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Home Design Colors and Trends

As the saying goes, it’s time for “out with the old, and in with the new.” With a new year, it might be time to change the look of your home. The bright color you loved in the early 2000s now is a bit out of date. Or maybe the flooring design you’ve had for years is finally too out of date.

However, navigating through trends can be difficult, especially when figuring out what’s right for you. To help, we’ve rounded up our predictions of what home design colors and trends will be the most talked about in 2017.

Lucky for you, painting your home to match current trends is easy to do and one of the less costly upgrades you can make to your home. One of the biggest changes you might see in color trends this year is a jump from warm pastels to bold and bright jewel colors. Think deep purple, green and blue. The Sherwin-Williams ColorMix prediction describes this year’s bold colors as “soulful and spiritual.”

Of course, some homeowners might be fearful of using darker colors in their home. Utilizing these jewel tones is all about maximizing your lighting. Try using in a living room or bedroom to create a cozy atmosphere without losing natural light. If you’re not ready to paint your entire room in a bold color, try using as an accent throughout your room.

If you’re not yet familiar with greige, make 2017 the year you get well acquainted. Gray has been the must-have neutral paint color the past few years, appearing in many living rooms across America. And, for good reason! It’s extremely versatile and gives your space a clean look. But, as all trends change, gray has now become a bit warmer, with beige. This creates “Greige!” Depending on the hue you choose, it could be a warmer gray or a cooler beige. It’s a great interior paint color for any room of the home.

One of the best parts about using greige is that it makes a great compliment to the jewel tones we discussed above. It gives a clean look and truly is a perfect backdrop for bold accent colors to pop.

Best Projects To Refresh Your Bedroom

After a long day, there’s nothing quite like resting in the comfort of your own bedroom. But over time, it may require a few updates to create a place where you can retreat away from it all. The smallest updates may make a difference in your bedroom makeover.

There are many DIY tips and tricks available to spruce up your bedroom. Some projects require expert skill and others may take longer than expected. If you’re looking for quick and easy ways to change the look of your bedroom, we’ve gathered the top 10 DIY projects to update the look of your bedroom.

 

1. Paint Your Room

If you’re looking to dramatically change the look of your room, without knocking down any walls, then paint is your answer. A simple coat of fresh paint can give you an entirely new room, without making any structural changes. The average cost to paint a home interior is $1,655 if you choose not to DIY this project.

When it comes to choosing a new color for your room, consider your current style. Will your new color match your linens and furniture color? What atmosphere are you trying to create with your new look? These are all important questions to consider as we know that the psychology of color has a lot to do with your mood.

 

2. Dress Up Your Dresser

The furniture condition in your room adds a lot to the overall look and feel. But, you don’t have to go buy a new one. Simply update the one you currently have with a coat of paint. When it comes to painting furniture, the most important part is not what color you choose but rather how you prepare for the project.

You’ll want to clean and sand your dresser before you begin to paint, otherwise the paint will peel off the furniture. It’s not necessary to sand the furniture down completely just to remove the finish and rough up the surface bit. If you can, get a paint with primer included, otherwise, be sure to use primer on your project before you add color. For more inspiration on dressing up your dresser, see these ideas from BuzzFeed.

Incorporate The Pantone Color

When it comes to color, it’s important to stay up-to-date on current trends, as they can change quickly and often. A new year is a perfect time to begin updating old colors around the house to popular hues, especially if you plan on selling soon.

Pantone, whose mission is to be the leading experts in color, release their “color of the year” to guide designers, decorators and homeowners in what they believe to be on trend. These choices are made based on popular choices as well as representing current events. Pantone announced that the 2017 color of the year is “Greenery.” It’s a spring green color that’s sure to brighten up any space. Here are a few ideas on how you can utilize the color throughout your home.

Pantone describes their color of the year selections by “a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.” After blending two shades in 2016, rose quarts and serenity, Pantone chose a bold and bright color that is in line with color trends we’ve already observed for the year. Greenery is a cheery yellow-green hue that Pantone describes as “a refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.”

This color is perfect if you’re changing your home and wanting to start fresh. It blends well with other bright colors like pink and blue, or can be an accent to a black and white color scheme.

What better way to start fresh than with a new coat of paint? Greenery can add a pop of color to any room with an accent wall. I love the idea of incorporating this color with stripes, as it looks great with bright white. Creating an accent wall is an easy DIY project that can be done in an afternoon. It’s also a great way to play with colors without committing to painting the entire room first. To see how you can to this yourself, read How To Paint Striped Walls.

Rooms That Belong In Your Dream Home

At some point in your life, you find yourself imagining what your dream home would look like and brainstorm ideas about how to personalize each room. It’s hard to snap back to reality after you map the details out in your head, but visualizing what could be is fun for many of us.

Your dream home definitely needs to have rooms that are impressive and out of the ordinary. I’m here to let your mind run wild for a few minutes, as I show and describe eight incredible rooms that belong in your dream home. Remember, never stop dreaming!

 

1. Kitchen

Building your dream home requires a financial investment and professional expertise. Constructing your dream kitchen comes with its pros and cons. You’ll need to set a budget, hire a contractor and pick out your materials.

I selected this kitchen for your dream home because of the gorgeous hardwood floors, lavish pendant light fixtures and numerous windows that draw in natural light. Are you considering remodeling your kitchen? If so, see our kitchen renovation cost estimator to make a plan before you begin your project.

 

2. Bathroom

It’s not a dream home without an extravagant bathroom to relax in after a long day. According to costs reported by ImproveNet members, the average bathroom remodel costed approximately $8,400 in 2016, with most homeowners spending between $6,000 and $9,000. Given that I’m showing you incredible rooms that belong in your dream home, your budget will need to be expanded in this particular instance.

A dream bathroom requires a thoughtful transformation with personal touches and lavish enhancements. This luxury bath has a round Jacuzzi tub installed under a charming chandelier, which I think is the perfect touch. The gorgeous tub is surrounded by more storage room than most of us have ever seen in our lifetime.

 

3. Bedroom

Your dream bedroom should be big, bright and beautiful. The more lighting options you have the better, so you can set the right mood. While hardwood floors are becoming more popular to install in the bedroom, carpet is a comfortable and appealing choice too.

A dream bedroom needs to have the right aesthetic appeal. This means applying paint color, hanging curtains, purchasing cozy bedding and using décor that brings the room to life.

Feng Shui Design Ideas For Your Home

Your home is your sanctuary. After a long day, so many of us look forward to enjoying its comforts. But, you may not be making the most of your space if you haven’t adapted the techniques of Feng Shui.

This ancient art of balancing your space is beneficial to your health and happiness in your home. Often, it takes very minimal changes to create the energy you desire. Here’s a few ideas to get you started on how you can incorporate the practice of Feng Shui in your home.

You can easily change the energy in a room with a new coat of paint. Contact a painting pro today for up to four quotes from contractors in your area for free.

 

What Is Feng Shui?

The practice of Feng Shui dates back to ancient China. The term “Feng Shui” translates from Chinese to “Wind Water.” As Mind Body Green explains, “Without air and water we parish. When both wind and water are balanced and flowing, nature is in harmony.” It utilizes the elements to create a balanced energy in a space. When used properly, it can improve sleep and create peace in the household.

Including elements in a room allows the person in the room to become more in-tune with nature and become more self-aware. Feng Shui has a few different practices and schools of thought, but they all share similar themes:

  • Traditional Feng Shui: The oldest form of Feng Shui. This takes into account compass directions, and natural elements to determine how to create the best relationship to your environment.
  • Black Hat: A western adaption of the traditional practice. Focuses on engaging the “nine energies” that are within every room.
  • Modern Feng Shui: Also known as Intuitive Feng Shui. This practice is based on utilizing color and your own intuition to create the best space for success.

Whatever practice you choose, you can expect to see health benefits such as sleep and stress relief as you rearrange your space for positive energy.

 

Costs Of Feng Shui

If you can Feng Shui benefitting your household, now might be the time to rearrange for better energy. However, this is not something you want to do without guidance, as Feng Shui can be complicated if you haven’t studied. A trained Feng Shui pro can help you determine you to arrange your home for the maximum benefits. The average cost to hire a Feng Shui consultant is $874, with most homeowners spending between $632 and $799.

Easy Tips to Remove Plaster Walls

As you may already know, an older home tends to need a bit more TLC than others. They’re great for those who love to DIY and want to truly make their house unique to them. Some homeowners choose to take on remodels themselves. If this sounds familar, you’ll likely need to take down a wall or two to truly transform a room.

Plaster walls were commonly used in homes built before 1950, before drywall was introduced. These walls were made to last, so it’s no surprise that if you’re looking to remove a plaster wall, it can be a tedious and messy process. To help, here are a few tips.

 

1. Prep The Area

Before you begin removing plaster walls, you’ll need to do some prep work so your project can be completed successfully. Removing plaster walls can create a lot of dust and a lot of mess, so you’ll want to tarp off any doorways and flooring you want protected. Seal off any air ducts and vents to protect the rest of the home from the dust. Remove any furniture from the room, as you’ll need plenty of space to work as well. You’ll also need to remove any outlet plates and fixtures on the wall. Put these parts aside.

It’s also helpful to have a garbage can available in the room, so you can quickly dispose of any plaster you want removed.

 

2. Safety First

As mentioned, removing plaster walls is a messy job. A dusk mask will come in handy for this project to protect you from breathing in anything harmful. Don’t forget protective eyewear and gloves as well. We also recommend this as a DIY project for those who have experience with a few home improvement projects. If you are new to DIY, you may want to contact a pro who can help remove plaster walls.

It’s important to make sure the room is safe to work in. Turn off any electricity and water that’s going to the room. Locate any wiring or plumbing lines to prevent them from getting damaged in the process. You’ll also need to be sure that the wall you’re removing does not hurt the structural integrity of the home.

 

3. Rent A Dumpster

When removing plaster walls, you’ll need a place to properly dispose of the material. This may be difficult to throw out in your local garbage pick-up. A dumpster can make easy work of disposal as you work through this project. The average cost to rent a dumpster is $395, with most homeowners spending between $316 and $395. These costs can vary depending on how long you’ll be renting and the size of the dumpster.

 

4. Save The Molding

If you intend on replacing your plaster wall with drywall, it’s a good idea to save the wood moldings. This is a process that must be done very carefully so you do not damage or crack them. If you’re working with a pro, they will know the best ways to save your molding for future use.

 

5. Slow & Steady

When you’re ready to remove your plaster, it’s important not to start striking the wall aimlessly. Strategically begin tapping a top corner of the wall with a hammer until a hole has formed where you can see the lath. Once you have this hole, use a prybar to carefully pull off the plaster, working downward. Do not expect this to be a quick process. The more careful attention you pay to what you’re working on, the easier the work will be.

At the end of a long day light ideas

At the end of a long day, one of the best sights to see is your block all lit up in various colors, sparkling against the houses. There are so many variations that it’s easy to get creative if you choose to decorate your own home.

While you can draw inspiration for others, I’m sure you’re eager to have the best decorated house in the neighborhood. To go the extra mile, here’s a few holiday light ideas to wow your neighbors.

If you’re familiar with the movie “Christmas Vacation,” you may find it hard to think about holiday light displays without remembering Clark Griswold. As the movie shows, he had so many Christmas lights that he managed to cause a brief power outage in the neighborhood. Now, I’d hope that does not serve as your inspiration, but regardless, one of the first things you need to do if you’re putting any amount of lights outside is to check your outlets to make sure they are working. If they are not, contact an electrician and get them repaired before continuing.

Next, you’ll need plan where you’ll be installing your holiday lights and if it will be a DIY project. The average cost to install holiday lighting is $412. If you are setting up your holiday lights as a DIY project, you’ll only need to budget for the cost of the lights and materials. This can also vary depending on the type of lights you choose.

 

1. Holiday Light Projector

One of the easiest and low-maintenance ways to decorate for the holidays is with a light projector. While it still has the “wow” factor, it requires a lot less to set up. Typically, these weather-proof machines include a simple steak you can place in the ground and adjust to the right angle, so the winter scene projects onto your home. Some larger models even allow you to change the image as you please.

 

2. Holiday String & Net Lights

Going with the traditional look is never a bad option, especially when there are so many options available to customize your outdoor look. String and net holiday lights come in various colors and styles so you can mix and match how you’d like. However, remember to never string more than three strands of lights together.

If you have shrubs and bushes, net lights work exceptionally well and are easy to put on the plant, without damaging it. String lights are incredibly versatile and can go in almost any area of your yard or home. The key to creating a look that will impress with this traditional option is by stringing lights along areas where one may not expect such as a railing or lamp post. Currently trendy are the large, vintage style string bulbs that hang from the house in various colors.

 

3. Solar Holiday Lights

If you’re looking to put lights in a tree that’s just too far away from an outlet, choosing a solar power holiday light can be your answer. They come in many string varieties where a steak with the solar panel is placed in the ground nearby, to power them at night.

For other solar options, see holiday lawn décor, such as lawn stake lights that you can include along your pathway.

Perfect Farmhouse Style Bathroom Ideas

I want you to take every stereotype you have about farmhouse bathrooms and throw them out the window. A farmhouse bathroom isn’t for everyone, but I want you to decide for yourself if it’s something that appeals to you after reading through this article and viewing the abundance of mix and match styles this design has to offer.

Creating a farmhouse bathroom is an exciting project because it encourages you to mix textures, personal style and special features, without too much trouble. Learn how to construct the perfect farmhouse bathroom by familiarizing yourself with the key interior design elements.

 

Farmhouse Style

Start by narrowing down the style you prefer for your farmhouse bathroom. You need a foundation and overall theme to jumpstart your project before you start decorating. For example, a contemporary farmhouse bathroom will look different than a country or rustic farmhouse. No matter what way you go, remember that it’s all about the details and individual pieces coming together to tell a story.

Farmhouse chic focuses on keeping the décor elegant and simple, but also includes a punch of farmhouse flair. This bathroom is the perfect example of chic, with a white color scheme, dark flooring, a corner window, custom mirror and bathtub. It proves there’s a way to integrate a farmhouse twist for just about everyone’s taste.

 

Farmhouse Mirror

One of the most important features of a farmhouse bathroom is installing the right mirror. It’s something that seems like a small detail, but it’s actually very significant to getting the right look down. A long, horizontal mirror with a wood frame is just one example of how to easily incorporate a farmhouse feel.

In addition to a long, framed mirror, a round mirror with a wicker border will do the trick. Not only does it add an element of surprise, but it also serves as texture, and texture is always a good thing. Paired with the right vanity and countertop, you have a winning combination.

 

Farmhouse Wall Décor

Picking your farmhouse wall décor is one of the best parts of creating a farmhouse bathroom. Floating shelves, ladder shelves, wicker baskets, quirky signs, plants and unique containers will make your bathroom come alive. Although you want to decorate with lots of different kinds of pieces, you don’t want to go overboard and create clutter in your bathroom, so be careful. Make it simple and organized and it’ll be attractive.

Bathrooms ideas for pleasure home

Celebrities grab our attention because of their extravagant clothes, complicated relationships and, most notably, their stunning homes. The size of their houses and celebrity lifestyles they live are pretty remarkable.

Although most of us will never experience this lavish way of life, it’s fun to see where our favorite celebs spend their time and learn about their taste in interior design. Join me as I take you inside the bathrooms of five of the most admired celebrities of our time.

 

1. Sarah Jessica Parker

We all know her as the star of Sex and the City and love her for it. Sarah Jessica Parker is no stranger to the camera and celebrity scene. According to Variety, the actress and husband Matthew Broderick recently purchased two side-by-side townhouses on a prime, tree-lined block in the heart of New York City’s wildly pricey West Village, for $35 million.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s two Manhattan townhouses both feature classic brick façades and bathrooms any woman would want to own. One of their bathrooms features a large white tub with nearby floating wood shelves and a newly installed shower with glass doors.

 

2. Adele

Her voice is incredible and her home is gorgeous. The next celebrity palace we’ll be entering belongs to no other than the legendary, Adele. The singer shattered sales records when she released her third album, 25, so it’s not surprising she recently made a home upgrade. Adele reportedly used some of that cash to scoop up this Beverly Hills spectacle for $9.5 million.

The 6,600sf home is in one of the city’s most exclusive gated communities, Hidden Valley, and is equipped with four bedrooms, six bathrooms and two formal living rooms. The backyard provides a private space to entertain neighbors (Jennifer Lawrence and Sofia Vergara), complete with a hedge-lined pool.

Adele’s cottage-style bathroom is just as fabulous as her vocals. The master bedroom has two large closets and a bright and beautiful bath. Her sanctuary has gray beadboard walls, multi-light windows, a skylight, hardwood floors, which on average cost between $250 and $7,000 to install, a large bath and shower covered in white subway tile. All I can say is, gorgeous!

Kitchen Without Spending A Fortune

We all want a beautiful kitchen. It’s where you cook, eat and gather to mingle. There’s no denying that a full kitchen remodel is one project you need to diligently plan, prepare and save up for before you commit.

Don’t let assumptions that you can’t afford it stop you from building the kitchen of your dreams in your current space. There are plenty of tips, tricks and updates that’ll have you smiling ear to ear when you see the final outcome. Prepare yourself for sensible ideas that’ll make it possible for you to upgrade your kitchen without spending a fortune.

 

Mix & Match

Kitchen upgrades don’t always have to involve high-end features that all look the same. Mixing and matching materials, colors, designs and patterns will give your kitchen a brand new look without the extra money and fuss it takes to find identical styles. That’s all you have to do; think outside the box. Leather chairs mixed with fabrics, wood mixed with tile, stainless steel and different shades of paint will give your kitchen a facelift with character.

 

Strategically Display & Decorate

There’s so much you can do to spruce up your kitchen when you put in the effort to decorate it nicely. A few ideas that are simple and budget-friendly include adding a colorful area rug, dressing up your walls with eye-catching images and adding greenery and fresh flowers. Open shelving displays and storage around your kitchen island allow you to show off your favorite pieces and help control clutter.

 

Add Crown Molding

I love the idea of incorporating crown molding in your kitchen, either along the ceiling or top of your cabinets. It’s a beautiful decorative element that really boosts the overall appearance of the kitchen. It’s even a project you can DIY to add visual interest and value to your home.

Crown moldings do not always have to be white either. There are a wide variety of crown molding styles to choose from. You should feel free to mix and match depending on what looks best in each room of your home.