The Most Necessary Steps for Finishing a Basement

Have an unfinished basement? It may be time to finally complete and utilize it. We outline a few of the most important steps for finishing a basement. So, you want to transform the lowest level of your home into a space you can finally utilize. Before undertaking this project, you must understand the entire process first. Below, we cover a few of the most important steps for finishing a basement. Step 1: Obtain Local Building Permits If you choose to finish your basement, we recommend acquiring a permit through your city to prove you constructed it safely. Having a permit …

The Power of Pigment: Using Paint Color to Sell Your House

Hoping to sell your home? Make sure you create a blank slate for potential buyers—look here for more info on using paint color to sell your house. When you live in a home, you do what you can to personalize it and make every little aspect fit your style. Your paint colors, decorations, and furniture all fit who you are, and that’s important. But when you’re thinking about selling your house, you need to create a blank slate so that the new owners can create their own sanctuary. If you need help deciding how to paint your home for the …

Paint/Color Trends for 2019

While gray remains popular as an interior paint color with some homeowners, others are shifting to greige, according to area designers. At the same time, designers report they are moving on from greige to shades of white and off-white. Samantha Lewis of the Hoover Paint store reports, “White and greiges are trending as well as white and off-whites as the popularity of the ‘farm house style’ continues to dominate in this area.” According to Kristie Banett of The Decorologist the trend in neutrals has indeed shifted toward white and off-white, as well as barely-there light grays and greiges. “These lighter neutrals …

Organizing Hacks

(Family Features) Getting organized and making the most of your home’s storage space can be a daunting task. To help keep clutter at bay and streamline organization throughout the house, consider these tips for revamping your closets and designated storage areas from the experts at ClosetMaid. Find closet systems and other organization hacks at ClosetMaid.com. Watch video to see how to get organized! SOURCE: ClosetMaid

Save Your Way to Lower Home Insurance

(Family Features) If your homeowner insurance rates are creeping up even though you haven’t filed any claims, it may be time to take a look at how you can bring those prices back down. Research, smart shopping and even some home upgrades can make a noticeable difference in your insurance premiums. Explore the cost-savings potential with these tips from the experts at CertainTeed, a leading manufacturer of exterior and interior building products: Shop for the best rates. It’s easy to be complacent when you’ve used the same insurance company for years, but if getting the best rate is your objective, it’s …

On-Trend Home Design

6 design approaches to explore in 2019 (Family Features) The influence of global cultures is increasingly visible in home decor as technology expands homeowners’ world views. Acting on the inspiration of global trends can be as simple as shifting your outlook to bringing eye-catching features and everyday functions into your home. For example, playing with color, replacing doors and incorporating unique accents can help contribute to an on-trend style that flows seamlessly from room to room. Colors offer the opportunity to create a mood and update a space. Doors provide an average of 800 square feet of previously untapped design …

closet trends 2019

Photo above, courtesy California Closets Creating a luxury boutique feeling in the master closet is a growing trend, according to industry experts. They are taking notes from luxury retail when it comes to lighting, with the addition of backlit shelves and illuminated displays to add a wow-factor to any space. Today’s master closets may include elegant light-filled furnishings with mirrors and glass doors, or may incorporate color or pattern on the walls to give the space a stylish look. Some may favor the look of darker wood or industrial-built storage. “We absolutely take the home’s interior design into account when …

fabrics at home

While most experts say that color is coming back in the home in the form of fabrics, some say they continue to see neutrals as popular. And at the same time, some of the experts prefer tweed or texture while others are very fond of the latest velvets. “Performance fabrics are top-of-mind for everyone in the home fashion business. “Performance’ can mean many things from light-fastness and wearability to cleanability. Homeowners have lots of options and should have lots of questions,” says Bohnne Jones of Decorating Den Interiors. “The latest in performance fabrics are the textures, whether it is a …

getting the most out of your house when you sell it

It seems counter-intuitive to put more money into something you are done with putting money into. That is, of course, unless you would like to leave the closing table with more of it. Today most buyers want an open concept floorplan, a great kitchen, and a great master bedroom suite. Beyond that it gets more specific. But if you can get the first 3 things right, your chances for selling success greatly improve! In order to grab a buyer’s attention today, you will need updated colors on your cabinets and walls, a “magazine quality” look with everything in the right …

Home Upgrades that Really Work

Ideas and inspiration to create more functional spaces (Family Features) Bathroom and kitchen upgrades are among the most popular home renovations, but not just because the improvements are likely to increase the home’s value. Renovations to these high-use areas can enhance the practical enjoyment of your home while adding aesthetic appeal and style.   A Better Bathroom Bathroom makeovers can take many forms, from simple updates to total overhauls. Consider these common approaches, identified by the home experts at JCPenney Home Services, to determine the best match for your home and needs. Tub-to-Shower Updates According to the National Association of …