Exploring a range of renovating options

When spring happens so do home renovations, it is a sure sign of the season when clients begin to get excited about renovating their homes.

The housing market being what it is has created a huge renovation boom in Central Alberta and people are staying and playing with their current interiors rather than moving or building a new abode.

With the upswing in renovations, clients are always wanting to know what is the latest and greatest in home renovation as they want to spend their dollars as wisely as possible.

It is possible to create an interior that will truly wow without spending every dollar you have and to have a lavish interior often using the materials you already have in your home.

Taking pieces and ideas from current trends will help you to manufacture a glorious interior in your existing home.

Kitchens and bathrooms are the place to start, these rooms offer the home renovator so many options when it comes to glamourizing their interior.

No other rooms in your home are available for such a dramatic change and choices when it comes to colours and fixture options. Existing cabinets can be painted in a dramatic colour and paint or stain options are available regardless of what your cabinets look like now.

Changing a dated kitchen is easy and simple when you use bold colours like charcoal and teal to disguise the outline of your cabinets.

If you are working on a bathroom renovation it is good to keep things simple yet luxurious.

Bathrooms are predominately white due to the amount of water-related fixtures you need in that room.

Keep things simple and look for products such as tubs and sinks which suit your needs and give you that luxurious feel. Colour and personality can be added in smaller doses throughout the bathroom that can be changed as your taste and style evolve but the basis of the room should be chosen on functionality and quality as these items will work for you for many years to come.

It is often one grand feature that will change a space and make it marvellous.

Even if the rest of the room is average, choose a well considered piece and a statement colour that will bring focus into the room and draw your eye to the feature.

I recently viewed a show home which had barn board looking laminate on the fireplace wall which was a dramatic feature and I honestly can’t tell you what the furnishings in the room look like unless I look at the pictures – that’s how amazing this feature was, it eclipsed everything else in the room.

It’s time to get out and find that inspiration, that project that will make you love your home again.

Pick the wow and choose it well and then sit back and marvel at the beauty you have created in your home.

It only has to be one thing if that is what the budget allows but it will give you a new perspective on your home and it will make you feel wonderful as you look at the beautiful feature that you have discovered.

Renovations happen in small increments and often those little steps guide you to a more beautiful interior, it is in you to succeed and I know you will enjoy the journey.

Kim Wyse is a local freelance designer. Find her on facebook at ‘Ask a Designer’.