By: Janet Lawrence – Interior Designer at Set to Show
With Spring having finally arrived in Minnesota, now is a great time to think about freshening up your home. Open the windows, let the fresh air in, and clean out the junk that has been sitting in your garage or basement. Then begin to make some changes.
First and Foremost:
Stay calm. I encourage clients to think of their home as their personal sanctuary, which means that every change made to the home should be calming. The goal is to walk in that door, be happy to be home, and have stress levels decrease. Rooms should flow from one to another, design selections melding into one another with accent pieces offering breaths of fresh air.
Always the quickest and cheapest way to change the look of a home. I see a lot of demand for grays with white cabinets and trim. I recommend keeping a touch of warmth in the color selection as too much gray can make a home feel cold in the evening. I love Sherwin-Williams’ “Accessible Beige,” as it marries the warmth of a soft beige with the updated look of a cool gray.
See examples of how others have used Accessible Beige here!
I do see more touches of color come into the home with cabinetry – many add variation with the kitchen island. I am getting lots of requests for cabinet colors from navy blue to dark gray to shades of green. Wood is also making a comeback in kitchens, as it instantly brings warmth and richness.
For years, I have told clients to lose the floral wallpaper from the ‘80s. But now I see great wallpaper options sneaking back into favor. If you are not selling your home in the near future, a rich, textured wallpaper is a great way to pull personality into a room if used in a limited way. In a master, it makes for a great headboard wall. In a bathroom, it is perfect for a contrast wall. I even use it on ceilings to add drama to a dining room or an office.
Hardwood floors continue to be the favored flooring. I see stain selections varying from deep, ultra-dark to gray to a light natural wood. My personal favorite is a mid-range brown over a walnut plank floor. Flooring manufacturers are making amazing, easy-to-install, pre-finished wood surfaces with a variety of stain options. Alternatively, tile manufacturers also offer a wealth of choices that look like wood but wear like porcelain, making them great for lower level bar areas, kids’ bathrooms, and mudroom entrances.
Lighting and Hardware:
If you toured any Parade Homes recently, you probably noticed the lack of rules regarding hardware and lighting finishes. Almost anything goes and yes, you can mix metals and finishes! Very popular right now is matte black with a soft brushed or antiqued gold. Many builders are using a black casing on windows, making black fixtures a natural complement. If you don’t know what to do, play it safe with good old brushed nickel.
The look of choice is Carrara marble, characterized as a soft white stone with deep gray veining. However, marble is porous and not the best choice for kitchens or kids’ baths. Emulate the look with the many popular quartz options available that allow more control over the final look. From a symmetrical, uniform look to a clean, bright white counter – quartz triumphs. If a natural stone with lots of variation is desired, consider granite.
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