Spring is an amazing time to plan a remodel of your home. The weather is warmer, which is conducive to drying cement and paint. Longer hours of daylight also give you more time for remodeling work. You can leave the windows open in case paint aromas linger and it is unlikely that your remodeling project will be interrupted by inclement weather.
Here are some looks that are hot this spring!
Open kitchen-family rooms are on trend in today’s home market. A large kitchen that opens up into a family room is highly desirable and also creates a welcoming, intimate space for you and your family. An island with a breakfast bar provides more prep area as well as a casual dining space in the kitchen. Bright, well-lit open spaces with sleek, clean-lines are great for resale value while also improving your enjoyment of your home! Natural-looking floors in the kitchen look amazing in bright spaces with hardwood becoming very popular choice for the kitchen! Talk with your contractor about how you can achieve this look in your kitchen!
Homeowners today are more likely to choose a house with a larger shower space. A shower space that is separate from a luxurious tub is very appealing if you have the room for it. Larger shower spaces can often accommodate a place to sit down, big round showerheads, and elaborate shelving. Bathroom floors are traditionally made of ceramic tile since it is waterproof, easy to repair or replace, and easy to keep clean. In areas with a lot of moisture, tile is a great choice. Ceramic tiles come in many styles and can be adapted to almost any décor, so talk to a flooring specialist about the look that may be right for your bathroom!
Grays have really been embraced in the past few years. Grays are often very versatile and take on the hues of other colors in the room. This spring has shown a shift towards bolder jewel-toned paints, ranging from emeralds and amethysts to opal-inspired neutrals. Gray is still very much on-trend and here to stay though so if you like the open, airiness look that a light neutral gray paint can lend to a room, it is a great choice.
Flooring has really evolved in recent times from a walking surface to a major design element of your space. With it has come so many choices, many advancements in technology, manufacturing, and design. Some new trends for 2018 include installing green flooring made from materials like bamboo or cork, natural-fiber carpeting, or reclaimed wood. Talk to a flooring specialist about how these may be a great choice for your home!
Hardwood floors are here to stay and for good reason, since their beauty and durability bring timelessness to your home. New trends in hardwood floors include using varying plank widths for a one of a kind look! Historically, this is how hardwood floors were installed wince builders were more thrifty and would use every part of the tree, leading to variability in plank widths.
Distressed wood flooring is also popular since they are eco-friendly since they use reclaimed wood materials as well as complements the style of both modern and farmhouse style homes.
Farmhouse style isn’t reserved for those who live on a farm! Decorating and styling your home with a practical mindset that often comes with living the country life is very popular, utilizing soothing color combinations, natural elements, and lots of texture.
Here are some ways to achieve a farmhouse look in your home
Choosing neutral colors for the walls highlights the natural textures of the walls found in many farmhouses. Your home may already have planked walls, beadboard, or wainscoting or you could add these elements yourself to your walls. These materials look best with soft beige, cream, or possibly gray paint. Keeping the walls all within the same color scheme is calming and helps blend together the look.
2. Neutral Décor
Conventional interior design may have you mixing neutral walls with bright and bold décor, but a farmhouse look usually includes neutral décor as well. Use pops of color in small pieces, such as a colorful vase, rather than in larger focal points like a rug or sofa.
3. Don’t Shop at the Big Box Stores
Local antique and thrift stores will probably hold the greatest treasures for giving your home a farmhouse look. Mass produced items from big box stores or the mall have charm, but are not vintage pieces that will fill your home with warmth.
4. Incorporate wood
Wood flooring, wooden décor, and wooden furniture all go perfectly with a farmhouse look! Wide planked hardwood flooring is perfect for farmhouse floors, giving the impression that the flooring came from an old barn. The shade of the floor is up to you, both lights and darks work well with farmhouse décor. Low sheen floors match the farmhouse look best so avoid high shine finishes. Adding antique wooden signs and furniture ties the whole look together.
5. Refresh your Light Fixtures
A light fixture provides way more than function, it can also make or break a room. A light fixture should provide you with enough light to adequately see in the room but changing out an ultra-modern or outdated fixture with one with a more vintage appearance can really add to the look of a farmhouse. Since electricity and safety is involved, don’t be afraid to purchase a light fixture new, so many retailers make pieces that will match your vintage style.
Your home does not have to fit the exact definition of a “Country Farmhouse”, look 100% modern, or be entirely classically romantic. Strict style mandates such as those should be left to period homes used as museums. It is not realistic or ideal for your entire house to have a certain feel or style.
The most important part of any house are the people who call it home. Blending your unique personality and sense of style with your home’s existing structure will create a house that feels like your home.
When crafting the look of your home, it is possible to use the pieces you love, even if they do not match, without looking like a crazy person. Begin by considering the style of the exterior of your home and how this translates to the interior. A turn of the century farmhouse design inside a modern loft might not mesh well. You do not need to match the inside to the outside perfectly but an interior design that carries on qualities of the exterior of the house will create fluidity with the space. The architecture of your home may do this naturally with the layout of rooms or types of flooring used.
Color is important when blending styles. If your room design includes an inherited vintage chair, you can still incorporate a comfortable sofa for the family, just choose one that is the same color as the chair. This will help your room feel cohesive even if the furniture styles do not match.
Combine styles throughout an entire space. There is no need to have a side of the room designated as Scandinavian minimalism and another side meant to be the Romantic Bohemian corner. This looks odd, does not flow well and is jarring on the eye. Instead, choose Scandinavian type furniture designs with the rich prints and texture of Bohemian design for couch pillows, throws, and artwork.
Create a visually interesting room by matching the height of your furniture. An eclectic assortment of dining room chairs is visually pleasing if the chair backs are similar height. Mismatched nightstands or lamps on either side of the bed look appealing when they are similar heights, but may look junky or cluttered if they are all different sizes.
Think about the mood of the room you are designing. A family room is generally meant for relaxed, family time and may not be a great place for vintage, formal furniture. Use treasured heirlooms or antiques in a different space in the house or choose a few pieces as decoration.
If you are updating your space, consider the flooring that would look best with your style! Oak flooring blends well between styles since it can be stained lighter or darker. The type of wood works well in formal, casual, and rustic spaces. Wider planks of lighter woods make a space feel very cozy and comfortable while darker, thinner planks can make a space feel formal.
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When we first set out to decorate our homes, we tend to gravitate to those things that make us happy; sometimes we go towards those things that are unique, coupled with things we already own, or inherited, and build from there. We focus a lot on personal style and what that means to you, but what we haven’t explored is what it actually says. The choices we make in the color and décor of our interior design have a direct effect on our emotions and how others perceive us. No one says you should decorate to make other people happy, but keeping some of that in consideration will make others not only enjoy being in your home, they will also want to come back.
You may have heard of “color psychology”. Marketing companies have used this tactic for years. There are certain colors that evoke various emotions, and the way you use these will determine how others feel in your space too. As you create your personal style, make sure the colors fit with the ‘theme’ you envision for your space.
According to Freshome.com, these colors produce these specific emotions and work best in the noted spaces:
Red: Symbolizes power and passion. It can be used to warm up spaces and make them feel more intimate.
Orange: Offers a jolt of energy and innovation. It’s best used as an accent because too much can leave people feeling overwhelmed.
Yellow: Associated with happiness, creation, and creativity. It works well in combination with a calming neutral and in rooms with lots of natural light to create a peaceful environment.
Green: Known for its soothing qualities. Green is the perfect choice for a foyer or entryway because it eases the transition from the outdoors.
Blue: Perpetuates feelings of calm and freshness. It’s a good fit for high traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
Purple: Connotes royalty and luxury. Purple is a great choice for formal living rooms or master bedrooms because it adds an air of lush sophistication.
Gray: Gives a sense of relaxation and serenity. Use gray in spaces like home offices or bathrooms.
Brown: Like green, brown’s natural roots give it a relaxing touch. Choose it for rooms where the family gathers and furniture groupings that will incite conversation.
Black: An assertion of power. Use black for statement pieces that you want to draw the eye.
White: Relates a sense of cleanliness and purity. It is great for defining a space, but use white in conjunction with other colors since too much reads as sterile. (source: freshome.com)
Before you decide on colors, it’s time to pick flooring! Contact us to help marry these two together for you to help you create the home of your dreams!
Although you may notice furniture or artwork first, flooring is the largest surface in a room and can be the inspiration for the rest of a room’s design. A room will not look “right” if the wall colors, furniture, and overall design do not go with the style and color of the flooring.
Floors need to be planned first when designing a room. Although usually installed last, long after the paint has dried and cabinets are installed, flooring decisions need to be made first in order to plan other elements of the room. The width and style of the flooring will help determine the other design elements in the room while the exact color of the flooring will be the base for choosing wall and ceiling colors, woodworking style and color as well as furniture.
There are many different flooring options but this abundance of options allows everyone to choose something in a style that fits their preferences, budget, and needs. Floors are a big investment and also one of the more difficult elements of a home to replace due to the inconvenience but also with how the overall design of a room will be drastically changed when flooring is replaced. Take your time to choose flooring that you love but will also be versatile with whatever design changes may take place over time. Furniture and wall colors are much easier and less expensive to update. It is natural for personal taste and preferences to change over time but you should not need to update flooring to match the other changes you wish to make.
If you wish to make a smaller room or home feel more spacious, wide-planked boards can give the appearance of a larger room as well as show off the beautiful natural grains of the wood. Light hued wood brightens a room by reflecting natural light and is an excellent choice for a family room or kids play area. Wood with dark tones is effortlessly elegant and cozy, making it a great option for a formal dining room or study. The flooring throughout the whole house does not have to match but it can be hard to visualize how different flooring styles may flow together. One of our flooring specialists can help you get a feel for how this may look.
A classic, timeless flooring choice such as hardwood floors can really increase the resale value of your home. Building the design of your room or entire home with beautiful flooring as the foundation will bring the focus to the investment you have made in your home. Whether you are building a brand new house or remodeling, sit down with one of our flooring specialists to learn about your options and make the choice that is right for you. The flooring specialists at Kruper flooring are here to help you choose a flooring solution, contact us today to get started!