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What Is The Best Way To Add Color to Your Home?

Some people are hesitant of adding color to their homes, some want it but are scared they will make a mistake they will regret.

There are many ways to add color. I am a big believer that the best way to add color to a home is through artwork and accessories. The reason I like doing this is that it is easy and inexpensive. Keep the large items neutral and bring the pizazz with the small items.

 

It is easy to buy some colorful throw pillows, baskets, and knick-knacks. Keep them inexpensive and when you get tired of that color, donate them and move to another fresh color. Or change out the colors with the seasons!

 

 

For those more daring here are more ideas:

Paint an Entire Room: Paint is a great way to add color. Maybe a a soft color in a master bedroom or bath. Or a fun color in a kid’s room.

 

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Wallpaper an Entire Room:

Wallpaper is so popular again and with all the fun patterns now available in Peel-N-Stick its a DIY project for many.  A subtle pattern will keep it from seeming too overwhelming,

 

Wallpaper an Accent Wall:

A bathroom wall, fireplace wall, or a dining room wall can be the perfect place for an accent for a bold colorful wallpaper.      

Two Toned Kitchen Cabinetry:

This is a big commitment especially if you are adding a color to the cabinets other than white or a wood stain. Kitchens are the most important room in the home so don’t make it so taste specific that it may be difficult to sell.

 

Kitchen Island:

If you want color in your kitchen cabinets, I think the kitchen island is the best place to do so. Much easier to change just the island down the road versus all the cabinets if you get tired of the color or it becomes dated.

 

Furniture:

Furniture is a great and easy way to add color. I was just at a client’s home that had a yellow sofa in the sun room. So fun!! A bold colorful chair is also a great way to brighten up a space.  

Which color idea are you thinking of trying?

 

 

 

 

 

Three Kitchen Trends from 2021 That May Be Sticking Around

There have been three big kitchen trends in 2021 and I believe they are going to roll right into 2022 with some added new ones. The three trends that I think you will see continue are:

Mix and Match Metals I have a lot of clients that still have a tough time with this one and I get it. Plus it isn’t the easiest thing to do and get it right. light-blue-island-kitchen-cabinets-600×493 Here are a couple pointers:

  1. Pick a Dominant Finish
  2. Then choose one or two accent metals but don’t overdue it. Stick to 2 or 3.
  3. Keep Balance – use your dominant metal more than your accent metals. Use your accent metal at least twice.
  4. You can mix up the texture of the metal as well. Use a matte or hammered metal to break up too much polished metal.
  5. You can even use warm and cool tones. Polished brass along side Chrome. Polished copper is a great contrast to stainless steel.

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Out of all the trends…..this one is my favorite. I have never been a matchy matchy person and breaking the mold on all metals matching is super exciting to me!      

 

Smart Appliances I thought my oven was ‘smart’ when I got it seven years ago because it had a sabbath feature. I wasn’t sure what that was but it had it. Now the ‘smartness’ of appliances is out of this world. I actually remember going into the ‘Smart House’ in the futuristic section of Disney World and saw some of these things and thought…no way!!!

Samsung has many smart refrigerators and one comes equipped with Family Hub and Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant. Family Hub is basically like having a tablet screen built into your fridge door that also works as a memo board, and you can all access it from your phones. Plus, the fridge has a built-in camera, so if you’re ever out at the grocery store wondering if you have enough eggs at home, you can just take a peek inside from your phone. That is so cool in a weird way! smart appliances

Did you know you can talk to your oven, now too? An electric convection range from GE is just one example—it connects to wifi, so you can set it up to work with your Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, and several other apps for the easiest cooking experience ever. You can also make your range hood high tech too. One from GE features a guided cooking app built into its smart-touch screen and has dual cameras: one forward-facing to video chat with friends and family about granny’s recipe, and another located above the cooktop for you to lives tream your progress.

My Mom loved technology and I wish she was still here to see these. She would have loved them!      

 

Quartize  Quartzize No…It is not the same as Quartz. Two different things!

Quartzite is a natural metamorphic stone formed when sand is heated and compressed within the earth. Quartz contains pieces of ground quartz combined with resin and polymers to create a man-made material that’s pretty and strong.

A couple facts about Quartize:

1) It is more durable than Granite

2) It can look like marble but not scratch.

3) It is less porous than granite thus it doesn’t stain or hold bacteria as easily.

I could write an entire term paper on the differences of quartz and quartzite which I won’t bore you with but do your research. There are great pluses on the Quartz side and great pluses on the Quartize side. Granite really has taken the bottom of the preference factor for most of my clients for years but the call between Quartz and Quartzite are a bit tougher to make.

I think in 2022 you will see more wood in kitchens but I do think the three trends above will be here for a while. If you love the look but you are not sure how to pull it together, look to a professional to help you with your selections.  

Finishing Your Lower Level to Sell Your Home – Part 2

If you didn’t catch Finishing Your Lower Level to Sell Your Home – Part 1″  please click the link to check that out. Along with the new bedroom and bath photos is gives an explanation as to why you may or may not want to finish off your lower level prior to selling.

This post continues to show you the before and after photos of my finished lower level. Besides the added bedroom and bath (on previous post), I was able to add 3 additional living areas. The TV area, the game/eating area, and my favorite…..the cozy fireplace sitting area.

For 20 years this lower level had been a dumping ground to put whatever we didn’t want to deal with at the time (you didn’t see the half of it!) and a place for 1-3 Saint Bernards to come in from the backyard and not have to worry about the mud and dirt.

As with the bedroom and bath, decisions were made on the fact that it is a lower level and will be sold in five years. Luxury Vinyl Planks were put on the floor for durability for us with Saint Bernards but also the the fact it is water proof for a lower level with a sump pump and walk out to a pond.

The flooring was continued throughout the entire space including the bedroom and bath making it one continuous space. The durability and look will be a selling feature as well. The goal was a budget of a lower level but a finished space that doesn’t look like a lower level. 🙂

 

Before and After TV Area (aka my hubby’s area):

 

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Before and After Game/Dining Area (tough to move the big dog; her favorite spot):

 

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The Hearth Area (my spot and personal favorite):

 

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With the cost savings mentioned in the first post due to being my own general contractor, it has been determined that the added bedroom, bath and living areas will increase my selling price at least equal to what we spent; and hopefully it will continue to increase. Plus we get at least five years to enjoy it before we move. Win Win!!

So if you are looking to finish off your lower level to sell your home you need to:

  1. Determine how many years until you sell.
  2. Discuss the added value for the additional square footage with a Realtor that works in your area.
  3. Get bids from all contractors and vendors to determine the total costs.
  4. Research costs on ALL materials such as hardware, paint, trim, faucet, toilet etc. that may not be included in any of the contractor or vendor quotes.

At this point you can begin to make some decisions and move forward if it makes sense. My big caution to you: DO NOT OVER BUILD FOR YOUR AREA AND TIME FRAME. Meaning, there is only so much you can get for your square footage and don’t go all out and with a massive wish list. If you notice, I did not do any built-ins as I was not going to get the return on my investment within the 5 year projected sale date.

It’s a big decision but one we decided to make at this point for us. Be sure to bring in trained and certified professionals to guide you through the process.