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New Year, New Home? Foolproof Home Resolutions for February

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Nearly half of all Americans set New Year’s resolutions on January 1st, hoping to better themselves and enter 2016 on the right foot. However, less than ten percent are successful in achieving those goals – or even following through on them through the end of the month.

In reality, you can set goals at any time of year! The key is to set goals that are specific, clear and achievable. And now that the holiday craziness is dying down, there’s no better time to set your sights on ways to improve your living spaces this year.

We’re sharing a few ideas to get your home resolutions started and get you one step closer to a refreshed home in 2016!

#1. Be More Green
Making your home more energy efficient can be done in a number of ways – big or small. Replacing windows with energy-efficient ones can help reduce your utility bills, but the benefits go much further. Choosing energy-efficient windows makes your home more comfortable, as their performance determines how much heat comes in and escapes out through the windows. Looking for a smaller fix? Simple things, like turning off power strips when they aren’t in use or turning the heat down at night, can make a big difference.

#2. Give One Room a Refresh
Choose one room to tackle in 2016. It can be a bedroom, a bathroom, even a closet that you’ve been hoping to update. Consider a fresh coat of paint in February or March. If you’re considering hiring someone, you might actually get a great deal as winter is typically a slow time for painting contractors. The cold winter air also means that you don’t have to deal with outdoor humidity that can delay paint dry time. Looking for a smaller updates? Installing crown molding or interior shutters can transform your room as well.

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#3 Revamp Your Hardware
From bathroom faucets to cabinet handles, your home’s hardware could probably benefit from a little makeover. Try out the hot trend for 2016: black metals. The Wall Street Journal shares that contemporary designers are pairing it with wood and glass for a unique interior look.

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What are your 2016 home renovation resolutions? Head to our Inspiration Gallery for more pictures of Marvin projects and solutions that can help bring your visions to life.