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