The holidays bring a certain jingle to your home, especially when it comes to striking colors. While silver and gold are usually the colors of the season, this year designers are focusing on something fresh. They are heralding copper as the color of the season!
The color is versatile, maintaining a warm feel that is often lost in the glitz of gold or silver. Copper still brings shine and light, but doesn’t loose its depth.
To incorporate copper, try adding copper plated pieces in your kitchen or use the color to warm up a chilly room. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.
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A key element of your home is your wall color. It can make your home dull or vibrant. When choosing a color, always remember that a color is always more intense on the wall then in the color. Try a shade lighter to make it a perfect match.
To make sure the shade is just right, be sure to paint a healthy sample on your wall, viewing it throughout the day under various lighting. Also, remember that cool colors recede with time and warm colors advance.
When choosing your color to test, ask yourself the following questions:
When do you plan on using this room? If you use your room in the morning, try neutrals and whites. If you use the space during the evening, try something cozy.
Where is your room, and where are the windows? If your windows open to the sun, choose cool colors to soothe the intense rays. If your windows let in a muted light, pick some warm colors to brighten things up.
Why are you painting the room? Think about your plans for the room. Trying to make it bigger? Go for light colors, or widen the room by painting the walls a similar color as the furniture.
An interior door doesn’t just have to be a barrier between rooms. An interior door can be a elegant entryway or a stately addition to your home. Some of the best designed homes feature highly unique transition ways that give each room a wonderful first impression. Here are some of the options for your home.
French Doors provide a classic look to any room. The doors consist of a door with glass panels that extend the full length of the door. This allows light to stream through, making the room feel lighter and still giving some separation between spaces. These are especially good for transitions between breakfast rooms and custom closets.
Louvered (or Plantation) look like the often sought after windows, that are used for their casual look and ventilation. The horizontal slats allow for air and sound to flow through.
Pocket Doors are doors without hinges, knob, or a frame. It slides along tracks and is perfect for covering up a laundry room, a mud room, or any room that occasionally needs to be covered up.
Solid Wood Doors are most often seen in homes as they provide great sound insulation with a warm and natural look. The style is easy to coordinate with any interior design.
Double Doors are two doors hung side by side that meet in the middle. This design is best for grand entry ways or large storage spaces.
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With winter and the holidays quickly approaching, it may be a good time to consider a fireplace. A fireplace is a worthwhile investment, while being an additional aid to reducing yearly heating costs.
While adding a fireplace doesn’t add to your official home value assessment, most real estate agents consider it a hot selling point. In fact, the National Association of Realtors found that 46% of homebuyers would pay extra for a home with at least one fireplace. For an addition that costs an average of $2,000-$5,000, adding a fireplace can have an excellent return on investment.
When considering a fireplace, there are two main options to consider: wall-mounted and free-standing.
Wall-mounted is best in cold climates and is most common in homes. It is usually constructed with a mantel and can be built in a dividing wall between two rooms. Putting the fireplace in a dividing wall allows two different rooms to enjoy the fireplace.
A free-standing fireplace provides the pluses of a built-in fireplace without additional construction to your home. The free-standing nature makes the installation much easier and less expensive than wall-mounted fireplaces.
Either option provides warmth to your home and a perfect family gathering place for the holidays.