November 2019 -- Cheshvan-Kislev 5780,  Volume 25, Issue 11

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Real Estate Matters:

Ideas for Easy and Quick Room Updates

By John E. Baer, SRES, SRS


The winter months are a perfect time to engage in interior home improvement updates. You can make your favorite room stand out with some simple ideas that take less than a day to complete from start to finish.

Home interior experts know small decor tricks that take very little time can have a big effect, Homeowners can use these same strategies to make changes easily and quickly inside their own home.


Wall plates

Perhaps one of the most overlooked ways to quickly and dramatically update a room is to replace the wall plates. Wall plates are the covers that go over the light switches and outlets.


Wall plates are the fashion accessory that every wall needs to add visual appeal



If you are looking for a big change with minimal effort, consider a fresh coat of paint.. Shades of green and gray are trending right now, as well as hues of blue in every color of the ocean. (The only time to avoid dramatic colors on your walls is when you are planning to sell your home. Neutral colors, such as off-white, cream, pale yellow are safer to use at that time). Pick up some paint samples from the store and bring home to see how they will look in the natural light of the room.


Interested in trying a bold color, but not sure about how it will look in the entire room? Choosing a single wall to paint is a great way to add color without going all out.



Cabinet hardware changes are typically made in the kitchen or bath, but knobs and pulls have multiple uses if you think outside the box.


Some ideas for coordinating knobs include use on a wall or door to hold a coat, towel or bag. You might even decide to hang pictures using coordinating knobs and metals. Instead of simply nailing the frame to the wall, tie with a beautiful ribbon and hang on a knob that matches your wall plates and other hardware in the room.


Hooks and hook rails

Other eye-catching additions to a room include hooks and hook rails. While they may have once been deemed for industrial or heavy-duty use, new contemporary and traditional designs along with complementary finishes like satin nickel and hazelnut allow hook rails to take a more prominent, decorative position in a room.


Installation is simple and quick, allowing for a modern appeal and instant coordination with wall plates and other hardware. Find a new place for items that often get tossed on the floor like book bags, belts or purses. A small hook rail placed in a closet or bathroom is perfect for hanging jewelry for easy access or spice up your garage with a decorative hook rail to hold sports equipment or umbrellas.


Remember, it doesn’t take a lot of time or money to transform your interior space. With just a few easy updates like wall plates or hook rails you’ll be amazed at how different and beautiful your room will look.


John E. Baer, SRES, SRS is a NYS licensed real estate salesperson associated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Westchester Properties of Scarsdale and Larchmont. He can be reached for questions at 914/600-6086 or at 914/844-2059. His website is