Sponsored by: Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International
By: H. A. Fisher
The chilly days of winter are the perfect time to cuddle up on the couch and start thinking about spring and giving your house a fresh look for a new season. Now’s the time to research home decorating sites for inspiration and ideas on new trends, stylish colors and storage solutions.
Home remodeling and design website Houzz.com listed out its picks for the 25 design trends in 2016.
Among the trends are:
- Two-tone kitchen cabinets – Upper-level cabinets are white or neutral while the lower-level cabinets are deep wood tones or a bold color.
- Outdoor fabric used indoors – This is perfect for Lowcountry living where patios and porches already blend indoor and outdoor spaces.
- Deep kitchen drawers – Everyone appreciates easy and abundant kitchen storage, and drawers in lieu of cabinets are taking the lead.
- Medicine cabinets and plain mirror slabs are giving way to statement mirrors in the bathroom.
- Living rooms that ditch the 60-inch flat-screen TV and focus on family time, creating a quiet, calm space for talking, reading and relaxing are part of a tech-free movement.
- Bold powder room wall coverings, such as textured paint or wallpaper, will most certainly impress your guests.
One of the challenges of thinking through a home remodel – whether it’s a large-scale kitchen redo or something simple like new paint and wall hangings in the living room – is the abundance of choices. It can get overwhelming looking through all the options and trying to decide what will work best in your home.
Here are some tips to make the process more manageable:
- If possible, work on one room at a time. Trying to redo the whole house all at once is a big job so start with the bedroom or entry way and then work your way through the rest of the house as time and budget allow.
- Turn to technology to help you sort out your favorite looks, products and paint colors. Sites like Houzz.com and Wayfair.com allow you to create an account where you can save products, photos and ideas for future reference. Also make use of Pinterest.com, creating separate boards for each room and then pinning articles, products and other sources of inspiration. Once you’ve found a lot of great ideas, you can sort through your saved boards to narrow down your top selections.
- Assess the décor and products you currently have. Sometimes moving a painting from the living room to the bedroom or hallway gives the space a new look. Or maybe you can paint a shelf in the home office and move it to a new corner as part of an office makeover.
- Make sure you’ve cleared the clutter and eliminated items you no longer want or need. Spring is a great time to go room by room, gathering those out-of-date or unused items for donation. Plus, it’s more fun to start decorating in a clear space.
Now it’s time to curl up in your favorite chair with your laptop or turn on HGTV. Go ahead and call it “research” so you won’t be disturbed.