Dumb is relative and not all “dumb” renovation ideas are universally bad. Nevertheless, some trends, past and present, stand as out little more than poorly planned updates.
Boredom with a house shouldn’t be reason enough to skip consulting with a professional. What seems like a great idea to you could have long-lasting consequences, some of which you may be stuck with for years.
Consider these four “dumb” remodeling ideas to see how good intentions can sometimes go terribly wrong:
Great Rooms Aren’t Always Great
What’s so wrong with a great room? Nothing, and everything. The idea of a great room is an open floor plan. It’s spacious, but it can also feel cavernous.
Great rooms were a big remodeling and building trend in the 80s and 90s. Since then, homeowners have struggled with comfortable furniture placement, keeping clutter out of sight and creating a cohesive look throughout the whole space. When great rooms include the kitchen, as is common, this can be quite a challenge.
That said, great rooms aren’t all bad. With smart furniture groupings and a strict eye for clutter control, a
Dark wood paneling isn’t always the right look when a home is being remodeled or redesigned. However, it’s not always cost-effective either to pull it out and replace the entire wall with a new material. The halfway point then is to paint the dark wood a new color that matches the décor of the house’s new look. The wall can be a whole new color with the right preparation and.
Paneling can sometimes be removed depending on how it was installed. However, if it was installed with nails and adhesive rather than just with adhesive, it’s going to be more cost-effective to paint the paneling than trying and remove the paneling to paint the foundation wall underneath. There are also cases where the only thing behind the paneling is wall studs.
Make sure the paneling is made of solid wood before you paint. Some dark wood paneling is actually just vinyl made to look like wood. If it’s not real wood, you’ll have to be careful when painting as the veneer on the vinyl can affect the paint job. The texture is also important to consider before painting
At the end of a long day of work or taking care of the kids, when the dishes have been put away and you finally have a little time to unwind before bed, where do you go? If you are like most homeowners, you’d say the living room. Designed to be inviting, comfortable and cozy, the living room is the part of a home’s layout where, appropriately, a lot of the living takes place. Whether you’re cuddled on the sofa to watch a movie, hunkered down to read a book or gathered together around the fireplace to spend time with friends, the living room is the backdrop that makes it possible.
Given that it’s such an important part of your home’s design, the living room deserves special attention when it comes to decorating. Have you thought about how you mightspruce up yours or give it new life? What accessories could make your living room more interesting? What is worth investing right now?
When you’re looking to accessorize your living room and take its look to the next level, here are five pro tips to try.