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Redesigning a Room By Starting From Zero

This is a contributed post by: Jane Pearson 

58% of Americans are ready to pour money into home improvement projects in 2018, and for a good reason. Renovating your home, especially the kitchen, can significantly improve your home’s resale value. Check out this guide for great tips: . While this might sound like a lot of work, there are numerous benefits to stripping your room down to nothing and rebuilding it back up just the way you want to

Purge the Room

This should be viewed as the most fun part of the process. If you’ve decided to start from zero, you’ll need to purge the room of any and all decorations and structural items that you’re wanting to change. While painting a bedroom is probably the fastest and cheapest way to change the character of the environment, this is also a good opportunity to improve upon structural elements such as reseal the concrete behind the walls to prevent mold growth, lay down new flooring to increase the eco-friendliness of the space and consider window coverings to increase the energy efficiency of your home.

Beautiful Yet Economic

Now that you’ve got an empty palette to work with, you’ll be able to begin thinking about design. Any renovation should begin by first assessing your budget. Here it will be important to keep your budget underestimated and then move on to researching the things you want and need in your new space. Decide on a style and theme and list all of the things you absolutely need first, then move on to the list of extras that you would like to include in the room. Research and compare across various different websites until you’ve found the perfect color paint, style of flooring and all of the decorations you want.

Increase the Efficiency of Your Home

Look for ways to get the most out of your investment into a bedroom renovation by adding smart technologies and other gadgets that can increase the overall efficiency of your home in the long run. Take the opportunity to incorporate new lighting into the bedroom that can be controlled remotely from your smartphone. The Lutron Caseta In-Wall Wireless Smart Lighting Kit, for example, will allow you to do things such as turn lights off and on remotely via Siri, open and close the shades in the bedroom from their app, and turn lights on to make it look like you’re at home when you’re not. Smart thermostats are also a great investment as they can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to $180 a year.

Keep Your Style in Mind

When renovating any room in your home, you’ll want to ensure that you’re keeping your own style in mind. Don’t try to go too crazy on colors, themes or even decorations that won’t tie in with the rest of your home simply because they looked cool on Pinterest. Begin by setting a budget and looking for creative ways to find decorations and design elements that fit within that and you’ll end up with the bedroom of your dreams at a cost much lower than you probably imagined in the first place.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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