Wednesday, December 9, 2020 / by Amy McLeod
The kitchen is a major focal point of a home—after all, it's where meals are made to nourish your family, and where guests (when you can host them safely again) tend to gather, no matter how carefully you've arranged your living room. Because of that, the kitchen is a key selling point, which may intimidate some people from thinking outside the box when it comes to kitchen design.
But here's the thing: Kitchen design experts say 2021 is not the year to hold back. You may appreciate your kitchen’s look now and think, “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.” But the new year represents hope and new beginnings unlike any other in recent memory. So when it comes to updating the heart of your home, allow yourself to get creative and break some rules.
Rule No. 1 to break: You must have bulky upper cabinets
What’s a kitchen without necessary storage space for all your glasses, mugs, and plates to live? Sure, you need a place to put all of ...
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 / by Amy McLeod
Buying a home with someone you love is exciting, but you know what's not? Having your partner's pingpong table wedged in your otherwise Hollywood-glam home, or making room in your sparse, minimalist space for your partner's massive collection of kitschy figurines.
If you and your partner have different tastes in home decor, we feel your pain. But there's some good news: All isn't lost if you and your loved one find yourselves on different ends of the design spectrum. Decor schemes that seem dissonant can actually combine well—and the look is actually gaining in popularity.
"Couples with clashing tastes are in luck because eclecticism is all the rage in design, and the pressure to decorate in one specific look is swiftly letting up," says Michael Diaz-Griffith, founder and art consultant at Material Cult.
So don't argue over that boho sofa or retro wallpaper! Here are six design styles that actually do play well together.
Photo by Cuckooland
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 / by Amy McLeod
Interior design of the past decade has been shaped by a number of unmistakable trends. Remember Scandinavian minimalism and the all-white kitchen? How about Moroccan-inspired area rugs, Millennial Pink, and the seemingly immortal modern farmhouse aesthetic? Is that fiddleleaf fig plant still thriving? (No judgment if it's seen better days.) Is that "Live, Laugh, Love" word art sign still hanging in your entryway?
There's something all of these disparate decor trends have in common: At one point, all felt like the very height of fashion; but now they might seem a bit stale.
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Stepping into a new year—and a new decade—gives us the opportunity to look ahead and plan for what's next for 2020. And when it comes to home design, that means sussing out the decor, colors, and finishes that will be in high demand. Some of the trends from the 2010s will carry over into the next d ...
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 / by Amy McLeod
Selling your home these days takes more than just finding an agent and listing it. You’ve got to really sell it. That means impressing buyers the second they walk in the door.
One of the best ways to do this? Home staging, where your home's decor undergoes a makeover in order to entice home buyers to swoon and make an offer.
“The statistics don’t lie,” says Samantha Rose Frith of Warburg Realty in New York City. “A well-staged house will sell more quickly and draw a higher sales price.”
But who has time for that? Hiring a pro is pricey (here's more on how much home staging costs). Plus a pro can't do all of the work; you’ll still need to do some sprucing up if you have an unexpected showing.
So if the clock is ticking, here are home staging tips and tricks that you can pull off fast, depending on how much time you have—from an hour to just 5 minutes.
Home staging in 5 mi; ...
Monday, April 1, 2019 / by Amy McLeod
If you're a homeowner who takes pride in staying on top of interior design trends, you've no doubt been busy lately. High-end kitchen island? Check. Living wall in the living room? Sure thing! And you've most certainly got a Chip and Joanna Gaines-inspired farmhouse sink or shiplap lurking somewhere, too.
Sorry to break it to you ... but those trends are très passé. The rest of the world has moved on, and they're decking out their homes with way hipper stuff than that.
Relax, your friends at realtor.com are here to help! Just feast your eyes on four of the hottest, hippest home trends we've seen lately.
Kitchen islands with beds
Kitchen island with bed
Kitchen islands have been getting bigger and more souped up than ever. This so-called "hub of the home" can now incorporate sinks, ovens, breakfast bars, charging stations, and far more. But let's be honest here: All that kn ...