Home Decor

What 5 Home Design Trends are OUT for 2016?

It's that time of year again when all the experts are predicting what's IN and what's OUT FOR 2016.  It's fun to read what prominent interior design professionals think about new trends . . . WHAT'S HOT AND WHAT'S NOT.  If you are a stylish homeowner and like to be on trend with home fashion, you probably have your own preferences and may agree or disagree with the pros.

So, what are designers saying (OR HOPING)  is OUT in 2016?

1.  FACETED FURNITURE . . . tables that feel sharp and and have points.  Designers feel that this trend was overproduced and is clunky and unsophisticated . . . unless it is a real diamond, of course.

Today's Hottest (& Not So Hot) Home Features

Home trends come and go and are ever-changing, but some home features are classic and are always a good idea.

Among the most sought-after home features today are gas fireplaces, wood flooring, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, open floor plan, walk-in closets, open kitchen, and garden tubs.

What are the once-popular features that are quickly becoming unpopular? . . . vinyl siding, oak cabinets, cherry cabinets.

Read more about it:  The 20 Hottest Home Features Right Now -  According to realtor.com®, these are the most popular home design buzzwords on listings. [NAR Daily News Magazine]

5 Easy Ways To Make Your Space Look & Feel Larger

Looking for ways to make your space look and feel larger?  Here are five easy changes you can make.

1.  Hang curtains higher and wider than your windows.  The eye will be drawn up and over and the windows and the room itself will look larger.

2.  Strategically place a large mirror in the room.  Mirrors reflect light and create the illusion of more space.  They are also good for checking your look before heading out the door.

3.  Keep some windows bare instead of using window coverings.  Who doesn't like a nice bright sunlit space?  If your windows are beautiful, show them off!