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Have you ever wondered what color you should paint your front door?  HGTV has a quiz that can help you determine what color is best suited for you.  Take the quiz and see if that is the color you have or the coloring you have been dreaming about.


7 Trends That’ll Be “in” for 2017 – and 3 That’ll be “out”

Have you ever wondered if you are in style or out of style with your home?  Here is an article we found from Country Living written by Brie Dyas titled:  7 Trends That’ll Be “in” for 2017 – and 3 That’ll Be “Out”

 OUT: “Strictly” Antique   —    The pressure is off when it comes to only pairing antiques with pieces from the same period.  “No one will be interested in designing an entire space, let alone an entire home, with a strict period in mind,” says Warren Sheets.  “While it’s great to have a period as your starting off point, you don’t have to adhere to it exclusively.  It’s more aesthetically intriguing to create a look that cohesively mixes of elements from the past and the future.”  Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times

OUT:  Brushed Metal  — “Industrial looking or burnished metals have had their day,” says Sheets.  “Shiny, warm metals like bronze and gold are resurging as important ways to lend elegance to a space.”

IN:  Matte Appliances  — The new look for the kitchen is bold without being in-your-face.  “An object with a matte finish seems to strip away all other distractions such as surface sheen, forcing the form of the object to speak for itself,” says designer Bobby Berk.  “Matte can also be a really unexpected finish for objects that are traditionally lustrous or glossy.  This surprise can serve as a wonderful layer in design, adding depth to the overall composition and a counterpoint to other finishes.”

IN:  Marble – You’re not just noticing it on Pinterest – marble is becoming a huge trend.  “Naturally it is showing up in the all areas of our industry,” says Laura Michaels of ‘Get a Room Design’, who recalled how the tile market was dominated by the material at the industry show Covering 2016, especially when paired with wood and metal.  “Marble wall covering carpet and fabric have not missed this trend either.  There is no market untouched by this dominant material!”

IN:  Cerused Wood – A “cerused” finish refers to the technique that brings out the unique grain of wood.  “This trend which has been around in the high end market for some time has finally trickled down and seems universally accepted,” says Laura Michaels.  You’ll see it on cabinets, but also in bigger pieces like tables, chairs, and storage furniture.

IN:  Jewel Tones —  Say good-bye to beige.  The new look for walls will be pure drama.  “Deep jewel tones, like emerald green or amethyst, and pastel colors, which are found in nature are popular,” says designer Heather Higgins, who also cites the saturated neutral of Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the year, Shadow.

IN: Nailhead Details – This accent is a classic for upholstered pieces, but it’s being used in whole new ways.  “We are seeing this trend go beyond the usual upholstery and into storage chests, credenzas, and even base plates of lighting fixtures!  Some designers even use nail heads to create a pattern on the piece of furniture,” says Jennifer Koen, senior vice president for business development at the luxury consignment site Viyet.  The Greek Key ottoman by the Madeline Stuart Collection offers a modern take on the familiar pattern via nail heads.

IN: Subway Tiles – “Another trend that is certainly nothing new, but seems to be cementing itself as a style element of our generation, is subway tile.  It’s such a classic and versatile tile choice, and it really works with all sorts of styles and is affordable at any price point,” says Bobby Berk.  The new look is all about the unexpected element.  “In my own designs we’ve used subway tile to great effect in a farmhouse kitchen, where we added a dark grout to make the backsplash graphic and allow the tile to be even more durable and less likely to show dirt.  It’s a fantastic choice for any aesthetic, lifestyle, and budget and comes in a variety of materials, colors and finishes.  A great way to combine trends would be to consider a matte glass subway tile, for instances.”

IN: Smart Home Features – As our lives revolve more around our devices, so will our homes.  “We will be seeing more and more creative ways of incorporating charging docks and areas specifically dedicated to these devices into the design of a space,” says designer Warren Sheets. IKEA’s SELJE nightstand is just one example of the new generation of smart furniture.

If you have a style you love, we say go for it, it is your home and if it makes you happy you should absolutely do it.  Now, we may say you might want to rethink that thick green shag carpet.