Home Help: Design trends include reclaimed wood, neutral floors
It's the season of sunshine and enjoying the great outdoors. Celebrate it with a style makeover for your home by tapping lively decorating trends and home decor ideas that will refresh and brighten your living space.
Top style trends for 2013:
Green - It's the eternal color of lush and abundant life. Look for accent pieces in emerald and other shades of green to create a sense of well-being, balance and harmony.
Patterns - Floral patterns are hot, especially as fabric covers and wall decor. Choose bold, bright florals to make a big statement or florals on white backgrounds for a softer, romantic touch.
Stripes - In fabrics, carpets, artwork and other design elements, stripes can create the sense of movement and energy in a room.
Wide planks - Update the look of your room with new wide plank flooring to show off your unique sense of style.
Reclaimed woods - From barn board bedroom walls to wooden beams in kitchens, reclaimed wood adds unexpected rustic touches and weathered warmth to your home.
Keep these tips in mind when selecting a new floor for your room makeover project:
* When selecting a floor color, consider the tones of furniture you have, but don't feel that everything has to match. Contrasting tones make for a more pleasing design.
* Brown, gray and white floor tones work with a greater variety of furniture colors and paints.
* Light, neutral floor colors brighten a room and make it feel more spacious.
Buyers are looking for beauty and value. Any improvement that gives both can directly impact your ability to sell your home. Adding a skylight is a great way to enhance a home's visual appeal, livability and energy efficiency while improving indoor air quality by introducing much needed fresh air into the home.
Natural light can make a small room look bigger and brighter, and create a more healthful environment.
Did You Know
Often homeowners will move all furniture into one room to save time for their movers, but that can slow the move down. A good moving company will use stretch wrap to protect furniture, so when packed tightly together into one room the pieces have to be moved twice to properly prepare for the move. Go ahead and consolidate boxes, but save yourself the hassle and leave furniture where it lives.
Adding a splash of color (or two or three) is a low-cost way to liven up the blank canvas of your home. While neutral colors are ideal for selling your home, living with them might be a different story. If you want to establish visual intrigue or set a mood, color is the best way to get the job done. And you don't have to stick with just one color throughout your home. Highlight an accent wall in your living room with a darker shade or apply a funky wallpaper print.
A healthy, actively growing lawn uses a great deal of energy. Natural soil supplemented with fertilizer will help your lawn stay healthy all season. Fertilizers promote new leaf and plant growth, reduce and control weeds and replace nutrients lost to leaching. Look for a mixture of fast- and slow-release fertilizers that will green up your lawn quickly and then feed it over time.