New Trends in Interior Decorating and Design

Perhaps the most fun of all home-improvement projects, interior decorating and design is a wonderful way to personalize your home, truly make it your own and showcase your unique style. While the golden rule is to follow your own tastes, following trends can give you insight into ideas and technology that you may never have thought up, but which fit your style perfectly.

Decorating and Design

Going green these days is huge. Environmentally friendly, healthy design trends are one of the hottest…if not the very hottest…trends around. In addition to being lovely to look at, the trendiest green designs have been engineered with careful attention to the health of your home and family.

Studies have shown that the air inside our homes is often much more polluted than the air outside. As much as we worry about smog and other environmental pollutants, we may be more at risk once we get home than we are when sitting in traffic! The newest design elements, from carpet to paint to furniture, have recognized this disturbing reality and set out to make our homes healthier.

When shopping, look for products which are specifically labeled as being healthier. These products are manufactured without the use of harmful chemicals. In years past, it was believed that these chemicals were simply a means to an end. However, we now know that a carpet, for example, which has been manufactured with hazardous chemicals, can leech those chemicals into our homes for years after installation. Purchasing products manufactured in a cleaner manner is a huge step toward making your home as healthy as possible for every household member, as well as reducing your impact on the environment.

Another popular decorating trend is the use of natural fabrics. Hemp, bamboo, wicker and other natural materials which are grown and harvested in an earth-friendly manner reduce your impact on the environment, and add a light and airy look to any room in your home. If you don’t love the look of these materials in their raw states, research different products…you’ll be surprised at just how many different finishes a single material can have. Hemp, which has a reputation as being rough to the touch, can be processed to mimic other fabrics in appearance and softness.

The use of fabrics and patterns inspired by classic menswear are one of the newest trends in the world of interior design. You can go bold with rich purples and gold, or play it subtle with tweed fabrics or prints. Small accent pieces are as trendy as patterning an entire room in hounds-tooth check, so shop around and see what fits your style. This trend is extremely easy and beautiful to live with, lending a sophisticated edge to your living space that still feels very warm and cozy.

Technology Design

Technology is literally exploding these days. The past few years have seen technological and electronic advances that would have seemed like science fiction less than 10 years ago! All this advancement has paved the way for some truly amazing home design innovations. We tend to think of technology in terms of laptops and smart phones, but the reality is that technology can be implemented to make our homes more beautiful, more enjoyable to live in and much more convenient!

Architectural speakers are a wonderful example of technological design. These speakers can be found in colors and shapes which match nearly any decor, eliminating the unsightly appearance of more traditional flush-mounted speakers. If your budget doesn’t allow for a whole-house speaker system, consider these nearly invisible speakers in a family room or home theater.

Televisions which masquerade as mirrors are another great way to bring technology into the home in an attractive and useful way. If you dislike the appearance of a large, wall-mounted television, you can now purchase a television which looks and functions as a mirror when the power is turned off. Instead of a large dark rectangle taking up space on your wall, you can have a stylish framed mirror to visually enlarge the room and add function.

Home automation touch panels can be hand held devices, but they can also be flush-mounted into the wall for a sleek and stylish touch. Flush-mounting eliminates the need for rows of lighting switches, as well as the need for separate controls for lighting, sound, security, and any other home systems. The newest trends in home automation allow you to control security, sound, video, lighting, climate and many other home systems from centrally located, easy to use touch-screen. Many homeowners find it most convenient to install one panel on the main floor, in a kitchen or living area, and another in the master bedroom for extra security.

Painting Trends

Painting is one of the very easiest ways to change the appearance of your living space, giving a room a facelift in less than a day. Whether you tackle the job yourself or invest in professional expertise, a fresh coat of paint can give your home new life at a very low relative cost.

Color is very personal, and you should never follow trends that you don’t love. After all, you have to live with these colors every day! However, some of the hottest current painting trends are truly stunning, and offer inspiration for every taste and budget.

Green isn’t just a method of manufacturing. While lighter shades are more popular, don’t hesitate to add a touch of bold emerald to a smaller space.

Following the trend of natural colors, violet and blue are also extremely hot right now. These soothing, relaxing hues add a welcome dose of peace to busy lives. While they’re great in bedrooms for easing the transition into sleep, they’re also gorgeous in living rooms or dining areas for a relaxing atmosphere. These families are universally popular, from the very deepest shades to the very lightest.

Stencils and decals or murals are a popular addition to, or alternative to, painting. Stencils allow you to really personalize your space. Wall-sized stencils, which are a more permanent alternative to decals, are available, as are very small stencils for creating borders and accent pieces.

Decals and murals are great for testing out a look before you commit, although they’re equally useful for long-term decorating. These high-quality decals and specially designed posters are intended for long term use; don’t worry about purchasing a cheap “sticker.” Websites are dedicated to this new decorating trend, and feature decals and murals of the highest quality. Application can be tricky, depending on the size of the mural, so don’t be afraid to enlist the help of a handyman for proper installation. When applied properly, murals create a gorgeous effect that almost mimics an optical illusion. However, when applied improperly, they can easily look cheap and tacky. If you tackle a large mural as a DIY project, be sure to enlist at least one helper to ensure smooth, even application.

DIY or Professional Help?

The need for professional contractors or handymen varies, of course, depending on the size and difficulty of your project. Even something as simple as painting has different degrees of difficulty. A full-scale paint job which encompasses several rooms in your home can be extremely time-consuming, and it can make life in your home inconvenient until the paint is dry and the fumes have ventilated. This process can be sped up considerably by hiring a painting crew. On the other hand, if you’re simply updating a small bathroom or working with stencils, the task can usually be accomplished very efficiently on a DIY basis.

If you’re tackling a large project, or if your project requires specialized expertise, don’t hesitate to call in the professionals. Once you’ve made the decision to hire, the long lists of names in the phone book can be a bit intimidating. Thankfully, websites which connect professionals with consumers like yourself take the bite out of this time-consuming task!

These websites give you two options. You can look through profiles of local and certified contractors and handymen, and then contact them with your project. You can also read reviews written by former clients.

Your other option is to post your project online, and wait for the contractors to come to you! Professionals will contact you with a bid on your project, allowing you to research each individual, weigh the bids and make the best decision based on qualifications and budget.

Always talk through your project with any professional you hire before work begins. Whether you’re putting your home’s design into the hands of a professional interior decorator or simply hiring a crew to paint your den, talking through expectations and other specifics beforehand will help your project progress without costly time delays

Proof That Cork Can Be a Beautiful and Practical Design Practice

Cork has taken a few stops on its winding journey to showstopping interior design element: From the wine industry as bottle-stoppers (its most common and most lucrative use), then to badminton shuttlecocks and bulletin boards, next to a purely functional use in architecture as sub-flooring and insulation, and finally the walls, ceilings and floors in the homes featured in AD.The woody material’s pragmatic use in architecture is well deserved because of its elastic, cellular structure, its thermal-regulating and soundproofing qualities, and its natural resistance to fire, but it’s the cork’s natural warm hue and subtly dappled texture that are the secret to its modern design success. The versatile material can be dyed or painted (and still maintain its speckled look), it can be applied to walls and ceilings, and its inherent durability make it a prime choice for floors. Here, ADexplores the varied uses of cork in spaces like one of Seth Meyers’s dressing rooms, a summer house designed by Thom Filicia, and the modernist home of GQ‘s Fred Woodward.

  •   1/8 Designed by Ashe + Leandro, a dressing room backstage at Late Night: Seth Meyers features the warm, natural texture of a cork wall covering by Wolf-Gordon. The space, which also boasts an overhead cork pendant light made by Benjamin Hubert, is livened up with a bright-red sofa, colorful artwork, and a lime green floral arrangement.  
  •   2/8 The striking black cabinetry and stainless-steel appliances are balanced with the softer, more natural tones of cork flooring by DuroDesign in this Hudson Valley home. Known as Obercreek Farm, the countryside residence has been in the family of financier Alex Reese for six generations and was renovated by his wife, architect Alison Spear.
  •   3/8 The cork-lined walls of this bathroom bring the surrounding landscape inside at a summer retreat on New York’s Upper Saranac Lake. The woody wall covering was selected by designer Thom Filicia, who designed the home, known as Big Rock, with an aesthetic that combines classic Adirondack style with modern updates.
  •   4/8 Renovated by Knight Architecture and designed by Miles Redd, a Connecticut home features this stunning playroom, whose walls and ceiling are lined with speckled sheets of cork. Complementing the statement walls are light, neutral furnishings, including an orblike paper lamp suspended above the beams, a white Saarinen Tulip table by Knoll, and sand-colored upholstery.
  •   5/8 Designer Arthur Dunnam designed this postwar Manhattan apartment for himself and his partner, Roy Cohen, with cork floors throughout. The neutral flooring is subtle enough to act as a blank canvas for the couple’s furniture collection, including a 1940s bench by Bernd Goeckler. Also shown here is a workspace, hidden by mirrored doors that reflect the warm-toned flooring.
  •   6/8 This master bath in a villa in Sichuan Province, China, features a clean, linear design accented with the subtle texture of white-painted cork walls. Designed by Taiwanese architect Wang Ta-Chun, the room is anchored by the rich tones of rosewood flooring and echoes the polished, minimalist aesthetic found throughout the rest of the home.
  •   7/8 A sheet of cork, which could easily double as a bulletin board, lines the desk-nook wall in the bedroom of an upstate New York glass house built in 1957 by architect Roy O. Allen. Owned by GQdesign director Fred Woodward and his wife, Janice, the residence was renovated with a minimalist yet warm style by architect Sebastian Quinn and designer Brad Dunning.
  •   8/8 The guest room of a Brooklyn residence designed by Nick Olsen is covered in sheets of cork, whose tonal texture provide a backdrop for the space’s many eclectic patterns and decorations. A pink-and-green piece by artist Paul Hartigan pops against the neutral walls, while the cheetah-print bed covering blends in while still making a statement.

Creating The Home Office You’ve Always Wanted AND Needed

Ask yourself a few questions. Do you often procrastinate while getting projects done, even finding yourself doing the housework you dread just to stay away from the place your computer sits? Are you doing paperwork while sitting on your couch, constantly fighting the temptation to turn on the TV, then losing the battle to a Food Network show? Are you someone who frequents coffee shops in order to get work done when you would rather stay in on that rainy day? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from the lack of a home office! Whether you live in a multi-level house with rooms to choose from or you live in an efficiency apartment with limited space, there are plenty of ways to create an efficient, inspiring, and trendy office. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Choose Space for

  • Your Bedroom: If you happen to live in a studio or efficiency apartment, odds are you only have one or two rooms. Not to fear, surprisingly your own bedroom can be a great place to put an office. Not only is your bedroom a comfortable and inviting space for you, it is also probably equipped with a few home office essentials. Most likely, your bedroom already has a good set up complete with a window with a nice view, the freedom to decorate any way you like, and an easy commute in the morning! If you don’t have a desk to start off with, you can use your nightstand, dresser, or even a lap desk while sitting in bed to work on.
  • Your Kitchen: From space to ample light, to access to the fridge and coffee maker, kitchens can be an ideal office room as well. Most kitchens come with ample counter space that can be converted to desk space. Often times they have breakfast bars and dining tables to further stretch out on.
  • Your Attic: Although an unusual place to see an office, an attic has qualities that no other room in your house can offer. If your attic has a window, this can often be one of the best and definitely highest views to look out on. Differing ceiling heights can add an aesthetic to your office that can’t be found in other areas of your home.
  • Your Basement: Going to your basement to work can in fact be a good way to get some alone time. Although a basement many times won’t have natural light, for those who like lamp lighting, this is the place to get focused lighting. The best part – space, space, and more space! If you want an open area with tons of space to store paperwork, books, a lot of file cabinets and to install more shelves in, this is the place for you. Additionally, depending on your home, this may be a very quiet place to work.
  • Your Porch: A porch office definitely has its perks! Whether permitting or even better if you have an all season one, a porch can provide lots of light, the feeling of being outside, and fresh air to keep you awake, energized and alert.

Maximize and utilize the space you have

  • Lots of space to work with: Take this opportunity to use larger furniture items and really spread out! It would be a shame to waste the space when you have it, so fill it with all of your office essentials. You will have more options, better storage areas, and be able to have even a wrap-around desk, bookshelves, and multi-level file cabinets. So don’t be shy!
  • Not a lot of space to work with: Try converting some of your furniture and household items into working home office pieces. You can use already existing file cabinets as extra desk space. Think about adding a shelf above your desk to create another level for paperwork, books, a printer or fax or even your ipod/iphone dock. Use TV tray(s) to work as a wrap-around desk. Maybe use your windowsill as a place to put plants or picture frames or even install a custom made a cup holder on. Go wireless! You can purchase a wireless printer that can be stored in another part of the room if needed.

Decorate to energize, focus, and inspire

  • Colors: Different colors can induce specific feelings or energies. Make sure the color you choose to decorate your walls, carpet, and other items with is one that helps you stay awake and energized. Colors such as green, cool blue, and forest green can be very conducive to reading, writing, and focusing on projects.
  • Paintings and Pictures: Do you have pictures or paintings of places you’ve visited or would like to visit? Sometimes hanging pictures of places you want to go once your work is done can be a great incentive to finish in a timely manner.
  • Make the Space Yours: Add personal touches to feel “at home” in your office. Especially if you are working on something quite dull, it can be helpful to have a piece of artwork, a picture of a loved one, a journal, or wall hangings of inspiring quotes to get you through the day.

Some Helpful Tips on Creating Any Office:

  • Think out of the box! Often ordinary household items or furniture can be used in different ways than they were originally intended.
  • Sit on a sturdy, yet somewhat comfortable chair when working. A chair with a lot of padding can cause you to be too relaxed to work efficiently.
  • Reduce clutter and make sure you are organized. Don’t let other activities you are doing or other parts of your life take over the space in your office.
  • Keep in mind that you need to desire to spend lots of time in your work space, otherwise you may find yourself reverting back to your old ways doing dreaded housework or getting distracted by the Food Network.
  • There is nothing wrong with mixing your location up every once in awhile – Go to that coffee shop on a nice day, sit on the couch on a day with less to do, and take breaks from work in other areas of the house. There is nothing worse than the feeling of your home office turning into a prison cell.
  • Find ways to keep distraction to a minimum! Tap into what distracts you personally. People complete work successfully in all sorts of environments, in quiet libraries, at loud family gatherings, and in the car or on the train. If you need a quiet work place, make sure you close off your room, don’t be afraid to let people know you don’t want to be disturbed, and maybe invest in some nice soundproof earphones.
  • Make sure the temperature in your office is to your liking. It can be very difficult to get something done while sweating buckets or wrapped in a million blankets.

Gorgeous Great Room Design Elements

Most new homes are being designed with an open floor plan, which combines the cooking, dining and living areas to create a harmonious and efficient gathering place. At the heart of many of these designs is the great room. It is the place where the family spends time in the evening and on weekends playing board games, watching television, entertaining friends or just enjoying time together in front of a roaring fire. 

The great room should be a comfortable space to spend time. It is not typically a formal room, so the décor is often casual and inviting. The focal point in most great room layouts is a fireplace or entertainment center. Arrange comfortable seating to take best advantage of your focal point and accent it with a large coffee table and small end tables to set down beverages, snacks, books and other items.   Eldorado Stone’s®CaminoAdobe stonewallcreates a warm, seamless appearance between the fireplace and window.

Today designing a great room without a fireplace is all but unthinkable. Remember that its size should be appropriate for the size of the room, whether it’s gas or wood burning. With so many high-quality stone veneer products available you can create an authentic looking stone or brick fireplace. 

If you want the room to seem open but you want a feeling of intimacy while dining, you can fulfill both wishes by dropping the ceiling in the dining area or adding columns to define the space. You can change the flooring from wood to stone or tile in different areas as well as changing the level of the floor by making the living area a step or two lower than the kitchen and dining area. 

Most homes are designed with two-story great rooms that are often overlooked by a second-floor walkway or balcony. Those two-story spaces may look great, but if you live in a very cold climate, rooms with high ceilings and a lot of windows can often feel drafty and cost considerably more to heat. 

You can still get the effect of a high ceiling without going too high or sacrificing second floor living space. Design 8′ or 9 foot ceilings in your entry area, hallways and surrounding living spaces. Then in the great room, raise the ceiling to 12′ or 13 feet. You’ll get the impact of a high ceiling without sacrificing efficiency and usable living space. 

You’ll need to pick a theme for your great room before you begin selecting furniture and accents. Are you a nature lover, does your family enjoy sports or are you more traditional than modern? 

Once you decide on a theme, it’s a lot easier to pick and choose the design elements you’ll need to create that feeling. You can easily create an area for board games and cards by adding a small table, chairs and some task lighting.   A beautiful combination of richly textured fieldstones and ledgestones inspired this collection of Italian Villa Stoneby Coronado®.

Some great rooms will incorporate a window seat to take advantage of the natural light provided by large windows. If your great room doesn’t have a built-in window seat you can place a bench or loveseat beside the window. 

The key to a great room is to have a wall of glass looking out on a great view. Most architects and designers use large, custom fixed-glass windows with French doors opening onto a deck or balcony. 

With so many different activities going on in the great room, lighting is an important element. Track lighting in the ceiling can help provide overall ambient lighting, while pendant lamps or chandeliers can add beautiful accent lighting. Floor and table lamps can be used to provide task lighting in appropriate areas of the room. 

Lastly, the fun is in accessorizing and really pulling together the theme for your great room. Start by selecting the furniture and then add accents that complement these core items. 

If you take the time to design your great room and create a comfortable and inviting place to hang out, it will serve your family well.

Brighten Up Your Home With LAMPS PLUS® and GE Reveal®

Light is an important element to any room. It might seem inconsequential but installing appropriate lighting will make you much more comfortable in the long run. There are many options for lighting but if you want the best possible and most appropriate lighting, we have a few tips that will help you design a beautiful well-lit space. With the help of LAMPS PLUS® and GE Reveal® you can get stylish lighting that will really bring out the beauty of your new home.   For a contemporary lamp with a pop of color, take a look at the Passionate Purple Ovo Table Lamp from LAMPS PLUS®. The design is hand-crafted by experienced artisans in California. The white linen drum shade is accented with contemporary brushed steel finished accents. Not only will this lamp give you a beautiful pop of color but when used in conjunction with GE Reveal® light bulbsthe colors and details of your interior design will shine through.

When it comes to lighting and deciding what to put in the space you want to consider two things. The first is that you should have a variety of light sources at several different levels in the space. The second is to be sure you have appropriate task lighting for whatever you need to do in that space. For example, in the dining room the table should be the brightest spot to draw people in. The living room should have a mixture of table lamps and ceiling fixtures that shine both upward and downward.   The bathroom is one of the most important places for good lighting. Be sure your light is as true as possible with GE Reveal® lighting.

Even more important than the right light fixture is the kind of light bulbs you use. I remember when I first realized that not all lighting was created equal. Any light will provide illumination but the chemical makeup of your light bulbs may cast a subtle yellow or green hue across your rooms. The idea of looking yellow or green isn’t appealing, and fortunately now there are light bulbs that help you combat the green and yellow glow.

You might not notice it at first but if you take an old film camera and shoot a roll of film under fluorescent light you will find that your photos have a slight yellow tint. Similarly, tungsten light gives your photos a greenish glow. While it’s much more apparent on film, this tint is always there when using conventional artificial light sources.   From LAMPS PLUS® comes this Modern Fan Company Ceiling Fan that lets you add a cool breeze to your favorite room. This powerful ceiling fan includes a three-speed wall control for fan speed and light control and the high gloss white finish adds a crisp, clean look to your décor.

Now, GE Reveal® light bulbs can help you combat the green and yellow glow. Unlike traditional incandescent light bulbs, these light bulbs produce crisp, natural-looking light that brings out details that may go unnoticed. They’re color-enhanced, filtering out dingy yellow tones making your whites appear whiter, reds redder, and patterns pop.

Consumers have said that switching to GE Reveal® light bulbs have helped them to transform their rooms from ordinary to extraordinary. Not only will your lighting look better but GE Reveal® has also seamlessly transitioned into LED technology for several of your home’s lighting applications. These energy-saving LED bulbs are incredibly efficient and long-lasting while maintaining the color-true nature of the entire Reveal® line.GE Reveal® light bulbs keep you focused on the details while you work in your home office.

Lighting is essential to living comfortably in your home. Not only is enough light important to being able to enjoy your space but crisp clean light lets you really enjoy all the beautiful products you put into your home. With the help of light fixtures from LAMPS PLUS® and GE Reveal® light bulbs, you can have stylish light fixtures and the best, most efficient and realistic lighting available today.

Beautiful Flooring for Your Kitchen

As perhaps the most traveled area of your home, your kitchen’s flooring needs to be carefully chosen. Not only does it need to withstand persistent foot traffic, but it should also stand up to the burden of spills and have the strength to endure dropped pots and pans. Since this is a room where strength and durability are key, you definitely want to pick a suitable flooring. With the options available today, your kitchen can feature anything from a sturdy bamboo to a majestic hardwood. Have a look at some of these fantastic floors that will hold up to your kitchen and look great doing it.       The from  is a richly-colored and hardy flooring that is significantly harder than the most common wood species used in homes. With a 100-year, transferable warranty, this floor won’t let you down. Bellawood Brazilian KoaLumber Liquidators Try Hardwoods

This seems like the obvious choice, but plenty of people are wary of investing in  for their kitchens considering the damage that can be done to them. When you choose hardwood for your kitchen, you want to try to find a species that has a higher , which measures its durability against wear and tear. hardwood flooringJanka Rating

You can also protect your kitchen floor against water damage by making sure that it is properly sealed and finished. Prefinished flooring is especially hardy, but it can also have very small gaps between the planks compared to floors that are finished on site. Choose what you think is best for your situation, and remember that one of the great things about hardwood is that it can be refinished several times to renew its appearance.       This kitchen features  from . Not only does it look like real wood, but it is moisture resistant and particularly resilient. Dream Home Delaware Bay DriftwoodLumber Liquidators Look at Laminates

 is a great solution for kitchens. With so many looks to consider, from different colors to floors with a natural wood grain detail, you will have a harder time deciding on which kind to install than you did when trying to figure out what should line your floor in the first place. Laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is made to look like beautiful, natural hardwood, but the best thing about it is the no fuss, no muss upkeep. Resistant to scratches and stains, this might just be your perfect kitchen floor. Laminate also resists regular wear and fading, so it will look fantastic while providing the durable flooring you need.       Cork is an eco-friendly option that your feet will thank you for. Pictured here is the , which looks seamless and is well-cushioned. Lisbon Cork Castelo Cork Consider Cork

In your kitchen, cork doesn’t have to be just for wine.  is amazing because it is a natural, renewable product that is harvested from living trees without damaging them. It also has a cushiony feel that makes it a great choice for any room where you intend to do a lot of standing. Cork flooring

Cork is also a practical choice for your kitchen. It is very simple to clean in case of mishaps. Just make sure that it is properly sealed to protect against water damage, and cork will repay you with years of comfortable cooking. Like hardwood, cork can be refinished, so you can refresh the floor if it starts looking a little worn.       This  flooring from  is twice as hard as oak and is produced using finer bamboo strands to give it a smoother feel to the touch. It also has a distressed look that helps hide any damage. Bellawood Stonewashed Ultra-Strand BambooLumber Liquidators Check out Bamboo

 is very popular nowadays, and it is finding use in every room. The main reason for this skyrocketing popularity is its highly renewable nature, but it is also a great option where durability and value are concerned. Bamboo flooring

Bamboo labeled “strand” has been produced under intense heat and pressure to yield supremely hardy flooring, so it can stand up to what your kitchen has to throw at it. You can also choose handscraped and other distressed types to help disguise any damage that your floor eventually develops, but be assured that it will look amazingly aged rather than sadly worn. Bamboo is the best of both worlds—it has the natural beauty and durability of hardwood, but it is also highly renewable—so it will integrate seamlessly into your kitchen while giving you peace of mind.

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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.