Maximalism

We’ve all heard of minimalism, but have you heard of maximalism? It’s a hot design trend that’s making a comeback. So what is it? While minimalism focuses on a clean, monochromatic, simple look, Maximalism is a loud style that uses a lot of patterns and colors. After the 2008 recession, minimalism was popular as it allowed people to be represented with less things. When the economy recovered, maximalism became popular again. It’s a design trend that’s been around for a long time with resurgence in the Victorian Era. It showcases wealth and personality through an eclectic look. 

With maximalism, there’s a cohesive, cozy look to it. It’s similar to the grand millennial style. Here are nine ways to achieve it.

  1. Use color! Maximalism uses dark colors like black, deep green, and other dark tones. If using a dark wallpaper make sure to add pops of color for depth. 
  2. Have fun with patterns. Whether it’s on your wallpaper, couch, or cushions, this design concept has a lot of bold patterns. 
  3. Display artwork. Don’t be afraid to put your own artwork up in your house. This will add the right personal touch to your home. 
  4. Showcase your book collection. This is a great reflection of your personality and brings character to your space. There’s something personal about allowing your guests to look through your favorite books.
  5. Get personal, not perfect. It’s more about you and your home to tell what your interests are. You could showcase your favorite artwork from your travels to Turkey or some knicknacks you got in Europe. However you wish to express your personality, be sure it’s a great representation of you.
  6. Set up a gallery wall. To get the right gallery wall involves some planning. You’ll want the color scheme of the frames to be uniform. However, different sizes of frames are encouraged and are more appealing to look at. To get the right look, you can measure your frames on paper. Cut the paper out, and then tape them to your wall to see how your frames will look together. This is a great way to visual how your gallery wall will look with the ability to change it up before you commit to anything.
  7. Layer your favorite pieces. There’s an art to mixing your favorite design pieces in a room with maximalism.
  8. Mixes glamor with hygge. Hygge is a Danish term that describes the feeling of coziness. A great example of hygge is cuddling up with a cozy blanket by the fire.  Maximalism has a unique combination of glamor and coziness that other design styles don’t. It evokes this cozy feeling while remaining glamorous.
  9. Have fun! Isabel Ladd says, “Joy is a fundamental element of maximalist design because the vibrancy and energy that hits you when you walk into a well-decorated maximalist space should induce happiness”. Be sure your home evokes this sort of emotion. 

 

Maximalism may just become your new favorite design trend. It’s exciting, comfortable, and personal. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s a unique reflection of your style and personality. It does take some time and effort to have the right maximalist style, but in the end it’s worth it.

Coastal Grandmother Style is The Newest Trend of 2022

Just as everything else, the pandemic forced a cosmic shift in style and trends. What was once in is now out, and a return to the known has become the most impactful trend of all. From this we’ve seen trends leading towards organics, cozier rooms and shades, then the grandmillenial became the newest buzz word. Now, we’re seeing a huge shift towards coastal grandmother, but what does that mean, and how can you incorporate this into your home?

The inspiration for this may have stemmed from people stuck at home with nothing but Netflix or the Hallmark channel to watch. These rom-coms started to shape perception and a reminder of the familiar, cozy way Nancy Meyers made us feel. There’s an easiness and classiness about the trend that TikTok ran off with and for once, we’re on board with whatever TikTok is telling us is cool.

So, let’s start with the picture. Imagine a wealthy, middle aged woman by the beach; what she’s wearing, what her color options would look like, and what her home may look like too. If you’ve seen Grace and Frankie on Netflix, and watched Jane Fonda episode after episode looking effortless classy, you’re on your way to the Coastal Grandmother trend.

There’s cashmere, there’s linen, the lines are clean but not cold, the elements are natural, but not organic. It’s the Hamptons, Newport, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket. Heck, if you’ve paid any attention to Martha Stewart, you’ll see that she is the poster child of this movement!

While this movement looks similar to the grandmillenial trend, you’ll notice that that trend focuses on chints, florals, and pastels. The Coastal Grandmother focuses on a neutral palette and a more monochrome laid-back look.

There’s a mix of anitques and modern pieces, nubby knits, linen, mohair, and upscale furniture that brings an air of luxury to the design. Think creamy whites, soft gold, nautical shades of blue. The beach getaway (even if you’re nowhere near a beach).

This isn’t to say that you should decorate with seashells (although there are ways to do it in a very tasteful way that’s not too “this is a beach house” way), you want to evoke the air of cool without taking it too far down the beach house hole.

Coastal grandmother (just as grandmillenial) has staying power, unlike other fashion trends that have come and gone, this look is timeless and can be pivoted as new trends come along.

As presitgeonline.com recently wrote “The secret to acing this trend, wherever you live? A simple, measured approach. “It’s easy to incorporate the foundational design elements into [your] space,” Gray shares. “Start with a gauzy drape as a window treatment—to bring in natural light and add privacy—and continue to build up textures of white throughout your furniture and décor choices. As the trend really leans into slow living and life’s small moments, fresh flowers are absolutely a must to bring in some colour and cheer.”

Find inspiration with one of our design experts, and let us help you find the right balance between the trend and your personal style to create a timeless trend all your own.

Pros and Cons for Different Flooring Options

There are many different flooring options on the market now and it can feel overwhelming to select the one best suited for your lifestyle and your home. Here are some popular flooring options and their advantages and the disadvantages. 

 

Solid Hardwood

This is a traditional flooring type that is extremely durable. Hardwood flooring is available in many different types of wood, such as cherry, oak, maple, walnut, bamboo, mahogany and ash. Its natural beauty adds warmth to any room. It also complements many different styles of decor such as traditional or modern. Hardwood floors are easy to clean and maintain. Furthermore, it is an excellent choice for allergy sufferers since, unlike carpets, there are no fibers to trap dander, pollen or dust. In addition, hardwood floors increase the value of a house. Hardwood floors are expensive. However, a properly-maintained wood floor will not need to be replaced every 10 years like other flooring options. Wood floors can be dented and scratched over time. Re sanding and staining is commonly done to rectify this problem and can be easily fixed.

Engineered hardwood 

This is plywood material underneath real wood. This is a good choice for people who live in humid climates because the plywood makes it less likely to warp. Overall, it has the same advantages and disadvantages of hardwood floors. Some pros to this flooring option are that it’s fine for humid environments, has warmth with real wood, comes in wide planks, and is great for resale. Some cons are that it is expensive, not waterproof, and can be dented or scratched easily. Engineered hardwood floors are a great option for people living in humid climates. 

 

Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP)

Luxury vinyl flooring is made from PVC-based materials which makes it very durable. It is quieter and warmer than laminate floors. LVP is an option that gives you the look of hardwood but at a more affordable price. It is also waterproof which makes it an excellent choice for kitchens and other high-traffic areas of your home. This option is also ideal for rental or investment properties  or people with children or pets. LVP is a popular flooring choice but can’t compare with hardwood in terms of resale appeal.

Laminate

Laminate flooring is another affordable option. It is easy to install, is scratch and water resistant and very easy to clean. There are also a wide variety of colors and patterns to choose from. The disadvantage to laminate is that eventually it must be replaced. You cannot re sand and refinish laminate like you can with hardwood. However, laminate flooring typically lasts 15-25 years. Laminate is similar to  LVP in that it isn’t as beneficial as hardwood in terms of resale. Laminate is a good option for those who want the look of wood but for a lower price. 

 

Cork

Cork is an eco-friendly, natural flooring option. It is made from the bark of the cork tree. It is also biodegradable. Some advantages of cork flooring are: good thermal and insulating qualities, is eco-friendly and great for allergies (it is made without formaldehyde adhesives and emits zero volatile organic compounds), and it is easy to install and maintain. Today there are many more colors to choose from and there are waterproof cork floors, as well. Warranties for cork range from 1-25 years.  Some disadvantages of cork are that it is not as durable as other materials, can be damaged easily (especially by pets), and can get faded by sunlight. This is a great option for homeowners who are keen about using a green option and do not have any pets. 

 

Transform Your Home or Apartment to Suit Your Unique Needs

If you feel like your rented home or apartment is too cramped or doesn’t offer the features you most want, there’s good news! Today, Kruper Flooring & Design shares a few simple ways to transform your living space to suit your unique needs. 

Update Your Home Office 

Are you currently working off your kitchen table or your living room couch? If you regularly work from home, you need a dedicated work area to help you stay organized and productive. If you have the space, a separate room is best. However, if your home doesn’t include enough space, you can get creative with your transformation. For example, consider using standing screens or curtains to section off a corner of your living room or den. 

Include a desk and a comfortable, supportive chair in your home office. Consider using a gaming chair instead of an office chair, as they generally provide more support. If your chosen desk doesn’t offer enough storage space, get a filing cabinet, a standing cabinet, or shelving to help you keep your work items organized. And don’t forget to allow in as much natural light as possible.

Redesign Rarely Used Rooms

If you have a formal dining room or guest bedroom, consider putting those rooms to better use. For example, instead of using a formal dining room, utilize your eat-in kitchen or place your table in the corner of your living room, and convert the dining room into a home office. Transform your guest bedroom into a workout space, and include a fold-out couch or trundles in your other bedrooms or in the living room to accommodate overnight visitors.

Create a Playroom 

Consider creating a playroom for your children in one of those rarely used rooms described above. This is an especially great idea if your children share a bedroom since shared rooms can quickly get cramped with toys, clothing, and furniture. 

Spacejoy suggests including organizational furniture for your children’s playroom. Children’s bookshelves, toy boxes, and cube shelving are excellent ideas. Child-sized furniture, such as tables or couches, can help your kids feel more at home in their new room. 

Find a New Home or Apartment

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you need to upgrade your living space to suit your needs. If you’re looking for a new rental, online listings can make your search significantly easier. Narrow down your listings by including your desired number of bathrooms and bedrooms.

Also, Realtor Magazine says to consider which of the most popular amenities you want to have in your new home. An excellent idea is to rank your desirables from most important to least important. For example, a fenced-in yard and front porch may be necessities for you, whereas a home office might be nice but isn’t mandatory. Use websites such as Redfin, Realtor.com and HomeFinder to help you find your new dream home. 

Transform Your Living Space Today

If you feel like your home doesn’t provide the features you need most, you’re not alone. You can use the tips above to help transform your living space to suit your unique needs today. 

Kruper Flooring & Design provides top-quality flooring that will give you a home that is beautiful to come home to. Call 703-898-5912.

Transform Your Home or Apartment to Suit Your Unique Needs

If you feel like your rented home or apartment is too cramped or doesn’t offer the features you most want, there’s good news! Today, Kruper Flooring & Design shares a few simple ways to transform your living space to suit your unique needs.

Update Your Home Office 

Are you currently working off your kitchen table or your living room couch? If you regularly work from home, you need a dedicated work area to help you stay organized and productive. If you have the space, a separate room is best. However, if your home doesn’t include enough space, you can get creative with your transformation. For example, consider using standing screens or curtains to section off a corner of your living room or den.

Include a desk and a comfortable, supportive chair in your home office. Consider using a gaming chair instead of an office chair, as they generally provide more support. If your chosen desk doesn’t offer enough storage space, get a filing cabinet, a standing cabinet, or shelving to help you keep your work items organized. And don’t forget to allow in as much natural light as possible.

Redesign Rarely Used Rooms

If you have a formal dining room or guest bedroom, consider putting those rooms to better use. For example, instead of using a formal dining room, utilize your eat-in kitchen or place your table in the corner of your living room, and convert the dining room into a home office. Transform your guest bedroom into a workout space, and include a fold-out couch or trundles in your other bedrooms or in the living room to accommodate overnight visitors.

Create a Playroom 

Consider creating a playroom for your children in one of those rarely used rooms described above. This is an especially great idea if your children share a bedroom since shared rooms can quickly get cramped with toys, clothing, and furniture.

Spacejoy suggests including organizational furniture for your children’s playroom. Children’s bookshelves, toy boxes, and cube shelving are excellent ideas. Child-sized furniture, such as tables or couches, can help your kids feel more at home in their new room.

Find a New Home or Apartment

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you need to upgrade your living space to suit your needs. If you’re looking for a new rental, online listings can make your search significantly easier. Narrow down your listings by including your desired number of bathrooms and bedrooms.

Also, Realtor Magazine says to consider which of the most popular amenities you want to have in your new home. An excellent idea is to rank your desirables from most important to least important. For example, a fenced-in yard and front porch may be necessities for you, whereas a home office might be nice but isn’t mandatory. Use websites such as Redfin, Realtor.com and HomeFinder to help you find your new dream home.

Transform Your Living Space Today

If you feel like your home doesn’t provide the features you need most, you’re not alone. You can use the tips above to help transform your living space to suit your unique needs today.

Kruper Flooring & Design provides top-quality flooring that will give you a home that is beautiful to come home to. Call 703-898-5912.

Bohemian Design

If you’re looking for a fun, colorful, and funky style then look no further; the bohemian style may be just right for you. What is bohemian style? It originated in France in the 19th century when artists began living near and were influenced by Romani people. These people were mostly artists, performers, and nomads and valued creativity over money. Their ideals are portrayed in the style; it typified a free-spirited, creative, and nomadic lifestyle. This style was neither sophisticated nor expensive. Elements of Bohemian style include bold textures, patterns, and colors. This cozy, care-free style is easy to achieve. 

Here are 5 ways you can incorporate bohemian style into your home: 

  1. Decide on a color scheme. Jewel tones, earthy tones, and metallics are all classic, but any kind of color palette is acceptable. It’s also customary to use several bright colors together. The bold colors really make your place pop. 
  2. Use different patterns and textures. Layering different types of patterns and textures is key in the boho style. Shag, wood, vinyl, all of these can be seen in one boho room and it just works. Try to think outside of the lines and be mindful of how these different patterns and textures go together.
  3. Add a gallery wall. Feel free to mix and match different pictures, this can add a nice creative touch to your home. Just make sure you stick with your color scheme. Gold embroidered frames can be a great option for your gallery wall. 
  4. Bring plants into your home. Not only does this make it feel cozy, but the plants will purify your home. If you do not want to take care of a live plant, plastic plants can also work here to get the right look. Whether real or fake, it brings a natural element into your home. Be sure to include various levels of plant stands for visual interest. For more information, check out our previous article about adding more plants into your home. 
  5. Find unique pieces. Look for furniture that comes from exotic places around the world, vintage shops, or local artisans. They are usually handmade. Some common furniture include hanging chairs, chaises, and daybeds. These unique pieces really add personality to your space. Remember, they don’t all have to be similar or cohesive to work!
  6. Make combinations. Part of the boho style is to mix different types of furniture and pieces. You could have a persian rug, a vintage sofa, and a Moroccan lamp, all in the same room. 
  7. Showcase your trinkets. If you have collected various trinkets from your travels, be sure to showcase them. It reflects the well-traveled lifestyle of bohemian style. It’s also a great conversation starter when guests are over. 

With these simple tips, you will have the bohemian home of your dreams. Keep in mind it takes time to build the right bohemian look. Start collecting and planning items for your home in advance. You don’t want to rush out and buy whatever you can find, rather find items that help you express yourself and your bohemian style.