2019 Home Design & Color Trends

If you’re ready or not, 2019 is coming. I look forward to ringing in the New Year with family and friends and planning for what I want to accomplish in my home over the course of the year. New Year – a new home! Well, it doesn’t have to be that radical, but these trends for 2019 will help transform your home, without needing to make drastic changes.

If you’re looking to freshen up or update your home when the new year comes in, then the approaching year’s forecasted design and color trends are going to make any work you do on your home fun and exciting.Are you ready to check off one of your New Year’s Resolutions from your list?  today for up to four free quotes from pros in your area.Contact a painting proWhat’s Trending In 2019

This year’s home design and color trends are moving away from the cool toned neutrals we’ve seen in the past and are going bold! Here are some of the trends you’ll be seeing for your home in 2019:Rich Jewel TonesWarm Neutral TonesSustainable & Repurposed ItemsFloral PatternsBoho DécorMatte Black AccentsMetallics1. Rich Jewel Tones

One of the easiest ways to update your home to keep up with the current trends is by applying a new coat of paint. The new year is all about rich jewel tones and bold primary colors. Hunter and emerald green, while both rich colors, can actually lend themselves to the feel of a neutral throughout your home. Trends don’t change that fast, so 2018’s Pantone Color of the Year, ultra violet, is also still having its moment. An area rug or wall art in these shades are fantastic ways to introduce more color and drama into your home, without having to do a full renovation.2. Warm Neutral Tones

Gone are the days of the cool gray and beige tones in 2019. The new year is bringing in some much-needed warmth to neutral tones. The Sherwin-Williams ColorMix prediction describes their color of the year, Cavern Clay, as “bringing new life to any living space”. Clay and hazelnut hues are warm and earthy browns that are great for bouncing light off to make any room look larger. Lilac gray is an update on the cool grays that have been used in the past. This gender neutral color will work well in any room of your home if you’re looking for a change.3. Sustainable & Repurposed Items

With climate change and lowering our personal carbon footprint in the news, Ashley Dudich, shop owner and home blogger at All The Design, thinks sourcing sustainable and repurposed home décor will stay a top home decor trend in 2019.

“Sustainability is already a present theme in many areas of our lives, and I think it’s going to continue to trickle into mainstream home decor and design,” she said. “Incorporating furniture and decor items that are re-purposed, reclaimed and recycled are becoming more and more typical in everyday design practices.”

Repurposing furniture found at flea markets is a not only a fun DIY but also creates a meaningful message that what is old can be new again. If you’re not a DIYer, repurposed tree trunks, that are treated and sealed, make side tables, coasters, or even charger plates. Dudich also suggests that you “take a look around your home and consider removing items that are broken, no longer in use or out of style. In the spirit of sustainability, consider what items can be recycled, reclaimed or donated.”4. Floral Patterns

In keeping with 2019’s bold color trends, you’ll notice that florals are getting a colorful update. Gone are the muted, watercolor flowers of the past. This year’s bouquets are going to be big and colorful. If you’re overwhelmed by too much floral, start with a bedspread, a lampshade, or a few throw pillows. Floral patterns are a good way to add both color and a pattern, while still making the décor feel neutral.5. Boho Décor

The updated 2019 version of this trend is about modernizing the vintage feels of the boho vibe. Using vibrant Bohemian décor is all about mixing and matching colors, textures, and patterns. This year, the Boho vibe is all about bringing in vibrant jewel tone colors with soft, curved lines. You can easily update your home for this trend by changing out your throw pillows, tablecloths and runners, or buying some new wall art.6. Matte Black Accents

It looks like gray has finally met its match with the emergence of black accent pieces throughout the house. In your dining room go with matte black dining room chairs and light fixtures. If you’re looking for a bigger change, you can’t go wrong with black cabinetry or flooring.

This trend will most likely be sticking around, so take your time incorporating it into your home. Just don’t go too crazy with the black or else you’ll go from chic to Addams Family vibes.7. Metallics

The use of decorating with metallic accents has been around for a while now, and they’re not going out of style any time soon. Dudich agrees, “metal accents have become more and more popular in design, and I think we’ll continue to see metallic pieces on the rise in this new year.”

In 2018, rose gold was the queen of metallics, but in 2019, you’ll be seeing more copper accents, as well as mixing and matching metallics throughout your home. Mix and match the different finishes with natural wood for an up to date take on this trend.Conclusion

This is the year to be BOLD. From larger renovations, like updating your kitchen cabinetry to matte black, or adding a little bit more color into your home with some new bedding or wall art, you’ll find that 2019’s home décor and color trends will fit anyone’s new year budgets.

2019 Cabinet & Countertop Trends

The kitchen and bathroom are the hubs of every home. They’re used multiple times throughout the day by family members and even guests! The more time you spend in these spaces, the more you need them to functional! Because every homeowner’s needs and styles are different, it’s safe to say that no two homes are alike. If your cabinets and countertops seem to stick out like a sore thumb, this might be the year for an upgrade.

Changing your cabinets and countertop can help make a dramatic change to your home. It’s a good idea to know what’s trending before making such a big investment. Here are the top cabinet & countertop trends for 2019.Are you ready to start your next remodeling project? Contact a remodeling pro today and get quotes from contractors in your area, for free!Cabinet Trends 2019

A great space needs to be both functional and stylish, and you can’t have one without the other. The best place to start is by upgrading or updating your cabinetry. The  is $4,305, so you have plenty of other options, such as refacing or refinishing to bring your cabinets up to date. Here are a few of the latest cabinet trends:average cost to install new cabinetsMatte Black

Both elegant and practical,  is the hottest trend of 2019. In terms of functionality, matte black cabinetry is very easy to keep clean and is not going to go out of style any time soon. If you think a black kitchen is going to feel too dark in your home, combine it with warm chestnut wood and gold finishes, you have an instant update the eighties classic look.matte blackStained Wood Cabinetry

If your outdated wood cabinetry is still in good condition, but in need of an update, staining it is an easy and cost-effective alternative to painting or even replacing the cabinets. “Gray has been popular for quite some time now,” Emily Hoefler, kitchen and bath specialist at .said. “Now we’re seeing it not only in painted cabinets, but stained cabinets as well. In that same vein, stained cabinets are making a comeback.” Staining allows the natural grain of the wood to still show and comes in a variety of colors besides natural wood.Renovations Group IncTwo-Tone Cabinetry

While this trend was just finding its footing last year it is hitting its stride in 2019. There are some fun ways to play around with this trend to really make your space stick out from others. You’ll find this most often with the top cabinets in one color and the bottom in another, likely darker, hue. You can either choose two shades of the same color or go bold with a pop of color to create a focal point.  is going to be around, so find your style expression and go with it!Two-toned cabinetryGlass Front Cabinet Doors

Glass front cabinet doors are the grown-up version of open shelving. You can still , but they’ll stay clean behind the glass. That being said, you can’t just put anything behind the glass doors. Think of this trend as another version of home décor. Only worthy dishes and glassware should be shown. That means no Tupperware or chipped dishes. If you’re not tidy, but love this trend, mix and match your glass door cabinets with some that are full doors.showcase your dishwareCountertop Trends 2019

Once you have your cabinetry in place, you’ll need an equally trendy work surface. Your new countertop should be one that you love as well as one that can stand up to the need of each space. The  is $2,719, with most homeowners spending between $2,032 and $3,131.average cost to install a new countertop

If you’re ready for a new countertop this year, here’s what’s trending:Quartz

Quartz, the strongest commercial grade stone, is known for its  and the consistency of its color throughout the entire piece. When it comes to maintenance and upkeep, quartz counters are made from fine quartz crystals, making them completely non-porous. Like granite, hot pots can be placed directly on the countertop, no need to search for a trivet while holding a hot pot again. Quartz is on the higher end when it comes to cost. The  is between $50 to $100 per square foot. Remember, this investment comes with zero upkeep, so the price just might be right!durabilityaverage cost of quartz countertopsConcrete

Concrete also looks great in a large variety of architectural styles and aligns with contemporary interiors, industrial décor, and rustic looks. There are so many reasons why a homeowner would want to update to concrete countertops when remodeling. It is a great choice if your space is oddly shaped and other conventional counters just won’t make the cut.

 is the easiest way to customize your space because it comes in a variety of colors, textures, and finishes. Does this all sound too good to be true? Well, there are two major downsides to choosing concrete countertops. The first being that they require regular sealing and the second that they , but are easy to repair!Concreteare susceptible to crackingReclaimed Wood

As we’ve mentioned before,  are a top trend for 2019. Naturally, reclaimed wood countertops will be a hot choice for updating a kitchen or bath countertop. Some way to incorporate this trend into both areas of your home is easy. Think a vanity in the bathroom, a countertop or even open shelving in the kitchen. Using wood is a more sustainable and environmentally friendly solution to the sourcing of natural stones such as granite or marble.sustainable and repurposed itemsTerrazzo

This updated 1970’s flooring trend is really making a big comeback in 2019. Made of a combination of materials, like glass, marble, and granite, into a rough mosaic. You’ll see terrazzo popping up in different variations to be used throughout the home, not just as a countertop or flooring. The  is between $47 to $98 per square foot. Not all trends last, so I would tread carefully with this one. That being said, terrazzo is extremely versatile, ranging in a variety of colors, making it one of a kind focal point. If you’re looking for something really unique, terrazzo is perfect for you.average cost of installing a terrazzo countertop

What’s Out In 2019

Updating cabinets and countertops is an investment back into your home, so you’ll want to be sure that you’re making a sound decision with any changes you’re making to your home. While trends do change, kitchen and bath trends change slowly and overlap throughout the years. These trends might out in 2019, but have no fear, what’s old is always new again.All-White Kitchens

While a white kitchen will never go out of style, now is the time to update your kitchen with some color. The daily upkeep of an all-white kitchen can be exhausting and time-consuming. By bringing in some colored cabinets or countertops, you will find that daily upkeep will be much less, so you can actually enjoy your kitchen or bath without your mind wandering to the dirt.Subway Tile

Once popular subway tile is now becoming less popular. While it will always have a timeless appeal, more homeowners are opting for other tiles as a basksplash.

“Traditional subway tile is not as popular as it once was,” Hoefler said. “While it’s always a classic look, I’m seeing a lot larger format subway style tiles that are more the size of 4 inches by 12 inches or even longer at 16 inches. These sizes require less grout and, in the right application, can make a space feel larger.”

Conclusion

Updating your cabinetry and countertops is a , one that you want to get right the first time and feel timeless year after year. Whether you’re completely remodeling your home or just need an upgrade, consider these current trends to keep your home in style.large investment

DIY Upholstery Is Easier Than You Think

Put down the needle and thread; back away from your sewing machine. DIY upholstery, a simple technique that will have you re-covering chairs, benches, headboards, and even box springs with your own two hands, requires only one tool, and it’s a staple gun. The method is not unlike wrapping a present, and the results are more professional-looking than you can imagine. We spoke with Ana Verdi, the designer at Thompson Fine Home Renovation, to learn what crafty beginners should know before tackling their first DIY upholstery project.

What’s Possible?

Verdi’s rule of thumb: “Anything with straight lines” can probably be upholstered successfully by a beginner. (Side note: Here’s how to know if you’re out of your league.) “Once you get into any sort of curved arm, the process can be trickier if you’re not confident making a pleat,” she explains. The square seat of a dining room chair or a rectangular bench top are the obvious contenders for a first project, but Verdi says bigger isn’t necessarily more complex: “You can upholster a box spring and screw legs onto it so it looks like an upholstered bed.”

What Tools Will I Need?

  • Fabric: Upholstery-weight will work best for any high-wear situations like seating, though Verdi says that you can get around that by having a less durable fabric backed by a seamstress, or by laying down a piece of canvas or muslin underneath it.
  • Batting: Inexpensive, puffy sheets of cotton wadding that create the cushy puff under the fabric.
  • Staple Gun: A hand staple gun will get the job done, though investing in a pneumatic model (not too much pricier) will save you quite a bit of labor.
  • Hammer: For tapping in flourishes like nailheads or grommets. “An easy trick is to wrap your hammer with batting and secure that with a rubber band,” says Verdi, which will protect those accents you’re hammering in from scratching.
  • Upholstery Tack Strip: Essentially a long, skinny strip of double-stick cardboard, tack strip is used to create a clean finished seam on straight-edged upholstery. Here’s how you use it.

How’s It Done?

The basic process for DIY upholstery is this: First, remove the piece you’re upholstering—by flipping over a chair and unscrewing and removing the seat, for instance. Cut a piece of batting to the size and shape of the seat and lay it right on top. Lay a large piece of fabric over that, so that there’s plenty of overhang, and then flip over the whole seat-batting-fabric quesadilla. Pull those loose edges of the fabric taut and staple them to the backside of the surface to trap the batting inside. There are endless tutorials on YouTube for this process; here’sa simple, straightforward one.

In many cases, this stapled side can be left messy—you won’t see it on the underside of a chair seat or a bench—but if you want to cover it neatly, reach for the upholstery tack strip, another piece of fabric, and your staple gun.

A rectangular bench top would be simple to DIY upholster, too. Matthew Millman

Any Other Tips?

When reupholstering an old piece, Verdi says, you might be able to salvage the old batting if it’s been kept in a temperate, dry location (like your parents’ house). So long as the old fabric isn’t darker than your new fabric, you can even upholster right over it. But “if you found something at a flea market, where it might have been left in the rain at some point, you probably want to strip it down to the wood and replace the batting,” she says — as there would be nothing worse than going to all this trouble only to realize your chair is molding from the inside out.

THE IMPORTANT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY DESIGN

A chair is a chair is a chair, right? Unless it’s an Eames lounge chair, or perhaps a Beetle chair that you’re referring to. Okay, so maybe a chair isn’t just a chair. When you love interior design and feel like you could talk about it all day, terminology matters. But when you pick up a thesaurus and flip to “contemporary,” a likely synonym to be listed is “modern.” These terms—which might seem interchangeable in a general sense—have nuances you’ve probably never picked up on before, especially when it comes to design. Luckily for you, we’re here to break down what some of the most popular design terms really mean.

Today’s lesson: The differences between contemporary and modern design. You might think these two styles are synonymous—both describing design that is au courant—but the reality is these styles have several distinctions. The best part is, once you understand these differences you’ll find it much easier to conceive a plan for your own interiors (and impress your more design-savvy friends). Here’s everything you need to know.

MODERN DESIGN

Modern design refers to the specific time period from the early to mid-twentieth century. The style is a precursor to contemporary design, with key figures including Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, and Florence Knoll. The inception of modern design happened at the peak of the modern art movement, informed by Scandinavian and German Bauhaus design. The distinct style focused on simple form and function, which are valued as equals under this style. Think earthy palettes, natural materials like wood, leather, and stone, and streamlined silhouettes.

From modern came mid-century modern (which was developed in, you guessed it, the 50s and 60s), although in the interior design world the term “modern” often encompasses both. Trevor Tondro

CONTEMPORARY DESIGN

Unlike modern design, contemporary design doesn’t refer to a specific period of time—it’s constantly evolving to reflect the popular styles of present day design. It borrows qualities from modernism, minimalism, Art Deco, and other global styles, without hyper-focusing on any one in particular. Though contemporary design is, by nature, fairly ambiguous, there are a few qualities that help define the contemporary style. Neutral palettes, stark minimalism, clean lines, and organic silhouettes are some of the prominent characteristics. You can expect to see materials including nickel, steel, and chrome, combined with natural textures like hemp or jute. Claire Esparros

THE MAIN DIFFERENCES

Contemporary is, by definition, what’s happening in design at this very moment in time. This definition makes it more fluid and hard to pin down. Modern design, on the other hand, has a distinguishable aesthetic that emphasizes crisp lines, warm neutrals, and balance.

5 Extra Storage Spaces You Might Have Forgotten About

When you’ve been living in an apartment day in and day out, it’s sometimes hard to see the place with fresh eyes. Looking for extra storage space is therefore typically a fruitless task—because if it were there, you’d have noticed it, right? But the following five locations are strangely evasive despite being relatively common. Your apartment probably has one or two of them; you just might not have realized you can stow something there at all. Go forth and maximize your storage options without having to move into a bigger place.

Above the Kitchen Cabinets

Though difficult to know what to do with, that shelf of open space abovethe kitchen cabinets should be utilized—and not just to stash the party platters you use only once a year. Here are our favorite creative ways to optimize that shelf (think: a big beautiful basket that hides six extra paper towel rolls).

In the kitchen of a Connecticut farmhouse, gold-leafed weather vanes top white custom-made cabinetry. William Abranowicz

Inside a Windowsill

If you’re lucky enough to have a window with deep casements, you can prop up a floating shelf or two inside that recess. Prop them out with potted plants and ginger jars or go the more utilitarian route: A collection of glassware is a doubly appealing set to display because the light will stream right through it.

Dodie Thayer lettuceware enlivens a shelf in a Hudson Valley, New York, kitchen. William Waldron

Airspace

By screwing a hook into a ceiling joist, you’re halfway to the hanging storage solution of your dreams. (For lighter loads, you can use a butterfly bolt to affix a hook to the drywall ceiling.) Hang bikes, shelves, or even seating—and free up the floor space underneath it.

At Patrick and Jillian Dempsey’s Malibu home, Ginger, a family dog, rests in the master bedroom, where a Teak Nichols Design bed is accented with Deborah Sharpe Linens pillows and a throw from Monc XIII; the mirror and the hanging chair are 1960s, and the table lamp is by Blackman Cruz. Roger Davies

Behind the Couch

If your couch is up against a wall, bump it out six inches and stash extra folding chairs back there ready for when guests come over. If it’s in the middle of a room, rest a console along the back of it and stash it with extra dishware, linens, or kids’ toys.

The family room of a farmhouse in Dutchess County, New York, contains a chesterfield sofa designed by architect Gil Schafer and upholstered in a Nancy Corzine velvet; the suzani throw is from Yellow Church Antiques. Eric Piasecki

Inside the Shower

If you don’t have the luxury of a linen closet but do have a few extra square feet in a standing shower, find a roomy stool and place it as far away from the nozzle as possible—then stack the bench high with the plushest bath towels you can find.

Budget-Friendly Kitchen Upgrades You Should Make

Whether you love to DIY or you’re looking at updating a few features of your house, the kitchen is a great place to start. Often, there are a few features that homeowners wish was a bit different. The good news is, there are some cheap ways to update a kitchen!

From a fresh coat of paint to installing a new faucet, see a few tasks you can add to your home improvement list that can make you fall in love with your kitchen again.

If you need some help with these kitchen projects, don’t forget, there’s always a pro available to help. Contact a kitchen remodeling pro today and receive quotes from contractors in your area for free.

Inexpensive Kitchen Updates

Like any home project, it’s always important to start with a plan. Take a look around your kitchen and notice some features you’d like to change or ways you may be able to add value. Keep in mind; inexpensive doesn’t mean free, so you’ll still need to set some sort of budget. Here are a few tips from Emily Hoefler, kitchen and bath specialist at Renovations Group Inc.

“While a whole kitchen remodel can be pricey, smaller portions of the kitchen project can be very cost-effective,” she said. “Opting for not remodeling the entire space can help keeps costs down. Keeping the scope of your kitchen project manageable will help with the cost. Instead of taking out a wall, try to work within the existing space. Instead of replacing all the cabinets, consider refinishing them instead. Keeping the existing flooring saves cost as well.”

Here’s a short list of kitchen updates on a budget, from most expensive to least expensive.

1. New Kitchen Flooring

Are your kitchen floors a little out of date? You might be surprised to learn that this is a project you can do on a budget. A hot trend right now are vinyl planks, which you may be able to install yourself with the right tools.

“New kitchen flooring is an easy and budget friendly project that can dramatically change the appearance of a kitchen without touching the rest of the space,” Hoefler said. “Whether homeowners take this on themselves or they hire a pro, new flooring can be a reasonable cost. Luxury vinyl plank or luxury vinyl tile are inexpensive options that can look like hardwood, tile, or any number of patterns on a budget and the install is easy!”

Use our vinyl floor cost guide to help you get started on your budget. Then research prices from home stores around you and do some comparison shopping to get the best deal.

2. Change Kitchen Color

If you’re unhappy with the look of your kitchen, it might be time for a fresh coat of paint. Color trends change quickly, so if you haven’t updated your kitchen paint color in a few years, it’s time to do so. Gray, sage green and even some shades of navy blue are now trending.

Painting your kitchen is a task you should be able to complete in a weekend or two, depending on the size of the area you’re painting. If you’re planning a DIY paint project, your budget will largely depend on the amount of paint you need. Try ImproveNet’s paint calculator to help you estimate how much color you’ll need so you can accurately budget for it.

3. Install A Backsplash

You might be surprised to learn that a backsplash is an inexpensive project and you might be able to DIY. It’s an upgrade that can turn your kitchen from drab to fab!

“Your backsplash doesn’t have to break the bank,” Hoefler said. “While a natural stone backsplash or an intricate mural above the range might look nice, the function of the backsplash is to keep splatters off your wall, and those types of tile aren’t as easy to clean. Fortunately, more budget-conscious options like subway tile, other ceramic tiles, and porcelain tile are also very easy to clean and require little maintenance. You’ll save some money and your sanity which is a win-win.”

Keep in mind, the average cost of a kitchen backsplash is between $22 and $41 per sq. ft., depending on the material you choose and how much of it you’ll need.

4. New Kitchen Light Fixture

Looking for a new way to brighten things up in your kitchen? A new kitchen light fixture can be just what you need. From great statement lighting to undercabinet, you’ll be surprised at what a difference it makes. The average cost to install a light fixture is between $177 and $328, but a lot of this cost depends on the style of lighting you choose.

The good news about kitchen light fixtures is that it’s often a project that takes as little as an afternoon to complete. So you’ll have a seemingly new kitchen to admire in no time at all.

5. Change Your Faucet

An old faucet can be more of an eye-sore than you realize. A simple upgrade to a new one can make you sink truly sparkle. Budget-friendly kitchen faucets styles will often cost between $50 and $90. Make sure the faucet fits your current sink. Otherwise, you’ll have to contact a pro to help with installation.

When To Contact A Pro

Of course, some projects should be left to the pros. Even if you enjoy DIY projects, Hoefler recommends leaving kitchen cabinets to contractors.

“My advice is never to try to do cabinets on a budget.” She said. It might be tempting because cabinets are the largest portion of a kitchen remodel budget, but they’re also the item that gets the most daily use which means wear and tear. Investing in good quality cabinets with a good finish and high-quality hardware will pay off in the long-run and stand up to the test of time.

You might also be surprised to learn that countertops, while not exactly a job for you to DIY, can be done by a contractor and fit a tight budget.

“New countertops, like flooring, can change the appearance of a kitchen,” Hoefler said. My recommendation would be to leave this project to the pros. Most countertop fabricators will come out to your home to template the layout and install the tops which are all included in the price. All you have to do is pick out your countertop material, backsplash height, and edge profile. Granite countertops are going to be the most durable and cost-effective. Other than sealing every 10 to 15 years, granite and quartz have the same amount of maintenance.”

Cheap Kitchen Updates Before And After

Whether you’re doing a complete remodel or a few inexpensive kitchen projects, be sure to take before and after pictures of your work! It can be amazing to see the transformation. If you’ve done that, share with us in the comments below. We’d love to see it!

Nifty Ideas for Your Family Room

Family rooms are diverse areas. Often the center of your home and the place most frequented by all family members and guests, family rooms are important to keep up. You do a lot in your family room! They are used for relaxing, watching television, playing games, reading, eating, and entertaining. And just as diverse as the rooms are themselves are the options you have to work with! Take a look at these ideas and reminders when decorating.

Shhh…It’s a library! Well, almost.

A reading area can be the perfect spot to sit down and get through your favorite novel or to do story time with the kids. Maybe you don’t have room for a library. Use your family room as one! You can line the walls with shelves and showcase all your books for easy access. If you have a smaller amount of books, perhaps think about a built into the wall reading nook complete with curtains, cushions, and shelves. Having a separate “nook” can also help with having a quieter, more solitary reading space.

Up High, Down Low

Make the ceiling height of your family room work to your advantage. If you have high ceilings, a nice ceiling fan/light fixture or even a chandelier can utilize that space well. Update and customize your rafters and ceiling beams to create an enhanced line for eyes to follow up to the centerpiece of your ceiling. Don’t clutter the height dimension of your family room if you just don’t have the space to do it. If you have lower ceilings, recessed lights may be the way to go.

Too Many Blankets?

We all like to be cozy and warm, but there is a price to pay. Blankets are big and take up a lot of space. Take a look at your couch. Is half of it take up by quilts, throws, and blankets? There are ways to combat this problem. Take a look at getting a blanket chest. A blanket chest, which can even be converted from an old traveling trunk, can be a great way to store your blankets. They are off the couch, they stay clean since they aren’t on the floor, and they are conveniently only an arms length or a couple feet away!

Colors Galore!

You really do have your pick when it comes to colors for a family room. Since it is a room that fits all needs, even the needs of rowdy kids, you can either go for many different themes or pick just one. For a more eye-popping, kid crazy, family room go for bright colors accented with zebra prints or other textures like polka dots or bold stripes. For a more laid back feel, look at soft white, blue, and gray colors that can be accented with greens, browns and blacks.

What do Coffee Tables, Ottomans, and Footrests Have In Common?

One word – everything! Although each thing leans either more towards eating, resting, and decoration, they can all be used for the same purposes. If you really want to be trendy, think about other things that can be used in place of store bought ones. One idea is to fix up and paint an old cellar door! Another idea that is becoming very popular is to use a tree stump as a side table or footrest. A simple, yet often looked over idea, is for small family rooms. If you are strapped for space in your family room think about adding a shelf to the bottom of your coffee table if it doesn’t already have one.

The Three L’s – Layers, Lines, and Lamps

The three L’s are very helpful when trying update your family room. You can create layers with rugs, steps, and shelves. When thinking about lines, think more in terms of visually dividing the space. Use architectural details, like a beam or corners of walls to define the area set apart for the family room. The look of your family room can be completed using artwork, framing, and decorative furniture. Lamps are not only the source of light in your room, they can really bring out the theme. Use lamps will intricate details and lamps with decorative shades to enhance the space with light.

6 Insanely Clever Ways To Organize Your Tiny Kitchen

An organized kitchen is essential for cooking, entertaining and everyday living. When the kitchen is out of whack, you feel out of whack. It’s harder to be productive and inspired in a messy environment. 

Now picture a kitchen that’s also small in size. The organization game gets even tougher. It becomes overwhelming to think about where you’re going to store items without creating more piles and clutter. See six insanely clever ways to organize your tiny kitchen so you can effortlessly cook, enjoy and entertain.

Cabinets & Drawers

Disorganized cabinets and drawers is a big pet peeve for most homeowners. It becomes difficult to find anything, or get to your other dishes, when stuff is thrown everywhere. It can also feel pretty frustrating when you’re in a hurry or have guests coming over. 

First things first, get those pots and pans in order with one of the many gadgets that are out there. Lowe’s has some great pullout shelves and cabinets that will have you jumping for joy! No longer do you have to spend time digging and clanging to reach that one specific dish you need.

Another practical option is to purchase a pot rack so you can hang your pots and pans for a clean and modern look. And let’s not forget about that silverware. Shop any home store for drawer organizers or inserts that divide and help you use the space more effectively. 

Coffee Mugs

Coffee and tea mugs are the one kitchen item most of us can’t live without. Even if you don’t use them often, my guess is that you have them in the house for family and friends to use. Sometimes it can be tricky to find a home for them in your kitchen because you have so many them or they’re mismatched.

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The first step is to take the time and get rid of or donate any mugs you don’t use, in order to make more space for the ones you love. If your kitchen is tight on storage space, think about using the wall or shelving for a pretty display. I found these attractive shelves for storing coffee mugs and creating your own mini coffee bar. The creamer and sugar are displayed on the top shelf and the mugs are face down on the second shelf. They’re cute, accessible and will come in handy when you need a matching set. If wood isn’t your thing, then go for something a little more delicate looking. 

Tupperware

We’ve all battled it out with our Tupperware at some point in our lives. I’ve witnessed situations where the Tupperware comes out on top and the person on the other end is left feeling annoyed and irritated. But don’t worry, this scene can be avoided with a little planning and organizing.

Drawers and cabinets that are overstuffed with old plastic containers can be taken care of in a few simple steps. Start by narrowing down the location where you want to store the items. Shop for storage holders and dividers that will separate and organize the space for you. The image above is an example of a homeowner who won the battle and installed dividers in the bottom of their kitchen drawer. I think this is a great idea! It makes it so much easier to find and store the different pieces and sizes of Tupperware.

Fridge

BuzzFeed did the work for us and came up with 27 hacks to keep your fridge clean and organized. Apparently mason jars are the longest-lasting way keep salads fresh for up to two weeks! Also, the bacon (cold cut) savor looks pretty fantastic for keeping gross juices from leaking out all over your fridge. I think the most important message here is to make a schedule for cleaning your fridge so that you keep it tidy and remove any expired or old items.

Beer, Wine & Spirits

Find a place or a practical way to store your beer, wine and spirits. There are beautiful wine racks and fridges out there for you to invest in. See tips fourteen and fifteen in the Buzzfeed article for gadgets that can help you keep wine and beer from spilling and rolling around in your fridge.

Sink

Under the sink is a spot that doesn’t always get enough attention when you’re cleaning, but gets a lot of attention when you need a spot to store random stuff or garbage. I really like the idea of installing pullout drawers or baskets in this space. That way you can neatly organize your supplies and don’t have to be reaching and stumbling for items near the back of the cabinet. Be careful not to overstuff the area as you fill it. When spaces get crowded, the organization goals get disrupted.

Spices

The storage options for spices are endless. The hardest part is making the time to find the perfect holder and actually rearranging the individual containers. I think wall-mounted magnetic spice racks are an amazing idea! Check out all of the magnetic spice rack designs on Pinterest. If you prefer to keep your spices hidden then think about using drawers, shelves or pantries to help you organize.  

Conclusion

Tiny kitchens can be challenging to work with, but as you read in this article, there are actually many creative solutions available to you. Implement some of your favorite ideas and start working your way to a more peaceful and orderly kitchen in no time.

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The Colors Of Spring

Each season, different shades of color can show off the season. Deep reds and oranges are typically found in the fall, while light pastels are generally considered spring colors. However, when thinking about color psychology, these hues become so much more than seasonal trends.

Color can influence peoples behavior and emotions, thus resulting in an atmosphere you create in your home. Feeling tense? Try softening up some of the colors. Want a room where you can focus? A deep green or blue can help. The same goes for the psychology of the seasons. If you want to welcome in spring, use a few of these tips from our friends at EZ Living Interiors.

Are you looking for someone who can help incorporate these spring hues in your home? Contact an interior designer today to get started on your redecorating project, and get quotes for free.

Spring Trends 2019

Along with colors, you’ll also want to incorporate the latest spring trends into your home. Here are a few popular home decor must-haves this spring:

Terrazo Patterns

What’s old is new again, at least when it comes to terrazzo. This style is best known in older flooring between 1940 and 1970 but has now come back in all sorts of patterns for vases, blankets and more. Use this spring trend to add little pops of color in a neutral room.

Banana Leaves 

While flowers are of course a sure sign that spring has arrived, try mixing it up with some greenery! Banana leaves are very popular right now, and you can likely find a quirky pattern at any home decor store. You can even include a few faux banana leaves in a large vase to get a long-time look. 

What colors are you excited to use this spring? How will you use them in your home? Let us know in the comments below!

Bathroom Makeovers with Before & After Pictures That Are Sure to Inspire

When it comes to the resale value of a home, renovating your bathroom is arguably one of the most important investments you can make. But there’s another, perhaps ultimately more beneficial, reason to consider a bathroom makeover. “I’m a firm believer that the space one inhabits has a huge influence on your personality and approach to life,” says New York–based designer Susana Simonpietri, creative director of the Brooklyn firm Chango & Co.. “Making your home beautiful and fresh is a great way to invite a daily influx of joy into your life, which eventually trickles down to everything you do. Nothing lifts your spirit like starting your day in a room you love.”

Ready to remodel your bathroom, but not sure where to start? Read on for Simonpietri’s tips for how to get started in your own home and peruse 14 stunning before-and-after renovations that are sure to inspire.

1. Begin with a clear idea of what you want.

“Whether the project is conducted by a design team or not, it’s really important to know what you like and dislike about your space, which will inform a comprehensive floor plan that integrates all of the desired changes,” says Simonpietri. From there, you can think about aesthetics, from the color palette to the types of fittings you’d like to incorporate.

2. Do your research.

“The best clients are often the most informed,” the designer says. “Gather as many images of spaces you love as you can—Pinterest and Instagram can be fantastic sources of inspiration. The more trained your eye becomes on what you love, the easier it will be to make decisions as you move along. It will also give you a solid database to use and compare against your selections.”

3. Know your budget.

“A flexible budget will allow you to make unexpected design decisions during the process, which add in cost but also significantly add to the space,” she says. “Always leave yourself some extra funds for great fittings and finishes, since ultimately that is what you will see daily, and things do come up during construction.”

4. Hire the right people.

“To achieve beautiful results, it’s important to start with a good team you can trust, and who understands your budget and where to allocate your funds so they shine,” Simonpietri says.

5. Be detail-oriented.

“When working with white marble, as we did here, I cannot stress enough the importance of dry runs with the material,” the designer says. “Your idea of a beautifully laid-out marble vein along the floor is likely not the same as the person who will be doing the tiling work, so make sure you rehearse this before anything is glued down. And make sure to open all of your tile boxes to sift through the material before starting to use it—colors will vary, and the sorting process will allow you to have more control over what is used where and what pieces to discard.” Most people, Simonpietri included, also recommend ordering at least 15 percent more material than needed for this reason, plus any cracking or breaking that often occurs during shipping and handling.

BEFORE

Simonpietri overhauled an en-suite master bath in a West Village high-rise apartment.

AFTER

Simonpietri removed the existing tub, allowing for a larger shower stall and more cabinetry and closet space. Gray wood paneling contrasts with sleek marble flooring and countertops.