Add quality and comfort to every room

With homeowners staying in their homes longer due to the economy, renovations should focus on usability and personal style. For those homeowners looking to sell, the market is still very much a buyer's space, so quality additions that increase value are certainly top of mind. Luckily, there's no need knock down walls or move plumbing to make an impact — simply start with small, quality updates to pack a dramatic punch for less money. Here are some ways to add quality and comfort within the different spaces of your home:

First impressions

As the first thing visitors see, your front door should always provide a good impression, reflecting the beauty that emanates throughout your home.

With doors, matching the exterior and interior creates a flow into outdoor living spaces. Using doors as a part of the overall aesthetic can also allow for some creativity with glass accents or bold color choices.

Today's manufacturers use a wide breadth of finishes and styles incorporating wood, steel and fiberglass.

Clear the decks

The first thing most living rooms need is a healthy de-cluttering, not just on the surfaces you can see — framed photos, coffee tables, bookshelves — but their contents.

Then, tip a hat to spring and summer, by adding decorative touches back in — at no cost, as most items are found around the house!

Fill a decorative pitcher or an old tin watering can with fresh flowers from the garden to add elegance to your coffee table.

Wrap assorted globe lighting fixtures or mason jars with wire and hang them in a grouping to display votive candles.

Take a look at the drapes and consider a new color to add punch or a light seasonal change-out for spring and summer.

Cook up a new look

Refreshing your kitchen doesn't require a major update, and it'll increase your enjoyment of the space.

Add a new color to existing cabinetry by refinishing or adding a new coat of paint.

Want to experiment with the new tile backsplashes? They come in every pattern and color you can imagine, from glossy tiles to natural stone finishes.

Or simply apply mesh-back glass tile to fit the dimensions of cabinet door panels.

Don't overlook the impact of new, stylish drawer pulls and cupboard handles.

Surface appeal

Colors and surface choices have a big impact in the littlest room in the house.

Maybe what you want is the clean-as-a-whistle look of white tile, enameled cabinets and ultramodern hardware.

Perhaps it relaxes you to enter a more natural sanctuary, with wood accents and natural hues.

From tiles and countertops to faucets and showerheads, the options are endless.

With wall-hung, stand-alone or pedestal styles, your choices for a new vanity are no exception. Starting with the addition of a new vanity, like the one from Ronbow, above, set the stage for your bathroom and provide a focal point for the other design elements.

Check underfoot

From the master bedroom to the hall entryway, hardwood floors provide the ultimate in beauty and ambiance. Refinishing gives your existing tired, worn out floors an instant upgrade that shines from room to room.

By focusing on a few quality updates, you can add beauty and comfort to your home to be enjoyed for many years or add value in a competitive housing market. For more design ideas and tips, visit or

— Family Features


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