Mix, match and mosaic: The top interior design trends of 2018

Whether you’re redecorating your home, changing up that old carpet for warm hardwood flooring, or just longing for a fresh coat of paint and some new accents in the living room, the design trends this year are all about texture, style, and surprises. It’s hardwood floors celebrating knots and imperfections or variations in plank sizes and color. It’s wood on your walls and faux stone tile backsplashes. It’s mixing unexpected materials to create an entirely new look. Mix, match, and mosaic is what it’s all about this year. Sara Babinski, a designer for Armstrong Flooring, offers her view of the …

Escape with 2018’s top trending color

Whether you’ve been a loyalist to the same shade of green for the last decade or if you’re an evolving follower of trends whose color choices have shifted over the years, the trending color of 2018 is sure to surprise and intrigue you. Indeed, black is back. But how was this classic shade named the trending color of the year? While many assume the choice is random, trending colors are based on many influencers, but where do they really begin? Trending colors arise from consumer preferences, which are formed by societal influences, such as politics, economics, lifestyle and overall sentiment. …

3 Ways to Throwback Style

When it’s time for a bathroom or kitchen upgrade, some of the greatest inspiration may come from another time entirely. Some of the most on-trend styles of today are actually throwbacks to bygone eras. Learn how to make your updated spaces pay tribute to re-emerging trends and add your own modern touches with these three new-again looks. Retro-Modern A retro-modern design is unique in every way, with elements transitioning from the historically unfitted 1920s to 1950s charm and eccentricity. The result is a space that represents many eras and design styles, and the kitchen is the perfect space to bring …

White Hot Dining Room Table from Zuo Modern

Zuo Modern’s Odin dining table is shown in a white finish, too, plus this on-point design boasts functionality borrowed from contract home furnishings. It has two built-in USB charging ports, which underscore consumers expectations about furniture functionality and pervasive technology and offer a practical response to the ways modern families gather and spend time together. zuomod.com

Room-by-Room Renovations

Small changes that add up to a big impact if your favorite room is outdated and dingy, a renovation may be all you need to make the old feel new and to fall in love with your home all over again. Upgrading your home can be a big job, and unless it’s part of a pre-move-in plan, few homeowners find it practical (or even possible, from a budget standpoint) to execute a large-scale project. However, tackling the updates one room at a time and focusing on small changes that bring big returns can put those overdue enhancements well within reach. …

Creating a dream home with cypress

Transforming the unremarkable into the extraordinary need not be an impossible task. More and more homeowners are finding that lavish looks are both attainable and affordable. Their imaginative design professionals are making it happen, using cypress to create their clients’ dream homes. “Wood is a classic and timeless building material,” says Stephen Logue of the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association. “And many people are discovering that the inherent beauty of cypress, a species so often chosen for outdoor applications, adds a luxurious look to indoor living spaces, for anything from walls and ceilings, to exposed beams and so much more.” Transforming the ordinary …

5 spring remodeling projects sure to brighten your home

During the coldest months of the year, it’s hard not to think about the warmer months to come — and all that they hold. You may already be planning your next vacation or outdoor activities to host in your backyard this summer. Now is the time to brainstorm about your spring home remodeling projects that can add enjoyment and value to your humble abode. Home remodeling projects on the rise As the U.S. economy continues to strengthen, home improvement project investment by homeowners has increased, according to the latest Residential Remodeling Index (RRI) study. As spring is a popular time for …

Trading Questions for Answers:  Q&A with Trading Spaces Vern Yip

Editor’s Note: Vern Yip will be speaking at the Nashville Home Decorating + Remodeling Expo, scheduled March 9-11 at the Music City Center. One room at a time, Vern Yip is designing his way across America, having knocked down walls and led countless home and restaurant makeovers during his four seasons on TLC’s Trading Spaces and his more than a decade as one of HGTV’s most recognizable designers. In our interview with the well-known and respected interior designer, we discovered many of Vern’s hidden passions, talents and tricks for keeping your home organized and showcasing personality through design. 1. What’s …

Create a Sleek, Functional Home Office

The regular work-at-home, the non-self-employed population has grown by 115 percent since 2005, according to research from GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com. That translates to 3.7 million employees working from home at least half the time, while 40 percent more U.S. employers offer flexible workplace options compared to five years ago. The benefits working from home offers are indisputable, but those often come at a cost when you find it difficult to turn off the clock and stop working. Developing an organized work-at-home routine and creating an efficient workspace to facilitate productivity is a must for those who telecommute. Consider applying these tips to …