Top Design Trends of 2020

Design trends come and go, and with what’s “in” and “out” constantly changing, it can be a challenge to keep up. While we’re big believers that you should always make design choices that you enjoy — regardless of whether they’re “on trend” — we also love following style changes over time. Here’s what’s currently making waves in the interior design world in 2020.

Combining modern with antique

Mixing elements of both modern and more traditional — or even antique — style is expected to be big in 2020. Think antique furniture with modern art on the walls.

Big, bold colors

While clean whites and different shades of gray ruled the first part of the new century, latest design trends show a shift toward bolder, warmer accent colors and even deep monochromatic style. We’re talking cobalt blues and kelly greens.

Painted interior doors

Rather than just a boring shade of white, paint your interior doors to act as accent pieces in your home. This year, we’re seeing darker and darker color choices that really make doors that once blended in now stand out.

Fun bathroom designs

From quirky wallpaper, to a unique mirror, bathrooms no longer have to be the most boring room in your home. Instead, this year’s design trend is for bathroom design that takes risks and shows personality.

Faux marble countertops

While the real stone can be difficult to maintain, the latest in kitchen design is countertops made to look marble with porcelain and manmade materials. This provides the best of both worlds — the look you want without tedious upkeep.

Multifunctional spaces

Make the most of the space you have by taking back wasted space and being flexible with the purpose of each room in your home. Closet too big for your needs? Revamp a portion of it to act as a home office.

One thing’s for sure: 2020 is the perfect time to take a bold design risk.

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How to Choose a Frame Style and Finish

Framing your bathroom mirror is the simplest way to take your bathroom from boring and unfinished to stylish and chic. However, even once you’ve made the decision to frame your bathroom mirror, the toughest choice is still in front of you: which frame style and finish is right for you?

With lots of options to choose from, it’s easy to struggle with choice paralysis. That’s why we’ve developed a short list of question to help narrow down your style and preference.

  • How is your bathroom decorated? Consider style features that are tougher to switch out — like paint or wallpaper — as well as ones that are easily replaced, like shower curtains and cabinet hardware. How would you describe the style?

 

  • What finishes are used on the sink? While you can consider replacing sink finishes if you’re looking for a full bathroom redo, planning to coordinate your mirror frame finish with the existing finishes is a good place to start.

 

 

  • Would you prefer something simple or more ornate? While many of the mirror frame styles can’t easily fit in these two categories, deciding between extremes can be a good place to begin when narrowing it down.

 

  • What is the ideal color for your mirror frame? Look at the rest of your bathroom colors and think carefully about what color would work best. If you’re going with a wooden frame, consider shade and darkness of stain. If you’re interested in a metallic frame, consider whether gold, copper or pewter would suit your bathroom best.

 

Still can’t decide? Consider ordering a few samples so you can compare in person!

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DIY Projects to Do at Home Right Now

Spending extra time at home doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, we’re willing to argue that staying at home right now can be downright inspirational.

You know those DIY projects you’ve been putting off forever? Now’s the time to cross them off your list. And if you’re looking for easy DIY projects you can accomplish with minimal supplies — well, we can help with that.

Here’s a list of 10 simple DIY projects you can do at home right now:

  • Clean out and organize your garage. We all have that one corner that’s become piled with stuff over the years.

 

  • Repaint all the trim in your house. Trim has a way of getting scuffed up and ignored; yet, adding a fresh coat of paint can make the whole room look revitalized.

 

  • Hang that gallery wall. You know all those photos you always print off and forget to frame? Now’s the time to fix that!

 

  • Paint a piece of furniture. Turn a drab dresser or end table into a bright accent piece with chalk pain.

 

  • Reorganize your closet. Bonus points if you hang new shelving or hooks for extra storage.

 

  • Create a vanity space. If you’re tired of bending over the bathroom counter every morning to get ready, create a custom vanity space with a small desk, mirror and chair.

 

  • Plant a small garden. Even if you don’t have a ton of outdoor space, growing something can give you a great sense of purpose.

 

  • Go wild with the label maker. Start in the pantry and see where it goes from there.

 

  • Replace all your knobs and drawer pulls. Find some eclectic knobs and drawer pulls to spruce up your dresser or kitchen cabinets.

 

  • Frame your bathroom mirror. You knew we had to put this one on here, right?

 

You don’t have to be a skilled craftsmen or artist to turn one of the above DIY projects into something gratifying checked off your to-do list. And you know who can help you with that last one, don’t you?

You guessed it — learn about our Add A Frame®.

 

Selling Your Home? Follow These Budget-friendly Staging Tips

Moving and selling your home is stressful. You want to make it as appealing to potential buyers as possible, but you don’t want to spend a fortune redecorating.

If you’re looking for budget-friendly home staging tips, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 10 cost-effective things you can do to get your home ready to sell.

 

  1. Focus on the curb appeal. It’s not uncommon for prospective buyers to do a “drive-by” viewing before setting up an actual showing. Improving the curb appeal of your home — by maintaining your lawn, painting your shutters, power washing your siding and planting flowers — will help get more potential buyers inside.
  2. Get rid of clutter. People who view your home need to be able to envision their own belongings in every room. Do your best to eliminate clutter and streamline décor.
  3. Steam clean your carpets. Renting a steam cleaner can make carpets look new and eliminate unsightly stains with minimal effort.
  4. Organize your closets. Potential buyers will want to open your closets and see plenty of space, so don’t just shove everything in there and shut the door.
  5. Rearrange furniture. Aim for symmetrical arrangements and pull couches away from the walls to give the illusion of more space.
  6. Utilize mirrors. Speaking of more space, hanging a mirror in a small room will make it feel and appear larger.
  7. Embrace neutral colors. You child may love the neon green accent wall in their room, but it’ll be in the best interest of selling your home to repaint a neutral color.
  8. Make your porch welcoming. Add a welcome mat, some hanging plants and a rocking chair to make the porch visually appealing as visitors enter your home.
  9. Spruce up your bathrooms. Put fresh soap in the soap dish, fold the towels nicely, buy a new shower curtain and consider framing your mirror.
  10. Appear pet-free. If you have a pet, you likely have pet odors — even if you don’t notice them anymore. Do your best to eliminate any smells or visible pet hair and stow away your furry friend’s toys for the time being.

 

You don’t have to go the extra mile but taking a few additional steps can make help your home sell faster and at a higher price. Try these 10 tips for easy, inexpensive house staging.

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3 Ways to Spruce Up a Boring Room

We all have those rooms in our home where we didn’t put as much effort into the décor and the end result is—well—a tad boring. However, instead of just resigning yourself to having “that one boring room” in your home, the time is now to do something about it.

Luckily, you don’t have to do a complete renovation or fully redecorate in order to spruce up a boring room. In fact, even make a few small tweaks and changes can make a huge difference in the looks and feel of a room.

Here are our three best tips for sprucing up a boring room:

Add a new rug

The right rug is often the key missing element to tie a room together. Just be mindful of choosing the right size for your room (hint: visually, it’s best to either find a rug that is big enough to contain all or almost all of the furniture in a given room) and finding a pattern that doesn’t completely overwhelm the senses. Beyond those two concerns, the right rug can be a subtle focal point that makes a previously unremarkable room much more appealing.

Decorate the walls

Wall décor helps move the eyes upwards and allows a room to feel “finished,” even when furniture is sparse. However, you don’t have to break the bank on expensive art in order to achieve this effect. Consider framing some family photos, purchasing a new mirror, framing and existing mirror, creating a gallery wall.

Fill in with fresh accents

Accent pieces like pillows, curtains or even shelving décor offer the perfect small opportunity to “complete” a room. Something as simple as adding a decorative tray to your coffee table or a new vase to your shelving unit might be just the right touch you need to bring a room together. When adding accents, it’s best to not overthink it and just go with complementary items that bring you happiness.

A boring room will only stay as boring as you let it. By adding intrigue and style, you can easily spruce up a drab space with minimal spending and effort.

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