Thinking about changing things up after the holiday season?
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.