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* Decorating trends
* Looking for ways to switch up your style? From the right patterns and colors to impressive accents, the latest home design trends will keep your space looking fresh and fabulous.
* “Now more than ever, homeowners are willing to experiment with design,” said Taniya Nayak, interior designer and DIY television personality.
* Here are a few home decor trends Nayak predicts will make a big impact this spring:
* A hot trend in 2014 is to bring flea-market furniture back to life with painted patterns and details. “Refurbishing old furniture pieces is a popular and easy look to achieve,” said Nayak. “All you need is a little bit of paint and a lot of creativity.”
* New pre-cut, patterned painter’s tape makes this simple project much easier. Before painting, simply apply the tape in the desired pattern on a hand-me-down or thrift store find to create a custom piece for your home.
* You can create a home filled with vintage details, regardless of the age of your house. Try using muted color palettes, like gray, taupe or certain shades of green or rose, and industrial accents to transform its appearance. “Incorporating pieces of distressed wood will also add to the overall vintage effect,” adds Nayak.
* “Merging styles to make the entire family happy is not always easy,” said Nayak. Instead of looking too rugged or too girly, a key trend is to blend both masculine and feminine components into your home design. Try painting a design on a wood floor. This technique allows the raw, masculine features of the wood to show through, while introducing a feminine overlay of patterns or colors. Popular patterns include quatrefoil, herringbone and modern floral designs.
* — Brandpoint
* Decorating tip
* White is a mainstay in home design. It’s timeless, classic and extremely versatile. Try pairing white with different textures, like natural wood. You’ll create a unique focal point while highlighting other warm features in the room. “Another method is to create contrast with white. Use a single, bold accent color, like yellow, fuchsia or navy, to move your eye across the space,” says interior designer Taniya Nayak.
* — Brandpoint
* Garden Guide
* The National Garden Bureau has named 2014 the Year of the Cucumber. As one of the top five most popular garden vegetables, cucumbers are very adaptable; they have been grown in outer space as well as a mile underground in a nickel mine. Very easy to grow from seed, cucumbers are placed in two major categories, either slicing or pickling, based on use. They can be further classified by plant habit, either bush or vining. For a history of cucumbers, visit ngb.org.
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