Category: Home Improvement

The Trendiest Home On The Block: New Season Looks For Every Room

Do you spend a decent portion of the day poring over Instagram or Pinterest snaps of impossibly cool interiors? If so, you’re definitely not alone. If you’ve got a flair for design or you’re keen to channel your creativity to ensure your home is always the trendiest pad on the block, here are some new season looks to inspire and enthrall you.

The living room

The living room is an excellent place to start. This is the room where we lounge, loiter and chill out at the end of a busy day. The beauty of interior design trends is the eclectic range of looks that are ticking boxes at any given time. This season, you can choose from stark Scandi vibes, romantic blush pink or a nod to Mother Nature.

Scandinavian minimalism is all about being effortless and adopting a laid-back attitude to styling. This trend is the option for you if you’re not overly concerned with straightening cushions and refolding throws to ensure the edges are perfectly aligned. It’s also an ideal choice for those on a budget, as less is definitely more. Blush could be the trend for you if you like the romantic, vintage vibe, but it can also work well in contemporary homes. Stick to accessories if you’re pushed for space and don’t be afraid to embrace this trend by opting for a single standout piece, such as a head-turning chair. Finally, the natural look. Natural interiors are perfect for spring/summer, and it’s very easy to recreate the stunning images you see in glossy magazines at home. Scatter plants around the room, swap fur rugs for bamboo and stick to wooden furniture. Keep the walls fresh and clean and add subtle botanical prints using cushion covers or patterned candle holders.

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The bedrooms

Your bedroom should be a haven of peace and tranquility. Of course, if you have kids or even a pet, this is not always the case, but you can but try. For achingly cool children’s rooms, opt for functional, modern modular pieces like those from Oliver Furniture matched with neutral walls and accessories that introduce patterns and color. Keeping things simple will increase space and light and you can use a basic template to switch things up as the season’s age and your child gets older. Moving to your room, the sanctuary you long to escape to as night falls, there’s a host of options available. This season, hot designer trends include opulent boutique hotel vibes and minimalist chic. The minimalist look is perfect for bijou bedrooms, and it’s very easy to achieve brilliant results on a budget. Keep your palette clean and simple, maximize natural light and use accessories sparingly. If you’re going for the more lavish look, make your bed the focal point, add flashes of expensive looking jewel tones and mix luxurious materials like satin and velvet.

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The kitchen

If your kitchen is the heart of the home, it makes sense to make it look phenomenal. White has long been the colcolor choice, but this season, it’s all about being a little more audacious and playing around with color. You don’t have to go crazy and invest in yellow units or paint the walls bright blue, but if that kind of eccentricity floats your boat, this is the time to unleash your inner risk-taker. If you don’t want to go the whole hog with bright shades, adopt a more subtle approach and let your accessories do the talking.

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The bathroom

Most people consider the kitchen the most important room in the house, but this is usually closely followed by the bathroom. If your bathroom could do with a makeover, there are some fabulous looks around for spring/summer. Mosaic tiles are all the rage, and there’s also a nod to the return of the his ‘n’ hers bathroom. Tiles are great because you have free reign to choose a style that suits the room and your individual taste, while a his ‘n’ hers setup adds a luxe touch to even the most understated en-suite. If you’re keen to add colour, opt for earthy tones like grey, blue and green.

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Are you planning a mini makeover at home or are you eager to ensure your residence moves with the times and ticks off the trends? If you’re looking for inspiration for the new season or you feel like your interiors could do with a new lease of life, hopefully, these ideas have got you thinking. Experiment with colour, don’t be afraid to try new things and opt for styles, shades and pieces that reflect your personality.

 

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Six Great Designs for Your Kitchen

A common phrase on many home improvement shows today is “kitchens and bathrooms sell houses.” In recent years, realtors, construction companies, and “do-it-yourselfers” have emphasized that a functional and attractive kitchen both increases a property’s value and improves the quality of life for those who reside in the home. Whether you plan to build a new home or remodel your castle to improve its functionality, the first place most of us should focus on is the kitchen.

Six Great Design Ideas for Your Kitchen

  1. Remove Clutter by Concealing Appliances. A popular trend involves designing cabinets that hide appliances, such as microwave drawers. Some refrigerators also blend into adjacent cabinets to give a seamless appearance. Induction stoves mounted on countertops and wall-installed ovens are very popular. Having ample storage space for infrequently-used appliances keeps more of the counter open.
  2. Anticipate Storage Needs, then Add a Little More. To keep the counter clutter-free, think about your storage space needs for food, appliances, and cooking items in the short term, as well as how a growing family, visitors, or other circumstances may impact future needs. Think about that neighbor down the street who can no longer park their car in their garage because of the “stuff” they’ve added. You never want your kitchen to resemble that messy place.
  3. Extra Chilling Space is Cool. Make sure the area you set aside for a refrigerator serves your long-term needs. Ice machine service is a given. Consider smaller coolers for beverages or a prep area. Try to avoid placing that second refrigerator in the garage.
  4. Never Let Limited Prep and Cleaning Space Sink Your Ambitions. Along with planning for ample counter space, design your prep space and sink so that their size and location make kitchen adventures more joyful. Consider having grooves in the sink area that accommodate cutting boards and promote easy draining. For those planning to spend a lot of time at their stove, a second faucet such as a pot-filler faucet on the wall behind the stove is an excellent investment.
  5. Plan Efficiently. High-tech appliances allow busy cooks to multitask. Whether it’s Bluetooth-compliant appliances, automatic faucets, or energy-efficient dishwashers, incorporate high-tech options that allow you to do more with less effort. Many of these gadgets save water and electricity while allowing you to accomplish more in less time.
  6. Aesthetics Matter. Whether color or texture, your designs will make the kitchen both more attractive and easier to maintain. If you prefer bright kitchens, choose a light shade of gray rather than white. Eco-friendly composite countertops are more stain- and bacteria-resistant than wooden counters of the past. Stone countertops are another option to consider. If tile isn’t your thing, consider hardwood floors or polished concrete. When sealed properly, they offer durable options. The hardwood floors can easily transition into the living and dining areas. Polished concrete, when sealed properly, is great for both floors and countertops and comes in a variety of designs. Finally, add some “bling” with bold features that attract attention.

We spend so much time in our kitchens creating memories. The first recipe for our kitchen should be the one that gives it a memorable design.

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Olivia Lind spends her day focusing on her job as a CPA, but, in the evenings you’ll find her organizing and decorating the sets of the local theater guild and helping to arrange showroom floors for one of the largest furniture companies on the west coast. In her free time, she enjoys hitting up the local club scene with her friends and taking extended weekend jaunts wherever her VW bug can take her in a day or two.

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