What's Hot and What's Not in Home Design
From dark hardwood flooring to home offices hidden away in closets, we're taking a look at what's hot and what's hot in-home design trends in 2022.
Not hot: The Cloffice
Early on in the pandemic, people started turning their closets into a home office. Coined the "cloffice," these makeshift offices served their purpose at a time when we all needed a quiet place to work. Homeowners are no longer looking for temporary workspaces, and if they are still working remotely, they're now looking for a more permanent, clearly defined home office (with windows!).
Hot: Light-colored flooring
After years of preferring dark hardwood flooring, we're seeing a resurgence in lighter wood plank flooring. One of the hottest trends is a color known as greige, a blend of gray and beige. It can offer a fresh look to bedrooms, living rooms and entryways. Darker colors can overpower a room at times. Lighter tones can make a room look brighter and larger, plus they camouflage dirt and dust much better than hardwood.
Wallpaper has been rising in popularity in recent years, but it's made a full comeback for 2022—just not in ways you might expect. You can use wallpaper to create a statement wall, provide a colorful backing for cabinets or line your shelving. Another outside-the-box idea is to use wallpaper on a ceiling to add dimension and excitement to your room.
Hot: Murphy beds
Creative furniture solutions, such as Murphy beds are coming back in a big way. These items are functional, allow us to do more in a small area, and have greater flexibility when designing a space.
Not hot: Minimalism
An uncluttered, sparsely decorated home can feel sad with a lack of personality. As we spend more time at home, they're seeking more meaningful interiors and placing more personal accents on display.
If you've always wanted to turn your home into a plant paradise, now's the time to do it. Rather than going the faux plants route, which may have been convenient in the past, this year you should go for the real deal. After all, plants add a little joy to your surroundings.
When it comes down to it, trust your own personal style. The design elements that make you happy are the best ones to choose!
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Tips to Downsize Your Home
Whether you're a recent empty-nester, eager for a change, want to simplify your life, need to move closer to family, there are plenty of reasons to downsize your home. There are also plenty of ways to do it wrong!
Have no fear. We've seen it all when it comes to the downsizing, and we've created a short checklist to make it a little easier.
Your Downsizing Checklist
The best tip for downsizing is to know your strengths and weaknesses. If you're a super organizer, maybe you'll just need help moving boxes on moving day. If you have a hard time letting go of items, a professional organizer could be well worth your money.
Whatever your situation, once you've completed the process, you're likely to find it was a great decision financially and mentally.
First-Time Homeowner? Tackle These Improvements First.
Recent low mortgage rates continue to motivate first-time home buyers, but competitive inventory means many will end up purchasing a house that requires repairs.
Where do you start when figuring out your financial planning? Which problems are the most pressing?
A thorough home inspection is a good start, but many people skip it to make their offer more appealing to sellers in today's competitive market. Fortunately, real estate professionals at JJ Elek can help you look past the shiny new home you just bought and see problematic signs, such as energy inefficiencies, a leaky roof, or cracked pipes.
Home Improvement Checklist for FIrst-Time Buyers
It's common for new homeowners to focus on the aesthetics of the property rather than what's invisible or behind the scenes. But if you care for your home from both a lifestyle and economic perspective, you can enjoy a long, happy life in your new home.