balance in a neutral white kitchen.  It is worth noting that both brass and gold have become stylish yet again.  However, your preference should dictate the style standards in your own home!

Simple Restoration is the trusted leader in Montclair home remodeling. We specialize in emergency home restoration and repairing both water and fire damage.  We pride ourselves on providing prompt and compassionate service.  Visit our website for a free home remodeling estimate or give us a call at (866) 391-0541.