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Every house comes with its set of problems. You would be very lucky to find a house without that awkward corner or a window that could have been more centered, even if it is fairly new. And these flaws could potentially be off-putting to home buyers when it comes time to sell up and move on.
However, a few clever tweaks and a little creativity can help you hide those flaws or even better still, transform them into a design element of the construction. Consider these flaws as challenges rather than problems and look for out of the box ideas to deal with them:
Here are a few common situations and ideas that can help fix the problem:
You might have a fairy tale house, but a huge, ugly radiator can quickly become an eyesore. This is true especially with older houses with large sized radiators. One idea to deal with these radiators is to paint them in a bright color and make them a design element in the room. Pick a color that matches with the rest of your décor and the heating becomes a decor fixture rather than a design problem and one that potential home buyers may very well find very charming.
Dark and Dingy Bathrooms
Every bathroom needs a window to let in natural light and provide for air circulation. Mold thrives in warm, damp places and bathrooms are by far the dampest parts of the house. Your bathroom can quickly become a problem area if there is not enough sunlight and air.
If you cannot install new windows, consider painting the bathroom in a bright, neutral color. Bring plants into your bathroom. These will absorb the moisture, help with air circulation and brighten the bathroom. If possible, install skylights or even suntubes and it is of course crucial that you ensure that there is a good vent fan in place to deal with that after shower moisture that can be so damaging.
More often than not, visible plumbing under the sink in the kitchen or the bathroom can be disturbing for the eye, especially the eye of a potential home buyer. If the obvious solution cannot be implemented, building a cabinet around them – perhaps for space reasons – then you’ll have to look for a different answer.
An easy solution to hide the plumbing pipes is to drape a skirt. But for those who want a more permanent solution, build shelving in the space. Not only does it offer more storage space, but it will also help hide the ugly pipework. Just placing cabinet doors to cover the visible pipes can help in masking their view.
Windows Constructed Off-Centre
Windows that are off – centre can be extremely distracting in a well-furnished room and are more common than you might think in older construction homes. They make the room feel lopsided and heavy on one side. While you cannot do much about the construction of the windows, you can hide the flaw by making it into a design element.
Transform the window into a deliberate feature of the room by helping it stand alone. If the window is more towards one corner, balance the weight by creating a corner nook. Place an armchair, a floor lamp and a small bookshelf near the window. Instantly, the weight of the window nook will balance the rest of the room.
Poorly Lit Rooms
Rooms that do not receive an adequate amount of natural light can feel dark and depressing especially in the winter months. Adding extra lighting is one way to combat the darkness. but light fixtures won’t really help during daytime hours.
Brighten up a dark and poorly lit room by bringing in bright features. If possible paint the walls with a subtle off white shade. Add bright rugs, pillows and throws. Bring in plants and flowers to make the room feel cheerful. Place mirrors or reflective objects at strategic points to help bounce off the light falling on them, thus creating extra lighting and a feeling of warmth and life.