FREE Christmas Home Makeover - 10 Basic Rules to a Nicer Home!

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Most people think to have a nice home is very expensive because you'll need to hire an interior designer. That's not entirely correct because I will show you how I changed this home's outlook with a few BASIC KEY RULES! And I wasn't paid for this job! All I asked for was free lunches! LOL!




Before Makeover
Before Makeover

After Makeover 




WHAT I DID FOR THIS HOUSE:

1. BEFORE ALL ELSE, DECLUTTER!

It took a lot of willpower for the house owner to remove the old items. After all, they were old furniture pieces handed down from mom and dad and hold sentimental value. What I did was to help her identify which pieces make her most happy and just keep a few.

2. REORGANIZE   

The furniture were covered with slipcovers. I proposed to remove them because they ( the slipcovers ) didn't improve the looks of the furniture's. We do something if it can improve things but not when the end is not significantly better than the beginning.

I moved the furniture around for better space planning and wider walk-path. There were 2 units of work tables in the living area which I relocated to the study.

3. CONCEAL THE UNSIGHTLY WIRING

Well, I didn't conceal wiring for the whole house because there were too many areas, so I just stuck to the major ones that can be seen easily.

4. NEW COAT OF PAINT

I used White for all doors and grilles, Black for the stair rail and stairs and the rest of the walls in Nippon Birch Patina. The owner wanted to keep some 60's chairs handed down from her mom. These, I re-coated with Nippon wood shellac Walnut color to maintain the wood grains.

5. NEW LIGHTS

I removed the old fluorescent lights. Replaced with wall mounted ceiling lights. Added 2 units of wall mounted lights and 1 unit of table lamp for ambiance.

I choose ceiling surface mount lights because doing a plaster ceiling wasn't in the budget.

6. LIGHT CURTAINS 

The room faces North so there's no direct sunlight entering the room. Therefore, there is no need for heavy drapes.

7. DRESS UP THE WALLS

The most economical way to dress up walls is to hang posters or photos. At the piano wall, the theme is family photos. Over at the opposite end at tv wall, the theme is purple bluebell posters. To ensure coordination, choose a theme and stick to it. The owner's favorite color is purple, so I searched for purple flowers for her posters. There are a lot of free pictures in the internet that you can download and print out.

8. SOFT FURNISHING & DECOR 

Add colorful pillows for a pop of color. The giant oil painting comes FREE! It's a school art project that the owner's niece's friend left in the house many years ago...and she's not taking it back.

I added a red throw cover over the brown sofa because the fabric is looking worn out.  






10 BASIC RULES TO A NICER HOME:

1. DECLUTTER

If possible, don't do your spring cleaning right before a major festival like Chinese New Year. That would be very stressful indeed. It's best to PERIODICAL CLEANING WHOLE YEAR ROUND. 

  • Throw out ALL old items that you didn't use during the last 12 months because it's highly unlikely that you will use it again. 
  • After using anything, make it a habit to put back to the original position.

2. UPDATE THE PAINT COLORS

Make an obvious change by changing the wall colors every 5 - 7 years. Don't paint back the same color as you won't see any changes.


3. USE NEUTRAL COLORS FOR BIG TICKET ITEMS

You are obviously not going to change your kitchen or wardrobe ( or any other built-in fixtures ) every 5 - 7 years so make sure choose neutral colors for long term fixtures. E.g of neutral shades for built-in furniture's are wood colors, white, black ( but not too much ), light, grey, cream, etc. 


4. BRING IN THE SUN

Nothing drains the energy more than a dark moody small room. Allow some sun to come in. Choose the suitable drapes depending on the compass direction of the room. 


5. COLOR COORDINATION

It helps if you have a good eyes for colors. If not, the easiest way to go about is to copy color schemes of rooms that you like from magazines. Some people are overly cautious by sticking firmly to monochromes - e.g a white scheme has all shades and tones of whites, or creams, or brown. That would be too boring. Be daring to use some zesty colors like tangerine orange, chili red, citron, aquamarine etc.


6. PLAN YOUR WIRING WELL    

Avoid unsightly wire cabling running all over the place. Plan it well right from the beginning. As you stay longer in the house you will find that there are not enough electrical points, therefore it's good to plan for extra electrical points before you move in.


7. SAVE TIME ON HOUSEWORK

Embrace technology. There are many electrical items available nowadays that make our lives easier. Once you start using them, you won't able to do without them! E.g: Dishwasher, clothes dryer, cordless vacuum, robotic cleaners. You won't be motivated to upkeep the home in tip top condition if it gets too hard. 


8. DRESS UP THE WALLS  

Add visual interest to the walls. Add features such as big mirrors in attractive shapes, or posters, or an interesting clock. 


9. LIGHTING EFFECTS

NEVER use white fluorescent lights unless you want to re-create a classroom or a hospital effect in your home! 

Utilize light source from different areas, such as wall lights, floor lights, table lamps, lights hidden inside cabinets or ceiling light through. Choose higher wattage for functional lights and lower for ambience purposes.


10. ADD SOME PLANTS

Just a few pots of small plants will bring a room ALIVE! For a dramatic effect, choose just 1 or 2 big pots of BIG dramatic plants. If you are totally hopeless with real plants, just choose a fake ones!


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