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If COVID taught us anything, it’s that home is where everyone is. And with Americans spending so much time within those walls, home improvement has quickly become the topic of the day.
In fact, according to a Technavio report cited by Business Wire, the DIY home improvement market is projected to grow by $143.3 billion between 2020-2024. Remember that when you stand in line at Home Depot!
Whether you’re in the market for a complete renovation, or just looking for some easy and stylish updates, be sure to spend your money on things you’ll appreciate in your home. Here are seven cool features that you could easily add to your home.
Storage under the stairs.
This is not the kind of space under the stairs in Harry Potter. Imagine using that wall in your house that supports your stairs for more than just hanging family photos. By using that often hollow space to create sliding drawers that disguise themselves as a wall of decorative panels, you can store football kits, the Christmas tree, your vacuum cleaner, or anything else you can imagine.
While not an overnight project, or a weekend project, it will use your limited space wisely and make your home much cooler.
sage green kitchens
Sorry, black and navy. See you later, white. There’s a new kitchen cabinet color in town. Sage green, according to Domino (not to mention internet Pinterest boards), is the trendiest kitchen color in the last two years.
While this shade is perfect in cabinets because it’s neutral and colorful, you can incorporate the hue in other ways as well. If you’re not up for a complete cabinet remodel, try using it as a wall color. Or for an even simpler update, place some sage accessories on your kitchen shelves or countertop.
ladder with slide
Whether you have kids or are still a kid at heart, you’ll love this idea. Imagine turning your boring old ladder into a ladder with a slide, yes it is possible! Many people have been reinventing the routine ways of getting around their home, and some are adding a slide to their ladder, right next to the steps.
So while you can’t stop going upstairs, you can make going downstairs a lot more fun!
Floors that stand out
While alternative wood and wood-like flooring isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, patterned flooring is certainly having a moment. From incorporating herringbone or chevron patterns into your hardwood or engineered hardwood, to patterned rugs and colorful mosaic tiles, you can make your statement piece exactly what you step on.
There’s no shortage of ideas stamped on Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, and other inspirational sites. Just be sure to visit your nearest Giant Carpet One showroom for expert guidance and installation.
vertical herb garden
If you live in an area where outdoor space is shared or just limited, you’ll love the idea of taking your garden to new heights. A quick search on Pinterest or Instagram will show you how people use their empty exterior wall space to make a vertical herb garden outside (and sometimes inside) their homes.
Depending on your living situation and what you intend to grow, you’ll want to make a wall hanging that you can easily remove if you decide to move. Popular Mechanics suggests using a combination of frame, plastic sheeting, and fabric.
Light, light everywhere
There are several users on TikTok suggesting adding inexpensive, motion-activated LED strip lights under cabinets in both the bathroom and kitchen to make it feel more spa-like. Although it’s a small addition, lighting can have a big impact on your mood. According to TCPI.com, light coming from below eye level “can trigger a sense of individual importance.”
So if you want to feel big and in charge in your own home, install some lighting under your cabinets, along the floorboards, or anywhere else you think could use a little lighting.
Along the same lines of adding more light to your home, you can (relatively) easily add sun tunnels to your ceiling through the roof for a targeted and purposeful burst of natural light. Although they may sound like a skylight, a sun tunnel is a reflective metal tube that is inserted into the roof and ceiling. They capture natural light from outside and direct it into your home.
You might mistake a sun tunnel for a recessed light, but instead of using electricity to light the space, it uses (free) energy from the sun. It’s a stylish way to add more natural light to your home with very little associated cost.
Your home is your sanctuary, but these days, so is everything else. Make sure it’s the kind of place you love to live, work and play by incorporating some of the hottest features on the market today. To spice up your home, visit your local Giant Carpet One store for ideas and guidance.