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A New Experience: Change the Walls With Paint or Wallpaper

From time to time, everyone wants to update their look, sometimes a wardrobe update, and at other times, a new haircut or new eyeglasses. Another great place to change is your house or apartment, a wide-open field that will allow you to go anywhere you please. For more dramatic and permanent experience, you should decide to change the walls with paint or wallpaper to drastically change the room’s look.

Simple Changes

Creating a brand-new look doesn’t require breaking anything, including your budget. A new shower curtain and set of towels can completely transform your bathroom. Consider that humble piece of fabric that can prevent a flooded bathroom when water is spraying from the showerhead every morning.

Science shows that the mind’s eye views vertical stripes as making things look taller, whereas horizontal ones make them seem wider. This can help transform your bathroom in a way that can help a tight space seem much roomier.

You can do a similar transformation in the living room without going out and spending thousands of dollars on new furniture. Throw pillows and blankets can make the space look refined, cozy, or playful. Try to imagine a formal high tea in a setting where puppies or kittens are woven into the very fabric of the room.

The imagination doesn’t want to go there, does it? So the same couch or recliner taking up the same place on the same expensive carpet can now feel like a kids’ playroom or a cozy reading nook that can be changed up as needed. Other more permanent things in the area, like, say… a significant other… could take a lot more time, energy, and money.

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Change the Walls With Paint or Wallpaper

For more dramatic and permanent change, head to your local home improvement store and buy wallpaper or paint to drastically change the room’s look. Over time, whether you are more of an Oscar Madison or a Felix Unger when it comes to housekeeping, walls will begin to fade and take on a somewhat dingy appearance.

Sitcoms aside, hanging wallpaper is not as difficult as You may have led to believe. It also doesn’t have to look like the gold-flocked monstrosities from the 1960s and 70s either. So many different paper and vinyl products are available in so many patterns and textures that any style can be satisfied.

Do this over the weekend, and the same dinner guest from Friday would come over on Monday and be completely shocked at the different feel of the room. But, this method takes patience and a sharp eye, especially with some patterns. All you have to do is make sure you take the time to trim the sheets to make sure the lines match up before you paste/stick them to the wall.

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Major Undertakings

You can find some of the most popular shows on TV on HGTV and the DIY network, where homeowners and contractors pick up sledgehammers and start swinging away. Of course, this is always an option. But, besides breaking down walls, it will put a dent in two different budgets: time and money.

But even here, there is a wide range of projects. Going into a kitchen and stripping it down to the studs will make it brand-new. However, resurfacing cabinets, replacing knobs and handles, and getting new fixtures for the sink can accomplish much without destroying either balance sheet. While it varies from region to region around the country, a complete kitchen remodel costs about $25,000.

So, depending on your tastes and how much you want to do, the ways of updating your castle are essentially endless. There’s an old saying about putting lipstick on a pig, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is still a pig. Now, putting ducks all over the bathroom? That’s a style choice.

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