May the joy of Christmas be with you always…
With the end of 2016 coming on quickly it’s inevitable that we look forward to the new year and, therefore, we can see remodeling design ideas for 2017.
Plenty of “trends for 2017” stories will pop up over the next few weeks and, so, it’s all well and good that we look for some in our own field.
Mitchell Parker of the Houzz editorial staff, put together a rather comprehensive list of remodeling and interior design ideas we can expect in the new year and we’d like to share some of that list with you. (We’re on Houzz, too. Come find us!)
“We plowed into Houzz data, sifted through popular photos and articles, and talked to industry leaders for this look at 28 things we think you’ll be seeing more of in the home in 2017,” writes Parker.
Here are his top 10: (the rest are available in his full piece, a link to which is at the bottom of our piece)
1. Satin brass. Brass finishes have been making a comeback in recent years, cherished for their ability to bring shiny golden tones to a space without the high price tag. But more recently, designers like Elizabeth Lawson have been turning away from the reflective finish of polished brass and embracing satin or brushed brass, which is more muted and warm.
2. Voice-activated assistants. There’s been a lot of talk about voice assistants in the home. It’s something Shawn DuBravac, chief economist of the Consumer Technology Association, which puts on the Consumer Electronics Show every year in Las Vegas (Jan. 5 to 8, 2017), says will be big in 2017.
3. Vanity conversions. If you’re having trouble finding the right premanufactured vanity for your home, try thinking outside the cabinet box. Many savvy homeowners are finding chests of drawers, old file cabinets, vintage consoles and more, and converting them into one-of-a-kind vanities.
4. Hardworking kitchen storage walls. In search of more open space, many homeowners and designers are doing away with expanses of upper cabinets and pushing all that storage onto a single hardworking wall. This one-stop hub frees up the rest of the space to create a breezy look.
5. White with off-white. There’s just something refreshing about a room bathed in white. But when done in one stark white tone, things can start to feel clinical. Balancing a white palette with creamy off-whites and natural linen hues creates a breathtaking look that can be rich with character.
6. Greenery. Pantone’s verdant color of the year for 2017, Greenery, seems to be an instant hit for those looking for a revitalizing, back-to-nature hue that brings zest while still managing to work with warm wood tones.
7. Splurging on laundry rooms. Everyone knows that kitchens and bathrooms get the big remodeling dollars, but many homeowners are seeing value in making every space look great. And laundry rooms in particular are seeing more love. Design tricks to bring in more light, smarter storage and better function resonate with homeowners who realize that since they spend a lot of time doing laundry, why not do it in a space that makes them feel good?
8. Splurging on entryways. The entry, like a powder room, is a compact place where you can have fun with design without blowing a budget. Homeowners will spend on average $2,500 to make over their entryway or mudroom that’s 150 square feet or more ($1,400 for a space that’s less than 150 square feet), according to the 2016 Houzz & Home Report.
9. Outdoor-feeling indoor showers. An outdoor shower is highly desirable but not practical year-round in most areas of the country. To get around the weather dilemma, designers and homeowners are looking to intimate courtyards and strategic site placement to create bathrooms that connect deeply to the outdoors while still maintaining privacy.
10. Counter-depth fridges. For small to modest-size kitchens, remodeling is often a game of inches. Counter-depth refrigerators sit flush with adjacent cabinetry and countertops, freeing up just a bit more space while creating a streamlined look.
Look into the deeper sections of Parker’s crystal ball:
Learning about yourself in a remodeling project is probably not the first thing you think about when it comes time to renovate your home.
You probably don’t consider a remodeling project an opportunity at all for personal growth and development. And, yet, you just might surprise yourself – maybe surprise the rest of the family – with what you do learn about yourself in the process of transforming your home. You just might also transform yourself.
Fortunately for us, Houzz contributing writer Hannah Kasper has thought of remodeling and personal growth, experienced it, and has some wisdom to share with the rest of us. (We’re on Houzz, too. Come find us!)
“No, I’m not talking about your tastes or preferences (for example, you learn that you love the color blue on your walls or you learn that you really just don’t like remodeling),” Kasper explains. “Rather, it can teach you about some characteristics you never knew you possessed, or at least never had the opportunity to focus on — the good and the bad.”
A remodeling project, she says, is also a personal journey with discoveries and accomplishments at every turn.
Here are Kasper’s ideas on ways in which home remodelers might learn something new about themselves:
1. You’re more impatient than you thought. Remodeling will — I repeat, will — test your patience. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a dedicated yogi who can sit and meditate for hours at a time or a hobbyist who works late into the night tirelessly assembling detailed ships in bottles. Weather delays, unforeseen problems (wait, there’s mold behind that wall?), busy trade schedules — it’s almost impossible to have a remodeling project without a delay or two.
2. You’re adaptable. Bathroom remodels and kitchen remodels are notorious for, well, making bathrooms and kitchens unusable while they’re under construction. At the beginning this might seem like a major inconvenience (truth be told, it is!), but by the end you might be thinking “Who really needs a full kitchen?” After all, there are so many small appliances loved by college students and remodeling survivors alike — toaster ovens, microwaves, slow cookers, camping stoves.
3. You want in on the action. It starts small: At first, you’re just chatting with your contractor about the status of your project — normal stuff. But as time goes on, you can’t help but ask questions about the more technical side of things. Some people might find details about tile installation eye-rollingly boring, but you’re intrigued.
4. Your relationships can (probably) weather any storm. If the space you’re remodeling is a place that you share with someone else (whether it be your spouse, children or others), it’s likely that you’ll feel a little more stress than if you were just remodeling your own personal space.
5. You’re fearless. I’ll tell you this much: It takes a lot of inner strength to not freak out when you see someone you’ve never met come through your front door with a hammer. Remodeling can make some people stronger. Once you see your home demolished before your very eyes by strangers wielding tools and driving heavy construction equipment, your definition of “scary” changes a little.
Read Kasper’s full piece, here:
From the shadow comes the color of 2017 – the Color of the Year for 2017, that is, as selected by the Benjamin Moore paint company.
The color is Shadow 2117-30, to be precise: “a rich, royal amethyst, allusive and enigmatic – a master of ambiance.”
“It is a colour that calls to mind a ‘past’, yet it can also make a contemporary, colour-confident statement,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Creative Director. “Shadow is sophisticated, provocative and poetic, it can bring energy to a space or harmony and a moment of respite.”
The company unveiled the color of the year in October, along with its Colour Trends 2017 to interior designers, influential experts and the media.
Shadow represents quite a stark contrast to the 2016 Color of Year, a plain and vanilla, Simply White.
“The Benjamin Moore Colour Studio forecasts colour trends after a year of research attending major industry shows around the world, while also taking cues from standouts in architecture, fashion, textiles, home furnishings and the arts,” according to the company. “Fine art emerged as a leading inspiration, highlighting the correlation between an artist’s use of colour and light to create mood.
“The Colour Trends 2017 palette features 23 rich and sophisticated hues ranging from muted pales to saturated deeps. In curating the palette, the Colour Studio lent significant consideration to the pairing of colours and relationships between colour families, as well as a newfound level of colour confidence in deeper hues among design professionals and consumers. The inspirational Colour Trends 2017 colour card illustrates the use of colour in ways that celebrate how shadow and light travel throughout a space during the course of a day. The 23 colours of the Colour Trends 2017 palette include the following:
“The richness and nuance demonstrated through the Colour of the Year and Colour Trends 2017 palette can only be achieved with Benjamin Moore products,” the company insists. “Offering residential and commercial paints for any project, the Benjamin Moore portfolio includes Aura®, Aura® Bath & Spa, Regal® Select, Natura® ben®, ADVANCE®, ARBORCOAT® and Aura® Grand Entrance®. All 3,500 Benjamin Moore colours are available in pint samples at local retailers along with Colour Trends 2017 curated palette cards. Benjamin Moore products are exclusively found at the more than 5,000 Benjamin Moore independently owned paint and decorating retailers across the U.S. and Canada.”
To learn more about the Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year and Colour Trends 2017 palette, or to find the closest Benjamin Moore retailer, visit www.benjaminmoore.ca. For more information, search #ColourTrends2017 on social media channels including Facebook (Benjamin Moore Paints), Twitter (@BenjaminMooreCA), Pinterest (Benjamin Moore) and YouTube (BenjaminMoorePaints).
About Benjamin Moore
Founded in 1883, Benjamin Moore is North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand. A leading manufacturer of premium quality residential and commercial coatings, Benjamin Moore maintains a relentless commitment to innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. The portfolio spans the brand’s flagship paint lines including Aura®, Regal® Select, Natura®, and ben®. Benjamin Moore is renowned for its expansive color portfolio, offering consumers and designers more than 3,500 colors. Benjamin Moore paints are available exclusively from its more than 5,000 locally owned and operated paint and decorating retailers.
Your home can heal a rough day.
Let’s admit it: the holidays can be a bit stressful. But a comfortable, well-loved home can be a place of solace. And if it’s not, maybe a bit of remodeling can get your home restyled just the way you want it.
(By the way, we’re on Houzz, too. Come find us.)
“At the end of a day filled with disasters, apart from being thankful that it’s over you’ll probably be feeling anxious, grouchy and sapped of energy,” Dunn writes. “There’s nothing miraculous about (home healing) tactics for pulling yourself out of the mire, but how often do you consciously employ them when you’ve hit bottom?”
She points out many ways to heal within one’s own home are right there at one’s fingertips.
“And cost next to nothing,” she says.
Here, in a condensed version, are some of Dunn’s suggestions. (Click on her full piece below.)
Water therapy. Danish author Isak Dinesen (real name: Karen Blixen) believed the cure for anything was saltwater — sweat, tears or the sea.
Whether you run down to the beach quickly – or if it’s too winter cold in Southwest Florida – sink into a warm bath full of Epsom salts or stand under a strong shower stream, be conscious of how the delicious sensations of water on skin are washing away sad, angry and negative thoughts.
Why it helps: Our bodies react to hot and cold stimuli. Hot water is said to stimulate oxytocin levels — the so-called love hormone. A warm shower followed by a short, cool splash boosts circulation and the massage effect releases muscles. Immersion in a warm bath gives a sensation of weightlessness and release.
The sound of splashing water is also soothing and healing. Flowing water has always been an important feature in gardens and temples, and many audio sleep aids call on water — the ocean, a river, the rain — to create a calm state of mind.
Good company. Unburdening yourself to someone else, without expecting them to provide a solution, can be a cathartic way to release resentment. A trusted friend or family member who will listen to your gripes without judging or giving advice is worth their weight in gold. Unload over a cup of coffee or glass of wine.
Why it helps: “A problem shared is a problem halved.” Informal studies show that this chestnut holds true, and the counseling professions are based around the idea. Just verbalizing frustration may open up a different perspective and release irritation. No friend handy? Grab pen and paper and write it all down, bad words and all.
Or, maybe, Dunn suggests the opposite:
Solitude. Solitude is a highly underrated state. It’s increasingly difficult nowadays to be completely alone. Even on your own, technology is becoming a constant and insidious companion. After a lousy day, luxuriate in a short spell of complete aloneness. Use it to examine your thoughts and put problems in order of priority. Carve out a corner for “me” time where you can shut out the world, just for a few moments.
Why it helps: In the company of others, we tend to “behave.” With no one else around, you can cry, laugh, swear, talk to yourself, even yell at the wall if you want.
Good scents. Aromatherapy in its true sense employs essential oils to improve health and treat certain medical conditions. Using scents purely as a pleasant and subtle way of making you feel fresh, cheerful and energized is part of banishing the blues. Find one you truly love. The scent of rose, jasmine, vanilla, citrus fruits, pine, cinnamon — even coffee beans or fresh bread — can put you in a better state of mind.
Why it helps: Aromas are linked to the emotional center of the brain and can evoke calming memories.
A walk in the garden. A garden is a place where magic happens. If you have one, take a leisurely amble, slowing your steps and pausing to sniff or clip. Notice colors, shapes, new growth and lovely smells. Take a leaf from botanist Luther Burbank’s book: “Flowers always make people better, happier…. They are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”
Why it helps: As Sigmund Freud noted: “Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.”
Happy hands. Choose a small, absorbing task to take your mind off negative thoughts. It could be an unfinished craft project or even an undemanding chore that you enjoy. The important thing is that it’s something where you feel completely in control.
Why it helps: If seemingly unsolvable problems have spoiled your day, completing a task, however minor, restores confidence and gives a feeling of satisfaction.
Exercise. When your body is in a state of stress, it’s poised for action — the old “fight or flight” scenario. To discharge this tension, get moving. Whatever your fitness level, there are many options for a home workout —gentle yoga stretching, dancing to your favorite music, jumping on a mini trampoline or taking it out on a punching bag.
Why it helps: Physical exercise produces endorphins, the “feel-good” neurotransmitters in the brain. It provides an outlet for frustrations and, far from tiring you out, can actually leave you feeling more energized, calm and optimistic.
Breathing. As tension builds during the day, we often forget to breathe properly. Our shoulders scrunch up and breathing becomes shallow. Mastering breathing is integral to exercise and meditation disciplines, especially yoga and tai chi. Become aware of the tightness in your body and learn controlled breathing techniques to relax and clear your mind.
Yoga devotees know the value of the breath in easing stress. The practice of bhramari pranayama, or bee breath, releases tension and agitation, relieves headaches and lowers blood pressure. It’s easy to learn and you can do it anywhere.
A glass of wine. According to a quote often attributed to 13th-century Italian saint and philosopher Thomas Aquinas, “sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.” Before the bath and the sleep, many of us go straight to the wine to take the edge off a grim day. Initial euphoria can give way to a lower mood in no time, though, so sip, don’t slurp.
Mood food. The term comfort food went into the Oxford English Dictionary in 1997, underpinning the widespread view that we eat with our minds as well as our bodies. Comfort foods often reflect childhood memories of being nurtured with certain foods, such as chicken soup. For a quick mood booster, reach for chocolate. It’s a delicious way to put a smile on your face. Eating a family-size block of low-cacao chocolate isn’t very healthy, but try nibbling on a few squares of dark, 70-percent-cacao chocolate instead.
Why it helps: Chocolate stimulates endorphins, chemicals linked to the brain’s pleasure center. It also contains serotonin, a proven antidepressant.
Kitchen cure. It’s not for everyone, but there are plenty who believe in the restorative power of rattling a few pans and punishing some carrots. Even if you feel too tired, push through the barrier and hit the stove. Some find focusing on a culinary task is calming, almost meditative. There’s mental solace in doing things with our hands and taking control of a small area of our lives when other things are spiraling. The aromas of food can also positively affect mood and release tension, and the tastes of a healthy home-cooked meal double the pleasure.
Pet therapy. When you need an undemanding, nonjudgmental, tactile and adoring friend, pets are always there for you. Pets are good listeners and accept unlimited cuddles with no complaint. Their uncomplicated happiness rubs off on uptight humans. A pet can bring a smile to your face and a calm sense of gratitude.
Sleep. It’s nature’s way of healing the bumps and scratches of a nerve-racking day. Plan to feel calm and in control when you prepare for bed. Author John Steinbeck wisely said, “A problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”
Read Dunn’s full piece on Houzz:
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