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Tip of the Week
The new year ushers in a new era of home decor by welcoming an "anything-goes" attitude as designers mix old with new; DIY and high-end; as well as rustic and sleek to create eclectic, one-of-a-kind looks that are just as personal to the homeowner as they are unique.
It can be easy to go overboard when blending multiple patterns, accents and colors all under one roof. Follow these simple tips to create a well-appointed home:
The "new" neutral: Tranquil tones, especially white, offer a timeless backdrop against pops of vibrant colors and eclectic furnishings to create a space that's visually interesting without being overwhelming. In the kitchen, glass front appliances in a cool white finish are especially prevalent in niche, high-end markets, but you can also achieve this look by having walls and cabinets painted or refinished in a variation of this hue. Installing creamy white fixtures can also help bring this aesthetic home.
In-check tech: Add smart features in areas that work best for your family, while being sure to keep things simple in parts of the home where technology may not always be desired. An electronic thermostat that can be operated remotely can help increase your home's overall efficiency.
Punctuate sparingly: With neutrals expected to dominate the color landscape, there's a growing interest in incorporating bold patterns throughout the home, whether isolated on an area rug or highlighted in the tiles on your kitchen backsplash. Bold accent colors, such as skydiver blue, lemon zest and even stark black are also becoming more prominent and will add intrigue to muted palettes.
Timeless glamor: Metallic fixtures and accents remain stylish through multiple generations. Chrome is currently the most popular finish, however, brass and gold can help enhance a home's warmth.
If you're embarking on a big remodel, create the illusion of more space by using same tile in the shower that's used throughout the bathroom; instead of seeing them as two separate zones, the eye will read them as one.
Did You Know
Buyers are moving away from the traditional 2 1/4-inch strip floor to wider plank flooring, 3 inches and wider. Random width planks also are popular. This creates a very casual look, while utilizing more of the raw materials during the manufacturing process.
Mixed media incorporates hardwood with other flooring options like stone, tile, carpet or even metal. This approach often helps to define different seating or functional areas within a large, open space.
Lyme disease is named for the river-side Connecticut town where it first emerged in 1977. A number of children in the area began exhibiting arthritis-like symptoms, a hallmark of the disease. A bull's-eye target-shaped rash at the bite location may be the first indication that a person was bitten by a tick carrying Lyme disease, but not everyone will see or develop the rash.
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