Whether you want to update a newly purchased home or spice up your existing one, there are plenty of options out there. Here are 5 of the most popular projects right now.

Lighting Fixtures

Lighting can make or break any room. You’ll want to choose your lamps and lighting fixtures carefully so they are cohesive with the rest of your home. Think about the feeling you want out of each room when deciding on the type of lighting. You can get bulbs in any color temperature but here are the general rules of thumb. Stick with daylight(5000K-65000K) in the kitchen and active living spaces, bright white(3500K-4100K) in bathrooms, soft or warmer lighting (2700K-3000K) in bedrooms, basements, and non-active living spaces.


Floors

Thinking about pulling out that old and stained carpet in the living room? Do it! Re-flooring your home can completely change the feel of a space. This project doesn’t have to break the bank and will certainly give you a return on investment. If you’re worried about cost, try going the DIY route with laminate plank or engineered wood flooring.


Cabinets

Cabinet replacement/painting is one of the most popular home improvement projects right now. Many homeowners are going away from wood and in with white. This project might get a little pricey depending on what options you choose, but it’s sure to update and modernize your kitchen.


Painting

Easily one of the most cost-effective improvement projects that will make a difference. Whether you’re simply adding an accent wall or updating the whole house, it is the best way to turn a house into a home. These days, it is easier than ever to hire a local pro. Using HomePainter, you can get quotes, evaluate local contractors, and get your project underway.


Partial Finish or upgrading basements

Many homes have hundreds and even thousands of unused space in the basement. Not only will this increase the value of your home substantially, but the opportunities are endless. Who wouldn't want a movie theater room downstairs? This will probably be the most expensive item on our list, but if you plan on living in one place for many years, it is worth the investment. This project might be best left to the professionals. Talk to a local contractor and see what you can do with your space. But before you do, check out our tips for hiring a contractor.