1. Muted Lime/Powder Blue/WhiteBright colors like lime green and blue make for a winning combination when paired with white trim. Choose muted bright colors to keep the effect from being too much and be sure to paint every inch of trim in bright white for a stunning look.
2. Gray/Blue/WhiteIf you’re looking for something softer than the first suggestion, try combining pearl gray, slate blue, and bright white. Paint the front door/entry point blue and the rest of the exterior in gray. Finish the look with bright white trim and you end up with a sleek mid-century modern style.
3. Red/White/Blue/BeigeYou can never go wrong with good ole’ red, white, and blue. But, adding a twist of beige in there just brings the trio to a whole new level. The trick to keeping this color combo from looking like year-round Fourth of July décor is to choose a light blue hue rather than navy and paint the trim both white and beige.
4. Gray/Red/BlackSometimes simple is better, especially if your home is on the smaller side. Choosing a warm gray for the exterior and then giving the home a bright pop with a red front door and black shutters won’t overwhelm a humble abode. Any trim that’s visible should be finished with a bright white shade.
5. Purple/Lavender/WhiteLavender is a surprisingly great color for the outside of a home, especially when paired with a lovely purple door. The trick to keeping this color combo from being overly feminine is to choose a lavender shade with gray undertones and finishing the look with white trim for a modern look.
6. Navy/White/TurquoiseNavy blue is a popular exterior color these days, which means it will definitely up your home’s curb appeal. When paired with bright white trim and a lovely turquoise front door, your home will not only stand out, but it will also be the envy of the neighborhood.
7. Seafoam Green/WhiteYou would expect to see a seafoam green home on the beach, but your home doesn’t need to be surrounded by sand for seafoam green to work. Paired with bright white trim, seafoam green works well in any setting.
If you’re thinking about painting the exterior of your home, take a moment to consider a color combination that will make it pop. Hopefully, the exterior color combinations listed above give you some great inspiration.
1. Replace The SkirtingWhen most people think about updating a room, they don’t usually consider the skirting to be of much importance. This is a mistake as updating the baseboards around the floor can make a big difference. Changing the skirting is relatively easy, especially once you get the old boards off. There’s a right way and a wrong way to do this, so be sure to Google skirting removal to learn the easiest way to do it. Visit your local home improvement store or go online to websites to find your new baseboards. Before you install them, though, consider updating the flooring first.
2. Restore Hardwood FloorsIf you’re lucky enough to have real hardwood floors in your home, you can give the rooms a fresh, new look simply by refinishing the wood. With the baseboards removed, this job is easier than ever, especially if you rent a professional sanding machine. Alternately, if your budget allows, you can hire a professional contractor to do the job for you.
3. Install Laminate FlooringLaminate flooring is probably the easiest way to renew the flooring in any room of your home. With a huge array of colors and designs available, you’re sure to find something to complement the décor in any room.
The main thing to remember when choosing laminate flooring is to be sure to get the right type for the room it’s going in. For example, if you’re installing it in the bathroom, be sure to choose one that’s designed to withstand dampness, so it lasts for many years to come.
Whether it’s the kitchen, bathroom, or a child’s bedroom, the floor has a huge impact on the look and feel of the room. As such, it makes sense that if you want to give the room a fresh new look, you should give careful consideration to the flooring in the room. From refinishing existing hardwood floors to installing laminate or some other flooring material, renewing the floor will update the look and feel of any room in your home.
With that said, no great room is truly great without a little TLC. Below, we divulge a few suggestions that are sure to make your great room… well… great!
Light And Bright Is KeyTo make your great room look and feel large and open, keeping it light and bright is key. If you’re building an open floor plan into your home, be sure the great room has plenty of windows to allow as much natural light to flood the space as possible.
Of course, you’ll want to add the appropriate window coverings to filter and block the light as needed for things like TV viewing or to keep that hot afternoon sun at bay.
Make The Tv Part Of The DecorNo great room is complete without a TV, and of course, it’ll need to be strategically placed for proper Netflix watching on the weekends. With that said, consider mounting the TV on the wall as if it were a piece of artwork. Build its placement into the surrounding wall décor so it looks to be a part of the décor and not something out of place.
If your great room includes a fireplace, consider hanging a low-profile large-screen TV above it for an impressive and interesting display.
Multi-purpose FurnishingsA great room is designed to be multi-functional with many activities taking place there at any given time. In one area, someone may be watching TV, while across the room, someone else may be doing homework at the dining table.
Keep this in mind as you choose furniture for your great room. The upholstered dining chairs you love may not be a practical fit if the dining table will be used for messy activities like crafting, so think about this and choose furniture that fits your and your family’s needs best.
Your home’s great room can be anything you want it to be. That’s the beauty of the space. Follow the tips above to make it the greatest room possible.
The FurnitureHow your home is furnished makes a big difference in how buyers perceive it. If your furniture is old and drab, that’s how they will see the home. The good news is you don’t have to rush out and purchase all new furniture just to sell your home. Instead, there are firms you can hire to bring in modern furnishings to make your home look bright, fresh, and clean.
The FloorsIt’s important the floors in your home look as clean and shiny as possible. If your floors are worn in spots, you can cover it with rugs. If the flooring is badly worn or stained, it might make more sense to replace it. You can buy cheap flooring that might not necessarily be to your liking, but if it helps your home sell, it’s worth it.
Wall DécorTake some time to update your wall décor. Bright, bold artwork looks best, but you don’t need to spend a great deal of money to acquire it. Simply visit your local thrift store and pick out a few artsy pieces to hang on the walls while your house is on the market.
ClutterIt is vital that you get rid of anything that might be viewed as clutter. All those knick-knacks you’re so fond of are just clutter to the next person. If your closets are jammed full of stuff, clean them out and place everything you don’t need in storage until the home sells. If your rooms are full of wall-to-wall furniture, remove all but the most important pieces to allow buyers to see the potential for the space.
The Outside of Your HomeCurb appeal is most important as it’s the first impression a buyer gets when he arrives at your home. Tidy up the yard, cut the grass, trim the bushes, and paint the front door to put the outside of your home in the best shape possible. Remember, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression.
If you are selling your home, how it appears to others in person and online in photos makes the difference between it selling fast or it sitting on the market for weeks or even months. Take the time to stage your home right so it sells as quickly as possible.
Are Neutral Colors The Answer?Each color has the ability to generate either positive or negative feelings. It’s important then, to choose a color that not only enhances the appearance of your home but also evokes positive emotions.
Many homeowners feel that painting the walls a neutral color is the answer. While it does enable the buyer to easily envision his belongings in your home, neutral colors can be boring, especially when the buyer has already seen several houses all painted in shades of neutral. Primary and secondary colors also make great wall colors, too.
What Do Primary Colors Say?Reds
Although the color red is a strong color with a reputation for boosting self-confidence, it can be overwhelming for homebuyers. Often used in restaurants to stimulate appetite, red used in a home can be over-stimulating and agitating.
Pink, on the other hand, is a nice choice since it is soothing and promotes understanding. However, as pink is considered a feminine color, it could be off-putting to male buyers.
Almost every shade of blue instills a positive impression. Dark blues are thoughtful and promote concentration, while lighter blues bring about tranquility. Aqua blues are also a good choice since they also help with deep thinking.
Yellow is a great color because it boosts brain function, stimulates intelligence, and enhances focus. Brighter shades, however, may distract and overwhelm homebuyers, especially if they are used on large walls.
How Do Homebuyers Perceive Secondary Colors?Oranges
Orange is a positive color as its cheerful nature is associated with celebration and youth. It instills confidence and creativity. Although orange is a great color choice, it can be a distraction if used too much throughout the home.
Add an elite vibe to your home by painting the walls purple. Darker shades are often associated with royalty or celebrities, while softer shades such as lavender foster humanity and encourages connectivity.
Shades of green tend to evoke feelings of wealth. Whether it’s wealth of well-being or money, darker shades of green give the impression of stability, good health, and rejuvenation. Shy away from bright greens, however, as too much isn’t always a good thing.
As a final note, it’s always a good idea to paint your home’s walls when selling to get rid of any scratches and nicks that make them look shabby. A fresh coat of paint, no matter the color, always gives a fresh, new life to old walls and, barring any off-the-wall color choices, promotes a positive first impression for prospective buyers.
Your home should be a place to collect your thoughts and refresh your mind and body. As such, bringing Mother Nature into your home is a great way to make your indoor space into a sanctuary. Here are several ideas that will help you bring nature into your home.
1. Build Around A TreeThe idea isn’t new, but it is timeless. If you’re building your dream home, try building it around a large tree to instantly bring the beauty and ambiance of nature indoors.
2. Kitchen Herb GardenTo bring nature into your kitchen, plant an herb garden along a wall or two. Hanging flower boxes make for the perfect garden setting, and when stuffed with fresh growing herbs like thyme, rosemary, mint, parsley, basil, and tarragon, you might be inspired to release your inner chef.
3. Build A GreenhouseGreenhouses aren’t just for commercial growers. You can build one in your home or in your yard where fresh fruits and vegetables abound and beautiful flowers spring forth. There’s nothing quite like harvesting home-grown veggies in the summer and cutting fresh flowers for the table in the winter.
4. Choose Rustic FinishesRustic touches such as a natural wood countertop or a wood paneled accent wall can transform a room from cold and uninviting to warm and welcoming in an instant.
5. Bring In A Houseplant Or TwoEven if you don’t have a green thumb, there are many varieties of houseplants that can thrive in an indoor environment with little care. Spider plants, for example, require little care but will add a lovely natural touch to the space and will improve air quality, too.
6. Choose Earthy ColorsEarth tones such as shades of gray, green, and blue bring a sense of nature into the home, lending a soothing vibe to any room.
7. Use Raw Wood AccentsRaw wood accents such as reclaimed barn wood beams, trim, and cabinetry can give a room a warm atmosphere that’s both rustic and beautiful. Most people marvel at the effect old barn wood has as a décor accent in a country home.
8. Use Natural FibersAdding natural fibers to a room is an easy way to bring the outdoors in. Wicker furniture, woven sea grass rugs, faux fur, etc. are all nature-inspired fibers that instill a sense of the great outdoors inside your home.
9. Incorporate A Water FeatureThe sound of running water works wonders to soothe and relax. Try adding a desktop fountain or, if possible, build an actual babbling brook right through the center of your home.
10. Nature-inspired ArtAnother easy and effective way to bring the beauty of nature into your home is to hang nature-inspired artwork on the walls. From a simple sunset landscape to wildlife shots and nature scenes, you are only limited by your own imagination.
1. Do You Have Time And Money To Prepare The Floor Professionally?When you hear of a painted floor that didn’t last, likely, it wasn’t prepared properly in the beginning. Preparing the floor correctly is the key to getting a painted floor to last a long time. If you don’t know how to prepare the floor correctly, hiring a professional to do it will greatly improve the chances that your floor will last. Even if your budget doesn’t allow for an entire professionally completed project, consider hiring a professional for the preparation part to ensure a good result.
2. Do You Have A Historical Home?If you own a historical home with original flooring, keeping it as-is is often preferred. That said, historical homes often have additions with newer flooring that can be painted to enhance modernization or keep with the historical décor.
3. The Room’s Natural LightIf you have a small, dark room that gets little natural light, painting the floor a bright shade (white or off-white) will help bounce light around, so it feels bigger.
4. How Thin Are Your Wood Floors?If the original wood floors in your home have already been refinished several times, it could be that they are too thin to refinish again. In this case, rather than the expense and hassle of replacing them, painting offers a way to breathe new life into old floors without breaking your budget.
5. Your Modern Home Lacks CharmNew constructions can lack charm and history, so painting the floors can give yours the character it lacks. Consider a design that works with your home’s architectural style, but don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through your painted floors.
6. Are Your Floors Damaged Beyond Repair?If your floors are damaged beyond repair or they are structurally unsound, painting them only covers up the problem without addressing the real issues. If they are warped or uneven, paint won’t be able to cover them. If your floors are beyond repair, it’s best to bite the bullet and get them fixed, so they look great and you know they can support you and your belongings the way they should.
7. Will You Want To Go Back To The Original Floor?Painting is pretty permanent, so if there’s a chance you’ll want to go back to your original finish, it’s a good idea to skip this project. If you do paint your floors and ever want to “undo” it, keep in mind that it’ll be another major undertaking to do so, and there’s no guarantee the floor will be the same as it once was.
1.SimplicityNow, we’re not talking four bare walls and a chair here, but modern home décor is simple and minimalistic. Studies have shown that clutter can lead to stress, which is something modern home décor does not contribute to.
As you go about redecorating, remember that less is more and try to keep things as clutter-free as possible.
2. FunctionalityFunctionality is important in modern home décor. In addition to the clean lines and clutter-free spaces, you also want to make sure your room(s) are easily identifiable as to their use and that their various features and elements are easily accessible.
For example, a modern kitchen will have plenty of workspaces, and all its equipment and tools will be readily available.
3. TechnologyWhat is modern décor without technology? Technology is a huge part of everyday life, so it makes sense that it should be part of your modern home décor. It’s not enough to just say “technology,” though, but rather, technology that is streamlined (think flat-panel TVs and built-in computers) to keep those clean lines modern home décor is all about.
4. Open SpaceThis design element may not be possible in some homes, but modern home décor has an open and airy vibe. Large, open rooms with light color palettes and plenty of natural lighting work to create that feeling of freedom and openness that modern home décor is known for.
Even if your home has small, enclosed rooms, you can create that feeling of openness by using light, neutral colors and keeping windows uncovered to allow as much natural light to flood the space as possible. You can also hang mirrors on the wall to reflect the light, which will add depth to the room and make it appear larger than it actually is.
5. CharacterAlthough modern home décor’s main focus is neutral, there’s no reason not to explore your wild side by adding a pop of color here and there for character. An accent wall painted a nice red or throw pillows in a bright yellow can add just the right amount of fun to an otherwise neutral palette for an exciting touch.
Creating modern home décor isn’t difficult, and you have a lot of room for creativity and personality. All you need to do is remember these five design elements and you’ll be able to achieve the modern décor you want in your own home.
Got Bookshelves?F.Y.I. bookshelves aren’t just for books anymore. They are a great place to showcase accent pieces, framed photos, and yes, plants, too!
Try adding a small succulent or two to your bookshelves to add texture and interest to the space. For even more impact, place a trailing plant on the top shelf and let it drape down the shelves. This gives an added layer of intrigue that’s hard to ignore.
Don’t Forget The CeilingHanging plants are a great addition to any home, but especially if you have small children or pets running around. There really is no limit to how you can hang plants from the ceiling. Hang them high for a garden up high or vary their heights to create a visually stimulating display.
This is a fun way to introduce plants into your home as you also have the benefit of choosing the type of hanger you’ll use. Macrame hangers add a bohemian vibe while a simple hook on the coat rack makes for a simple accessory in your mudroom or entryway.
Indoor Trees Make A Bold StatementIf you don’t have a lot of space for multiple plants or you’re tired of small houseplants, an indoor tree makes a bold statement. Indoor trees offer a floor-to-ceiling look that seems to complete the décor in a room. There are many trees to choose from that grow well indoors including palm trees, fiddle leaf figs, olive trees, and monstera, each bringing its own personality to the table.
Plants As Room DividersPlants are so versatile they can even be used as room dividers. This is especially helpful in homes with open floor plans or in studio apartments where you need to create separate areas for different uses.
You can create plant room dividers out of anything. You can use free-standing shelving units filled with plants, a long table topped with plants, or even window boxes filled with plants hung from the ceiling to create natural barriers between spaces in your home.
Breathe Life Into Your BathroomThe bathroom is often a cold space with hard elements. Tile and porcelain tend to give the room a coolness that’s hard to overcome.
Adding plants in your bathroom can help warm and soften the hardness of this room, creating a spa-like vibe that’s both inviting and relaxing. Some great plant species that thrive in the humid, low-light environment of a bathroom include snake plant, spider plant, and peace lily.
You don’t have to completely renovate your home to include the things you enjoy in its décor. In fact, you probably already own many of the items we’ll talk about below. If you enjoy something, use it to decorate your home so you feel more comfortable and more inspired.
1. Decorate With Seasonal Items
Just because you only play baseball in the summer doesn’t mean you forget about it when the snow flies. On the contrary, you probably think about it even more. Rather than storing your seasonal items in a closet when you can’t use them, try adding them to your home’s décor instead.
Mount baseball bats on the wall or place your gloves and baseballs on shelves. Hang skis and other winter items from the ceiling for a unique décor idea. Since a lot of this stuff is used outdoors, there’s no need to worry about interim storage.
2. Display Your Talents
Do you like to paint on canvas or maybe cross stitch? If so, use your talents to create one-of-a-kind décor for your home. Not only will you enjoy making the decorations, your guests will love the fact that your home is so full of exciting things to look at.
3. Tell A Story With Your Collections
Most everyone is a collector of something. What kind of things do you like to collect? Coffee mugs? Stamps perhaps? What about books? Almost anything can be a collectible with a story. Instead of squirreling away your massive collection, why not put it on display for everyone to see?
Each piece in your collection probably comes with a story – a story that means something to you and is a fascination for everyone else. Revel in the joy your collections bring when you use them as décor in your home.
4. Display Your Tools In A Handy Fashion
If you use specific tools for your hobby, keep them just an arm’s length away by hanging them where you use them most. Not only will it be more convenient to grab the tool you need when you need it, it’ll inspire some interesting conversations with guests who show interest in what you do.
5. Decorate According to Emotion
Your favorite things inspire emotion. That’s why they’re your favorite things. Decorate with the things you love based on how they make you feel. For instance, if that lovely shell you picked up on the beach last summer calms your mind, place it on your bedside table.
If you own a first-edition copy of your favorite book, display it proudly on a bookshelf near your desk.
When you see the things that evoke powerful emotions around your home, it becomes more your home than just a place to rest your head. These are just a few of the ways you can incorporate your creative side into your décor.