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Looking for elegance? Try these remodeling ideas

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Change is good for houses. Homeowners commonly look to remodel aspects of their property while owning it. The intricacy of these projects can also vary - not everything has to be an expansive remodel. Something as simple as installing a fan and painting the walls can count.

Likewise, remodeling projects don't need to cost a fortune. You've already paid the down payment and are paying a monthly mortgage. Unless you plan to add an addition or knock down some walls, remodeling projects should be relatively inexpensive. If you're looking for cheaper projects to add elegance to your house, there are plenty of ideas to make your property even more unique.

Kitchen improvements
The kitchen probably remains one of the most frequented rooms in the house. After all, everyone has to eat. A few aspects of the kitchen can be changed very easily, starting with the installation of a backsplash. In the past, kitchen backsplashes were simply thought of as protecting walls from, splashes and spills, according to HGTV. The material still serves this purpose, but over the years, backsplashes have evolved into design focal points for a kitchen.

If you're looking to add a backsplash, House Logic recommends you go with stainless steel material. Kitchen appliances made with this form of steel are still admired very much, and adding a backsplash to blend in will make the space even more hip. The tiles will not cost much, as they go for about $20 per square foot. Installation is even easier. You'll have to make sure the walls are dry and then apply the adhesive recommended by the manufacturer.

Another kitchen project revolves around the cabinets. You may want to consider adding crown moulding in the area where ceiling meets the upper cabinet. Crown moulding is the material you likely have along the ceilings and floors that adds elegance to an area due to various design features. It can help add a seamless connection between the cabinets and ceiling, and in some instances, you can install material that resembles the cabinets. Costs for this material vary and depend on the style of wood, custom designs, length and more.

Liven areas up
Plain white walls are a thing of the past. An inexpensive way to add some more life to any room is to experiment with patterns and colors. House Logic recommended adding designs to an area by using stencils. A quick search on Home Depot reveals inexpensive stencils that any homeowner can use. Practice makes perfect, so remember to practice drawing these designs on a piece of plywood, but don't worry if you make a mistake, as you can simply paint over any design.

Speaking of paint, adding some bright colors to a door or room will add a unique elegance to your house. Bright colors can add visual warmth to any room, especially for those spaces where natural sunlight may not reach. According to This Old House, yellow is an excellent paint color to brighten any area.

You also don't have to paint the entire room one color. Simply painting a door or the ceiling will add much-needed excitement. These bright areas will also garner plenty of conversation the next time someone comes over.

Add convenience
Adding some paneling in your house's entryway will not only give the space a more relaxed feeling, but you'll also gain space for organizing your items. There are many methods to go about this remodeling project, but Home Logic highlighted an inexpensive option. You'll first need boards that are 1 inch thick, flat boards and hooks. Nail in the boards, screw in the hooks and use the flat board to create a small shelf. You can now hang backpacks, coats and purses on the hooks, while using the small shelves for pictures or other items.

Look up
According to House Logic, dark ceiling colors add drama to any room. Dark colors in a room will ensure sunlight focuses on single objects and create a calm and serious elegance.

Other ceiling improvements center on hanging light fixtures and the installation of ceiling medallions. Most high-end houses have these medallions. Luckily for homeowners, they don't need to spend a fortune to add this aesthetic enhancement, as costs are just under $100.

When it comes to owning a home, you should always be looking to make improvements. It's your property after all. Some projects may be more expensive than others, but all homeowners can add elegance and energy to rooms through cost-effective methods. Some may require more time, but the appeal of these projects is that every homeowner can complete them on their own. You can also rest easy knowing that because most of these are visual improvements, you won't have to schedule a property inspection.