Sleek or Rustic: What Styles Are Trending in Home Improvement?

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Long gone are the days when we solely relied on the pages of a décor magazine, or the plans of a contractor, to help us upgrade our homes. In modern times, the style of a home is more often the creation of its owner. This applies to design choices, where a fusion is common, but also to how we get it done. Today, we want to do more of it ourselves.

DIY Style from Room to Room

‘Eclectic’ isn’t everyone’s taste, so how do we draw upon various styles to create our dream home? By taking it one room at a time. For instance, rustic looks using rough sawn pennsylvania lumber are taking bathrooms by storm, while sleek, more modern upgrades are trending amongst kitchens and living areas.

Rustic looks are also ideal for bedrooms in older homes. In recent years, many have been doing away with drywall to expose the shiplap beneath. In bathrooms, many opt to use boards to construct their own shiplap-inspired accent walls. Other popular projects include roughly-hewn wooden slabs used as countertops and table surfaces, as well as copper fixtures and pallet shelving.

The new sleek design is all about matte metals. In the kitchen, we see this take hold with the emergence of spare, modern cabinet and drawer pulls, as well as faucets. And don’t think for a second that “sleek and modern” only means “synthetic”. Different types of specialty stone sinks and backsplashes are carefully curated, installed, and left to speak for themselves.

In living rooms, we see an uptick in people installing their own snap-in laminate flooring for a cleaner look. While pops of color will always be welcome, owners are increasingly creating a grounded base from which to work, painting walls in hues of charcoal, cream, and celery.

Why Do It Yourself?

DIY home improvements are all about power, creativity, and budget. With DIY, you have complete control of the project at hand; no one but you can derail the vision. That vision, with your creativity, allows you to personally manifest styles that you dream up or would like to emulate as closely as possible.

With respect to budget, your cost involves only material and time, which can save you a bundle over choosing a professional crew. If you reclaim old wood and vintage fixtures to be upcycled in your place, you save even more.

Still, it’s equally as important to know what you shouldn’t DIY. While redoing your bathroom, if you’ve repeatedly asked yourself whether or not you should call a plumber for this, the answer is probably yes. Any project that can compromise your safety and the essential functioning of a home, from electricity and plumbing to outdoor construction and demolition, might be left best to someone who has professional-level experience in those fields.

Fervent DIY-ers will also tell you that they consult the pros when their desired project means they’ll have to comply with their locality’s building codes.

What are you ready to DIY? Assess your skills now, start bookmarking tutorials, and check and compare the price of materials at your local home improvement stores. It doesn’t matter whether you want to go minimalist, rustic, or both – with the right plan for the right room, you can build something entirely your own.

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