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New Year, New Look: 10 Ways to Upgrade Your Home

new-year-home-updates New Year, New Look: 10 Ways to Update Your Home
New Year’s Resolutions are all about balance. If you aim your efforts too high, you’ll end up throwing in the towel before you even get started. But if you project your goals too low, you’ll soon realize the tasks at hand have little impact on your life, which leaves you with no motivation. At Imperial Wholesale, we believe in creating New Year’s Resolutions that provide a balance—they’re both achievable and desirable.

Picture this. It’s January 1st and you have a fresh start, an entire new year filled with unlimited opportunities. What are you going to do with it? Instead of taking the typical vow to lose weight, change it up this year by vowing to spruce up your home.

Below are our top 10 upgrades for 2016 that every home, new or old, could use:
  1. Streamline the Extra “Stuff”
  2. Plan a Weekly System for Keeping Your House Clean
  3. Make it Sustainable
  4. Upgrade Your Technology
  5. Become the New Entertainment House
  6. Make Your Kitchen Really Cook
  7. Reframe Your Entry
  8. Buff Your Bathroom
  9. Gear Up Your Garage
  10. Stay On-Trend for 2016
So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

1.      Streamline the Extra “Stuff”


The first step to upgrading your home in 2016 is streamlining all of your extra “stuff.” Many homeowners accumulate mounds of items every year that become unnecessary to the basic functions and aesthetics of their home. It’s amazing how many material items accumulate over a twelve month period! And all of that clutter can make your house look dead, dirty, and outdated.

This year, resolve to go through every room periodically and donate the items you don’t use, wear, love, or enjoy to a local charity. Don’t know what to get rid of? As a tip, designers suggest that all items within a home facilitate positive energy and help you feel good. If the item you’re contemplating doesn’t do this, it may be time to get rid of it.

So go ahead—clear your countertops, organize your bedrooms, and consolidate your cabinets. We guarantee that after a much needed detox, both you and your home will be happy and organized in no time.

2.      Plan a Weekly System for Keeping Your House Clean


Cleaning your entire house in one day seems like a daunting task. However, you may just be looking at the chore from the wrong perspective. When it comes to cleaning, it’s the little things that make the biggest difference! Instead of taking on the whole house all at once, try to stay organized and plan ahead by consolidating your cleaning tasks into a weekly system.

Below are some duties that are simple and effective for keeping your home spick and span:
  • Load/unload dishwasher
  • Get caught up on laundry
  • Clean countertops
  • Make and wash bed linens
  • Clean baseboards
  • Vacuum rugs
  • Take out the trash
  • Clean bathroom mirrors/fixtures
  • Dust all living areas
  • Sweep the floors
Still need more guidance for setting up a weekly cleaning system within your house? Check out this printable schedule to help you stay on track for 2016.

3.      Make it Sustainable


Going green and being sustainable have been ongoing trends for the past couple of years. While most people are aware of these trends, many have not taken action towards making a more sustainable environment within their home. This could be due to the common belief that being sustainable takes a lot of effort. This is not true!

Becoming sustainable means first taking on small feats. For example, you don’t have to install solar powered everything all at once. Just try taking baby steps.

Make it a goal for 2016 to take small steps towards a sustainable house by: Trust us—by performing these simple tasks, the environment (and your wallet) will thank you!

4.      Upgrade Your Technology


It’s officially 2016, which means that technology is accessible to us everywhere. Technology can help simplify tasks, enhance aesthetics, and increase the value of your home. So why not take the time and tech-up your establishment? Below are some suggestions on how to easily incorporate technology in 2016.

  • Install under-cabinet lights in your kitchen to improve the look of your backsplash
  • Upgrade to a high-tech alarm system to ensure your family’s safety
  • Mount a touchless faucet onto your sink to reduce germs
Once these simple suggestions are installed, you can start to take on bigger projects to create the ultimate technology-driven home by the end of this year.

5.      Become the New Entertainment House


In addition to making updates, vow to spend more time with family and friends by becoming the new entertainment house. This year, be the first place thought of for any get together by taking the time to upgrade a few simple items within your living room.

Designers suggest that one easy step towards becoming the new entertainment house is rearranging your furniture. Re-orientating your living room furniture into conversation groups will help your guests feel comfortable. Another easy suggestion that makes a difference is replacing your throw pillows. Try incorporating pillows with an appropriate print and design to match the theme of your party, or bring in textures to add more warmth to your ambiance.

If you are looking to spruce up your living room in a bigger way than simply replacing some decorations, Imperial Wholesale is your one stop shop. Upgrade your flooring with unlimited choices for tile, hardwood, laminate, and wood tile to add more flavor into your home. Or, finally install the fireplace of your dreams to set the mood of any get together. With upgrades like these, your house will easily become the talk of the town!

6.      Make Your Kitchen Really Cook


Isn’t it true when people say that the kitchen is the heart of the home? We agree, which is why we offer so many different add-ons and upgrades that can easily be modified to fit your kitchen. From kitchen sinks, countertops, backsplashes and tile décor to any type of flooring you can imagine, we truly have it all and 2016 is the year to make a change.

Check out our article on How to Add Style to My Kitchen for more details on how to upgrade your kitchen.

7.      Reframe Your Entry


The very first thing your guests see when they walk into your home is your entryway. It’s the area that generates everyone’s first impression. The entry also happens to be a much overlooked remodeling project.

This year, vow to step out of the box and upgrade your entryway by:
  • Giving your front door a new design
  • Installing new lighting
  • Incorporating a medallion
  • Upgrading your floor
  • Adding a much needed paint job
While these projects sound like overwhelming tasks, remember to take into consideration how small your entryway is. Giving your entry a complete makeover is a project that could easily be completed in one day!

8.      Buff Your Bathroom


The bathroom has a huge influence on your home’s resale value and your guests’ impressions. Think about it—the guest bathroom is one of the only rooms that people repeatedly see when visiting your place. Take the time this year to remodel your bathroom and make a lasting impression.

Change up the counters, revamp the floors, or add a new tile décor to your shower. Anything is possible! If you need some ideas check out our Bathroom Visualizer Design Tool.

9.      Gear Up Your Garage


Big or small, garages can be the epicenter of efficient home organization with the right tricks and tools on your side. Finally take care of the clutter that’s been stocking up in your garage by staying organized the whole year round.

Here are some tips for gearing up your garage:
  • Label your containers
  • Clean up spills from the floor
  • Get rid of old decorations, tools, etc. that no longer serve a purpose
  • Install hooks, magnets, and baskets
  • Add a backsplash to any wall to add an element of design
So what are you waiting for? Don’t feel like you need to hide your garage anymore—get started on these easy projects.

10. Stay On-Trend for 2016


With any upgrade you do to your home, it is important to note the up-and-coming trends for this year. According to the experts at Pinterest, below are concepts to keep in mind when remodeling, organizing, or updating in 2016:
  • Geometric tiles
  • Scandinavian-inspired design
  • Hidden wires
  • Shades of gray
  • Graphic throw pillows
  • Black, white, and organic shades
  • Woven wall décor
  • DIY space-saving hacks
  • Artisan goods
  • Gilded metallic wallpaper

Next Steps


Is your house in desperate need of these upgrades? Do any of these projects catch your attention? If so, don’t hesitate! Contact us today at either of our two locations in the Phoenix area. With free estimates and design consultations, we promise to help you create your dream home in 2016.