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 d├ęcors 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.

Home Shows Are A Great Way To Get Home Improvement Ideas

If you haven’t attended a home show yet, let me share with you my most recent experience, so that you can determine if it might be worthwhile for you to attend one. It is a great place to get home improvement ideas under one roof. While home shows are usually not free to attend, the small investment of $10 or so per person can have a big payoff if you are actively looking for home improvement ideas.

Recently I attended my local Home And Patio Show and found over 200 vendors displaying everything from lighting fixtures to African violets. It’s impressive, there is so much to see and absorb, take some paper and pencil or a camera to document any great ideas that you want to capture.

There were many vendors that showcased outdoor patio treatments, including paving materials, pools, lighting, and outdoor kitchens. There were landscape architects that presented ways to create a landscape plan for your home. There were several vendors with hot tubs that could be installed in an outdoor deck.

Some vendors provide support services to homeowners such as security systems, insect control, and insurance. Others display tools and equipment that could be useful to a homeowner such as the Big Ladder. I have seen this product demonstrated several times and it still amazes me, how easily it converts from one size to another, can be supported on uneven surfaces, and can be used as scaffolding.

There were several vendors which displayed and demonstrated replacement windows, siding, and painting solutions. Yes, you can buy regular exterior paint or something called liquid siding, which is warranted to last longer than paint. If you want outbuildings such as sheds or saunas, this is the place to check them out.

One entrepreneur had created a heavy-duty liner which could be used as an insert for your SUV so you could carry rocks and logs without damaging the inside of your vehicle. After emptying your load, just wash out the liner with a hose, let it dry, and put it away. I was impressed, but I don’t have an SUV.

Another big area of focus was interior floor, kitchen counter, and kitchen cabinet choices. This is a great way to find out the latest materials and treatments that are available. If you have questions regarding something you’ve seen in magazines, take the magazine with you and ask away.

The show took me several hours to go through and I learned a lot. When you start, make sure you get a map or listing of the vendors. Mark which ones are a must visit from your perspective, and start walking.

It’s really important to stop and ask questions. It’s not a high pressure sales situation, just an opportunity to get some basic information and determine if you’d like to speak with someone from the company again. The representatives at the show want to answer your questions, otherwise it would be a very boring 2 or 3 day time for them.

Make sure to take a canvas bag with you, because you’ll be leaving with lots of goodies. This show I left with my canvas bag overflowing, a floor lamp and a yard stick. The lamp I purchased while the yardstick was a freebie.

And hope that you find that perfect solution or idea at a home show. If your home needs a makeover or just some minor upgrades, we’re working to be your trusted source for tips on things to do for you to maintain and upgrade your home. Our focus is on doing things economically and safely, whether you’ve just moved in or are getting your home ready to sell. Check out [http://www.HomeHowToGuides.com] to find many more tips for making your home your special place.