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We are almost through with the first month of the year, which is pretty hard to believe! Here at Home Zone, we have lots of incredibly exciting things up our sleeves for the year. We are constantly bringing in new pieces and styles so that there is something for everyone’s tastes. Today on our blog, we will be highlighting our current favorite pieces that you can get today by either shopping on our website or in store.

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Summer home design dos and don’ts

Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

Summer is swiftly approaching, and for many of us, it’s the perfect time to revamp the house before the kids are out of school.

Keeping in mind the trends of the season and some commonly committed mistakes, these are my dos and don’ts for decorating this season and beyond!

 

Don’t use every trend in one room

Home decor trends change every season, so deploy them wisely! The first rule is to only indulge in trends you truly like — the trend will change before you know it, so don’t invest in a style just because it’s popular at the moment. The second rule is to spread any trendy items throughout your home so that the new additions aren’t all concentrated in one space.

 

Do try a trend here and there around your entire home

While your home shouldn’t be overrun with trends, trendy styles and decor items are essential to making your home feel current and stylish. Once you get inspired by one trend (or several), do your best to disperse the trend throughout your house in different ways so that it looks organic and well-incorporated in your existing decor.

 

Don’t match every little thing

For a look that’s modern, fresh and unique, don’t try to match everything in a room. It’s OK, and actually recommended, if the throw pillows don’t match the curtains and if the lamps aren’t all from the same collection. With a little bit of mix and match, you’ll be able to create a look that better reflects you and your family.

 

Do maintain a color palette for a cohesive look

In order to create a well-composed room, pick a color palette you like and stick with it. Neutrals, shades of blue, jewel tones — whatever you pick, this palette will guide your aesthetic choices from the rug to the accent chair.

 

Don’t put every belonging on display

You’ll end up with a busy, cluttered room if you put every belonging on display in an effort to decorate. While you might like the style of a maximalist room, pick and choose the things you love most to put on display.

 

Do showcase your collections

Not every belonging should be on display, but the display of a collection or two is a classic, highly personal element of design. To make it work, first decide where you will be putting your collection on display. Use an empty wall to install a handful of artworks in a gallery-style hanging, or make use of those open kitchen shelves by styling them with beautiful ceramics.

 

Don’t have cold, bare rooms

To do minimalism right, it’s important to avoid creating a room that feels cold and bare. If the room feels too sparse, guests won’t feel welcomed into the space. If the design is simple and clean, it’s imperative that the textures you use are rich and cozy.

 

Do embrace minimalism

A cold, bare home is uninviting, but a nicely done minimalist home feels refreshing and serene. In order to create a minimalist style that is true to your lifestyle, start simply by minimizing clutter. Next, embrace a neutral color palette with shades of white, gray and beige. Lastly, invest in a minimalist style by decorating with furniture and other décor that has clean lines and simple, relaxed shapes.

 

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New Year’s resolutions for your home

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Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

It’s hard to believe, but 2017 is right around the corner! Don’t forget to make some New Year’s resolutions before the clock strikes midnight. While goals such as “go to the gym” and “eat better” are classic contenders, you might consider making a few resolutions for your home, too.

These are the six home resolutions I’m putting into motion for an organized, restful and adventurous new year!

Try new styles

Commit to trying a new style in your home this year. Whether you’re incorporating a single piece or going with a whole new furniture suite, experimenting with a style you’re not familiar with could help you discover something you love! If you haven’t already, try a sectional in your living room for expansive, comfortable seating, a rustic-inspired bedroom set for a cozy, cabin feel or a traditional dining room collection for elegant dinner parties.

Clear the clutter

Make a resolution to keep your home clutter-free. To take on this challenge, you’ll first need to invest in the right storage solution to hold all your odds and ends. Once you’ve determined the amount of space you can allot to a catch-all piece of furniture, consider what you’ll need it to hold on a daily basis. Do you need deep drawers for blankets or shallow drawers for TV accoutrements? Are surfaces to display framed pictures or knickknacks important? Once you’ve thought through these variables, take a look at our cabinets, buffets and chests to find the perfect storage solution for you.

Get more sleep

Is “get more sleep” on your list of resolutions? Mine, too. In order to make that goal completely attainable, you may need a new mattress. Mattresses need to be replaced every seven to 10 years for a variety of reasons. If you find yourself consistently waking up with an aching back and shoulders, it’s most likely because your mattress no longer supports you the way it used to. Whether you’re looking for an adjustable, memory foam or classic spring mattress, you’ll find one to suit your individual needs at Home Zone Furniture.

Be adventurous

In the new year, challenge yourself to be adventurous with color and patterns. It’s amazing how a simple pop of color here and there can brighten your mood and add dimension to your space. If you gravitate towards neutrals, mix it up with dusky blue, sunshine yellow or pastel pink. If your interiors are ruled by bright colors, experiment with neutrals or bold patterns. To incorporate a new color into your home, try something temporary, like a throw pillow or curtains. If you’re feeling bold, try painting a central wall or adding a fun accent chair.

Get organized

Whether you have a designated home office or not, it’s important to have a functional place in your home to stay organized. Even if this isn’t where you log your 8-hour work day, it’s a great place to organize bills and keep a family calendar. For anyone who hasn’t put this organizational tactic into use yet, the new year is a great time to start the habit. To put together this organization center, start with a desk that doesn’t take up much space, a comfortable chair and a desk lamp.

Entertain more

The festivities don’t have to end with the holidays! Make a resolution to entertain more in the new year. To do so, you’ll need to spruce up your dining room and any other entertaining spaces in your home with the appropriate furniture and home accessories. Consider a bar cart, bar stools for the kitchen, a new dining room set, a set of chairs to comfortably seat your guests or a server to hold extra dishes.

Happy new year!

Bree

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5 Areas to Accent When Boosting Home Value

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If you’re considering putting your home on the market, the first thing you want to know is how much you can ask. When your realtor gives you an estimate, your next thought is likely going to be “How can I increase that number?” Fortunately, boosting your home’s value does not have to mean renovating the bathroom or adding a home theater.

Helping your home attract more buyers, and higher bids can actually be done on the cheap with DIY projects. As some areas of your house are more valuable than others, here are the five areas you should be accenting with your home improvements.

The Kitchen is Top Priority

The kitchen is what sets the tone for your buyer’s opinion of the home. A nice, modern kitchen is worth far more than a home with spacious bedrooms but a shabby kitchen. To accent your kitchen, create some form of accent wall above the counters. This could mean tiling, mosaics, sponge painting, or simply adding a coat of accent paint. Consult your realtor, an interior designer, or even magazines for an idea of which would work best in your space.

Elegant Bathrooms Spell Luxury

Plain, basic bathrooms tell a buyer that the home is not updated or that it lacks the modern, sophisticated feel that they’re looking for. But when you add a little paint, frame your mirrors, and attach matching metal hardware, suddenly that same bathroom makes your home look great.

Your priority for the bathroom is ensuring all the fixtures match and the mirrors have frames. These two simple, affordable upgrades can make a big difference in the perceived value of your home to prospective buyers, despite the fact that they cost you little to implement.

Bedrooms are Still Important

Even if the bathroom is beautiful and the kitchen is lovely, small, plain bedrooms can easily put a dent in your sale. Of course, making small bedrooms bigger is not an option, but paint can work wonders to create an optical illusion. Lighter wall colors tend to make spaces feel larger, while painting molding the same color can help eliminate the appearance of a border. When a room is small, you don’t want a molding highlighting the size.

Even if your bedrooms aren’t small, you should still consider a fresh coat of paint. New paint looks clean and can help eliminate signs of wear and tear on your walls. If your walls are an outdated color, repainting becomes critical. Many buyers today want modern, and the wrong shade of paint can negatively impact your chances of a good sale.

The Front Yard is the First Impression

A stellar first impression is crucial when selling a home. Whether you have a front yard or just a front porch, you need to be sure the buyer is happy as they enter the property. For yards, you should be sure your grass is healthy and trimmed with neat, easy-care landscaping where applicable. Plant hardy shrubs and flowers to add color while adding the simple yard care selling point. You might also want to plant a shade tree as trees can actually cut energy costs for future homeowners.

The main goal is to make the yard or porch look lively, inviting, and well-kept while boasting ease of care to potential buyers.

Increasing home value does not need to be hard. Even the bare minimum can help boost your profits. A new coat of paint in a few high-profile areas that buyers pay the most attention to can work miracles, while swapping out mismatched hardware can instantly make a home seem more cared-for and up-to-date. As long as you focus on the most important areas of the home, you should be all set to start increasing your home’s value.

Paul Denikin began learning about DIY home repair projects after his daughter, Maggie, was born with special needs. He has learned a lot through trial and error as he has worked to make his family’s home safe and accessible for her. Today, he shares his DIY knowledge on DadKnowsDIY.com, a website that offers home improvement project how-tos and other accessibility information.

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