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By jordansflo26761441, Jun 1 2017 03:00PM

In our last few posts we talked about trends- but of course those come and go. Today let's discuss 8 things you can do that will always add value to your home.

1. Add/update your home office

As companies try to cut back on costs, millions of Americans now have the opportunity to work from home. This, combined with the fact that 57% of Americans have considered starting their own business, makes a home office a necessity rather than a luxury. Make sure there is plenty of storage space or built-in shelving, and lots of natural light!

2. Update the kitchen with neutrals

The kitchen is the first thing a new homebuyer is likely to change. After all, the kitchen is the heart of a home, and if it doesn't reflect your own personal tastes then that heart isn't very happy. Stick with more neutral colors (see our last post for the "new" neutral) and let your accessories add those pops of color.

3. Proper landscaping

The front yard and exterior of the house is the first thing potential buyers see. According to Bankrate.com, "a good first impression can add 5-10% to the value of your home". Make sure your lawn is well-manicured, and that the exterior siding/ shutter paint is not peeling or cracking.

4. Finish your basement- if there is one

Unfinished basements offer so much potential, however they can be overwhelming for prospective buyers if they aren't sure what to do with the space. Give them a headstart by finishing at least the walls and flooring. Add a bathroom, built-in shelving, or an entertainment area. However, try to avoid adding walls or hallways, as this can darken the space and make it look smaller.

5. Insulate the attic if you have one

Insulation will not only lower your monthly heating/cooling bills, but also help your A/C system run smoother, reduce noise throughout your home, and contribute to a healthier, more comfortable home.

6. Repaint the front door/shutters

As we mentioned with #3, the exterior of the house is the first thing potential homebuyers will see, and you only have 7 seconds to make a good first impression! Do avoid obnoxious colors (such as lime green) and make sure your front door and shutters either match colors, or complement each other.

7. Add storage where possible

We accumulate quite a bit of "stuff" over the years. Make sure each room has plenty of closets, shelves, cabinets or other storage types where applicable.

8. Invest in lighting

Spending between $100 and $400 on new fixtures, energy-efficient bulbs, and replacing unsightly windows or adding insulation (see #5 to learn why you should insulate!) can contribute to up to 300% ROI.

Things like updated roofing and plumbing, bright lights and fresh paint are always a good idea, but won't necessarily up the value because potential homebuyers expect those things to already be up-to-date.

We hope you enjoyed these tips! Stay tuned for our next post.

By jordansflo26761441, Jun 1 2017 03:00PM

One of the hottest flooring trends we're seeing this year is the color gray. Though gray is not a natural wood color, it's popping up all over social media. There are a variety of ways you can incorporate gray hardwoods in your home.

Monochromatic

Staying in the same color family may seem boring to some, but using a multitude of shades, patterns, and textures will keep it fresh. Monochromatic rooms, like the one featured below, are becoming more popular, and since gray is considered a neutral, it's easy to swap out accessories when you want a little more color.

Or not

Not crazy about one color covering your entire room? No worries. Because of its neutral undertones, it's easy to swap out furniture and accessories whenever you want something different. These yellow chairs add some fun to this modern kitchen.

Are you "yay" or "nay" for gray? Let us know by dropping a comment!

By jordansflo26761441, May 31 2017 03:00PM

The bathroom is perhaps the smallest, and most neglected, part of any home. However, a study done by BathroomDeal revealed that the average adult spends nearly two years of their life in the bathroom! So why shouldn't it feel as luxurious as the rest of your home?

Despite the small space, it doesn't take much to take your bathroom to the next level. Let's take a look at some of this year's biggest tile trends.

Color

The days of sterile white walls and floors are over. Color is a great way to brighten up a space that might not receive a lot of natural light. Cool colors like Pantone's Color of the Year "Greenery" will transport you to an island paradise without leaving your home.

Shape

Honeycomb (also known as hexagon) is a key player in tile this year. While it stands out by itself, feel free to incoporate a bright color for a fresh twist.

Pattern

A patterned tile can add depth and dimension to an otherwise boring space. A neutral tile allows for some fun walls, while a colorful pattern adds a fun component.

Feel free to mix any of these styles together. However, your floors will last a lot longer than any fad trend, so opt for more timeless colors, or mix multiple colors so you can change up your accessories and wall color as needed.

By jordansflo26761441, May 17 2017 03:33PM

The Danish trend of hygge has taken the world by storm over the last year. In short, hygge (pronounced hue-guh) refers to a feeling coziness, togetherness, and overall well-being. Think of how you feel coming home after a long winter's day, cuddling up with a blanket and a warm drink. Hygge is about implementing that feeling all year long. Louisa Thomsen Brits, author of The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection says, "To hygge is to build sanctuary... We shelter each other when we invite people into our homes, when we give time, listen well, or provide a bed for the night; when we offer privacy, a winged armchair, anonymity, a tent in the garden."

Let's talk about some of the ways you can build your own sanctuary by using hygge.

One of the biggest principles of hygge is atmosphere. Choose candles over flourescent lighting (try to install dimmers where you can), wood over carpet, and more neutral colors. Save the bright colors for your accents, as they are easier to change throughout the year than your furniture, paint and flooring.

Flooring trends for this year include gray-stained wood, wide planks (they offer a more rustic feel), and Luxury Vinyl Tile (pictured below).

Photo by Miserv
Photo by Miserv

Another way to implement hygge is through the layout of your furniture. Since you can't, or rather you shouldn't, hygge alone, you want to create a nice, intimate setting for your guests. One way to do this would be to "float" your living room furniture, as explained by Glen Poloso in this video on living room design tips.

Finally, focus on accents to warm up your space. Think candles (shoot for "all-natural" products and inviting smells), blankets, pillows- anything that will give you that warm and fuzzy feeling. That is what hygge is all about.

We hope you enjoyed this installation of "Hygge At Home". If you'd like to learn more about the Danish art of hygge, leave us a comment!