Q: My house is 40 years old and it has been added on and renovated many times by previous owners. Over the years all kinds of different finishes and colors have been introduced and I’m afraid that mix makes the house look outdated. Some light switches are white and some are almond color, some knobs are brass and some are satin nickel – it’s one big mess. Should I try to unify it all? A: Consistency in elements such as light switches, door knobs, window hardware, thermostats, etc., will create a pulled-together feel to your home. If such changes are in your budget, I would highly recommend moving forward and making sure all finishes are consistent – it will provide an eye-pleasing look. Save
Q: My husband and I recently started a renovation project and I have been overwhelmed by all the decision that have to be made and I find it so hard to keep track of it all. A: To stay on top of things, create a binder containing all the documentation of decisions made so far and get in the habit of carrying all your swatches and samples with you so that wherever you are, you can match things up.
Q: I really like my kitchen (it’s only about 5 years old and in very good shape) but I see in all the magazines that kitchen cabinets go all the way to the ceiling and mine are normal height, and the tops just collect dust. How can I update the look without changing the cabinets? A: Thankfully there is an easy way! You can extend the height of your cabinets by having a wooden soffit created above the cabinets and trimmed with large crown molding for a custom, expensive look.
Q: I would like to redecorate my bedroom. How can I make the biggest impact without breaking the bank? A: If we were to choose one thing that can turn any bedroom into a design statement, it would have to be a decorative headboard. The design options are plenty – different shapes and fabrics – even the ones available from popular catalogs and retailers.