Your house should be your sanctuary. Your home should also be able to tell the story of who you are. Knowing this, it is important to make sure your home reflects all of the things that give your life meaning (think favorite colors, religious inclinations, hobbies, causes you believe in, etc). You’re attracted to certain interiors for a reason and within these styles, there is a lot of wiggle room to express your specific personality. Incorporating your personality into your home remodel can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. The tips below are intended to guide your remodel process, so keep reading to find some inspiration.
1. Utilize your outdoor space.
If you have a backyard and have never used it before, now is the time to start making plans for it. If you’re working from home, chances are you’ve probably spent a ton of time in your backyard. If you’ve run out of ways to get creative with your it though, consider having a custom swimming pool or a spa installed. If you’re planning to sell your house someday, a pool could highly increase your home’s resale value and become a unique selling point. As accompanying pieces to your pool, you could also have outdoor night lights, a pool fence, a gazebo, and a modern patio installed.
If you like to cook or host family or friends (social-distanced, of course) consider an outdoor kitchen. Modern outdoor kitchens can be customized to include grilling islands, pizza ovens, and standalone grills. What’s more, your contractor can also install a dishwasher, icemaker, refrigerator, or even a trash dispenser, to make it more efficient. A good contractor will be sure to include custom appliances to make sure that you’re making the most of your space. If you dislike the colder seasons, then a fire pit or an outdoor fireplace (or both, if you have space) can also be a great addition.
2. Start an indoor plant garden.
If you love nature, then having indoor plants is a great way to add texture and color to your home. Additionally, if you have furry friends, keep them safe by choosing pet-safe plants. Most plant supply stores offer helpful advice on non-toxic plants for cats and dogs. For instance, The Lively Root recommends African Violets, Parlor Palms, and some succulents as safe plants for cats. For dogs, they recommend the Boston fern, Prayer plant, Maidenhair Fern, and Spider plant.
They will also guide you on how to care for your plants by offering advice on houseplants that need direct light and those that do well in indirect light, or low light, for instance. If this is your first time owning a house plant, you may be unclear on how to water your plant, and luckily, they offer advice on this as well.
3. Consider an eco-friendly kitchen.
If you care about carbon-footprint reduction and environmental sustainability, your home should be able to reflect this. Going green, especially in the kitchen, is a great way to save money on energy costs. Although most eco-friendly products tend to be frumpy and expensive, yours doesn’t have to be.
To begin with, have a filtration system for your water installed. Not only does this help reduce waste, but the money you’ll be saving from not having to buy bottled water can also be funneled into other remodeling projects. Most refrigerators come with an installed water filtration system, but having one installed in your sinks is a great way to make sure that the water you use to cook and clean is clean and filtered.
Research by the EPA finds that adding a low-flow aerator to every sink in your home can save your family about 700 gallons of water per year. The implication of this is that you could end up saving about $50 on your water bill each month. Considering that your kitchen sink tends to be the busiest in your home, having a low-flow aerator installed is a smart move. For best results and to save money, select a low-flow aerator that can work with your current faucet.
If you’re in Oregon are and are looking for appliance repair services in Bend Oregon, contact the team at Oregon Appliance Repair. Servicing the Portland, Eugene, and Central Oregon area, their service technicians are trained to perform factory-certified repairs on all major brands. If they miss your call, they will call you back in exactly 10 minutes, so be sure to have your caller ID on to avoid wondering, “whose number is this?”
4. Show off your art collection.
If you work from home, your home office is probably one of the most lived-in parts of your home. If this is the case, hanging art is a great way to personalize the place and add inspiration to the room. If you find that quotes help to get you through a workday, a floating shelf mounted with framed quotes that inspire you is a great addition to the room.
If you draw inspiration from multiple things (landscapes, portraits, abstract pieces, and more) consider creating a mood board filled with an assortment of art that inspires you. You can have these pieces mounted on varying frame sizes to further add dimension to the walls.
If you’re an art collector and are struggling with what to do with your collection, then consider renting storage space from a self-storage facility near you. If your collection has grown to a point where it begins to feel like clutter, or if you want to make room for new art to match the new paint job you’ve just had done, a storage facility can come in handy.
Modern storage units have state-of-the-art climate control technology to circulate the air within the storage unit. This allows the air within the storage unit to stay clean. Understanding that your artwork is valuable, air quality should be high on your priority list when looking for storage space. If you’re in Bergen and wish to compare self storage prices in North Bergen, use the search function on U.S. Storage Units’ website to run a quick price comparison.