When life gets hectic, homeowners take pleasure in returning to a house infused with characteristics from the great outdoors.
Many people find that bringing design elements from nature to an indoor environment creates a calm and tranquil mood within their home. From flooring to paint colors, there are unlimited ways to merge the wilderness with everyday life.
The Sky’s the Limit
Nothing is more calming than watching clouds as they sail through blue skies.
According to the Color Marketing Group, blue is a hot color for 2008. “In all areas of decor, blues that remind us of sky and water – inspired by environmentalism – remain prominent,” said a news release from the group.
Blue is, in fact, so popular this year that Pantone, Inc., the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, selected a shade of blue as their 2008 Color of the Year. When supporting their decision, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® explains, “it best represents color direction in 2008 for fashion, cosmetics and home products” and “emotionally, it is anchoring and meditative with a touch of magic.”
A great way to incorporate blue into a home is with flooring. Ty Pennington Collection Eleuthera Ash Solid Hardwood flooring brings a relaxing blue hue to flooring, so homeowners can incorporate one of their favorite outdoor elements within the comfort of their own home.
Blue appliances, such as washers and dryers, are also another great way to infuse a home with splashes of the shade.
Release the Inner Animal
Animal prints are also a favorite of many consumers. From clothing to furniture, animal prints have appeared on nearly everything. Adding these wild prints to a home adds a uniqueness that will leave homeowners feeling adventurous.
According an Associated Content article on home decorating trends, “Animal prints are still a great way to spruce up an old look.” Wallpaper and bedding are both perfect ways to incorporate animal print into a home, there is also flooring that will be sure to pop.
Tom Sullivan, chairman and founder of Lumber Liquidators, the largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in the United States, has noticed resurgence in exotic flooring. “Many customers come into our stores to get design inspiration for an entire room, not just flooring. They want the room to invoke a certain emotion and be an enjoyable place to entertain. One of our newest bamboo varieties, Morning Star Tiger Strand Bamboo, resembles tiger animal print and has been very popular.”
A Great Escape
Everyone loves a weekend getaway, whether it is camping or a trip to the cabin, a weekend of nature always refreshes the soul. Exposed ceiling beams and a wood panel refrigerator are both ways to add a homey feel to the kitchen. Move away from stainless steal appliances to trade for a more rugged look.
Flooring is one of the best ways to bring incorporate the great outdoors. Virginia Mill Works Tobacco Road Handscraped flooring brings the feel of forest to any home. This exquisite flooring accentuates every thick knot, making each plank unique.
Homeowners can also frame pictures of their favorite wilderness trips throughout their home, to serve as a constant reminder of their relationship with nature. Whether it’s a new hue or adding a jungle feel, the most important aspect of planning a home is making it comfortable and fitting for the owner’s personality.
With the holidays quickly approaching, many people are already feeling the crunch of the season. Many families prepare for the holidays several months in advance in order to plan the perfect event or even just to maintain their favorite family traditions. This year, hosts can go above and beyond typical holiday decorations and create a beautiful scene inside their home.
From the trendiest bag to the shoe-of-the-moment, many people never leave the house without being accompanied by unique accessories. And, with a full range of unique home accessories, homeowners can now also express themselves equally as much in their home. Just as the fashion seasons change, the home can get some stylish and often inexpensive updates as well.
The sun is shining, the grass is green and the flowers are once again in bloom. So why do you feel so miserable? Seasonal allergies affect an estimated 40 million Americans, but there are ways to find comfort in your home. You can keep the sniffs, sneezes and itching at bay with some simple suggestions for updating your home that can significantly reduce the number of allergens roaming through the air – ACHOO!
What to look for when buying bamboo flooring. An increasing number of homeowners are seeking out eco-conscious and sustainable materials for their homes. As a result, retailers are expanding the number of options available them. That is no more evident than in flooring. Bamboo, one of the fastest-growing plants on Earth, is becoming a particularly popular and ecologically sound choice for homeowners and builders. The United States Green Building Council’s LEED program …
As the housing market continues to slump, more and more Americans are opting to remodel their homes. A recent poll conducted by Angie’s list*, a popular online source and magazine known for reviewing and rating home services, found homeowners will spend 13 percent more on home improvements and maintenance projects in 2008, averaging $11,250. Projects that are most likely to provide a return on their investment are proving particularly popular with consumers this year. …
As 2008 arrives, many people will be making New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking, and eat healthier. Improving the home will also be a New Year’s resolution that some homeowners will set. And, installing new hardwood flooring is one such project that will not only add beauty and elegance to a home, but will also help increase a home’s value. What styles of flooring will be in hot in 2008, and which ones will still stand the test of time? …
When it comes to do-it-yourself (DIY) home projects, people either love them or hate them. While homeowners look to freshen up their homes in 2008, many must discover which projects they can tackle on their own and which projects would be better handled by a professional. With the rocky real estate market and baby boomers “aging in place,” DIY projects are on the rise. Many consumers are avoiding high costs when it comes to home improvement and remodeling. "While …
Homeowners with hardwood floors are often concerned about damaging their floors during the winter season. Without proper care, winter’s harsh elements – slush, snow and salt – can dull the varnish of hardwood floors and even cause warping and gapping. Most movement or shifting that occurs in wood flooring is due to moisture and will realistically happen with all wood floors. Trying to avoid winter elements is almost impossible. After all, what would the season be without …
In today’s fast-moving, highly scheduled society, it seems there are never enough hours in the day. And for homeowners who are trying to improve and add value to their home, a lengthy remodeling project may deter them from taking it on. But there are some projects that won’t take months to complete. In fact, there are some that can be done in a few hours or over a weekend. Here are five easy projects that can improve your home’s look, feel and even value. 1. New …
New options offer more variety for those looking to spice up their home. As solid hardwood, bamboo, cork, engineered and floating flooring trends continue to grow in homes, so do the selections available to those wanting to install new floors. And while traditional colors continue to be successful, some not-so-traditional styles and colors are starting to brighten up floors in homes across America. Bringing color to your flooring is a great way to change the focus of …
Hardwood floors are a timeless treasure for homeowners. They can add beauty, character and value to any room of the house. Traditionally, the living room and dining room were the areas of a home where a homeowner would most often find hardwood floors. But as hardwood has become more available and versatile, and homeowners have become more creative about home improvements, hardwood floors are popping in rooms all over the house where you’d usually find carpet. Carpet …
Many homeowners set various home-centric buying patterns according to their lifestyle as well as their personalities. Paint color, flooring style and furniture can help homeowners create a unique environment to fit their style. Some retailers will take this into consideration when helping customers find perfect home items. …