There is no denying that your home is is one of the most expensive investments that you will ever make. This is not to say that it isn’t an investment that won’t pay off.
This is just to say that you will spend nearly most of your adult life paying for it. In fact, when you consider repairs and upkeep, it will be an investment that you will pay on until the day you die. That being said, a home can bring you a lot of joy along the way. It will be a place where you can watch your family grow and evolve. It will be a place where you can go to hang your head. A place where you should feel safe and comforted when the world has kicked you around. All that aside, you can make your home more when you choose to customize it. And, you don’t have to break the bank doing so. Take advantage of the following tips and ideas to give the two most crucial rooms in the home more meaning.
The Wood Wall Niche
The kitchen will be one of the busiest rooms in the home. Not only will it get a lot of traffic every day, but where you are in there, you will be working. More than likely, you will either be cooking, eating, unloading groceries, or doing some kind of activity. This is why it is always nice to have a place where you can chill for a few minutes and kick up your feet. Sure, you have the kitchen table or the island, but these are traditional. And, who wants to be a traditionalist? This is exactly where the wood wall niche can come in handy. This little recessed resting area can be built right into any existing wall and it will not only give you a place to kick up your feet for a few minutes, but it can be doubled as storage if you choose to build cabinets above or below the seating area. Wrapping the area with beautiful wood will only bring more coziness to the area.
Speaking of wood, there really is no better way to add warmth to the kitchen. Of course, wood is something that you will always want to avoid in the bathroom due to moisture, but you cannot go wrong with it in the kitchen. Weaving in wood accents not only adds warmth to the area, but it is fairly simple and easy. This is even something that a lot of renters like to do when they aren’t allowed to make major changes to the living space. Wood always works extremely well with stainless steel appliances, black cabinetry, and concrete ceilings. Rich dining tables, wood stools, or a simple shelf unit here and there will be the easiest and most inexpensive way to go.
It would be nice if you could afford to deck out both your entire kitchen and bathroom with tiling. However, this will probably not be the case for most working-class families. Well, this is where the tile backdrop can feel the void. It might even be entirely possible that you already have a tile backdrop. And, if this is the case, there will be no better way to transform the area than by giving that backdrop a good cleaning with a quality tile cleaner. If you do not have tile, that’s okay too because there are some affordable options out there. Do some research on subway tile and you will see that it not only looks great in most locations, but it is fairly affordable. There are also even more affordable options like the peel and stick backdrops.
Coordinate Those Faucets And Accessories
There is nothing worse than a cluttered room or a clutter-looking room. To be limited on space is one thing, but when you have faucets and accessories that aren’t matching or coordinated it is going to make the area look cluttered. While the bathroom and kitchen will require different faucets and accessories, you can apply the same theory to both areas. Look for bath sets or kitchen sets that include some things like matching soap dishes, soap dispensers and tissue boxes, nesting trays, waste bins, utensil holders, and etc. You can even match quality Brizo products with the knobs of your counters for an even more coordinated and functioning look.
Paint Or Wallpaper
One of the best ways to change any room is by simply giving it a facelift. If your area is small and can easily become overwhelmed with patterns or other designs your best option might be painting. Paint is pretty foolproof, but still adds a lot of characters. Just make sure that you opt for a formula that resists moisture in the bathroom. Wallpaper might be more work, but it will also provide a much trendier look in the right areas. It also helps cover up imperfections like cracks easier. Just remember to do this before you add a backdrop.