Transforming your house into a home
Moving into a new house or apartment can be an exciting experience, especially if you’re a new homeowner. But a new house can feel strange and unfamiliar and difficult to settle into. Because, let’s face it, a house is just a structure…some walls and a roof. It’s your own personal touch that really makes your house a home. Whether it’s through the décor or design or even furnishings, you can add your own personal taste and style to make your house comfortable for you and your family.
Your style can be incorporated into almost any aspect of a house, from the floors to the walls or even fixtures and fittings.
One of the most obvious ways to let your personality shine through is in your choice of colour. Just like changing your hair colour can enhance your features, a fresh coat of paint in a new colour can revitalize a dull room.
Some people prefer bright, funky colours and patterns to match their outgoing personalities while others may be more reserved and prefer something milder. The best part about painting your house is it is simple to do and does not require expensive materials or renovations to bring about the effect you want to achieve.
Paint sets the tone and mood in a room but is not limited to walls alone. A fresh coat of paint on furniture like bookcases, wardrobes or kitchen cabinets can help these pieces stand out in a room.
When it comes to lighting, the possibilities are endless. If your house or apartment comes with standard lighting fixtures and bulbs, don’t be afraid to swap them out for something that is more your taste. You can replace a standard bulb with an inexpensive decorative chandelier that can literally brighten up a room. This is something you can do on your own but be sure to consult a professional if any electrical work or rewiring must be done. Apart from enhancing the look, changing lighting fixtures can also affect how light flows through your room. A high overhead bulb can wash a room in light, while a lower or hanging light fixture can create a mild, cozy effect.
Plumbing fixtures can also be switched to your liking. For instance, you can choose to swap out a plain faucet for something of a different colour and design, or a plain shower head to something sleek and modern which will help to transform your bathroom. This can be done with other hardware like door knobs and handles. Don’t be afraid to swap out the generic, built-in ones for something more your style.
Flooring is another major aspect of a room that is often overlooked. If you’re moving into a house or apartment that isn’t new, you may notice imperfections in the flooring like scuff marks or scratches. One of the best ways to hide these flaws, without resorting to tearing up the whole floor to install something new, is to a rug or carpet. The benefits of this are twofold.
Not only do you hide flaws in an economical way, but you can add your personal touch by in the selection of a patter and style of carpet or rug.
If you are looking for a more dramatic change, then you may want to consider adding new tiles of flooring: Engineered hardwood, Laminate and Vinyl are great options.
Like floors, ceilings are often overlooked. When many people think of ceilings, they no doubt think of plain and white. But ceilings can be an overhead canvas for any design aimed at bringing dimension and personality to your rooms. After all, you’ve designed and decorated everything else to suit your style, why not spruce up your ceiling? The way you design your ceiling can help to either make the room feel larger or cosier. Sometimes a coat of paint in a different colour can be enough to make your ceiling stand out and function as an accent wall in your room. There are many different designs and types of ceilings and you are limited only by your imagination.
Bottom line is that no space looks or feels complete with our ceilings, here at TriniHelper we offer ceiling supply and installation to suit various applications, styles and most importantly your budget. With our Gypsum Ceiling, you can surely achieve a range a beautiful designs to further enhance and and a dramatic look to your lighting. PVC and Gypsum Tiles also add great style with tons of various patterns available.
Moulding and Trims
We truly believe that moulding is that element that brings a room together adding finesse and completeness. Moulding can add formal or casual elements, create new architectural interest, develop a sense of scale, incorporate and enhance pre-existing architectural features and bring in complementary or contrasting colors and textures. As much as moldings enhance the aesthetics of any room they also add to the functionality, chair rails protect your walls while transition moulding is necessary for completing any flooring. At TriniHelper we provide you with the installation of the following mouldings: Crown moulding, skirting, chair rails.
Changing window treatments is also another way to change the look of your home without much effort. Here in Trinidad and Tobago, curtains and drapes are the go to choice for window treatments and these come in a variety of colours and designs. You need only choose one that suits your tastes. But keep in mind curtains and drapes are not only for decoration but for privacy and blocking out light. You may not want see-through curtains in a bathroom or bedroom, especially if neighbours or passers-by can see into your home.
Most people choose darker coloured curtains or drapes for bedrooms to block out bright lights that may disturb them at night. These can be drawn back to let light come in during the day time. In the bathroom, you may want to have something waterproof that still provides privacy. This can be achieved with shutters, blinds or pull-down shades made with breathable materials than can dry quickly and is not susceptible to mold. This goes for the kitchen too or any area where moisture is present.
Sometimes you don’t need to add much to your house to give it that personal feel. Sometimes all it takes is one or two little adjustments or minor details. This is where decorative moulding can come in. Staircases, doors, entry ways, floors, ceilings, walls…basically anywhere in your home can be transformed from basic to unique by adding intricate moulding. This can take the form of baseboards running along the bottom of walls or mouldings around doors, in ceiling creases, around fireplaces etc. Not only do these add an element of character, they can help increase your property value. They are usually easy to install or paint if you decide on a different colour.
It is important to note that none of the above information is hard and fast rules you must stick to, but simple tips and guidelines to make the most of your space and give your house a more personalized, “homely” feel to it. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in your own home and it is a space you can enjoy with friends and family. At TriniHelper, we have reliable and experienced professionals standing by, ready to help you make that a reality.