Trendy Kitchens in 2016

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This year we’ve seen plenty of eye appealing upgrades to kitchen trends, and we are thrilled to share them with you. Whether you’re curious about a brand new look for your existing kitchen, or you’re on the prowl for your next dream home, consider some of these eye-popping trends emerging. A few looks at these kitchens and you’ll understand why they are so lovable.

From : http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/57156953/list/kitchen-confidential-9-trends-to-watch-for-in-2016

Muted colors offer a great contrast from the usual dark wood we’ve seen so much of. It’s not quite “white” enough to be blinding, but it is a soothing and homey feel that is not quite as daunting to keep clean as white or those dark colors that seem to show every stain. This example from Houzz.com is stunning, and certainly doable by yourself. Add your own style by playing with different door knobs and drawer handles. A little pop of color never hurt anybody.

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Remember our blog post about the power of the command center? Turns out that’s trending too. The kitchen, often a gathering place for the whole family is the best place to station yours. Some well-organized drawers, a clock for keeping on schedule, and plenty of plug-ins for charging those devices are a must. Try a bulletin board to keep everyone on task, or even a virtual bulletin board on a well-placed laptop for a more minimalistic look.

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The parts of your kitchen you don’t see could just be the most useful, and trendy. Drawers that pull out with breathtaking organization will end the hunt for your favorite pan forever. Lower drawers are perfect for keeping kids cups within reach for small hands. And, if you ever plan on selling, kitchen lovers everywhere won’t be able to get these amazing drawers off their minds.

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Commercial grade kitchens are all the rage. They look clean with the defined lines, open, and airy. But you can dress them up a bit by utilizing colorful hanging lights. Trade out the lights whenever you want a fresh new look. The possibilities are endless.

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Along those same lines of commercial grade, a range hood will take your eye-popping kitchen to pizazz in no time. There are a number of metals and colors to choose from, and even if you aren’t the world’s greatest cook, guests won’t care when your stove looks that good.

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But of course, regardless of trends, your kitchen should be your kitchen. Trends come and go but your personal style evolves right along with you. As one of the most important rooms in the house, find the perfect mix of trendy decorating that allows room for your own touch. Display a few personal knickknacks, even sentimental ones, and enjoy feeding your family in a kitchen that is both beautiful and individual.

7 ways to give your home a winter makeover

So you can’t throw open the windows with Cinderella enthusiasm and invite the fresh air to motivate your spring cleaning … yet. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few fun, easy, and—dare we say cheap—makeover ideas you can do this winter to spruce up your living space. During these dreary months, a few subtle changes can do wonders to speed up your countdown to spring.

Consider Your Fireplace:

Think of salvaging (read: cheap). Anything old and rustic will tell a story on your mantle that is nothing short of soothing. Old barn wood, window panes, even mix them with modern and colorful pieces for an eclectic look (like this one from Country Living).

Rustic FireplaceLook closely at this fireplace, notice the subtle owls nesting inside? Country Living boasts these as flee market finds, but visit your own Goodwill or antique shop for accessories that represent your own style. Remember, it’s the tiny accents that can make the most dramatic impact.

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The cheapest way to make over your home this winter only requires a little elbow grease. Try rearranging a few pieces of furniture. You don’t have to arrange an entire room to have a renewed look. Change the direction or focal point of the room or add a new area rug. Want a room to look just a little larger? Try hanging a mirror on the wall. The added depth can do wonders in tricking the eye into seeing a larger room.

Pillows

Who can get enough of throw pillows? Colorful, round, chevron; mix and match them and the possibilities are endless. Toss them on a boring bedspread, add them to a bench, or make your sofa extra inviting with the fluff of a great pillow.

Chairs

If you want to update some existing furniture, but lack the time and follow-through, there’s an easy solution! Take an old chair laying around, or an inexpensive used set that you can get a great bargain on and only paint the legs. The pop of color is just what your winter décor needs, and the time commitment is minimal. Read more about it here.

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  1. Perhaps the more important element to a winter season makeover is light. It’s dark when you wake up, it’s dark when you go to sleep, but during the day—let there be light! There might not be a trendier way to light those dark corners of your house than with Edison lightbulbs. A little pricier than normal bulbs, but so aesthetically worth it. Just check out these gorgeous examples at Pottery Barn.

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Frost

And if you’re going to give your house a winter face lift, it’s almost essential that you include the kiddos in on the fun. This is a small project that is quick, fun, and totally reversible. Add some artificial frost to your windows. Create a pattern, use stencils, or simply make it as realistic as possible.

frosted windowsIf you want to take your creativity beyond the windows, Sheknows.com offers several ideas to get your frost on.

The most important thing to remember is little changes go a long way. Winter can seem endless, but it’s those subtle changes that can spruce up your home just enough to get you through the long days until the sun shines brightly again in spring. So keep shining, DIY decorators, those tiny bits of newness and cheer will light your way.

Valued Vendor – Custom Blinds & Design

5 Tips to Mix Patterns and Textures Like a Designer

by Jolene Wismer
Design Consultant,
Custom Blinds & Design

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Mixing patterns and textures is a great way to personalize your space and add interest to any room, making your home feel more established and inviting.  Use your upholstery, rugs, pillows, draperies, ottomans, wall papers, and accessories to apply different textures and patterns in a space.

1.  Follow the basic design rule of thumb for adding pattern:  a neutral palette and adding color/pattern as an accent. To achieve an eclectic look for your space, find 3 patterns to use in one room.  Consider using the 60/30/10 approach;  60% of your favorite selection, 30% with your second choice, and 10% being an accent (i.e. pillow, side chair).  You’re not limited to these guidelines, they’re just good formulas to follow if you need direction.

2.  Start with the basics:  Use a black and white pattern first. A black and white accent will sharpen up the look of any room, adding that WOW factor your space might be missing.  The smaller the pattern scale, the less bold.  But it’s OK to go bold!  You don’t have to upholster an entire chair with this concept, just try a couple of pillows or a throw for now.

3.  Pattern and texture will also compliment a ‘cleaner’ more contemporary space. You can maintain a preferred minimalist look if you add your patterns to different parts of the room, i.e. by limiting the patterns to a small chair or pillow in one corner…an ottoman or bench in another part of the room…or by applying very subtle neutral tone-on-tone patterns for your fabrics and rugs.  For a more muted space, try using textures instead of patterns.

4.  For an effortlessly stylish look, mix the old with the new. Mix a classic French scenic toile (Google it, it’s a real fabric!), with a bold, contemporary geometric pattern, or a traditional plaid with some fun polka dots!  Trust yourself; if you like it, it works!  If you’re unsure, you might always feel that way and so, it doesn’t work!  If you love a particular fabric or pattern, you will find its compliment…it’s out there, so keep looking!

5.  If you’re using different colors, consider sticking with the same saturation for each hue. Just keep those deeper saturated colors consistent from one pattern to the next. If you like a lot of contrast, mix different colors with different saturation levels (i.e. mixing jewel tones with pastels), but repeat some colors from one fabric to the next.  If you do a dark green striped pillow, pull that green from those stripes and select a fabric with that same green somewhere in that pattern.

Experiment with trial and error…have fun, and you’ll achieve a look you love!

Contact a Custom Blinds and Design professional for more tips to help you design your dream room!

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