Home-décor and remodeling temptations are everywhere! My husband and I have become obsessed with HGTV!! Aired shows that are repeats discourage us far more than they should! New home building also appears to be popping up everywhere in our area. Walking through model homes has become a favorite pastime, checking-out floor plans and design styles. Recently, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, my husband and I decided to visit new home developments. Entering the first model, we both gasped! Although we have enjoyed transitional rather than contemporary style, we were wowed at every turn walking through two of the model homes. PROBLEM…we love this contemporary look. Since our home is only 4 years old, a complete remodel is not going to happen. We can, however, incorporate similar features with simple modifications. Whatever your décor style, if you are planning to update, this blog offers sensible and affordable suggestions that can help you modify for the look that you want.
You might consider hiring a professional interior designer if planning large scale changes and/or trying to incorporate two home décor styles. If you have family antiques, a professional can offer advice on how these treasures can best work with the look you are hoping to achieve.
Current Home Trends 2018
Below is a list of some trends for 2018. Since trends change, I prefer using décor pillows, area rugs, blanket throws, bedding, home accessories, and creating an accent wall in order to keep current… simple and affordable.
- Jewel Tones
- Matte Finishes – clean and modern look. Black is a big color.
- Metals – Matte Brass and Gold with fixtures, stools, home accessories, etc. What if I have brushed nickel and chrome?? Paint it.
- Large scale prints (floral, tropical, contemporary) pillows and drapery, recovering ottomans and upholstered chair seats.
- Collections that are special to you. Display!
Our home style is transitional and we are looking to add additional contemporary touches. The model home photos above were taken when we visited the Infinity Prato Collection . Shopping this weekend, we found wall tile (below) that could work to border our existing fireplace and install as kitchen counter backsplash. This would represent a fairly simple modification at a reasonable cost for clean simple lines, similar to the inspiration photos. We recently moved some accessories around and changed-out a table lamp for a contemporary one. Simple changes! Before we start the tile project, however, we will meet with an interior designer. A second opinion is always best before $$$ are spent.
Finding Your Home Style
Even when consulting with an interior designer, it is best to know what feels comfortable to you. There is no right or wrong style. There is, however, a perfect style supporting the feel and functionality of the person/family residing in that space and the scale and balance that brings everything together. The image to your left illustrates most common home décor themes. Perhaps you already know your style. What products are available (wall color, art, furniture, decor accessories, etc) to reflect your style? At Houzz.com, when clicking the left menu bar, you’ll see Shop By Style for every room and product category. Another great resource is The SPRUCE, sharing design update tips. The Spruce shares four primary home styles, Casual, Formal, Contemporary, Traditional. The Spruce – Four Main Styles of a Home. Once you determine a style you want to incorporate in your home, you’re ready for next steps to make it happen without, hopefully, the need of a costly remodel.
Small Changes with Big Impact
Below are suggestions to update your home, considering small changes for big impact. If planning to work with a professional, be ready with a list of products/options that you like as a starting point for discussion. When purchasing online, check shipping costs and return policies.
“Pay attention to these four words, and you’ll end up with a space that looks as good as those rooms featured in the glossy home magazines. The four magic words when it comes to decorating are color, pattern, texture, and shine.” Decorating With Color, Pattern, Texture and Shine, The Spruce
- Paint wall(s) and ceiling(s). Paint color(s) to compliment your home décor style. The Spruce illustrates Paint Color Trends for 2018.
- Accent wall (or ceiling), create one either wallpapered, painted, or wall tile that is currently trending.
How to choose an accent wall? When you first walk into a room, which wall do you notice first?
- Fabrics make a difference whether through color, pattern or texture. Reupholster furniture and/or replace furniture and drapery in complimentary style fabrics. Purchase décor pillows, bedding, blanket throws, and bathroom and kitchen décor towels, selecting fabrics (color and texture) to give a room character.
“What are the keys to imprinting your personal style to create instant character? We’ve enlisted three clever interiors experts to provide some design inspiration.” Tricks of the Trade, Elle Decor
If you can’t envision color, furniture, or accessories in your space, a new feature in the Houzz app could help. Houzz’s 3D feature for iPhone and iPad enables you to place items in your room and turn them around to any angle. The Houzz app, updated with this new feature for iOS, is available to download on the Apple App Store℠.
- Lighting can be replaced such as ceiling fixtures, floor and table lamps, and/or add under-cabinet lighting. I have had great experience ordering through LightingDirect.com, quality and price. Anthropology offers unique lighting products.
- Accent area rugs updated for a new look. My favorite in quality and investment is by Jaunty, ordered through an interior designer. Pottery Barn has a great collection. And, for a great bargain and selection…overstock.com. I have rugs in my home from all three of these sources.
- Mirrors create a refreshing change in any room. A good selection at great prices can be found through; Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, Overstock, Hayneedle, and West Elm.
- Art Work represents those updates that can make a big impact, from wall art to canvas prints. Resources and ideas…
Enlarge your own memories/photos, framing or ordering canvas art through Canvas on Demand, Costco Photo Center, Snap Fish, Shutterfly, or your own favorite photo sources you have used in the past. Reframe what you already have displayed by using trending frame options.
- Cabinet and furniture (dressers and chests) hardware to replace drawer knobs and pulls. Anthropology has unique hardware. Lowes and Home Depot offer a decent selection at good prices.
- Update home accessories considering current trends, including brushed and muted gold and brass metals. If you have a metal piece you love… spray paint. Determine which accessories to replace and have fun shopping for investment pieces at high-end boutiques/furniture stores or go on a bargain hunting mission. Some of my favorite places for fun finds and good pricing… Home Goods, Ross, Overstock, Hobby Lobby, Pier 1, Pottery Barn, Z Gallery, Restoration Hardware (store or outlet), Wayfair, Joss & Main, Houzz, Amazon.com, One Kings Lane, Walmart (click on Departments/Home and shop by listed home styles) and Target. American Furniture Warehouse is a great bargarin source in Colorado.
Paint Color Tips
- Warm colors on the color wheel makes a space appear smaller, pulling the eye towards a wall.
- Cool colors make small rooms appear larger, pulling the eye away from the wall.
- Another option…designate the ceiling as an accent wall; cool colors make ceilings appear higher and warm colors make a ceiling feel lower and the room cozy. Wallpapering a ceiling for a dramatic effect was recently shared at a Home Design seminar I attended.
- Sunny rooms, consider cool colors and rooms that don’t get much do best using warm colors.
- Search paint colors suggested for specific home décor themes at Houzz.com and The Spruce.
- Internet search décor pillows in your selected style for popular colors and print trends, inspiring your imagination. Here are a few hyperlinked examples: Contemporary, Country, Eclectic, Rustic.
- Try different paint colors, virtually, through Sherwin Color Snap Visualizer or Houzz.com Virtual Paint A Room. You can upload photos of rooms/accent walls you want to paint and see the results with the colors you choose. Lowes Valspar Paint does an awesome job with selected color theme palettes…Trending Paint Colors & Pallettes. Four paint colors are pre-selected for each theme. LOVE THIS! And, click this hyperlink for Valspar Paint Visualizer.
- Purchase paint samples and color test different areas of the room/wall to consider natural lighting. The color will appear different based on the amount of or lack of natural light. Live with the color for a few days.
Your home should feel comfortable to you and reflect your style. It’s OK to consider input from friends and family, yet, guard from being swayed to preferences that reflect the taste of others and not your own. Changing from one home décor theme to another might be easier then you think. Visit new construction model homes, watch the design shows on TV, visit websites such as Houzz.com and The Spruce, purchase home design magazines, save furniture store catalogs, and get ideas from retail store showrooms, seeking that feel good style. At retail stores snap a few photos of your favorite showroom displays, with permission from store staff. Consult with an interior designer, if needed, to lead your home transformation or for a second opinion. At the end of summer I’ll post my before and after photos. I invite you to share your home updates, too, with Modify readers and me! If you invite someone over who says, “looks nice but not my style”, be assured you did a great job creating a home reflecting “style and comfort” to those who live there!!
All resources referred are hyperlinked in each category noted throughout the blog article.