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The End of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

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The end of summer is fast approaching. Soon, the weather will change, bringing in a whole other list of chores to do around the house. Now is the perfect time to get ahead. The following lists what you can get done in a single weekend before the busy fall season. And for new homeowners, don’t wait to get started. This is important stuff!

Landscaping

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Before the season is over, catch up on some much-needed maintenance around the yard. Check your trees for any branches that hang over the roof and cut them a few feet back. In a few months, all those leaves will fall onto the roof and into the gutters. Trim the hedges, mow the lawn, and pull weeds. Get rid of any leaf piles or debris that is lying around. If you had any landscaping projects in mind, like a new garden bed, now is the time to get them done. If you need help, you might consider calling someone like Peterborough Landscaper or another professional near you.

Deck Work

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Skunks, raccoons, and other animals love to burrow under decks in the fall to escape the cold weather. Check if there are openings on the sides of your deck and block them off. If you can access the underside of the deck first, remove any debris that is lying in there and check the foundation for cracks. Chip off any rot that you find in the wood of the deck and replace broken planks with new ones. Mop the deck with a wood cleaner to finish the job. 

Attic Check-Up

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While you may not go there very often, the attic is an important part of the house that requires maintenance. If you can, go into the attic and check the insulation for damage. Look out for signs of mold, moisture, and water damage. These would indicate that there is a leak in the roof. You should also look for animal droppings or burrow holes within the insulation. If you find any, contact a pest control company for help. The insulation in the attic should be clean, dry, and fluffy. 

While you are up there, check the roof vents for blockage and clean them out. Proper ventilation in the attic is key; it will keep the air in the attic dry and improve the air quality of the home overall. 

Showerheads & Drains

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When is the last time you descaled your shower head? Remove your shower head carefully, then soak it in a bucket of vinegar or descaling solution. Let it soak overnight, or according to the descaling product’s instructions. Scrub the showerhead with a brush, rinse it off, then reattach it in the shower. Your shower will feel as good as new! 

One thing you can do while the showerhead is soaking is to unclog your drains and clean your faucets. To clean a drain, starting by pulling hair and debris out manually, then pour a pot of boiling water down the drain. Follow that by pouring a cup or so of baking soda and a cup of vinegar. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then pour another pot of boiling water down the drain. Repeat until water drains smoothly. 

Organize the Kitchen

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Fall can be a very busy time of year, so get the kitchen clean and ready for what’s to come. Empty out the pantry and cupboards for a deep clean. Throw out everything that is expired and wipe the shelves clean. Put everything back in an organized fashion. You should also put loose items like flour, sugar, oats, pasta, beans, and lentils in solid containers. This will keep the cupboards tidy and help avoid a pest problem. 

Once you are done with the cupboards, pull out your oven and refrigerator and clean the floors beneath them. Lots of dust, grease, and debris accumulates there. Vacuum it all up, then mop the floors thoroughly. Finish the deep clean by wiping down the insides of the fridge and cleaning the inside of the oven. 

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Last but not least, replace your HVAC filters to save on utility bills this fall. Having a dirty filter will make your HVAC system work a lot harder than it needs to. Then, check the exhaust duct of your dryer and empty out the lint that is inside of it. Disconnect the duct at both ends and vacuum it thoroughly. You should also clean out the fans in your bathrooms to improve air circulation. 

Finally, check up on your air conditioning system and clean the drain line. This should be cleaned every spring. If you forgot to do it, do it now to avoid blockage and mold. Clear out any clogs with a piece of wire, then pour in a cup of bleach to disinfect and deodorize. 

6 Budget-Friendly Bedroom Upgrade Ideas

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Depending on how much time you spend in it, your bedroom could have a very special place in your heart. Everyone wants to have the bedroom of their dreams, whether they want to use it to sleep or as a place of work. The good news is that it’s one of the cheapest rooms to renovate. Just making a few changes here and there could completely transform its look. Here are a few budget-friendly bedroom upgrade ideas that you can try.

Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint

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Painting is one of the most affordable and easiest things that you can do to improve your bedroom. You should try doing something original here. Maybe you could create an accent wall in a different color or choose a different color for your ceiling. Virtually any color will work as long as the rest of the room is in a neutral tone.

You could use crown molding to make a separation between colors. This will also make for a better finish and make the work like it was professionally designed.

Add Wallpaper

Alternatively, you could also go with wallpaper. New generation wallpapers are nothing like their predecessors, and you could use them to cover whole walls, create an accent wall, or add strips.

Get a New Mattress

It’s sometimes the things we don’t see that matter the most, and getting a new mattress could be the best gift you’ve ever made to yourself. Not to mention that Labor Day is coming up soon, which means that you can find a great Labor Day mattress sale and look at models that would otherwise be out of the question.

When picking a mattress, you have to make sure that you consider which type of sleeper you are. Don’t fall for the trends either. You might think that memory foam has to be the best because you hear about it everywhere. However, it might not be the best mattress for someone who needs extra firmness, for instance. So, take the time to do your research on different mattress types so you can make an informed decision.

Get a Smart Thermostat

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If you are having trouble sleeping, know that it doesn’t necessarily have to do with your mattress, however. In some cases, something as simple as temperature could be the cause here. You see, the human body has a certain temperature where it will have a sleep response, which is said to be around 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Investing in a smart thermostat is the only way to make sure that the temperature stays within that precise range. Not to mention that you’ll be able to turn it on and shut it down whenever you want and from wherever you are.

Add Some Shelves

Whether you need extra space to store your book, or you want to add some decorative elements, adding a few shelves is a great idea. This is one of the simplest DIY projects out there and can be complicated in as little as a day.

Get Yourself a Chest or a Bench

Adding a bench or a chest to your bedroom could give it a nice charm and make it more functional. The foot of the bed is perfect for something like a chest and it will also give you additional storage. Benches can be found for very cheap if you know where to look. There are plenty of benches made of reclaimed wood that you can find. You can also get the wood yourself and build one.

All of these modifications could make your bedroom look brand new without breaking the bank. Look at which ones would work the best in your space and don’t be afraid to experiment.

3 Trustworthy Paint Colors for Your New House

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Choosing a paint color is almost as overwhelming and intimidating as choosing a new house to buy. There are so many factors to consider like personal style, existing furniture, and lighting. 

You want to choose a color that complements the room, making it feel cozy and inviting. A color that fits well in the living room might not look great in the kitchen. One confident way to choose a color is to use neutral colors. Neutrals make the walls blend into the background, allowing the decor to be the focal point. We are here today to discuss 3 paint colors that you can trust and count on. 

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Neutral Colors

For the sake of this article, we had to start with this one. Neutral colors, such as grays and whites, are the safest colors to choose when painting your walls. The word ‘neutral’ does not need to equal ‘boring’. 

There are various shades, combinations, and undertones that make up an array of unique neutral-toned colors like greige, taupe, and cream. Additionally, you can find shades of other colors that can pass for neutral including greens and pinks, depending on their tone.

If you have thought that I need to sell my house in the next few months, stick with neutral tones. More home buyers will show interest in your property if the paint is neutral.

Swiss Coffee by Behr

If you’re looking for a light and airy neutral color that will instantly make a room feel bigger and brighter, then this is the perfect option. This soft and versatile cream color leans on the warmer beige side. It does not feel cold or stark. 

Choosing this paint color is great for walls, trim, or cabinets. Pairing it with white or wooden trim will draw out the natural warmth in this color. A similar alternative color option is Alabaster by Sherwin Williams.

Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams

If you can’t decide between a neutral or bold color, go with something like this color. Sea Salt is the great “nearly neutral” color. It’s an ultra pale sea green with subtle hints of blue and gray. It’s unique because it can read as green, blue, or gray depending on the surroundings. 

This color looks great in bathrooms, kitchens, or laundry rooms because it pairs well with white. An alternative color option is Wickham by Benjamin Moore

BONUS: Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore

This deep slate blue color is a great choice if you are looking for something bold but still safe. It’s a cool dark navy with just a hint of warmth in it to keep it on the neutral side. This classic color screams sophistication. It is a darker color that works well in bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms. 

If you are not ready to commit to such an intense color, try painting an accent wall or your front door with it. A similar alternative color option is Charcoal Blue by Benjamin Moore 

Get Inspired with These Timeless Paint Colors

Whether your style is modern, traditional, bohemian, coastal, or transitional, these three paint colors will look good in any home. It’s important to always test your paint colors in your own home before committing to anything. The same color can look completely different on each wall or room depending on the natural and artificial light in the room. Be sure to test your paint color on each wall that you are planning to paint. In addition, give yourself a few days to get used to it and to see the shade variances throughout the day and night. Most importantly, enjoy it!

Top DIY Home Improvement Projects of 2021

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Giving your house a new look should not be something that breaks the bank. Unfortunately, many homeowners start projects that seem cheap initially but end up being very expensive.

As technology and tools improve over time, renovation projects can get easier too. However, when you dive into a project yourself, you must go in with the proper preparation to get started. Here, we review the top DIY home improvement projects of 2021.

Kitchen Makeover 

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Initially, when people think about ‘renovating a kitchen’, they envision ripping out and replacing everything. While you can do that, it’s not always necessary. You can give your kitchen a facelift and makeover with minor renovations that are inexpensive yet effective.

Painting your kitchen walls and cabinets can instantly give the room a fresh, new pop. This job doesn’t cost much depending on how detailed you go. Selling your house after renovating a kitchen can add extra money to the final sale price. It almost always adds equity of some capacity to a property when revamping a kitchen.

Consider adding a new backsplash behind your sink. While this may take more effort if you are doing it yourself, it can give your kitchen a completely new feel. Especially if you have a large sink area, the backsplash sets the tone for that area of the room.

Smart Bathroom 

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As smart devices creep more into our lives, the places that we live become ‘smarter’ too. For example, you can start by adding an Alexa speaker to your bathroom. You can listen to music, podcasts, and the news while spending time in the bathroom.

To take your bathroom to the next level, you can add a smart mirror to your bathroom! It comes with LED lights, similar to a high-quality mirror that you’d find in a 5-star hotel bathroom. Additionally, it is a smart device. You can check the weather, news, and browse the internet directly from your mirror. How easy can life get?

Similar to new cars, you can sync your phone directly with this smart device and control apps from the comfort of your vanity. You can order one of these online and install it in your bathroom yourself.

Unique Bookshelf or Library

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Going in the opposite direction of ‘smart devices’, some people still really enjoy physical books. Many say they enjoy the feel of them. Others prefer them as decoration to fill a room.

You can get creative with this DIY home improvement project by creating your own bookshelf. If you do not consider yourself handy, focus on smaller and simpler designs. There is no requirement to go big here.

If you can get the basic design down of building shelves, you can go big with that and create larger bookshelves in a room. Adding a complete library or book study room to your house gives it a new, homey feeling.

Patio and Landscaping Alterations

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After 2020, everyone appreciates outdoor space more now than ever. Front and backyards are areas that you can consistently alter over time for fresh new looks. Especially since many types of plants and vegetation are seasonal, it is great motivation to switch things up.

You can start by mulching different areas, adding pavers, creating stone paths, and planting new things. With each alteration, you can create a new space that you and your family can enjoy. The sky is the limit here.

The list of what you can personally do to make your house have a new look is endless. However, making your home feel fresh and new is important. It not only makes it more enjoyable to spend time in but also adds value to your property. Consider these top DIY home improvement projects for 2021.

Key Tips to Fix Foundation Cracks at Home

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As you were conducting your annual home inspection and cleaning, you notice a few cracks in your home’s foundations. You’re sure that these are fairly new as you never saw these during your previous inspections.

Now, you are worried about your family’s safety (and the projected expense of fixing this issue.)

Before finding out how to fix cracks in your foundation, it is worthwhile to tackle a few issues first, allowing you to make an informed decision.

What causes foundation cracks?

Foundation cracks can happen even in homes that are well-built and maintained properly. The key here is identifying potential causes and knowing exactly how to repair foundation cracks.

Cracks in your foundations can occur due to a variety of reasons. Among the leading causes of this problem are:

  • Earthquakes
  • Poor construction quality
  • Frequent temperature changes
  • Soil quality (too loose, too wet, or too dry)
  • Poor drainage
  • Flooding

Among these possible causes of foundation cracks, flooding is the most common.

Types of cracks in your foundation

Cracks in your foundation can be broadly classified into three types:

Settlement

This type of foundation crack is the most common type of foundation crack, occurring in most houses.

In some cases, the damage is fairly minimal and cosmetic in nature. However, you should watch out for other symptoms like bowing walls and sloping floors, indicating a larger problem at hand.

Shrinkage

Shrinkage foundation cracks are commonly found in homes that have been built using poured concrete.

Horizontal

Changes in the soil or water pressure can lead to horizontal cracks.

Active vs. passive cracks

Foundation cracks can also be classified either as active or passive.

Active cracks in your foundations refer to cracks that actively change over time. The severity of the foundation cracks can vary due to ground movements or weather conditions.

Passive cracks, on the other hand, are relatively stable foundation cracks, rarely changing in severity. More often than not, the cracks stop expanding once the home has stabilized, typically during the first two years after construction.

Repairing a foundation crack

When you are planning to repair the cracks in your foundation, there is one important thing that you need to decide upon: fix the cracks from the inside or outside.

There is no consensus on which approach is better. However, some experts tend to recommend fixing foundation cracks from the outside because the effects are long-lasting. On the other hand, fixing foundation cracks from the inside is often seen as a temporary solution.

Small passive foundation cracks can be repaired from the inside. However, if the cracks in the foundation are active, the better option would be to fix these from the outside.

Common materials used for fixing foundation cracks

Epoxy and polyurethane are two of the most common materials used in repairing cracks in the foundation. Here’s a brief look at each.

Epoxy

Epoxy or epoxy resins refer to a type of glue used to fix cracks in a home’s foundation. The material acts as glue and prevents further movement in the cracks by filling the space.

If your home is still moving, an epoxy might not be able to prevent the formation of new cracks.

The main advantage of using epoxy is that the material doesn’t change the look of the foundation or your home. Ideally, it should be used when fixing the cracks of a foundation from the inside.

Another benefit of using epoxy is that it does not require excavation around the site. This means that you do not need to use heavy machinery in repairing cracks.

Polyurethane

Polyurethane is a type of sealant known for its high resistance, strength, and durability. It can even withstand a high amount of movement.

Polyurethane is hydrophilic. This means that the material reacts to moisture, making it ideal for repairing cracks caused by water. This is because polyurethane forms a strong bond that creates a waterproof coat.

Polyurethane is applied to cracks in the foundation through injection using a hydraulic pump. The use of a hydraulic pump enables the material to fill the deepest surface of a crack.

However, polyurethane can only be used for smaller cracks. For example, if the crack measures more than an eighth of an inch, sealing might not be the best option.

Repairing cracks using the injection technique

Should you decide to repair the cracks using the injection technique, you will need a few tools and products.

These include:

  • Hydraulic pump
  • Polyurethane
  • Bristle brush
  • Shovel
  • Drill
  • Clamps
  • Waterproofing membrane

The repair starts by excavating around the foundation, either manually or through the use of machines.

Once the area has been excavated, the debris must be removed. Afterward, holes are drilled at a 45-degree angle. This will facilitate the quick injection of polyurethane.

After the polyurethane has been injected, the inside of the crack needs to be cleaned with water. The water also helps bring up the level of humidity in the foundation.

In some instances, clamps or steel plates need to be used. Finally, you will need to apply a waterproofing membrane to seal water out.

Not all cracks need immediate action

Although most cracks are unsightly, not everything requires immediate attention or action. You can simply leave these untreated without cause for worry.

For example, cracks in brick foundation walls often happen when the bricks are applied directly to the foundation. In addition, the bricks often expand during the summer as the temperature rises.

Cracks found on windows and doors are often seen as a sign of settlement, especially when these are found in relief joints. Usually, these cracks happen due to fluctuations in the temperature. The use of a dehumidifier can remedy this problem.

Hairline cracks on the floor are rarely a cause for concern, especially cracks that are smaller than half an inch.

As for foundation cracks, active monitoring is essential as these can lead to structural issues in your home.

At the first sign of a vertical or horizontal crack in the foundation, consult a qualified professional for the best course of action. 

4 Innovative Backyard Renovation Ideas

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Whether you’re having a family retreat soon, you’re hosting an outdoor party, or simply want to make your life a lot easier, making an effort to improve your backyard can make you more comfortable, happier, and more satisfied with yourself.

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Like many other home projects, unfortunately, backyard renovation isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do. To help you get off to a flying start, here’re the top four renovation ideas to consider:

Create a Beautiful Garden Path

If your backyard looks untamed or rugged, you can make it appear more polished by creating a meandering path. Ideally, you want to end up with a balance of aesthetics and functionality.

Your neighbors will start taking notice as your garden path comes to life. You may even have local home buyers reaching out to you with offers to purchase your property. However, before we get ahead of ourselves, here is how to create this beautiful path.

The first thing you need to do is plot your path with stakes to create the desired shape and width of your path. Next, lay down the materials. You should look for materials that blend with the overall style of your home, including the surrounding structures and your home’s wall materials.

The easiest materials to use are quarter-inch crushed rocks, as they are available in different colors. If you decide to use crushed rocks, use a plate compactor to flatten the surface after laying them down.

Improve Your Backyard Lighting

Installing the right backyard lighting can transform any bleak backyard into a paradise at night. Lighting your backyard is also the best way to accentuate your garden features, improve navigation and deter intruders. Although the type of lighting you choose to use will mainly depend on the nature of your backyard and your goal, you should highly consider having path lights, string lights, and outdoor wall lights.

For your paths, look for path lighting solar LED options that comprise a decorative bulb casing attached to a stake that you can drive into the ground.

Conversely, you should hang string lights around areas where there’s more activity, such as an outdoor kitchen, gazebo, or an outdoor pavilion. You’ll enjoy the warm and vibrant ambiance that they evoke at night.

Last but not least, get a moderately bright set of outdoor wall lighting to illuminate any small, dark, or recessed zones in your yard. You can mount the lights on any nearby vertical surfaces, such as above the stairways and your pergola’s interior.

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

The walls of your home and other outdoor structures are a significant part of your yard, so you cannot ignore them. If they look unpleasantly rusty, then you should consider adding a coat of paint that matches your backyard’s theme or feel. For instance, if you have a garden, you can look for a “natural” shade that compliments it. A neutral shade like beige or taupe often blends well with most backyard features, such as honey-hued fences or stone paths.

Create an Outdoor Kitchen

If you want your backyard to be a nice extension of your house, you should consider installing a backyard kitchen. With it, you’ll be able to cook up dinner while enjoying the outdoors. You can even get a professional contractor to come up with a structure that suits your unique needs. They can come up with something simple or extravagant depending on how much room you have and how much you’re willing to spend. Whatever you choose to have, just remember to incorporate some cupboard space, a barbeque, and enough water faucets.

Regardless of the direction you decide to take your backyard, the bottom line is that it is very important. You can create amazing memories with your family there or simply relax. Let your creative juices flow when considering renovating your backyard

2021 Trendy Living Room Layouts

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Living in a time when working, relaxing and learning have all converged at home, living rooms have become much more important than ever before. As such, it calls for a more friendly environment, a look that spices up the mood, and more living spaces to relax.

The creativity in living layouts has soared over the years with an endless list of choices and options to pick. However, trends 2021 may not necessarily remain the same next year, it is rare for a layout to stand the test of time since new ideas emerge every day.

Interior design is one of the most competitive industries ever. Staying on top requires a solid idea and massive effort to put together a nice layout to beat the competition or at least trend.

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With the living room being the central place and most trafficked, a state of the art entertainment equipment is just part of the trending designs.

Many designers have offered their thoughts on the most trending layouts and what to expect in 20221 after witnessing the past year marked with people restricting to their homes and working remotely. 

The pandemic has ushered new living room ideas to calm people down and give them a taste of style during such difficult times. 

Living room decor, furniture, home textiles, and accessories are updated every year. Therefore, the desire to stay up to trends stirs curiosity to try new things every day.

The living room is a gathering place with friends, family members, and even now that we’re all restricted our homes suddenly have home offices that make it ideal to have some special equipment. A must-have to say the least.

Whether living in a traditional home or mobile homes, decor trends still have their way of making the place stylish and modern. Home decor ranges in the budget, so you shouldn’t be worried about the cost of making it over your living room. 

It’s the same way modern mobile homes for sale give you value while living on a budget compared to traditional homes. 

Therefore, you may want to search for modern mobile homes for sale around you to cut down on the stress of buying a traditional home if you don’t have the right budget for the same.

We all expect trends 2021 will hit up and outshine the past year with new exciting ideas coming forth.

Now let’s break down some of the 2021 living room trends that you should consider.

2021 Living Room Trends

Here are some of the living room trends layout in 2021:

  • Furniture with Curves Replacing Angular Pieces 
  • Multi-use Furniture 
  • The travel-inspired decor is gaining traction in homes
  • More of Natural Elements is also on The Trend
  • Warm Colors Making Statement
  • All Comfortable Everything
  • Lots of Layers is Expected
  • Statement Gallery Making Waves

Furniture with Curves Replacing Angular Pieces

The most common boxy type of furniture in 2021 is going to fade away, or rather face some competition. Sofas with curves are on-trend and offer the house a unique taste and warm feeling. Interior designer KD Reid While speaking with the Insider said that curvy furniture will be trending in 2021.

“No more boxy furniture, we’ll see more furniture with curves and rounded edges that add coziness to an interior,” he said.

white and blue floral throw pillows on white couch

To add on top, adding a circular throw pillow and curved end tables will bring style even in a bigger manner. Curved sofas have become central furnishing design elements in 2021. When curved furniture is in the picture, it can be traced back as far as the 1950s when it made its big appearance.

But somehow they made a comeback last year, and have been so popular, trending all over with some unique sets arranged in a pure state of the art.

One thing for sure is curved furniture and other elements in the room demand space and attention. The style has inspired many designers to put their skills to the test. 

For example, a Swedish designer Jonas Wagell is inspired by curvy Mid-Century designs. The Mid-Century design has been the inspiration for many in the interior design industry.

Furniture fabrics vary, based on your taste you can pick what fits well in your house. The variety of fabrics gives you the freedom to choose without worrying about the fear of missing out on what will match your dream living room layout.

Multi-use Furniture

One thing we all can’t deny is the fact that we’ve been confined to our homes for the better part of the last year or so. Not everyone was prepared for such to happen at least not to the extent of working from home. 

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In fact, most companies were just doping pilot tests of working from home all over the world before the pandemic hit.

Now how does all that relate to these trends? Well, very few people have a home office, the majority often spend extra hours in the office in case of plenty of work to be done before heading to their homes. Everyone working from home has created a shortage of spaces.

This gave rise to multi-purpose furniture that changes function in no time. Also, it is one way to save on space in a congested room especially now that all family members seem to be hanging around. 

For example, sofa beds have become so popular lately as they can both be used for the normal sitting arrangement and at night turned into a bed.

The travel-inspired decor is gaining traction in homes

While the pandemic has brought about being confined to our homes, one notable thing that has emerged and quickly gaining traction is the travel-inspired decor in homes across the globe. 

“We’re seeing people use their deferred travel dreams as inspiration for their interiors,” says Farah Merhi, a professional interior designer and founder of Inspire Me, while speaking to Insider. “Artwork, patterns, and colors from other regions are big right now.”

The travel inspiration has been on trend for quite some time now, giving living rooms a breath of new life of travel dream artistic. 

More of Natural Elements is also on The Trend

Natural materials can be incorporated into a room in so many ways to create a seamless style. It can be in the form of wicker, rattan, and grasscloth-wrapped pieces. 

While we yearn for more time outside during this time of the pandemic, the ability to bring the outside inside with palettes from nature can be so satisfying and calming in a way.

“Finding ways to bring in more natural light and layers of different types of light within a space can really transform a room,” says Saudah Saleem, founder of an award-winning interior design firm.

Besides, Plastics and synthetics may be replaced by natural fibers and textiles this year. 

Natural materials have a way of creating a unique taste in a room and adding value to the house generally. For example, doing a wooden floor will for sure increase the value of your house without a doubt.

Warm Colors Making Statement

Colors play a huge role in interior design, it’s like the Romeo and Juliet of interior design, they offer the final touch in bringing a living room into life. Across the globe, people have been creative with using different color schemes to paint walls into a state of the art.

Think of those pillow covers and throw blankets, how about giving them a warm color?

“We started to see tones appear in 2020, and I think our living rooms will embrace warm tones full-on in 2021,” says Tiffany Leigh Piotrowski, a Toronto-Based interior designer.

“I think we will see a lot less grays and neutrals,” she says. “People want to inject their personality into their space.”

All Comfortable Everything

“I think living rooms will have a major focus on comfort, filled with soft edges, comfy textiles, organic prints, and earthy neutrals,” says designer Kerra Michele Huerta, an award-winning Washington DC Interior Designer. “Living rooms are where we all go to relax and unwind, and with all the stress of 2020, I think our senses will need some extra TLC next year.”

She continues to list types of cushy pieces that will become commonplace in 2021 such as sculptural cloud sofas, oversized ergonomic chaises, furry upholstery, and even elevated bean bags.

In 2021 people want more living space to relax with their family since they have little to do while at home under a pandemic.

Lots of Layers is Expected

You may want to design your dream vignette by placing a few sculptural trinkets atop a stack of books or layering two leaning pieces of framed artwork on a living room shelving unit.

Besides, layering rugs can be essential to add dimension to space and also a way to protect your floor in the process.

“Minimalism is always nice, but having a heavily layered, styled coffee table, console table, mantle, or chest feels full and lovely,” says Elizabeth Stamos, an interior designer, “It’s an Instagram moment at every turn!”

Statement Gallery Making Waves

While the gallery on the walls may allow you to work on a lot of pieces in your living room, you shouldn’t discount the power of one big painting or canvas on your wall, it can have a stunning visual interest than the former. As they often say, sometimes “less is more” and that is reflective of one big painting and what it does.

“Everything from vintage posters to large-scale abstracts or drawings will be used to personalize our spaces,” says Saudah Saleem, an interior designer.

Pure work of art on the walls often spices up the room. Finding the right balance of colors on the walls and the kind of gallery can be satisfying in a way. The least your walls deserve is some good painting, but if you can go higher, finding a perfect canvas would make a huge difference.

To Sum Up

Trends for 2021 has seen some of the most exciting living room trends. People are thinking outside the box to bring ideas into life while living under unprecedented times in the history of beings. 

Trends 2021 in the living room style haven’t disappointed so far, we can agree on that. Natural materials being at the center stage among other stylish trends in 2021 is just the tip of the iceberg

The living room design trends 2021 will continue to boom as the year matures and most probably the coming year will even be more exciting as far as design is concerned. 

Ideas come and go, style doesn’t last that long, by the end of the years, we’ll see what will still be on the trend and what new has made its way to the industry where creativity is endless.

4 Stylish Kitchen Renovation Ideas

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The kitchen is the most visited room in your house. So you want it to be as stylish and classy as possible. Besides the kitchen appliances, a charming kitchen setting is of extreme importance. Also, small kitchen space or limited square footage for your house shouldn’t inhibit your potential kitchen stylish design. 

We all know how hard it is to make a small kitchen look modish and feel grand. Well-thought kitchen ideas can also improve your house’s resale value. Local home buyers will be chomping at the bit to make you an offer because of how incredible your house turned out. A kitchen can complete a home! Whether you’re out for some inspiration or you are thinking of renovating your kitchen, here are the top four ideas to help you maintain a stylish kitchen.

Visual Lighting On Your Kitchen’s Cabinets

In modern kitchens, visual spacing is a crucial feature. You can choose to use suspended metal frames as shelves with some illuminated glass cases for the upper top raw. This can prove to be an innovative idea of escaping the dull upper layer of your kitchen cabinets arrangement. Adding illumination to glass cases is practical and brings a beautiful luxurious vibe to the whole arrangement. More importantly, this idea is excellent in adding a delicate touch to the kitchen’s space.

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Add Task and Statement Lighting

A well-lit kitchen is like a paradise. You can install some scones over the sink and countertop areas. Not only will these scones brighten up space, but they will bring a shiny and classy feel. Also, installing adequate statement light is paramount to increase the space of your kitchen visually. You can also complement this with an olive green pain and shiny metals.

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Input Some Green Flower Plant

Plant are adorable, and they will make everyone forget about the space of the kitchen. Place these plants where you can easily illuminate them. To brighten up the area near your fridge, keep a plant on it.

Also, bear in mind that fun and colorful runners are no longer made for narrow and long kitchens. You can choose to mix materials like the matte black tiles with white marble backsplash to bring out a cool unexpected contrast.

Mirror the Walls and Store Everything Strategically

Do you want your small kitchen to feel larger? Mirror your kitchen’s walls and store everything in its place. Mirrors bring that sweeping view and make you feel as if you have an extra space in the room. With this view, no one will even remember to think of extra space.

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Are you adding shelves for extra storage in your kitchen? Do not want them to remain cluttered. Keep everything in its place. To bring that cohesive look, you can choose to arrange mugs and bowls by their color. Slide everything that’s bulky into the drawers or cabinets. This will make your space look larger, sleek, and streamlined. You can also choose to go monochrome to bring a jewel box’s feeling.

Bottom line

Making your kitchen feel classy and stylish doesn’t have to cost an arm or a leg. You can always go with the modern DIY features with minimal settings. This is why it is always recommended to look through currently trending kitchen ideas to make the right choices. Kitchen lighting, arrangements, and mirrors are some of the kitchen ideas that will always top this list.

Home Design Struggles for New Homeowners

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Unique sticking points in home and garden design can crop up. Either they’re something that you’ve always struggled with or it’s a different thing because the home is new to you. 

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Here are 4 sticking points for the home and how we’d suggest handling them. 

Sloping Lawns or Frontage

The front or rear yard of your home could be on a slant. The sloping effect across the front lawn and driveway could be a cause for concern if you’re looking to buy the property or just to renovate it. 

There are smart ways to work around slopes that do work. Look at the drainage situation to see if it’s currently causing water to pool in the wrong places, and if so, fix it. Also, find out the grade for a serious slope or hilly parts on your property grounds because it changes what you do about it.

Different landscaping solutions are possible to take advantage of, rather than suffer from unusual sloping on the property. So, don’t despair!

A Plan for the Furniture

When the interior design for a room is not working, the culprit is usually the furniture. 

It is either too spartan and lacking certain features, or the room is overly stuffed with sofas, chairs, coffee tables, and the like. Addressing this issue and changing what’s in the room, including being willing to select different sized replacements, can solve the problem. Then the space will have the right feel to it. 

Overly Dark Interior

Some homes were never very well lit and didn’t benefit from adequate light exposure. It’s possible that the house is largely fine during daylight hours if natural light is good but suffers on overcast days and in the evenings too.

Window Decorations vs. Natural Light

Window decorations and coverings such as blinds, curtains, and other options block considerable light from reaching all parts of a room. 

Look for ways to not obstruct light sources by opening blinds and not artificially creating blockages. 

Rearranging the Furniture

Sometimes, furniture is arranged in a manner that blocks available light. This results in sections of a room being darker than others. 

By identifying any obstructions and rearranging the furniture, it’s possible to let all the light in that you can. Also, look at adding mirrors to reflect light too. 

Adding More Light Sources

When all else fails, add more lamps and overhead light sources to ensure there’s sufficient luminance in the evening and at other times. 

Color Menagerie

When a color palette isn’t selected to be used consistently throughout the home, then a mix of colors shows up when moving from room to room. Even a single room can become a colorful mess when you don’t consider the existing colors of wall paint, carpeting, furniture, and more. 

It may be necessary to rework a room one at a time to fix a color problem. Sometimes, painting the walls a hue that blends between with the various color choices already present will rectify it somewhat until a more complete solution is found. 

Not every home interior or yard exterior is perfect. Often, they need an overhaul to address specific concerns to fix the problem. 

3 Tips for Designing an Outdoor Entertainment Area

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Are you a homeowner with a bunch of extra outdoor space?

Do you love to entertain?

Are you a fan of longer nights and warmer, summery weather?

Then combining the two and building an outdoor entertainment area for you and your friends and family to enjoy this coming summer can be a great little renovation project for all to enjoy. What’s more, an outdoor entertainment area can increase your property’s value! It’s a win-win!

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Before you start the project, however, you will need to take a moment to decide on the aesthetic of your outdoor entertainment area as well as its purpose. For instance, do you want a place to cook and eat? Or would you prefer a little corner for you and your loved ones to cozy up and talk with a few cocktails? Either way, this needs to be decided before the building work commences. 

Read on for a few useful tips on how to design an outdoor entertainment area you will truly enjoy and get use out of.

Decide on the Outdoor Entertainment Area’s Main Function

As previously mentioned, you will want to decide what it is you wish to get out of your entertainment area. How can you do this? Well, you can do this by taking a moment to truly think about what it is that you enjoy doing the most. For instance, do you host a lot of BBQs? Do you like to make cocktails with your friends? Do you typically have your friends over or are you someone who invites family round for relaxed afternoon beers in the sun? There are a lot of ideas and potential, so think this one through so that you settle on the function that suits you best. 

Look Online for Inspiration

Once you have decided on what it is you wish to do to your outdoor area, it is time to head online for inspiration. By doing so, you can unlock your outdoor area’s potential and see how other homeowners have pulled off their entertainment area. Furthermore, if you have a small space to work with, then you could find useful tips on how you can make the most out of the space provided and utilize everything to the max. Check out these outdoor living area designs; they might just spark your imagination. 

Speak to Contractor and Landscape Designers

Make sure you find a reliable and trustworthy contractor and landscape designer who can help you create your dream outdoor entertainment area. They will be able to work with you in designing, building, and curating your backyard so that you get the most out of it, but also creating the aesthetic that you desire. They may also make suggestions that are better than your previous thoughts and plans. When deciding on a contractor, builder or landscape designer, make sure to read testimonials.

Summer is fast approaching, so be ready to bask in the sun and enjoy the outdoors with your loved ones. By doing so, you can have a fun and relaxing summer with those who matter the most to you.