Design Tips: Create A Bedroom That’s Easy To Update Over Time

One of the most difficult decisions to make when refinishing a room is how much of a current trend to inspire your choices. Jumping in with two feet can be fun and certainly create a wow factor. However, trends can also quickly become outdated and if you’ve invested a lot of time and money into a particular one you will also have to spend a lot of time and money to change it.

Luckily, this isn’t an all or nothing situation. So whether your current obsession is mid-century modern or shabby chic you can satisfy your style preference without making a top to bottom change in a few months or years.

To start, keep bigger items like the wall color, flooring, and furniture neutral in both style and color. What I mean by this is to choose furniture that is inspired by or similar, but simpler, to a more trendy piece. And neutral doesn’t have to mean beige. Blacks, grays, blues, browns, whites, and creams with just a hint of the desired hue are perfect multitaskers that transcend both trends and time.

For example, if you want pink for a blush-toned creme or for green a sage infused blue. If you’re craving color black and white create the perfect canvas for colorful accessories to really pop and make a statement. Navy and charcoal are neutral but underutilized colors that allow you to give a little push style boundaries.

Bring in those pops of color with accents. Wall art, decor, throw pillows, curtains and bedding are perfect ways to do just that. Incorporate your favorite new colors and patterns throughout the room for a consistent look and not as if you haphazardly placed pieces as an afterthought.

The best part of using these details to infuse your trend of choice is that they enable you to go as bold or subtle as you like. Curtains or a comforter in a bright color or a bold print capture the eye immediately. Throw pillows and wall art, on the other hand, make for a room filled with personality.

It’s always fun to incorporate trends when we are decorating. It gives the room your unique brand of personality and brings the space to life. Cleverly choosing your larger items to remain understated to allow your trendy pieces take the spotlight is the perfect way to join in while also staying flexible if you tire of it or want to change things up down the road.

You’ll also be making a more budget-friendly project by choosing neutral tones for your investment pieces. They will be able to carry over decades to come while transcending, for the most part, the many trends it is sure to outlive.     

Getting Value From Online Contractor Reviews

If you have a list of home contractors that you use and are satisfied with, consider your yourself lucky!

Many homeowners find themselves in the unenviable position of having to blindly search online for reputable contractors, sort their way through dozens of miscellaneous reviews, and then hopefully find a handful of promising candidates to interview.

Even after all that, there’s no guarantee you’ll be 100% satisfied with your choice!

Although picking a contractor may sometimes feel like a gamble, there are strategies for lowering your risk factor.

A personal recommendation from someone you know and trust is usually the most reliable method of finding the right person for the job. If a relative or friend has had a positive experience with a roofer, bathroom remodeler, or plumber, then there’s a good chance, you’ll be satisfied with them, too. It’s still a good idea to get two or three contractor estimates, but a good starting point is to have at least one recommendation from someone who has your best interest at heart.

Do Online Reviews Help?

Online review sites can also provide helpful information and feedback, but they’re not always the “unvarnished truth”. In spite of efforts by review sites to discourage biased reviews, some are probably going to slip through. For example: Have you ever read a review that sounded like it was an advertisement for the contractor? Sometimes when the praise sounds just a little too glowing and over the top, you can’t help but wonder if those reviews are genuine and unbiased. Although the majority of online reviews are probably legit, the best way to view them is with a healthy dose of skepticism.

When it comes to the occasional scathing review by a disgruntled customer, one has to put it in context and look at “the big picture.” There are some customers who are literally impossible to satisfy and will always find something to complain about. However, if a contractor has more than one or two negative reviews online, and they’re not offset by a couple dozen positive ones, then that could be a potential red flag. Since you don’t know the reviewers personally, and the reviews are often posted anonymously, the credibility factor is much lower than if you got a recommendation from one of your parents, a close friend, a next-door neighbor, a sibling, business associate, or your real estate agent.

The point at which you should be able to separate the “wheat from the chaff” is during your face-to-face meetings. If a contractor gives every you indication of being professional, honest, knowledgeable, experienced, ethical, and customer-service oriented, then they’re probably a good prospect for the job. Other factors include the price they quote, their Better Business Bureau rating, and their willingness to provide references, proof of insurance coverage (such as general liability and Workers’ Comp, if applicable) and direct answers to all your questions

Video Tour – Single-Family Home – Lowell, MA 01854 Real Estate – For Sale

Great opportunity to live in beautiful Pawtucketville section of Lowell. Less than a mile walk to U. Mass Lowell North Campus. Only minutes to tax free NH for all your shopping needs or jump in the car and off to the malls nearby to pick up those special gifts. This property boasts so many extras from the sparkling hardwood floors, exterior vinyl siding, and thermal replacement windows throughout. Large galley kitchen, formal dining room and large living room plus a half bath and first floor laundry. All this moves out through the sliding glass doors to a large deck and leading to an beck overlooking an above ground pool. And lets not forget three lovely bedrooms plus a full bath. Off street parking and fenced in yard are an added plus. Stop by our Open Houses Saturday and Sunday any time from 1:30 – 3:30. Call listing agent for any further details.

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Great opportunity to live in beautiful Pawtucketville section of Lowell. Less than a mile walk to U. Mass Lowell North Campus. Only minutes to tax free NH for all your shopping needs or jump in the car and off to the malls nearby to pick up those special gifts. This property boasts so many extras from the sparkling hardwood floors, exterior vinyl siding, and thermal replacement windows throughout. Large galley kitchen, formal dining room and large living room plus a half bath and first floor laundry. All this moves out through the sliding glass doors to a large deck and leading to an beck overlooking an above ground pool. And lets not forget three lovely bedrooms plus a full bath. Off street parking and fenced in yard are an added plus. Stop by our Open Houses Saturday and Sunday any time from 1:30 – 3:30. Call listing agent for any further details.