Inspiring Before and After Home Remodeling Projects


Did you know that 90% of homeowners intend to remodel their homes at some point? With numbers this high, it’s no surprise you’re wondering about the best home remodeling tips, tricks, and trends. 

But where do you begin?

With so many amazing renovations to choose from, it can be difficult to pick the best one for your home. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of the best before and after home renovations for you to choose from. 

Ready to learn more? Then keep reading for the best information about everything from minor updates to an extreme makeover for your home.  

Easy Updates

Home remodeling doesn’t have to break the bank. Professional home remodeling companies can help with simple and elaborate projects. Here are a few ideas for budget-friendly remodels.

Paint the Brick

Some original brick coloring works well with home deco, while redbrick clashes with modern tones and textures. Painting your brick wall or fireplace will keep your look uniform. Need an accent wall or cohesive fireplace mantle? Paint that brick.

Brick that’s painted white will brighten up any room and create an open, clean feel. Grey, black, or green brick can add an interesting focal piece and dynamic to your home.

Painting all your brick one color will make the space more cohesive and put together.

Enlist the Pros

Even small projects should be done well. That’s why it’s best to hire a remodeling service for big and little projects.

Let the pros paint your brick and flooring. After all, it’s their job!

That Drab Kitchen?

Few things bring more gloom to your home than an outdated kitchen. The heart of your home should be inviting. Here are some kitchen tips for your next dream home remodel.

Lighten Up Your Cabinets

Refresh or replace your kitchen cabinets with white ones. White cabinets keep the space light and open feeling.

Consider accent cabinets on an island or below your counter. These can be blue, green, black, or any other color that fits your theme.

Blue-hued cabinets are a popular trend, but any accent color will dress up your space.

Spruce Up Those Countertops

What better way to update your kitchen than new countertops? New countertops will bring that “wow” factor to your before and after home renovations.

Natural Stone

Natural stone countertops bring style, class, and personality to your kitchen. Laminate just doesn’t have the luster or shine of the natural stone. Granite, quartz, Corian, and Silestone are all excellent countertop materials.

These natural stones come in a variety of styles, colors, and patterns. You can brighten up your space with a stark, white marble. Or achieve a black and white contrast by pairing black granite with white cabinets.

Butcher Block

Butcher block countertops pair well with painted green or blue cabinets. It’s a great way to keep the space bright without having an all-white countertop.

Not sure you want ALL that wood in your kitchen? Add a butcher block countertop island.

Butcher block isn’t as durable as most natural stones. What it lacks in durability, it makes up in style.

Not sure which style is best for you? Most home remodeling services have samples you can look at or take home.


Concrete countertops are durable, attractive, and cost-efficient. They fit with almost any color combination and most styles.

Most concrete countertop jobs are best left to the pros. As your home remodeling contractors about concrete countertop installation.


They’re pretty big and tough to hide: your appliances. Making a simple swap of your fridge, oven, microwave, and dishwasher changes how your kitchen looks and feels.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel has an unparalleled class about it. These appliances may look expensive, but they don’t have to be. Most entry-level models now come in stainless steel.

If you plan to splurge on appliances, there’s no lack of high-end options, either. There are plenty of mid-cost options available in stainless steel as well.

Are you worried about kiddo fingerprints all over your shiny new stainless steel appliances? Ask your home remodeling contractors about smudge-proof stainless steel.


Maybe stainless steel doesn’t fit your old house renovation. Bring in a vintage feel with retro appliances. Many name brands are making red refrigerators or blue ovens.

Embrace those vinyl kitchen chairs and bring not the linoleum floors! Have some fun with a throwback kitchen.

Retro appliances are a great way to make your mid-century modern kitchen complete. If you have a retro kitchen theme, it only makes sense to include those throwback appliances!

Ditch Your Cabinets

Outdated cabinets can make your otherwise sunny kitchen seem drab. Replacing all your cabinets can be expensive.

Why replace them with cabinets at all? Achieve a clean and open look with kitchen shelving.

Floating shelves or shelves with unique brackets create a great display for your dishes or glassware. Showcase some decorative canisters for flour, sugar, and pasta.

Hardware Swap

Sometimes updating your cabinetry can be as simple as swapping out the hardware.

Replacing knobs and drawer pulls is a great way to update into any room. Swap outdated kitchen cabinet and drawer hardware for gold, black, or antique brass.

Take that dresser you love from 20 years ago and give it a refresh by swapping out the old drawer pulls for newer ones.


Have you ever watched before and after home renovation shows and thought, “What about the bedrooms?” Many times, an extreme makeover home is only an overhaul of common areas.

Bedrooms shouldn’t be left entirely out of your home remodel. There are many ways to freshen up those sleeping spaces. After all, it’s the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you spot before you doze off to sleep.

Play With Paint

Are you dealing with a smaller space? Paint walls white or light color to create an open space.

Bring ceiling boards down to the wall to create continuity throughout the room.

If you’ve got the luxury of a large room, play with darker paints. Better yet, get a pattern going using multiple tones.

Crawl Space

Convert your small storage room to a guest room by adding a focal point to the wall: paint trim white and mix styles and tones of wood. If possible, paint the ceiling and walls white. Create drama by using darker tones on a small accent wall.

Allow as much light as possible by highlighting your window. Light filtering curtains and white trim are great ways to do this.

If you don’t have hardwood, opt for warm, low-maintenance flooring. You want the space to feel inviting, clean, and open. Low-pile carpeting or alternatives to hardwood will work as well.

Type of Floor

Consider warmer oak tones, natural pine, or dark bamboo for flooring; it has a warmer feel.

Paint the Floor

Paint the floor. You read that right. Many people are delighted to find hardwood floors under their carpeting.

Not everyone is excited about the cost and effort of refinishing hardwood floors. Try painting them! Seriously, white floor paint can brighten up a room.

Add a patterned rug or contrasting wall color to make your look truly unique.


Don’t overlook your bathrooms. Remodeling your bathroom can be more than just cosmetic. Try a few of these things to make your bathroom more functional.

Open Shower/Tub Combo

Walk-in showers are smart for multiple reasons. If someone in your house has difficulty getting into a traditional shower, it just makes sense.

Take this function one step further by adding unframed or thin-framed glass shower doors to your open or walk-in shower.

If you have enough room, consider placing a clawfoot bathtub or soaker tub inside the shower space. Now, you have a tub/shower combo encased in classic, frameless glass doors.

It will add a look of simplicity, class, and elegance to your bathroom. Open tub/shower combos are a great way to make a smaller bathroom seem larger.

Tile Patterns Anywhere

Tile patterns can make or break your bathroom remodel. Black and white patterns are a timeless classic. Geometric patterns with pops of color are a great way to tie several components of your bathroom together.

Tiling the floor of a smaller bathroom can be tricky. Always check with a remodeling service to see what kinds of patterns they recommend.

Are you dealing with a large bathroom? Lucky you! Play around with big significant patterns on your tile or vinyl tile flooring.

Tile isn’t just for the floor. Carrying a shower floor tile pattern to one wall of the shower is eye-catching. Even a simple vanity backsplash tile update goes a long way.

Don’t Be Afraid of a Little Demo

Consider removing dropped ceilings.

You may have beautiful beams you can refinish or cover with wood to give a whole new look.

Knock out load-bearing walls to open up small, cramped feeling areas. Adding a decorative brick archway is a great way to open up an area without sacrificing all walls of the room.

Be Picky About Panelling

When in doubt, rip it out. Outdated paneling takes so much visual appeal away from your home; if it can’t be painted, rip it out.

  1. Shiplap
  2. Paint existing paneling white
  3. Board and Batten
  4. Beadboard
  5. Paint existing paneling gray

Paneling can add a lot to your space when done correctly. Here are a few ideas for paneling replacements or updates.

Add On

Not confined to the walls of your home, then your dream home remodel can include an addition. Adding a story (or level) to your home can be a great way to increase square footage. Add a new bathroom, office, and bedroom to that new story.

new sunroom is a great way to add light to your main floor. You can use it as a home office or create the perfect family gathering spot.

Maybe you’re really in need of a guest space or a mother-in-law’s apartment. There’s no need to boot your kids out of their rooms when Grandma comes. Build your mom or inlaw their own space at your home.

Grandma’s room could double as a den or home office when she’s not staying there.

Home remodeling services you hire will help you decide what kind of addition will best fit your needs.

The Land Down Under

Let’s talk about your basement for a minute. Is it finished? Do you love it?

Your basement shouldn’t be the place where exercise equipment goes to die. It should be another functional living space.

Many old house renovations exclude the basement because it’s deemed as less important. A basement remodel should go beyond replacing a water heater or furnace. Sprucing up the basement adds value, beauty, and function to your home.

Give your basement a new life by working with your professional contractors. Low pile carpet is great for basement floors. If you have chronic water problems, consider painting the floor with an epoxy treatment.

Home Remodeling for All Your Needs

Now that you know some of the best home remodeling ideas around, it’s time to get to work! Whether you’re looking for a few easy upgrades or want to redo your home from top to bottom, there’s no shortage of amazing ideas. 

If you’re done Googling “home remodelers in my area” and are ready to work with the best, contact us today. Greco remodeling does everything a homeowner could ask for, from an exterior home remodel to a complete interior overhaul.

Reach out to us today and let’s get you started with a fast, easy estimate. Your dream home is just a click away! 



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