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Spruce-Up Your Space for the New Year

A new year is a time to consider improvements and changes in all facets of your life. If updating a few of the ho-hum spaces in your home is one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2011, try these cost- conscious and creative tips.

Freshen Up: Walk through your home and take note of any of the rooms that may have taken a beating in the past year. Whether dings or smudges on the walls are a result of moving around furniture, the kids romping around the house, or simply the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you can brighten them up with a crisp, new coat of paint. No need to even choose drastic new hues, because even a single coat of the color you already love can make the space look as good as new! If the ceilings have become scuffed throughout the year, a new coat of white paint can breathe new life into the space.

Rework Your Wall Art: Try adding a pop of color to your walls by highlighting the area behind a few of your favorite pieces. Paint a square or rectangular cube around a collection of framed family photos or even a single print or watercolor. The contrast between black and white photographs and pencil sketches makes for a bold look. This technique will brighten up a white wall and accentuate the artwork around your home. Be sure to select a coordinating hue that incorporates other colors from the room. When re-hanging your art collection, try Bulldog Rubberized Picture Hangers for a secure hold that prevents slipping or tilting even in the highest traffic areas of your home.

From Top to Bottom: While you may not realize the impact that interesting flooring has on improving a room; just a few quick fixes can make the room feel like a brand new space. If the room you are looking to re-do already has wall-to-wall carpeting, consider renting a carpet cleaner from your local hardware store and in one day stains will be removed, leaving your carpet like new. Area rugs are a simple solution to warming up a space with hardwood floors and can easily be cleaned or swapped out. Select a carpet with an oversized, bold, geometric pattern in rooms with primarily solid and small scale prints. For rooms that already have a dominant pattern and color scheme, choose a neutral carpet that will act as a clean backdrop to emphasize the pieces you already have in place.

The More the Merrier: Select a set of similar antique wall décor pieces, such as framed maps, prints, or even mirrors and brighten up a bare wall by mounting the collection horizontally, filling the space. This trend is the perfect solution to the awkward wall space behind sofas, desks, and headboards that can often make a single piece of artwork appear too small. A variety of rustic, gold-gilded mirrors, especially in the starburst shape, can make for an elegant and area-enhancing option. To hang a set of starburst mirrors, try using Bulldog Invisa Hangers for discrete hardware that will not detract from appearance of your display.

Accessorize With Color: You may have grown tired of certain color schemes throughout your home, but re-decorating an entire room with new fabric, furniture, and wall décor can be pricey. Donate old pillows and accent accessories that are no longer inspiring to you to, and select a new color from the dominant pattern in the room. Select a vibrant color that will stand out against the other neutrals in the space. Then, complement it with a few new throw pillows, glass vases, and other accessories in the new hue you have selected. These pieces are sure to add an inspirational pop of color to the room that will make you love the space all over again.

All of the recommended Bulldog Hardware picture hanging tools can be found at your local Wal-Mart. Happy New Year!