Check out part 1- Smart Designs… With Budgets In Mind
LIGHTING… The color, ambiance, and safety of every space are dramatically affected by lighting choices. Simply changing light fixtures can have a surprisingly potent impact. I generally opt for the maximum wattage available in a particular fixture type or style and install dimmers to produce different effects and moods. Recent federal government initiatives have led to more innovations in the lighting industry than historically dreamed possible. LED fixtures are an amazingly energy efficient and long lasting choice, adding new creative opportunities. Always think safety first and have any work done by a licensed electrician.
Photo courtesy of Shades of Light, http://www.shadesoflight.com/
MAXIMIZE SUNLIGHT… Natural light is always desirable, so maximizing windows is important. If you have window treatments that are installed at the head of the window, consider raising their mounting height. This does two things: it adds more light by exposing more glass area, and it also helps to make the ceiling feel just a tad taller. A win-win! In appropriate setting, having no window coverings is an obvious choice for maximizing sunlight. Sometimes that is the perfect minimalist solution.
DOORS… If space is an issue, take a look at the doors in a particular area or room. The doors and door swings sometimes take up a major amount of space and influence the traffic flow and placement of furniture. Here are some impactful modifications and options:
Family Room renovation AFTER photo.
Next post… more ideas for budget friendly designs!
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