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360 Home Living: 12 RESOLUTIONS FOR YOUR HOME - PART ONE

Still working on your New Year's Resolutions? We have 12 tips you can use to change the look and feel of your home in the New Year. One for each month!

Here are 6 smart and affordable "re-solutions" you can adopt and be successful to make an impact in your home. Give away, donate, recycle, trash. Find what you really want and what you don’t care for: books, furniture, knickknacks, collectors’ items, etc. Get rid of the clutter and give your home a cleaner oxygenated look. When you are on vacation you only need a few things to enjoy the view. Live like you are on vacation, feel at ease in your home.

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Use color wisely. Add or neutralize the colors in your house. Every room has a feel, but that doesn’t mean they are not connected. There is such thing as too much color. If you are going for bold colors make sure there is a harmonic relation between rooms or your home will feel smaller and disjointed. If you are going for a more neutral look, you can have "shades of grey" be the accent or "shades of beige".

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Add light. Recess lighting can give a completely different feel to your rooms. Recess lights have the versatile advantage; it brightens up your room and with the touch of a dimmer switch, it gives it a soft glow. It also de-clutters the floor as you don't need all the floor lamps and the light shines down as oppose to up which is much more functional.

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Move furniture around. If there is a room you are not using much, try swapping furniture with another room. Reset and reboot, think outside the box and make up new ideas for every room with your current furniture. Your unused dining room can turn into your new breakfast room / kitchen extension and your living room may become your new dining room. Make rooms you don’t use be your favorite again. Don't leave any "museum rooms" but instead use every inch of your home.

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Tear down “that” wall. You know which one. The one separating you from having an open floor plan in your home. In most traditional homes its the one that separates the kitchen from the family room or dining room. Open up that space and enhance the flow of your home. Of course, consult with an architect first to make sure you are not removing a load bearing wall!

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AV Architects + Builders removed a wall in the kitchen in this renovation project and the place doesn't look like a condominium anymore!

Re-purpose unused spaces. When you look around, you will find spaces that can be easily transformed into cabinets, bookshelves, toy cubbies, or you may even fit a full mudroom! You'll be surprised when you put your creative hat on what can happen. Look under your steps in the basement, maybe under your kitchen island? This change will give you freedom from the little piles around the house that frustrate you so much. It may even give you a new space for kids to play in or a new storage wall.

AV Architects + Builders removed a wall in the kitchen in this renovation project and the place doesn't look like a condominium anymore!

Re-purpose unused spaces. When you look around, you will find spaces that can be easily transformed into cabinets, bookshelves, toy cubbies, or you may even fit a full mudroom! You'll be surprised when you put your creative hat on what can happen. Look under your steps in the basement, maybe under your kitchen island? This change will give you freedom from the little piles around the house that frustrate you so much. It may even give you a new space for kids to play in or a new storage wall.