Hot Home Trend: Geometric Patterns in Décor Posted in Home Trends, by Melissa Tracey on June 4, 2018 44 By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Color forecaster Pantone cited geometric patterns as one of the top home design trends to watch in 2018. Shapes and, in particular, circular ones are being showcased in more home decor. Greater use of bold, circular patterns are being infused into everything from accent pillows and rugs to wall art and even tile backsplashes. Wallpaper trends are showcasing more geometric shapes too. For example, check out these two photos below from designers featured at Houzz. One, showcases a geometric wallpaper that is more subtle in a silver color and used an accent wall. The other photo showcases geometric shapes in a more dramatic way where the wallpaper serves as a focal point and then the rest of the decor is in solid colors....

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Light it Up: Add a Party Vibe to Your Outdoor Staging Posted in Home Trends, Staging Tips, by Melissa Tracey on April 2, 2018 48 By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Outdoor lighting isn’t just for the holidays. You can illuminate your outdoor living areas anytime of year. Stringed bulbs are becoming a “hot” outdoor trend this year. These outdoor clear, vintage lights have big rounded bulbs that can really create a festive flair in a backyard. They’re reminiscent of the lights used at an outdoor street fair. Homeowners are draping them across the top of their pergola, or along their back deck. Some owners may stretch them above and across their yard to create a canopy of lights. Watch out that they don’t become an eyesore during the daytime. The glow at night are when these lights shine. Tuck them into the top of a pergola. Or, for a photo op, drape them temporarily across a courtyard. Take a picture of it at dusk for a listing photo that shows off the entertainment space of a backyard. Or, string the lights to illuminate the backyard during a twilight open house. Check out how these designers used them....

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Posted in Home Trends, by Melissa Tracey on January 22, 2018 By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Black is getting popular in home design. Black fixtures, appliances, and even black furniture are emerging as one of the hottest trends in the new year. Black fixtures are replacing brass or rubbed bronze as a trendy home hardware in 2018. Black makes a great finish because it goes with anything. In matted finishes, it can also be easier to clean than your lighter, polished metals–so that’s definitely an added perk for homeowners too.              Photo by – Look for bathroom design inspiration Black cabinets in the kitchen are getting trendy too. To offset the darkness, some homeowners are mixing the black cabinets with lighter cabinets. Check out this one from Weston Lodge… Photo by Woodale – Look for kitchen design inspiration Black stainless appliances are also gradually gaining more momentum in the kitchen. Black stainless was once again being showed in the newest appliance models at CES 2018, the consumer electronics show this year. As  more smudge proof, black stainless is proving itself as a trendy alternative to traditional stainless....

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally posted on http://styledstagedsold.blogs.realtor.org/2014/07/21/pillow-talk-how-to-use-pillows-in-staging/. By Audra Slinkey, Home Staging Resource I gotta say it, I LOVE pillows! I’ve seen so many spaces transformed with the simple addition of pillows that I had to share some of my favorite photos of pillow inspired spaces, as well as my top six tips to styling and staging with pillows! My friend HSR Certified Gregg Churchill, an amazingly talented Australian Home Stager and Designer knows the art of pillow placement, so I’m using some of my favorite photos of his work exclusively to give you my top tips and to conclude with some of my favorite places to buy pillows … Tip #1 – You Can NEVER Have Enough Pillows, so Go Big!   Can you imagine if this furniture were not dialed in with pillows? This is a perfect example of how the right placement and selection of pillows can transform couches. Tip #2 – Don’t Get “Matchy Matchy.” Mix It Up! As a designer, there are things you want to “match” to add calm and symmetry to a space (like the tables and lamps above). BUT when it comes to pillows, have fun and get a little crazy! I love how Gregg completely breaks the rules here with his color and pattern choices to make this otherwise boring, white space…POP! Tip #3 – Use Pillows to Guide the Eye in Staging Okay, imagine this room without the pillows. Again, Gregg breaks some rules beautifully by drawing the eye up and away from the dated terracotta tiled floors to the colorful, selection of pillows contrasted against the white couches. Not only does he distract but he connects the floors with the space through the choice of two similarly colored pillows….love it! Tip #4 – A Square for Every Chair I have to say, I love the on-trend, coral pillows on the end chairs of this dining room as a way to connect the art with the space. By using a clean, bright, color palette of similar tones it all just flows well together, so add those pillow squares to the chairs when it works like this. Tip #5 – Add Drama and Go “Colorless” This is probably my favorite photo because Gregg removes all the color from the space for dramatic effect, so the buyers walk in and go…whoa! The reason this works so well is because he cleverly inserts plenty of textures and pattern (fuzzy rug, platinum lamps, geometric throw and pillows). Gregg deleted the color from the space, which allows a buyer to notice the architectural elements they are buying that are special in this room, i.e. the wainscoting and hardwood...

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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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