Four No-Brainer Remodeling Ideas

Looking to make some changes around your home but don't have the time or resources for structural changes or a huge remodel? You'd be surprised by the visual impact you can make on a room with very little work. Even one of these no-brainer remodeling ideas can feel like a big change without the big effort.

Residential Remodeling Tips

1) Invest in One Thing You Love

Sometimes the best remodeling ideas are the most simple. You may not be able to afford to decorate your living room completely from the Pottery Barn catalog, but could you afford to buy the Pottery Barn coffee table that you've fallen in love with? Starting with one expensive item you love and building from there can feel more satisfying than living with a room full of furniture that's functional but drab.

2) Buy a Can of Paint

There's no simpler remodeling project than a coat of paint. For less than $50 and a little bit of elbow grease you can change not only a room's wall color but the its overall feel and mood. Quick tip: consider investing in a small sample--even a quart--of your chosen paint color and trying it out before you paint the whole room. You might just save yourself from having to repaint the space.

3) Add a Large Area Rug

Warm up any room--or add some color to your beige-carpeted floors--by rolling out a large area rug. Area rugs allow you to bring in new patterns, textures, and colors without making any permanent changes so they are perfect for rentals. You'll find area rugs ranging from 4' x 6' to 6' x 9' to 8' x 11' or even larger.

4) Break Out of Your Design Rut

If you're feeling a bit uninspired by your home lately but aren't sure what to do, it may be time to get a little crazy. Maybe you had some really fresh remodeling ideas 20 years ago and you've stuck with them. But even a really great idea needs updating after a while. Whether you try a new color palette by adding new sofa pillows or choose silk sheets instead of flannel, pushing yourself even a little bit outside your comfort zone can give you the momentum you'll need to make bigger changes down the road.

Home Improvement Idea Sources

Design magazines and Web sites are great, but the best remodeling ideas come from knowing how you live, who you are, and what you love. Take a small first step toward something new and you might find you're more ready than you thought for bigger and better things.

About the Author

Natalie Morris is a freelance writer who loves to learn and ask questions. Her favorite home improvement activities include gardening, organizing, and painting large expanses of wall while her husband does the trim work. Natalie holds a bachelor's degree in English from Arizona State University.


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