Lighting Trends 2016

Thinking of buying some new lighting for your home in 2016? Excellent! It’s a great upgrade to any home whether you are thinking of selling soon or not. Changing your lighting can enhance the whole look of your room. In particular, in the kitchen it can modernize and bring a kitchen up to date with the latest trends giving it a much younger feel. Here’s a look at what’s hot right now:

 

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The ‘sputnik’ design as it is best known is everywhere! It’s hugely popular with millennials and brings a cool, modern, architectural element to any room. You can find it in brass which is also a trend right now, as well as a shinier chrome finish, bronze etc. I recommend it for a dining room pop! Also above are the chrome and glass look sconces for bathrooms. This is a big trend for baths right now: chrome- or believe it or not:  gold is back! But not the gold from 10 years ago – a more modern brushed finish. Take a look at any pottery barn or home goods and you’ll see what I mean!

 

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Metallics are also on trend. Copper, brass, silver, with the industrial edge.

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Speaking of industrial- you’ll see a mix of industrial styles in all major retailers! Think Mid Century Modern. Reclaimed wood and greys in every room mixed with these old timey funky fixtures.

lighting trends 4Spherical chandeliers have been popular for a few years now so fore warning it’s a trend that may be on the way out soon. However, they look gorgeous and still incorporate some of that more architectural look. If traditional style is more your thing you might look into finding a sphere for your space!

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Looking for some ideas for New Year’s Resolutions that don’t have to do with dieting? Making some resolutions for your home improve your health, wealth, and lifestyle all in one!

Here are some examples:

Resolution #1 – Reduce Clutter

The most common thing I see when touring homes is clutter. We all have it, even if it’s just the ‘junk drawer’ or the unorganized shoe shelf. Every time you look at it, it can stress you out! Take a day for yourself to go to the Container Store or Hobby Lobby and pick up some great baskets for organizing the closets and shelves. Target also sells some wonderful drawer dividers so you can see your tools and items more easily and make sure that everything has a place.

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Resolution #2 – Spot Checks

It’s easy to put off that furnace service and fireplace cleaning. They’re those not fun expenditures that no one wants to make. But they’re so important to keeping the home functioning well and avoiding more costly problems later on!

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Resolution #3 Re-fresh 1 room

Tackling a whole house remodel can be daunting. Make a budget (even if it’s tiny), do some browsing on sites like Houzz and Pinterest to get some ideas for your room, and go ‘smart shopping.’ Look on Craigslist, at resale shops, or your favorite stores, if you have the budget for it, and give one room a makeover. It will improve the value of your house and give your Winter blues a kick in the pants!

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Window Coverings – Options for 2015

Tired of your window looking like this?

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There are some beautiful trends out there for window coverings that are well worth the expenditure and can change the whole look of your rooms. Here are some of my favorites:

Organic Coverings – Neutral and work in every room. Bring nature indoors and add texture to your design concept.organic fab 2organic blinds
Hunter Douglas sheers collection lets light into the room while cutting down on too much sun and heat. It gives a gauzy, dreamy, effect buyers love! And the best part is no clunky blinds getting caught up in each other and pulls twisting every which way. Easy open and close!

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Drapes will always have their place in a home. The most popular of late are the linen drapes- seen at Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Bed, Bath and Beyond- all major retailers. There are both expensive and inexpensive options and they can add both color and texture to your room design.

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3 ways to increase your curb appeal

Not only is it the first thing you see when you come home but don’t forget it’s the first thing your buyers see. The front of your house is your introduction and sets the tone for showings and impressions of your home. Here are some easy updates to vamp up your curb appeal.

Add Flowers, vegetation, planters 

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It sounds so simple but many sellers don’t spend the small investment to add this friendly touch. I’m partial to the large double pots flanking a door to add symmetry and interest without too much distraction. If it is the winter months consider a lovely evergreen and holly arrangement. Most local florist are thrilled to put these together for you.

Update your numbers and mailbox

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Remember people are carefully looking at both of these to be sure they have the right house. If they are rusted or dilapidated it gives the impression the house is not well cared for. Easy small expenditure to ‘freshen’ your look.

Paint the door

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Colored doors are instyle right now. If you are looking for a great ‘pop’ to set your house apart, yellow looks wonderful particularly with grey, blue, or white siding. Red is also a nice standard traditional look and if those are too bold for you then just a freshen up of your current color makes a big impact!

3 easy and inexpensive updates for your home

As a real estate broker, I am often asked what updates can bring the most return on your investment? While kitchens and baths will always be the mainstays of home renovation, if your budget doesn’t allow for an entire room makeover these are a few simple updates that can freshen up a home and take a few years off!

1.) Change out the old light fixtures

Large brass chandeliers are particularly outdated. You can sub in a whole new look for just a few hundred dollars.

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2.) Switch your switches

Changing out your outlets and switches to fresh white makes a bigger impact than you would think. To potential buyers it looks like a younger home.

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3.) Door Knobs and Hinges

You may not have the budget to make your entire home look like new construction but for anywhere from a few hundred dollars to around a thousand, depending on how many doors you have, you can have new looking doors. Hinges in particular are pretty easy to do yourself with a little patience and a drill.

Before look:

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After look:

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Chrome, Nickel, Brushed Nickel- whatever your taste, or you can go through a few new construction open houses in your area and see what’s currently popular.