Searching for a fast way to catch attention and bring out the best in your house? Go from drab to dynamic in just days with these hot color trends.
Without a doubt today’s popular color trends reflect the warmth and beauty of nature – with a touch of elegance. Blue Iris, Caribbean Sea and Ochre are a few of the new offerings to be found on this year’s palette. Close behind is green – in fact, green is so popular it is considered by many to be the new “neutral” color to be used in almost any setting. Search for natural hues reminiscent of flora and fauna tones.
One of the newest color trends isn’t the color itself but rather the location of color usage. Painted ceilings, floors and even cabinets are rapidly transforming ordinary rooms into extraordinary settings. Solve common design dilemmas by strategically using color to draw the eye upward or outward for narrow rooms or other common conditions.
When it comes to trends, knowing what is “out” is nearly as important as spotting the next big thing. While you might be able to get away with a shade of green that is a little different than this year’s selection, some colors are a pure liability. Make it a priority to paint if your home is still sporting pastels from the 90s, brown/beige combos from the 80s, or (gasp!) avocado green and harvest gold from the 70s.
Creating an inviting landscape not only ensures a positive first impression with buyers but may also increase your home’s value and lead to a quicker sale.
You don’t have to spend a lot to make big improvements in your home’s curb appeal. Keeping your lawn manicured – mowed and edged – and trimming bushes and trees is an inexpensive way to make a positive impression on buyers. You’ll also want to remove any dead or diseased plants and ensure beds are weeded and freshly mulched.
Before beginning any landscape project, make a plan. And if you live in a neighborhood with restrictive covenants requiring approval by a landscape committee, be sure to follow proper procedures to avoid spending money on projects that you may be forced to undo later. A project plan will also help ensure that you make wise choices and stay within your budget.
Use color and depth to create visual interest, and select a variety of plants that bloom or change color throughout the year so your yard will be attractive regardless of the season. If your yard is open to neighbors’ yards, a street or public areas, consider screening to create a more private space. This can be accomplished with evergreen trees and bushes or with an attractive fence.
Sometimes what you remove from a yard can be as important as what you put in. If the front of your home is obscured by overgrown trees or bushes, remove them or trim them back to help buyers get a clear view of your home. Remember that the goal is to create a welcoming first impression that says”Come in!”
Trends in landscaping
- Low maintenance vegetation: less lawn to mow, helps keep weeds in check.
- More trees: enhance beauty and provide shade.
- Decks, patios and terraces: offer outdoor living space for dining, entertaining and relaxation.
- Outdoor lighting: provides enticing views of your home and landscaping at night.
- Irrigation system: costs more but simplifies lawn care and is attractive to buyers.
A great coat of paint makes all of the difference in the world to your home. These tricks of the pros will help you to get the results you want.
Quality. Cheap brushes and cheap paint are amateur choices. Quality paint gives good value because it takes less paint and less time to cover the same area. Buy sufficient paint before starting.
Primer. Apply a primer coat first. The job will look better, last longer and require less of the expensive paint.
Test. Professionals test colors thoroughly. Paint a patch of wall, and examine it against the room’s furnishings in various lights.
Prepare. After the wall is prepared by cleaning, scraping and sanding, try this: Hold a light bulb near the surface and move it over the area. Any remaining blemishes will cast shadows that make them visible.
Gloss. A flawed surface is best covered by a flat paint. Smooth surfaces can tolerate higher-gloss varieties, which better resist mildew and dirt.
Mix. If several gallons of paint were custom-mixed at the store, pour them together into a bucket or drum and back into the cans. Thus, slight differences among the cans are erased.
Trim. Mix some of the wall color into white or cream paint for a harmonious trim color. Use any proportion from a few tablespoons to a few cups per gallon of trim, according to the desired contrast.