Posted in Home Trends, by Melissa Tracey on February 15, 2016 128 By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Think pink for 2016. Pantone voted two colors — Rose Quartz and Serenity — as this year’s colors of the year, a nod to softer color tones that are expected to gain popularity all yearlong. It’s the first time Pantone has voted two colors of the year. “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. Rose Quartz and Serenity replace the earthy red wine of Marsala, voted the 2015 Color of the Year by Pantone. This year’s colors dare you to get in touch with a softer side in your staging. “Whether on their own or combined with other shades, the pairing of Serenity and Rose Quartz bring a feeling of calm and relaxation into the home environment,” Pantone notes in its release. “Like a serene sunset, Rose Quartz encourages reflection on one’s surroundings while Serenity, a transcendent blue, provides a naturally connected sense of space.” Pantone says the colors can be used in rugs and upholstery or also work in decorative accessories, everything from kitchen tableware to candles, decorative bowls, vases, and florals. “Coupling solid and patterned fabrics, throws, pillows and bedding in these shades provides a comforting respite and feeling of well-being in the home,” according to Pantone. “Incorporating texture enhances the duality and kinship of these hues.” So could these colors have a place in your staging this year? At Houzz, designers have been showing off how they’ve incorporated the color trends. Take a peek at a few examples. Bringing in the pink Spaces by Sacramento Interior Designers & Decorators ComfyDwelling.com Spaces by Sacramento Interior Designers & Decorators ComfyDwelling.com Contemporary Bedroom by Omaha Furniture & Accessories Hayneedle Shabby-chic Style Dining Room Spaces by Sacramento Interior Designers & Decorators ComfyDwelling.com Shabby-chic Style Living Room by Little Rock Interior Designers & Decorators Andrea Brooks Interiors   Channeling more Serenity: Contemporary Porch by Freeport Design-Build Firms Taggart Construction Contemporary Living Room by Quogue Architects & Building Designers Austin Patterson Disston Architects Traditional Bathroom by Southport Architects & Building Designers Austin Patterson Disston Architects Spaces by Sacramento Interior Designers & Decorators ComfyDwelling.com Melissa Tracey More Posts –...

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Posted in Home Trends, by Melissa Tracey on February 22, 2016 685 By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine What are the hot trends to look out for in 2016 in home design? Here are a few predictions from the remodeling and design site Houzz on some of the big trends to expect. Contemporary Kitchen by Brooklyn Architects & Building Designers Maletz Design 1. Two shades of kitchen cabinets. The upper cabinets may be a white or neutral but then more designers are trying out deeper colors or wood tones for the lower cabinets.   Mediterranean Dining Room by Dallas Interior Designers & Decorators CDA Interior Design 2. Formal dining rooms are back. More home owners are opting to keep the dining room and not turn it into an office. The formal dining room is expected to get more attention this year. Mediterranean Dining Room by Dallas Interior Designers & Decorators CDA Interior Design Mediterranean Kitchen by Geneva Kitchen & Bath Designers Past Basket Design 3. Multi-purpose kitchen islands. The “workhorse” kitchen island is about more than just adding workspace in the kitchen, but also for adding more storage, prep sinks, and a way to add extra seating.   Beach Style Powder Room by Austin Photographers Kailey J. Flynn Photography 4. Mirrors that make a statement. Medicine cabinets are heading out and now wood-framed, modern, or vintage mirrors are adding more style to bathrooms.   Rustic Kitchen 5. “Barely there” kitchens. Kitchens are fading into the backdrop as the open layouts infuse more seamlessly into the living room or other spaces in the home. Aiding that trend, more kitchens are featuring open shelves to add to that openness. Transitional Sunroom by Chicago Interior Designers & Decorators Tom Stringer Design Partners 6. Sunrooms are hot. Houzz identified this as one of the top dream spaces for home owners. Some home owners are finding ways to even transform tucked away corners in their home into a sunroom with a few chairs to relax near windows. Traditional Kitchen by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers Sutro Architects 7. White kitchens dominate. White kitchen walls and cabinets and even countertops is a trend with staying power, Houzz predicts. To add some splash to the all-white kitchen, designers are adding touches of color through the tile floors or floor-to-ceiling bookcases. Transitional Powder Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Chango & Co. 8. Powder rooms get more bold. Wall coverings are getting punched up in powder room, that include everything from custom graphics to textured walls. Also, designers are mixing in ornate chandeliers or furniture-like pieces to add some more pizzazz to these spaces....

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Posted in Home Trends, by Melissa Tracey on February 29, 2016 531 By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Home owners say they like color in their homes but they definitely have some hesitations in using it to decorate their spaces, according to a new survey by Better Homes and Gardens of nearly 400 home owners. The survey found a general consensus that these three colors, in particular, home owners remain the most hesitant about in their decorating: Orange is “WAY too loud for me.” Red is “too overpowering.” Green is “too institutional.” The survey found that 58 percent of respondents say orange is the color they are least likely to decorate with, followed by black (43%) and violet (42%). So what do they like? Sixty-two percent of respondents say they are most likely to use shades of blue in decorating when it comes to color. However, in general, most home owners say they prefer neutral interior walls and pops of color through accessories and furnishings. If they were to use color, home owners say they are most likely to use it in the family or living room (63%), kitchen (53%), and bathrooms (52%). The areas where they are least likely to use color are in the foyer (36%); dining room (24%), and adult bedroom (24%). Home owners show some of the most willingness to use color for their front door. Forty-eight percent of survey respondents say their front door is painted a color – such as blue, green, red, brown, or gray. Home owners may be hesitant about color because they just can’t decide on the right color. Twenty-four percent of respondents admit to having no eye for using color, and 40 percent say they fear that any color they did choose they would quickly grow tired of. FOR THE COLOR PHOBIC … Color, however, can transform an otherwise dull, forgettable room into an eye-popping, memorable one (in a good way, when used correctly!). Accessories and accents may be less of a commitment for those scared of color. Sixty-percent of respondents say that adding throw pillows and blankets is one of the top ways they could bring color into a room; flowers are another way. Or, for those who want to try some paint but are unsure of a palette, Better Homes and Gardens offers some help. BHG just released its Color Issue, along with its annual Color Palette of the Year. Here are their top picks for colors for 2016: PINK: Use it as a neutral paired with blues, blacks, and metallic accents. (Example: Benajmin Moore/Gentle Blush 2084-70) BLUE: Try this midtone blue, which offers a “big, gregarious personality.” (Example:...

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