Every homeowner knows that owning a home takes work and can be expensive. Average homeowners should put aside about one to three percent of their home’s value every year to spend on improvements. However, you can always cut costs; let’s look at some smart ways you can save money while you maintain and improve your dream home.
Pictures and paintings – Lighting paintings is a difficult task. To achieve an impact on paintings, you must know where to position the light. If the painting has a glass on it you may encounter a problem of glare or a bouncing back of light. You can achieve an effective lighting through the use of eyeball light. This can swivel and and lets you adjust on what part of the painting you can focus the lighting.
You’ll want in-shower storage for your shampoo, soap, razor, and body wash. But hey, you’re not in college anymore. Don’t settle for cheap plastic units that hang from the showerhead or attach to rods that run from your tub to the ceiling; they look ugly and can ruin your attractive new design. A better option is ceramic tile shelving that’s installed in the corner of the shower. The shelves start at about $10 at home centers and tile stores.
Whichever arrangement you choose, frames and mats should complement both the artwork and your decorating style or theme. A framed mirror can add dimension and light, and is especially effective when it reflects something beautiful, such as a window overlooking a garden or an indoor flower arrangement, for example. Do not be afraid to hang artwork with a mirror as part of the group. Unless a mirror is large enough to look balanced on a wall by itself, you can keep the proportion pleasing by adding pictures next to or around the mirror.
Next, look at the little details. You can update light fixtures, sink faucets, towel racks, and drawer pulls for a relatively small investment. These items may seem insignificant, but updating them can make a big difference in your bathroom’s look. Check out sites like for ideas. The items may be out of your price range but you can find ways to replicate the look for less.