There was once a time when wallpaper was considered dated or “grandma-style,” but those days are long gone. In the realm of interior design — across all styles, from modern to traditional and everywhere in between — there’s been a resurgence in the popularity and usage of wallpaper. And boy, does it make an impact.
“What’s the best time of year to remodel my home?” homeowners often ask. The true answer is: “Any time is the right time, as long as you’re ready to do it.”
However, some times are better than others for different phases of jobs, as well as for cost-savings — although the two don’t necessarily coincide. With that in mind, we can offer suggestions about the “ideal” guidelines to help keep your remodeling project on track from a cost and timing standpoint.
Based on our experience in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., where there is a notable change of seasons, the ideal time for work outside is fall or spring. Of course, that window of time when the weather is dry and between 60 and 70 degrees is very small, so if we want to work year-round, we need to look at other timing advantages.
Remodeling January through early March
Despite the thought of working outside in the cold winter months, this is actually a good time to start an addition. Frozen ground and dry air are better for digging foundations and pouring concrete footers than muddy ground and humidity.
If your foundation is completed and the room addition is framed before the rainy season, the space can be under cover during the unpredictable spring weather. You'll likely have fewer “rain days” where no one works on the construction site.
In addition, the winter months tend to be less busy for builders, because everyone is waiting for spring and tax refunds to start their home projects.
Before you install that interior sliding barn door you’ve been dreaming about, here are some things to consider:
1. Quality hardware is a must
Your barn door will be a focal point in your home, so it needs to look great, perform flawlessly and hold up under the wear and tear of everyday use. High quality hardware is durable, moves smoothly and quietly and beautifully complements your décor. It may cost a little more, but it will be worth it in the long run. Naturally we suggest the KV line for durable aluminum flat rail, round rail or stainless steel hardware kits in popular styles and finishes, sold through major hardware distributors. Now also available here on this site.
2. You need the right kind of space
A barn door can free up space compared to a swinging door, but it also needs room to slide along its track. If you’re mounting a single door, you need wall space on one side of your opening that is at least the width of the door, so it can slide completely open. For double doors you need wall space the width of an individual door on each side of the doorway. Make sure the wall has no light switches, outlets, windows, vents, doors or artwork that might impede the door or scratch it as it slides open.
3. The door must be wider than the doorway
That’s right. Barn doors hang from a track outside the room, covering the doorway, but leaving gaps at the sides between wall and door. For complete coverage and to minimize the gaps, make sure the door is at least several inches wider than the opening. For example, a 4-foot door will cover a 3-foot opening with 6 inches on either side, reducing the gaps. Buy a track that’s twice the width of your door: A 4-foot wide door takes at least 8 feet of track to slide completely open. For wider doors, cut the track to fit and join the pieces with connectors available from the hardware manufacturer.
Maureen Schneider knows there is a lot that goes into selling a house, especially in Ocean City, where there are hundreds of realtors, limited housing stock, and all kinds of budgets.
But Schneider, an agent at Patrick Halliday – Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors, 754 Asbury Ave., brings a special kind of experience. She has bought, remodeled and sold homes, and has her own interior design, renovation and home staging consulting company.
She is happy to not only sell you a home, but work with you to get everything on your wish-list and really transform a house into a home.
We've seen the previews from all your favourites on the high street and beyond; and trust us when we say there is plenty to look forward to! Here’s our round-up of the top home decor trends to look out for to help you stay ahead of the curve in 2018
Last year saw us filling our homes with totally tropical jungle prints, flamboyant flamingos and just about anything and everything metallic we could get out hands on! So what does the year ahead hold in the trend stakes? Here are our top predictions for home decor trends to keep up with in 2018…
1. Rich pigments
Now that we are well into the new year, many of us will be thinking about giving our homes a quick makeover for the coming of spring.
And whilst there are plenty of weird and wonderful interior design ideas, there’s something about the clear and cool coastal theme that’s endlessly popular.
So here’s a look at a few key ingredients of the coastal look that can transform even the dingiest of city apartments into a lovely villa by the seashore!
Maximalism is the no-rules-necessary approach to hiding personality Easter eggs in your home decor.
If Marie Kondo’s suffocatingly simplistic “less is more” design aesthetic is your idea of creative-expression hell, you’re not alone. Loads of people agree: Minimalism is kind of boring.
Fortunately, one self-proclaimed “more is more” maximalist designer is leading the renaissance to bring color, pattern and personality back into our living spaces. Sasha Bikoff is a New York City born-and-bred interior designer known for her eccentric eye and razor-sharp understanding of what it takes to balance aggressive colors, bold patterns, rich fabrics and textures, and eclectic knick-knacks ― all in one room.
Window seats are an interior design win-win: They add both style and functionality to your home. This architectural feature can work in just about any area of the house, from the kitchen to bedrooms. At its most basic, a window seat serves as a cozy reading nook next to a window. "The bright and airy feel of daylight by a window makes [a window seat] a perfect spot for decompressing or relaxing within the comfort of your home," says Kayla Hein, an interior architect and designer in Tulsa, OK.
It can also provide extra storage—some seats feature cabinets or drawers underneath.
And they might just add value to your home (in case you ever decide to sell). "With today's casual lifestyles, sitting, reading, and lounging nooks are highly sought after," say Dawn D. Totty, an interior designer in Chattanooga, TN.
Read on for a deep dive on the types of window seats and tips for home owners who want to design one in their home.
There are a few long-standing design rules that hold true no matter what kind of trends come and go. Measuring your space before purchasing furniture, considering function as much as form, investing in good quality pieces rather than replacing junky furniture every few years — these are the common sense principles that any pro or amateur interior designer would be wise to follow.
But some rules were meant to be broken, right? And just because one interior designer turns up their nose at the notion of reclining couches with built-in cup holders (think of the convenience!), it doesn’t mean that they’re taboo for everybody.
So go ahead — be reckless and break all of these common interior design rules.
Rule 1: All your dining chairs should match
Pantone is a U.S. company known for its standardized color matching system. Little swatch books allow printers, fabric designers, paint makers, and others around the world to match colors by number. Every year, Pantone picks a new color of the year.
When the Pantone color is named, the design world goes wild. There is talk of the color’s personality, how to use it, what it feels like, and what it says and invites. “Sometimes they’re pretty ‘out-there’ colors,” says Melissa Klema, owner of Adourn in Chatfield, a furniture rehab store. Looking back, there was deep Marsala red in 2015. In 2016, both Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue were followed by Harmony Green in 2017.
Hello Ultra Violet