Re-posted from https://www.nobiggie.net/25-valentines-day-home-decor-ideas/ [Editor’s Note: I’ve included only 12 of the 25 ideas in the original article on nobiggie.net. For all 25, visit the link above.] Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, but there’s still plenty of time for you to spice up your home with the spirit of LOVE! Check out these fun and loveable Valentine’s Day home decor ideas. Get your creativity on by making it yourself or buy it pre-made straight from the handmade artist. Either way, you’re going to love this list of ideas. These are sure to bring some of that lovin’ feelin’ into your home this Valentine’s Day! 1. Valentine’s Day Countdown 2. Heart day Vignette  3. Love Me Do lyrics in a heart shape 4. Conversation Heart Candy 5. Spray Paint a vintage phone PINK! 6. DIY string heart  7. DIY Kiss Artwork 8. Painted mason jar via Kelly’s Creative Outlet (Etsy) 9. Easy, string-art heart via Crafts n’ Coffee 10. The Giving Tree via Wine & Glue 11. Two little lovers sitting in a tree décor via The Dating Divas 12. Valentine door decoration via Tiny...

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Re-posted from http://www.budgetdumpster.com/blog/home-design-trends/ BY KEVIN ROSSIGNOL ON OCTOBER 5, 2017 Keeping on top of the newest home décor and design trends can be difficult. That’s why we’ve started a list of the five hottest interior design trends so you can stay ahead of the curve without having to thumb through fifteen different magazines. So grab a cup of coffee and get your paintbrush and hammer ready as we take a deep dive into what 2018 has in store. Trend #1: Vibrant Color Schemes Are Coming Back As you’d expect, neutral colors such as gray, beige and everyone’s new favorite paint color, “greige,” are still the trendiest in terms of home design and décor. However, brighter colors are picking up steam. As Amanda Gates of Gates Interior Design explains, “Blush pinks, reds and greens are making a comeback but neutrals still reign supreme.” If you’re tempted by the brightness, consider painting an accent wall instead of going all-in on one color to see if it fits your style. Looking for an even smaller splash of color? Try adding colorful accessories instead. Here are a few ideas to get you started: Lamps Plants Artwork Small chairs Throw rugs Throw pillows Trend #2: Metallic Accents Metallic touches are one of the biggest (and shiniest) home décor trends right now and will continue well into 2018. However, it’s very easy to overdo it when it comes to shiny surfaces. The best way to incorporate this home trend is to keep things basic, such as hanging a silver-accented mirror on a wall or buying some copper end tables. Of course, no one will judge you if you want to go heavy on the metal. If you’re looking for wall-to-wall shine, you can easily find metallic wallpaper on home décor sites such as Wayfair and Houzz, each with a variety of patterns and sheens to choose from. Trend #3: High-Class Kitchen Elements Once again, Amanda Gates lays out the latest home design trends in the kitchen: “Quartz counters, lower and upper cabinets in different finishes, appliances in fun colors, layouts that promote ease of use, cement tile backsplashes.” Quartz is a popular choice for countertops because it goes with so many different styles. Mixing up the finishes on your cabinets makes them stand out more. As for kitchen layouts, HGTV has an article outlining a few designs that will help you move around the room a lot more easily. Of course, if you aren’t ready for a full-on kitchen remodel, you might try your hand at upgrading your backsplash or appliances. You can use virtually any cement tile as a backsplash, just make sure it doesn’t clash with your new oven. Trend #4: Geometric Patterns...

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Re-posted from http://www.lushome.com/modern-interior-design-trends-2018-bright-coziness-frugal-luxury/182192 Modern interior colors and design trends 2018 reflect a cultural impulse of people to support each other and protect the Earth, finding harmony in life in their communities instead of spending money. The bold, eccentric, often expensive decorating ideas of the previous year are gone. Reasonably frugal, practical, eco-friendly and comfortable are the design trends 2018 for creating functional, pleasant and modern interiors. Lushome intends to explain the intelligent latest trends for 2018 interior design and decorating. The year of concentration on families, love, success in relationships and work, brings the most recent trends in decorating which creates welcoming spaces and improve the quality of the communication between people. Modern interior trends 2018 assist in designing friendly rooms, which encourage people to act selflessly, happily and generously, but allow to save money and effort at the same time. Spending a lot of money is not essential. Seeing the potential in existing things is the important message that the interior trends 2018 bring. Modern interior design trends 2018 1. Coziness Light room dividers, reading nooks, small spaces for different tasks, united in one open interior with zones are design trends that improve contemporary homes and offices. Comfortable corners allow to relax, unwind, and enjoy peaceful moments in style. Beautiful and comfortable zones add charming and stylish coziness to modern interior design. Decorating all small areas and mastering micro-zones fill homes and offices with luxurious and trendy comfort. 2. Modern color palette Design trends 2018 blend green and brown color shades with secondary blue, white, black, dark red, soft orange and deep yellow colors. Earthy room colors serve well cozy and warm decorating. Sparkling details in metal gray or golden color beautifully enhance quiet and comfortable room colors 2018 while balancing modern color schemes. Majestic copper and bronze are stylish materials which add warmth and chic to decorating modern interiors. All white hues, gray color tones, terra-cotta, dark purplish red and wine colors are smart choices for decorating in 2018.   3. Dark wood, cork, bright lights Light brown colors of natural wood are modern and appealing, perfect for small spaces. Dark wood is one of modern interior design trends 2018 which bring delicious chocolate brown hues into interiors giving a touch of luxury to room decorating. Cork is another beautiful material which makes not only beautiful floors but cabinets doors and walls also. Filled with wood and soft textiles the rooms ask for bright lighting design. Combined with spectacular lighting ideas, wood creates spacious, warm, and comfortable rooms. 4. Simple shapes and metal furniture Simplicity is another trend in lines and shapes. Geometric, clean and elegant designs with...

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From post on http://www.forbes.com/sites/houzz/2017/01/06/top-10-home-design-trends-to-expect-in-2017/#6442c8b031d5 JAN 6, 2017 @ 06:00 AM Mitchell Parker, Houzz Editorial Staff Looking for some great ideas for your home? How about a voice-activated assistant that will give you a weather update while you pour coffee into a preheated mug from a warming drawer? Not your style? No worries — there’s something for everyone in this preview of 2017 design trends. We plowed into Houzz data, sifted through popular photos and articles, and talked to industry leaders for this look at 10 things we think you’ll be seeing more of in the home in 2017.   1. Satin brass. Brass finishes have been making a comeback in recent years, cherished for their ability to bring shiny golden tones to a space without the high price tag. But more recently, designers like Elizabeth Lawson have been turning away from the reflective finish of polished brass and embracing satin or brushed brass, which is more muted and warm. “I especially like a satin brass finish because it’s transitional and can complement a number of styles,” says Lawson, who used the finish in the kitchen shown here. “It also looks amazing against almost any color of the rainbow. I think we’ll continue to see rooms with satin brass for quite some time and also possibly mixed with other finishes for a more eclectic look.” 2. Voice-activated assistants. There’s been a lot of talk about voice assistants in the home. It’s something Shawn DuBravac, chief economist of the Consumer Technology Association, which puts on the Consumer Electronics Show every year in Las Vegas (Jan. 5 to 8, 2017), says will be big in 2017. Amazon’s Alexa, which is enabled in the Echo Dot shown on this side table, acts as a voice-activated interface for many smart home devices. Google Home’s voice assistant launched about a month ago. These devices work through activation phrases like “Alexa” or “OK Google.” The devices, placed throughout your home, are always listening in somewhat of a dormant state. Say the activation phrase, and the device fires up and awaits your command. Ask it to give you the weather or play a song from Spotify or dim your lights or power up the hot tub. Early last year, Amazon opened its platform to third parties and has since added thousands of integrated features from smart home companies like Lutron, Crestron, Philips Hue, Wemo, Honeywell, Nest, Samsung Smart Home to other services from Uber, Domino’s, NPR and more. Google Home just launched its voice-activated assistant about a month ago, and DuBravac says he expects the company to open the platform to third-party companies soon. “What you’re seeing is...

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From post on http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/feature/article/2015/10/understated-master-bathroom OCTOBER 2015 | BY BARBARA BALLINGER Master bathrooms, along with the average home’s overall footprint, grew larger in recent decades. And with more square footage came excessive luxury and expense—tubs with aromatherapy kits, exotic countertop materials, coffee makers, small refrigerators, and showers for two with an arsenal of body sprays that performed like a human-sized car wash. But changes are afoot. As homes have decreased in size, many people prefer to put any extra space into other areas of the house, such as closets, says Stephanie Pierce, senior manager of the design studio at MasterBrand Cabinets. They also don’t always see the need for more than one tub in the house, and often there’s already one located in bathrooms designated for children or guests. Concern about getting money that’s been invested in a remodel back at resale is another driving force spurring home owners to spend less on master bathrooms. It’s tough to justify significant expenditures when buyers seem to attach greater value to adding a deck or replacing a garage or entry door, according to the 2015 “Cost vs. Value” report. Bathrooms remodeled with upscale finishes and fixtures, for example, cost around $54,115 this past year and returned only an estimated 60 percent of that in the sales price. Less costly midrange redos brought back a better return of 70 percent, according to the same survey. Yet, having a personalized, functional master bathroom with a touch of luxury remains a buyer priority. “People aren’t going to the extreme they once did, but they want a room that looks fresh,” says Sarah Barnard, a designer in Santa Monica, Calif. Rather than relying on trends from the hotel industry as has been popular in years past, Elissa Morgante of Morgante-Wilson Architects in Chicago says, home owners are more likely to use their own needs as inspiration. Case in point: Nikki Wheeler resisted a designer friend’s advice when remodeling her master bathroom in her 1890s Denver home. “She was pushing me to knock down walls to create a magnificent oasis. I thought with an older, more historic home, creating these giant hotel-style bathrooms didn’t fit,” she says. Wheeler kept within the existing footprint, adding a vaulted ceiling and upgrading the shower, countertop, cabinets, and floor. Making these types of changes can make a big difference when selling, says sales associate Paul Wyman of The Wyman Group in Kokomo, Ind. An outdated bathroom requires a lot of work, and most buyers will favor a house with a redone bathroom over an unfinished one, he says. Today’s understated master bathrooms are influenced by the following eight style categories. Encourage your...

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From post on http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/feature/article/2017/01/these-doors-can-modernize-your-listing-s-look We realize that this copy targets real estate brokers specifically, but you can easily imagine it addressed specifically to you. Just substitute “your home” every time the author says “your listing.” Good luck! JANUARY 2017 | BY MELISSA DITTMANN TRACEY A front door with pizzazz has always had a starring role in a home’s curb appeal. But lately, the doors inside a home are getting a closer look for their ability to add style and address design challenges. Strategically placed doors can offer privacy in open floor plan environments or increase the usability of cramped spaces.   Real estate pros Helene Bonello-Strauss and Malte Strauss with Trust International Real Estate LLC in Orlando, Fla., who also manage the staging blog idesigntosell.com, have used barn doors hung on sliding tracks above door frames and pocket doors, which tuck inside a wall, in several remodel and staging projects. “We use [barn doors] all the time in master bathrooms where there is a vanity area that is separate from the tub [and] commode area,” says Bonello-Strauss, also a home stager. In some older homes, vanities are located in the master bedroom rather than in the bathroom, a style that quickly can date a home. “Now we just close those off with a barn door, and buyers love that solution.” She also recently used two barn doors hanging from each side of an open door frame to solve an open floor plan’s privacy issue. The homeowners had built an addition off the living area that could be used as a guest bedroom, but they never installed a door to separate the bedroom from the main area. Bonello-Strauss added the double barn doors so the space could be used as a guest bedroom or opened to expand the living area when not in use by a visitor. “It truly makes the room and provides an architectural interest to an otherwise bland wall,” she says. But don’t be thrown off by the word “barn.” Your listing doesn’t have to be country chic to benefit from this space saver. The concept works in many styles, from walnut barn doors for traditional homes to galvanized metal doors for urban lofts, says Lynn MacMillan, with Gem Home Staging & Designs in St. Catharines, Ontario. Pocket doors vary widely too, from all glass to all wood and from designs that stretch to the ceiling to those that are only waist-high. Sliding doors can attach to a kitchen island and can be used to close off areas to pets or children when needed. “I prefer using sliding doors in all my projects,” says designer and architect Lilian...

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