Think­ing about chang­ing things up af­ter the hol­i­day sea­son?

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Homespot - Broward East - - REAL ESTATE Q&A - By Sa­man­tha ( Sam) DeBianch

Q:

I am look­ing to ren­o­vate af­ter the hol­i­days. What are some of the lat­est home de­sign trends? A:

While ev­ery­one has their own tastes and pref­er­ences, peo­ple have been “dar­ing to be darker,” when re­design­ing their homes. From black kitchen coun­ter­tops to dark paint col­ors and floor­ing, this new bold trend can be im­ple­mented in all ar­eas of the home and is best used when mix­ing ma­te­ri­als, such as fab­rics for a softer look, and stone and met­als for a harder look. Re­mem­ber, the goal is to in­cor­po­rate th­ese new dark trends, not to let them take over your home. When re­design­ing any­thing, make sure what­ever you are work- ing with fits well and blends in har­mo­niously with the sur­round­ing area. Q:

I am in need of re­design­ing my home, but can­not af­ford an in­te­rior de­signer. Any tips on get­ting the look for less? A:

While an in­te­rior de­signer can work won­ders, not ev­ery­one has the lux­ury of pay­ing some­one to dec­o­rate their home. About 40 per­cent of home­own­ers find in­spi­ra­tion online. Your best bet is to check out sites like Pin­ter­est and Houzz. Also fol­low home de­sign mag­a­zines to see what look you like and to get tips on how to bring that look into your home. Start with a clean slate—lit­er­ally. Re­or­ga­nize your home and dis­pose of any­thing you are no longer us­ing…or you no longer like. A clean home is a happy home—and a home that is a lot eas­ier to re­design.

A lit­tle ex­tra tip—places like Home­Goods are al­ways get­ting new in­ven­tory daily. Their stuff looks ex­actly like the items you see in the mag­a­zines and online and can help you re­dec­o­rate your home for a frac­tion of the cost. Q:

Will re­design­ing my home add value? A:

Ac­cord­ing to Zil­low, about 29 per­cent of home­own­ers are choos­ing to re­model to mod­ern­ize their homes for com­fort and func­tion­al­ity. About 21 per­cent are re­design­ing with the goal to in­crease the value of their home. With that said, beauty truly is in the eye of the be­holder. You may like a mod­ern, min­i­mal­is­tic de­sign, while some­one else may love the struc­ture of your home but pre­fer a more tra­di­tional feel, and there­fore not see the value you be­lieve was added when you re­designed your home. When look­ing to in­crease value with de­sign, fo­cus on floor­ing, ap­pli­ances and other items that are up­grades and are also neu­tral and flex­i­ble to any­one’s taste.

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