5 Trendy NYC Home Improvement Ideas
Is your home feeling ho-hum? Add a little life to your space with these five popular home improvement ideas on how to spice up your decor. These tips will take your NYC apartment from boring to breathtaking.
Is your home feeling ho-hum? Here are five popular home improvement ideas that can take your NYC apartment from boring to breathtaking.
1. Add Life to All-White Kitchens
We’re seeing a move away from the ubiquitous all-white kitchen. You can update an all-white kitchen a number of ways. Try incorporating wood in your counters, cabinets, or open space shelving. Even a touch will immediately warm up the space. Another way to add depth is by introducing another color to your cabinets. Go bold and bring in modern Italian-style cabinets or paint your lower cabinets a contrasting shade, like dove or charcoal gray.
Of course, if you’re not ready to take on kitchen remodel, you can always add color with accessories. Bring in a vibrant tribal rug, rustic wood stools, or colorful textiles.
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2. Go for One-of-a-Kind Fiber Artwork
Believe it or not, macramé and other fiber artworks are having a moment! Incorporating a macramé wall hanging is an easy way to bring a subtle bohemian vibe to your apartment. You can find great pieces online, but it’s also a fun DIY project. This easy macramé tutorial that will get you started.
If macramé’s is not your thing, look for other unique pieces, such as tapestries or vintage paintings.
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3. Accent with Brass
Metallics add interest to any space, and brass is everywhere right now. Brass looks best with a little age or patina, so avoid anything super shiny. It also mixes well with other metals. Look for accessories and furniture accents, such as chair legs or dresser knobs. West Elm has an impressive selection, but if you’re up for a hunt, you’ll find plenty of brass at your local thrift store.
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4. Stand Out with Vintage Furniture and Accessories
These days, it’s getting hard to find anything truly unique anymore, which is why we’re seeing a resurgence of interest in vintage furniture and accessories. Step away from big-box stores and make your home stand out! One-of-a-kind vintage pieces can blend seamlessly with any decor style, and they’ll have your friends asking, “Where did you get that?” Look for everything from knobs to couches to lamps at antique shows, thrift stores, flea markets, and upscale showrooms!
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5. From Beige to Bold
Bored with your beige interior? Wake things up with a more vibrant palette.
While neutral colors will never go completely out of style, we’re seeing bolder shades edge out gray and beige. Especially popular right now are mustard and acid yellows; purples ranging from pale violet to radiant orchid; and blues in shades from light grayish tones to deep, moody navy. It’s easy to bring these colors into your apartment through paint, furnishings, and accessories. So even if you’re not ready to let go of your favorite neutrals, you can freshen them up with a shot of color.
Add a little life to your New York apartment! These five home improvement ideas will make a big impact, whether you’re updating a current space or moving into a new home.