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Renew, refresh and restore your home

2014-04-03T10:22:00Z Renew, refresh and restore your home nwitimes.com
April 03, 2014 10:22 am

Whether you’re home improvement goals this spring revolve around a few easy updates or something a bit more ambitious, chances are you’ll be looking for expert advice to guide you along the way.

For example, when it comes to incorporating the latest design trends into your existing home, the experts at Better Homes & Gardens recently outlined what they are loving right now, including simple tips for making them impactful. With trends, it’s always interesting to see which ones are here to stay, which ones will quietly go away and what’s next on the horizon—like navy blue. It seems to be popping up everywhere!

For now, here’s a look at a few of the trends Better Homes & Gardens is already seeing this year along with their take on how you can simply incorporate them into your current design scheme.

Warm grays—those with yellow or reddish undertones, are the neutral of the moment and are as versatile as they are trendy right now. Since there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight to the popularity of grays, this year’s tones are a welcome warm up from all the cooler shades of gray. If you still have beige walls, switching to warm gray is easy.

Gold and brass—while silver and its cohorts have been the first place metal in home décor for quite some time, yellow metals are inching their way back into the spotlight. Try embracing the trend with gold accents that have a little softer finish, rather than metals with a full-on shine. For those of you who have finally managed to switch out all those shiny brass light fixtures and doorknobs, no worries. Gold is being used in fresh new ways—from accessories to picture/mirror frames as well as upholstery and pillows.

Pastels—think bright, not Easter egg-esque when it comes to pastels. These fun hues lend a feminine aura to flea market finds and rustic and industrial finishes—or when paired with traditional furniture and styling, recall a romantic look. This trend is an obvious nod to Pantone’s “Radiant Orchid” Color of the Year.

Taxidermy—making its way out of the hunting lodge, taxidermy is now mainstream. Whether it’s antlers and horns or stuffed heads and papier-mâché models, taxidermy-inspired pieces offer a quirky alternative to standard wall décor and tabletop accessories. Probably still not for the squeamish however.

Dhurries—these affordable flat-weave rugs that hail from India are a stylish alternative to thick-pile rugs. With a variety of colors, patterns and sizes to choose from, you can layer them on an existing rug or introduce them in spaces where you currently are not using a rug.

Wallpaper—adds interest on an accent wall or in small spaces such as an entryway or powder room. It will be interesting to see how many people who stripped their walls clean are ready to give this trend a try in small doses.

Schoolhouse style—BHG has declared school is in session in the decorating world. Repurposed schoolhouse furniture and lighting, beakers used as vases and vintage flashcards as art can add a bit of flea market whimsy to a range of spaces.

Painted furniture—innovative homeowners are not only giving their personal items new life, they are scouring secondhand shops for pieces that can be repurposed with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. While there is a great appreciation for beautiful wood in our homes, painted pieces with a special purpose are unique treasures right now.

Statement light fixtures—since good lighting is essential in any room, why miss this opportunity to add a little extra style? Beautiful fixtures are available everywhere and have taken on more importance in decorating.

Colorful front doors are a Pinterest favorite and easy way to spruce up your home’s exterior.

Plus, did you know that when it comes the remodeling project that offers the best return on investment, replacing your front door is consistently number one over the years. A replacement steel door has by far the highest return in a historical look back at the REMODELING Magazine Cost vs Value Report, which has been published since 2002.

With an average cost of $1,162, a steel front door replacement is an energy upgrade with great curb appeal that offers the added benefit of no maintenance.

Other larger projects that made the list for best return on investment over time include new siding (vinyl, fiber-cement and foam-backed siding replacements all made the top ten), a minor kitchen remodel (new cabinet doors and drawer fronts, countertops, flooring and appliances), wood deck addition and attic bedroom addition. While turning previously unused basement living space into a bedroom suite, family room, craft/exercise/office area and/or second kitchen (i.e any useful space) has become a top performer on the Cost vs Value Report in recent years.

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