Ask the majority of people looking to buy a home what they’re looking for and most will say a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances.

As a designer, it’s certainly what I hear most often. However, are granite countertops the best choice?

I don’t think so. There’s another surface that offers more advantages and that is quartz.

This week’s article shares 5 reasons by Cynthia Bowman for Freshome.com why this is so. You may decide it’s a better choice in your home, too.

Granite has been the counter surface of choice in many high-end homes since its heyday in the 1990s. But the material is not the most low-maintenance or contemporary looking. For those who went against the grain and chose an alternative material like quartz, you are now a majority!

The National Kitchen & Bath Association announced its results from a survey of kitchen designers that granite is no longer the top choice for kitchen counters — quartz is. In the granite vs quartz battle, quartz takes first place and here’s why:

Contemporary kitchens are preferred over traditional styles

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The top choices for kitchen design are contemporary style and quartz over granite. Image: Ferguson

According to the 2017 Houzz Kitchen Study, the contemporary style is the No. 1 look homeowners want for their kitchen (22% and rising). Granite is not the best choice in a contemporary kitchen, because of its golden tones or distinctive and somewhat busy pattern.

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A warm grey quartz countertop flows with the cool tones of this contemporary kitchen. Image: Nicholas Design Collaborative

As homeowners start choosing more modern and minimalist patterns and sleeker, cooler colors like greys and whites for their kitchens, quartz offers more options.

Quartz is more eco-friendly than granite

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An eco-friendly contemporary kitchen using low to no VOC materials and finishes. Image: Premier Kitchens

When considering granite vs quartz, both are eco-friendly — and not. Granite is imported, which means the carbon footprint is larger, due to transport and shipping. Granite is a natural stone, but is porous and requires sealing with chemicals to minimize staining and etching. According to the EPA, granite may also off gas radioactive materials called radon. Levels are normally not harmful, but a radon home testing kit is inexpensive and can double check for you.

Quartz is made with at least 90% quartz material. The rest is polymers, color and resins, which bind the quartz and make it incredibly strong and stable. The resins, although not as dangerous as radon, may also release into the air. Quartz may also be imported, creating carbon footprint issues.

The U.S. manufacturer Cambria offers an eco-friendly quartz that solves both issues. Its quartz is made in the USA and is Greenguard Certified, which means it doesn’t create any indoor air quality issues from off gassing.

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Contemporary yet classic kitchen design featuring light work surfaces and rich wood floors. Image: Melissa Miranda Interior Design

Quartz manufacturers Caesarstone and Silestone also certify their quartz products with the Greenguard badge. In addition, Caesarstone offers eco-friendly quartz surfaces that use recycled materials such as post-consumer glass.

Quartz offers more options as far as color and pattern

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Caesarstone’s Apple Martini quartz is festive, modern and vibrant. Image: NZ Builders

Because quartz is engineered, grain and color can be added to the surface. Want an apple green surface? Quartz has it. Looking for a snow white countertop with very little texture? There are plenty of options.

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A quartz version of high-end Calacatta marble is more durable than the original. Image: Aidan Design

Do you love the look of marble but don’t want to stress about your counters being damaged? Go with Caesarstone’s Calacatta Nuvo, like the image above.

Quartz is easier to work with

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Quartz is so durable and impermeable it can also be used as a sink, like in this contemporary integrated design. Image: Found Associates

When comparing granite vs quartz, the latter is as strong as granite but is more flexible. This means it can be used in ways granite can’t, like as a seamless counter with an integrated sink as in the image above.

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This kitchen may feature lots of bright white, but its durable and kid-friendly. Image: The Designory

The strength of quartz means you can have bigger ledges or overhangs without support. It’s also less likely to crack or chip than granite, which naturally has fine cracks and fissures in the stone.

Granite vs quartz: Quartz is lower maintenance

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A thicker, slab quartz-top island with integrated bookcases. Image: Ben Trager Homes

Quartz is not porous — no sealing is required — so staining is virtually impossible. That makes clean up pretty easy— a quick wipe should get rid of any spills or stains. Quartz is less likely to scratch and, according to the Mohs Hardness Scale, quartz comes in at a 7, compared to a 6 for granite. They are close in hardness, but quartz surfaces are just a bit tougher.

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A warm-toned ivory quartz ties in with the wood cabinetry. Image: Unique Spaces

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being

You may have a design idea for your home that you love and then in the next minute you shoot it down and say to yourself that it’s probably a stupid idea.

It’s a common thought process that we do. We worry what others may think. Somehow, “other’s” opinions become more important than our own.

The thing is other people don’t live in your home—you do. It only makes sense that to be truly happy at home it has to represent you and who you really are at your core. Your home should feel uniquely yours.

In this article Freshome.com offers 4 ways to bring your personality into your spaces. There’s no reason in the world not to celebrate who you are.

Usually, when we talk about design choices, we come at them from the perspective of how to make the rooms in your home appeal to the masses. However, we’d be remiss if we didn’t admit that, at the end of the day, your home really only needs to appeal to you. It should feel distinctly yours.

That’s why we’re focusing on how to infuse personality into your interiors. We’ve got four tips on how to ensure your home feels like it fits you, no matter what your unique interests may be. Read them over and consider incorporating one or two of them into your next design. After all, there’s no reason not to celebrate who you are.

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Gallery walls give you the opportunity to curate your surroundings. Image: Nathalie Priem Photography

Create a gallery wall

If you’re looking for a quick way to help your home feel more like you, a gallery wall might just be a perfect choice. Put simply, this design choice allows you to showcase who you are and how you’d like for it to be put on display.

The first step is to decide what exactly you’d like to show off. Feel free to peruse sites like Freshome for some gallery wall inspiration, but items like photographs, artwork, movie posters, concert tickets, inspirational quotes, or patterned fabrics are all viable options.

Once you have your items on hand, the next step is to figure out how they should be hung. We suggest laying it out on a table or the floor before attempting to secure anything to the wall. That way, you’ll have the ability to play around and make changes until you’ve landed on the ideal arrangement.

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Let your hobbies play a central role in your décor. Image: KuDa Photography

Highlight your hobbies

If you have a hobby that you love, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be given a position of prominence in your home. Whether you’re a fan of music, art, or are looking for the opportunity to display a prized collection, hanging some of these items on your walls or situating them on shelves is a great way to give your home a unique personal touch.

In this case, however, we’d advise resisting the urge to lean too heavily on a theme. Rather than building the whole room around your passion, simply incorporate these items into the design. That said, whatever your hobby-centric items may be, give them positions of importance, maybe even make one your focal point.

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Whenever possible, play around with bold colors and patterns. Image: Square Footage Inc.

Play with pattern

Bold prints and are also a solid option for those looking to make their interiors a little bit more personalized. Like people, no two patterns are exactly alike, and there are countless options to choose from. Most of the time, these patterns are included in accessories like throw pillows or pieces of wall art. However, that’s not to say that you couldn’t make a stronger statement by choosing something like a bathroom tile or kitchen backsplash.

Which pattern you choose is ultimately up to you, but if you’re going with something that makes a strong statement, we recommend having that be your inspiration item for the room. Let the colors that are present inform your palette for the rest of the space and do your best to mimic any particular aesthetic cues.

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Use open shelving to showcase your style. Image: IPD Partners, Inc.

Include open shelving

Lastly, embracing the open shelving trend will also afford you a unique opportunity to put pieces of your personality on display in your home. Ideally, you’ll have access to some built-ins like the ones pictured above, but if not, start the process by searching for a shelving unit that meshes well with your sense of style.

Once that’s in place, the next step is to procure the items that will make up your design. It’s best to source materials that come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Doing so will keep your design more visually interesting and prevent it from feeling too one-note.

The last step in this process is bringing all of the pieces together in a cohesive arrangement. Take note of how, in the photo, the décor elements are arranged into distinct groupings. Feel free to play around with your items and try grouping them by various numbers, heights, and directions. You’ll know when you land on an arrangement that feels right.

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Use these tips to infuse personality into your interiors. Image: Taylor + Taylor

Most of the time, when we talk about following one of design’s fundamental rules or embracing a new trend, our goal is to help you make your interiors a hit with the masses. Today, we’re coming at the topic from a new perspective. We’ve given you tips on how to infuse personality into the rooms of your home because that’s really just as important. Use our advice to ensure that your design feels uniquely you.

Do you make a conscious effort to highlight your personality in your home? Do you have any of your own suggestions to add? If so, share them with us in the comments below.

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy,
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being

It’s well understood that most Americans don’t get enough sleep. Lack of sleep affects our health and wellness both physically and emotionally.

There are many reasons for this and sometimes require professional attention. There are also some simple design adjustments that we can easily do that can help.

This week’s article is a guest post written by Myra Campbell for Tuck.com and gives us a few ideas that can insure better rest for us all;

 

Your bedroom should be the ultimate place for relaxation. Good design can make your sleeping environment an inviting, stylish retreat where you feel comfortable resting at night. But some design trends are bad for sleep, and can negatively influence your sleep quality. These trends can make it difficult to fall asleep, or make you feel so anxious you can’t rest properly.

GLOWING BEDROOM LIGHTS

Twinkle light, nightlights, and other soft lighting in your bedroom can be romantic (and help you see better at night). But they can interfere with your circadian rhythm, telling your brain that it’s daytime and time to be awake. It’s best to avoid leaving lights on all night. If you want to keep lights on to fall asleep, consider using lights that can be set on a timer to turn off once you’re in bed.

 

 

AIRY CURTAINS

Light, thin curtains offer a beautiful airy look during the day, but don’t do anything to help you block out light at night. Thin curtains create the same problem as bedroom lights: they invite light into your bedroom, which can be too stimulating for sleep. If you like the look of airy curtains, consider placing blackout curtains underneath them at night, then pull them to the side during the day.

LOUD WALL PATTERNS AND COLORS

A bright, bold wall is visually stimulating. It can be beautiful from a design perspective, but visually stimulating is not what you want in a peaceful, sleep inducing bedroom. Loud patterns and bright colors can induce anxiety in a room where you want to feel calm. It’s best to stick to light colors and muted patterns, especially blue, which is associated with better sleep quality.

SMALL BEDS

Minimalism is in, and many people choose a smaller bed that fits the room visually. It may look nice and leave additional space, but you can’t skimp out on mattress size. Consider the number of people and pets that sleep in your bed, your body size, and more when choosing the size of your mattress.

MISMATCHED FURNITURE

Picking up a few pieces here and there can offer a creative look in your bedroom and create variety in your design. However, you should pay attention to symmetry, as it can bring balance to your bedroom design. For example, while your bedside tables and lamps don’t need to match exactly, it’s a good idea to choose items that maintain a balanced look with similar colors, sizes, and materials. This can reduce clutter and make your bedroom feel more calm.

ORNATE HEADBOARDS THAT COLLECT DUST

A beautiful fabric or cushioned headboard can set the tone for a bedroom. Unfortunately, it can also collect dust that can disturb allergies while you’re sleeping. Consider a headboard that doesn’t have a lot of places to collect dust, or make sure you’re ready to clean your headboard regularly to avoid dust build-up.

 

We all want a beautiful bedroom, however, a large part of the design needs to incorporate the function of insuring a good sleep. These suggestions can make a difference.

Myra Campbell is a researcher for the sleep science and health organization Tuck.com. Her passion for art and design brought her into the field. She began by researching how to create a relaxing bedroom and learned that great design can help improve our health and well-being. Myra lives in southern California and shares her queen-sized bed with two rescue dogs.

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being

When we think of decluttering our home, it generally means removing excess.
 
However, there are a number of design choices that can give the perception of clutter and an untidy space that can we can fix. And, no dusting’s required.
 
Laurel Niedospial for popcorn.com shares 7 ways you can give your home a clean and uncluttered look and feel just by altering design choices. Here they are:
 

Don’t Line Every Wall With Stuff . . . Allow For Openness

 

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There must have been an interior designer in the ’80s who came around to people’s homes and chastised them for leaving a wall devoid of furniture. This overstuffed approach, instead of making a room look rich and well furnished, makes the space feel like it’s busting at the seams. Think about what a room really needs, get that, and stop trying to jam furniture up against every wall. At the very least, it’ll be less you’ll have to clean and buy.

 

Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being
 
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When you hear either Modern or Contemporary design styles, do you think they are one in the same?

The two words would seem to be interchangeable at first thought.

However, while there are similarities, there are also big differences as well.

Basically, Modern design defines an era that has passed—think mid 20th century. Contemporary design deals with now and the future.

Take a look at this week’s article shared by Freshome.com and see examples on how they are defined in actual design examples.

You’ll easily see how different each is and you’ll know what to do if either of these styles speaks to you.

Modern design often features wood and earthier elements

Wood elements and nature-inspired decor play an important part in modern design. Image: Square Root Architecture

Contemporary design features state-of-the-art materials, glass and metals

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Glass, steel, porcelain and concrete are popular contemporary design materials. Image: Studio Ten

Modern vs. contemporary design colors

Contemporary design often sticks to a stricter palate of black, white and grey. If color is added, the color is often the pure, saturated tone like true red, indigo or orange. Modern design colors have an earthier hue and feature shades like rust, turquoise, brown and olive greens. Check out the difference in these two:

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Browns, golds, turquoise and earthier tones are popular modern colors. Image: Nest Modern

Black, white and bold, saturated colors are very contemporary. Image: Atmosphere Interior Design

Modern vs. contemporary similarities

Both design styles have three general elements in common, which make them good design styles to mix and match into your own signature look. The three shared elements are:

1. The esthetics are both minimalist

A modern design featuring a minimal amount of furnishings and accents. Image: Koffka/Phakos Design

Contemporary minimal design. Image: John Maniscalco Architecture

2. Clean, architectural lines are their signature

Both modern and contemporary design styles are unfussy and lean toward clean lines instead of ornamentation, like this Scandinavian-style modern living room. Image: Garrison Hullinger

Contemporary design interiors like this living room feature straighter, more austere lines, while modern tends to incorporate more curves. Image: Haus Design Studio

3. They both have an open-space feel

A contemporary open space flows from one area to another fluidly. Image: KF Home Building

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Wood is featured on all surfaces to maintain the flow of this open-space modern living area. Image: Best Builders

Now that you know a little more about modern vs. contemporary design, which style do you prefer?

 

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being

This week’s article is a primer on choosing accessories from Freshome.com.

We know how important they are to creating a look that will complete your design, but being sure you’re on the right track can still be rather vague.

The following tips will help you find clarity and confidence in your choices.

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Many décor elements can be considered accessories. Image: Arkee Creative

Know your options

Before you can start shopping for accessories, it’s helpful to know what to look for. In truth, this is a broad category, so it can be hard to pin down. We like to think of it this way: An accessory is anything that adds aesthetic value to the room. It can also serve a functional purpose, but it doesn’t have to.

With that definition in mind, here are some common examples:

  • Area rugs
  • Throw pillows and blankets
  • Wall art and mirrors
  • Decorative bowls and trays
  • Coffee table books
  • Candles
  • Picture frames
  • Flowers and vases
  • Décor items

As you embark on your shopping trip, keep items like these in mind. That said, this is by no means an exhaustive list. Feel free to think outside the box. Odds are, any item you think will add aesthetic value to the room will pass the accessory test with flying colors.

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Each room should have a statement piece. Image: Minhnuyet Hardy Interiors

Pick a statement piece

If there’s one key rule for accessories, it’s that every room needs a statement piece. This is a singular item that is big and bold and will unquestionably draw the eye. Think of this piece as the backbone of your décor. Everything else, accessory-wise, is built around it.

Ideally, your statement piece highlights the focal point of the room, so do your best to think about applications that fit well into the space. Wall art is always a good choice, as are decorative mirrors or even a large lighting fixture. Whichever you choose, finding a piece with the correct measurements is paramount. Be sure to choose something that is proportionately in line with the room’s main feature.

As far as aesthetics are concerned, this is the time to push the limits. While you want your statement piece to mesh well with your design, it also needs to stand out. There should be no question which accessory is the statement piece, after all.

Keep your colors consistent. Image: Clean Design

Consider the color palette

Once you have a statement piece in place, use that to build the rest of your color scheme. Odds are, the rest of the room — meaning the wall coverings and furniture — may end up being fairly neutral, so your accessories are the time to add visual interest.

As always, you want to consider the 10-30-60 rule. In this case,  concentrate on the 10 and 30 segments. As you shop, look for elements that easily bring a secondary (slightly bold) and accent (eye-catching) color into the space. Of course, you also want to make sure both colors go well together and work in harmony with your dominant neutral shade.

In addition to color, you may also want to add some prints and patterns to the room through your accessories. Keep in mind that not every piece you purchase should include a bold design. However, choosing one or two can add a lot of visual interest.

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Vary sizes to add visual interest. Image: Home Ingredients

Vary shape and size

Color is far from the only element that can be used to make a room more interesting. Where accessories are concerned, you can a make a big impact by varying two details: shape and size.

This advice can be applied to nearly all the items on our accessories list. Though rugs should be in proper proportion to the room, pillows can come in a variety of sizes. Books can be stacked. Plus, décor items can come in nearly any arrangement under the sun.

To take your accessories to the next level, focus on purchasing pieces that can eventually be put together into groupings. These pieces work best when they’re purposely arranged together, rather than standing on their own.

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Use our tips the next time you find yourself shopping for accessories. Image: Dalia Canora Design LLC

Shopping for accessories is no easy task. On the one hand, the category itself feels a little vague, even for design experts. On the other, it’s extremely important to pick items that elevate your design, yet feel cohesive with one and other. If you need help tackling this task, the tips in the guide can help you shop for accessories that check all the boxes.

Do you like shopping for accessories? Do you have any tips to share on how to pick the perfect items to complete a design? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being

If someone asks you if you’d like to enjoy more free time; feel calmer; and sleep better, what would you say?
 
Of course, who wouldn’t?
 
If that someone then says that those are all benefits of removing clutter from your home, why is it so difficult to keep an organized home?
 
We always have the best of intentions but it’s hard to stay on track. Before long, the little piles begin to grow until we’re staring at clutter once again and feeling familiar frustration.
 
I recently ran across an article written by Emily Co for popsugar.com. She asks different questions than the usual ones regarding clutter that allows for a razor sharp focus for dealing with it once and for all.
 
Remember that clearing clutter doesn’t mean boxing it and putting it into another closet. It means selling, donating, recycling, giving it away, or throwing it away. Here they are:
 

1. Have I used this in the last year?

If your answer is no, it’s time to toss.

2. If I were shopping right now, would I buy this?

If the current you wouldn’t buy this item now, why would you even keep it?

3. Is the only thing that’s keeping me from disposing this item that I don’t want to waste money?

Think of it this way: you wasted money when you bought an item you don’t use.

4. Am I holding on to this for sentimental value?

Be strict and keep only a few of the items in a small memorabilia box. Then take a photo of items you are throwing away so you can keep them forever.

5. Do I have a similar item that serves the same purpose?

If yes, then get rid of one of them.

6. Do I have a realistic plan to use this?

Remember, don’t lie to yourself about how perfect an item would be for Halloween. Make sure you have a concrete plan to use the item, and if you don’t use it within the time frame you set for yourself to use it, then toss it.

7. Does it fit me or my living space?

You may love it, but do you have space for the item or does it even suit you now? Think hard on what to keep — your space is sacred.

8. Am I holding on to the broken item to fix in the future?

Fix it now, or if you don’t get around to fixing in the next two weeks, then toss it.

 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being
 
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With most of the U.S. suffering from record-cold temperatures, staying warm becomes a challenge this winter.

On top of that, it’s early January so spring is a long way off.

What to do?

Short of traveling to a tropical climate, this week’s article covers 8 ways to embrace this winter’s weather. It’s shared by Laura Gaskill, Houzz contributor and my favorite blogger for living in a feel-good home.

Enjoy!

After five years of living in New England, I think the time has come for this California girl to embrace winter. And while I doubt I will ever be happy to spring out of bed on a dark, frozen winter morning, I am learning to love the cozy winter rituals that come with living in a cold climate. From Swiss fondue at a fireside dinner to creating a Scandinavian-style sauna at home, these eight ideas are sure to warm your body and spirit on even the coldest day.

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being

Did you know that curb appeal projects such as new doors generate higher returns than improvements done in a home’s interior?

According to Realtor.com, paying attention to having a beautiful front door can more than pay you back both on resale value and the enjoyment received everyday for you and your visitors. After all, it’s the first thing we notice when driving or walking up to a home’s entrance.

Take a look at 6 types of stunning front doors shared by Freshome,com. You’ll be tempted to upgrade your curb appeal even if you just re-paint the door.

One of the first things about a house that a guest or home buyer notices is the front door. If you want to make a statement, upgrading or revamping your front door is a smart move that isn’t all that expensive. According to Realtor.com, it’s the second best return-on-your-investment renovation.

Ready to get inspired? Here’s a collection of the latest front door ideas and trends you may want to steal to improve your home’s curb appeal.

1. Front door paint color ideas

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Red will forever be one of the most popular front door colors, regardless of architectural style. Image: Faust Construction

One of the quickest fixes to upgrade your front door is to simply paint it. Choose an exterior paint designed for the door type; there are paints and primers for steel, fiberglass and wood door surfaces. About one quart of paint should do for an average door.

Gloss or semigloss are the most durable; the sheen holds up better against nicks and scratches and tends to show bolder colors better. It’s easy:

  • Although you can paint your mounted door, removing the door and all of the hardware will give you a better finish.
  • Sand the door lightly to get rid of old paint drips, nicks and dents.
  • Apply a primer; wait for it to dry.
  • Protect your door while it dries so dirt particles don’t stick to it.

When it comes to color options, nearly anything goes. According to Benjamin Moore, contrast is key. Choose a bold paint color that stands out from the rest of the home, like these door paint color ideas:

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A vintage aqua front door color is perfect for a mid-century modern house. Image: Levitt Architects

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Give a two-tone paint color a try when mulling over front door ideas. The turquoise and white add pop to the home’s charcoal gray exterior color. Image: Stephanie Wiley

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When in doubt, a classic red front door will freshen up the look of just about any entrance. Image: Benjamin Moore

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Orange is a great door paint color choice to highlight contemporary architecture. Image: Mak Design and Build

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A bright lime green door color works with both wood and concrete home surroundings. Image: Dotter Sofjeld Architects

2. Metal front door ideas

For an artisanal look that’s both warm and contemporary, consider a metal front door. With the industrial trend going strong, black steel is popular although copper and stainless steel front doors will always be fashionable.

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Distressed black steel adds a custom look. The bronze door pull highlights the mixed metals trend that’s popular in interior design. Image: JPR Architects

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Copper and stainless steel metal front door ideas. Images from left: Michael Fullen Design, Hartman Baldwin and Rocky Mountain Hardware.

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Wood and steel can work with nearly any home style, ranging from rustic to country to modern to craftsman to contemporary. Image: AppWood Doors

3. Glass front doors featuring glass side panels

One of the freshest door trends takes the existing double door design and converts it into a standard front door size with a glass side panel. This modern front door idea allows more light into the entryway and saves you money on having to purchase a larger or double front door.

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A simple glass front door is surrounded by glass on the sides and top. Image: Marvin

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A mirrored glass side panel next to the modern wood door adds privacy and convenience. The homeowner can see out but passersby can’t see inside. Image: b.Confer Architecture

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The entrance of this home appears larger thanks to the door and matching side panels. Frosted glass was used to diffuse light while obscuring what goes on outside and inside. Image: Friehauf Architects

4. Steel atrium doors

Looking for an industrial-chic door that’s less run of the mill? The steel atrium door is one of the latest trends. The black steel grid and glass works to update nearly any style.

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For the ultimate flexibility, install a steel atrium pivot door that can glide back and forth on a track. Image: PPDS Design

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Go with a custom curved atrium front door that offsets the sharp, angular lines of a contemporary home. Image: Ryan Street and Associates

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To create a grand entrance, enhance the scale of your front door by surrounding it with glass panels on the sides and top. Image: Green Belt Construction

5. Pivot doors

One of the best door trends is the modern pivot door. The look features a large-scale, floor-to-ceiling door that pivots on an axis instead of opening and closing from a wall-mounted hinge. The pivot front door is perfect in a location where a door jamb may not be possible or if the door is very heavy. Or simply because it’s so cool.

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A frosted glass and steel frame pivot door takes the latest front door ideas and combines them beautifully. Image: Seven Custom Homes

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A walnut wood, steel and glass pivot front door opens effortlessly in this Austin home. Image: Leicht USA

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The designer of this wood pivot door frosted the glass side panel windows but left a clear strip of glass on the pivot door for better viewing. Image: Aleck Wilson Architects

6. Wood and glass panel front doors

For a contemporary look that enhances your home’s architecture and lets plenty of light into the interior, look for a modern wood and glass panel front door. Worried about privacy? Choose a glass that’s frosted, etched or has some type of design that obscures what’s going on inside.

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The glass panels in this darkly stained front door allow plenty of light to illuminate the interior. Image: Jodie Rosen Design

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A custom glass pattern adds privacy and beautiful texture to this custom wood door. Image: Bramco Builders

It’s hard to believe that we’re ready to bid adieu to 2017. I pray you have a happy and healthy New Year filled with new and exciting possibilities and, of course, always feeling happy at home!

Until next year…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create rooms that foster happiness and well-being

Oh no!!

Christmas Eve is tomorrow followed by New Year’s in a week and you’ve just discovered you’re having last minute house guests.

There’s no time to do a guest room redo. However, there are 3 thoughtful touches you can add to your guest’s bedroom and bath that are quick and easy and spell “WELCOME.”

MARGARET WRIGHT, Houzz Contributor lists them in the article. I would add one more for bonus points by providing a basket containing extra pillows and blankets so guests can moderate their own comfort level.

In closing, I wish you a joyous Holiday Season surrounded by those you love.

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being

 

Photos via Houzz

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