I run into this question all the time in home redesign consultations, “How do I mix styles?” If you have older furniture or furniture that you inherited and want to add a fresh look to a room, and mix styles, you can! Follow these three tips:
In a home with an open floor plan where one area merges into another, a rug is a fantastic way to separate the rooms by purpose, to add comfort, and to add color. Because the rug anchors the room, you will want to purchase the right size and meet your family’s needs. To learn more about selecting the correct rug material and size, check out How to Buy the Right Rug.
Tips on adding and decorating with an area rug:
- Get the right sized rug. Because a rug creates a conversation area, you won’t want to use a 5’x7’ rug in a room that is 16’x18’ as that would be too small. For example, in a living room, you want the front legs of the large pieces of furniture (couch, big chairs) to all be on the carpet. For sizing tips, click here.
- Layering rugs is a fantastic way to add flair to a room. If you have plain colored wall-to-wall carpet, or perhaps it’s old, and you are unable to replace it, consider a beautiful area rug over the top!
- What wear and tear will the carpet get? If you have kids, pets, the potential for spilling and stains is high, you will want to purchase a rug constructed of a material that is easily spot-cleaned. If you already have a fun rug use it for the inspiration and focal point in your room!
- If you have older furniture and want to modernize the look, find a great modern rug and repeat its theme and colors with accessories and decorative elements.
- Want to create a conversation area on your deck or patio, a rug will accomplish this and add a fresh look to an old deck or old furniture.
Indoor and Outdoor rug retailers:
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Feature photo from Houzz: Leslie Harris-Keane Interior Design.
Periodically I like to do articles on decorating dilemmas; often they are issues that I encounter when helping clients with their redesign. Here are a few I have dealt with recently:
How do I hang things on a curved wall?
There are a couple of ideas that you can use. Instead of a standard picture, think of hanging a structural item that is 3D since it sticks out from the wall it won’t matter that the wall behind it is curved. You can use picture hanging wire and one or two hangers depending on the weight of the item. Another idea is to use a special hanging system that has designed wall track that can adapt to curved walls, click here for information.
How to create privacy when an entrance has sidelights?
You may not like the openness of the windows surrounding your front door. Though there are panel options for privacy, you may not like the traditional style. Another idea is to add a privacy film to the window so that the light can still come in and it doesn’t take away from the décor inside of the house.
How do I decorate an empty or vaulted wall?
Many newer homes have walls that are vaulted, and clients don’t know what to do with them. They like the open feel of the room yet they don’t understand how to tie the artwork with the elements in the room.
I often go into houses where the artwork is hung centered on the wall or is hung too high for the size of the artwork. The “eye level” (hung at 57-60”) rule does not always apply. You have to take into account the furniture that will be arranged by the wall. I find that people don’t use the correct size of artwork or they try to use many small items, and the look does not pull together.
If you are hanging artwork above a side table, buffet, mantle or another element, generally the bottom of the frame should be between 6-8” above the top of the item. If you want to do multiple pictures you need to arrange the items on the floor and consider them as one whole item when thinking about how and where to hang them. When hanging the framed pieces arrange them pleasing to the eye. You do not want to hang everything symmetrically. Be daring and try creating unexpected visual interest to a room.
If you need help with your home decorating project, selecting the perfect furniture, or color palette Redesign Right can help pull your project together for a successful result! Call 610.955.8202 or email to set up your consultation!
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Feature photo from Houzz: Collins & DuPont Design Group, Doug Thompson Photography.
Are you an avid reader and you don’t want to read on a tablet or an e-reader? If this is you and you love your books and want to keep them over time, this will pose a storage issue. Where do all the books go? Before we get into this topic, let’s take a fresh look at the books that you own and decide if they are worth keeping on your bookshelves.
The first thing I notice when I go into someone’s home is the lighting. The #1 reason why a room may not “feel” right to you can be because of the color and types of light you use in a room. Every kind of light throws a different color, look and feel.
This article is part three of my kitchen renovation series and focuses on how to live without a kitchen during a renovation. If you missed the other two articles here are the links: “2018 Kitchen Trends” and “You Want to Remodel your Kitchen, What’s Next.”
The first step is to determine what you will need during the demo and construction phases. Also, ask your contractor for a schedule of expectations, that way when delays occur you have documentation. Understand that you need to have all of your fixtures, colors, elements selected and purchased before the remodel begins. If you add extra items or work that are outside of the contract scope, this can cause delays in completion.
Be patient and realize you will have a beautiful kitchen when you are done!
Discuss with your contractor how they will minimize the mess and dust during construction. Be sure your kitchen is ready for the workers. Therefore, your kitchen will need to be emptied. Take this opportunity to get rid of things that are old or that you do not want or need. Give away what you no longer want, store what you want to keep, and keep daily used items in bins.
5 Steps to create your temporary kitchen area:
- Set up a table that can hold your necessary small appliances: coffee maker, toaster or toaster oven, microwave. If you don’t have an extra table, you can pick up a folding table inexpensively from Target. Or purchase a cart for your needs that can be later repurposed in another room, or incorporated into your new kitchen.
- If you plan to replace your refrigerator and will be removing it from the house, see if your contractor can move it to an area where you can continue to use it and have them remove it when the job is done. Or find a mini-frig on your local Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist if you don’t want to buy a new one.
- Stock up on Biodegradable Products: Plates, utensils, cups. Clean up will be a breeze!
- Use boxes or plastic bins with lids marked for day-to-day use.
- Have ready meal options: Think sandwich fixings, peanut butter, healthy snacks (protein bars), dried fruit, nuts, soup. Plan to use your grill for dinners, buy ready-made salads at your grocer.
If you are stuck pulling your design elements together, I can help you pick the right colors and accents, so you do not make costly mistakes or feel like you have to live with something you don’t like. Call me 610.955.8202 or email, and I can help you create the beautiful kitchen of your dreams!
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Feature photo from Houzz: Witt Construction.
It’s exciting and daunting when you start down the road of a remodel, especially when it’s your kitchen. Since the kitchen acts as the central hub of the household, it’s a challenge when it’s out of commission. This article helps you to create a plan to get you started.
What do you want?
Have a family meeting, discuss and decide what you do not like about your current kitchen. I would suggest having a separate notebook or folder where you keep your kitchen remodel documentation.
Ask yourself and all family members what they think they need in the kitchen, and be sure to document this information. The next step is to prioritize the order of the items you do not like. If you need direction, HGTV offers worksheets you can print out: How do you use your kitchen? and What are your kitchen goals?
Next, determine what style you want in your kitchen. The number of products and colors can be intimidating so you will want to be prepared with ideas and a plan when you talk with a contractor. Save ideas and pictures in an IdeaBook on Houzz of all the features that you want in a kitchen. Determine your timeline. Custom kitchen cabinets can take three months or more to get to you; prebuilt cabinets may take up to six weeks.
What is your favorite kitchen style?
In my experience, this is where people seem to get bogged down in the process. If you have ever walked into a kitchen store, you are overwhelmed by the choices, unsure how to pull it together. Go through these photos to get an idea of things you like, and reach out to me for a consultation to help you pick the right elements. Making the right choices can save you money and aggravation. Keep on the latest kitchens trends as detailed in my last post, “2018 Kitchen Trends.”
Create a Budget
The hardest part is matching what you want with your budget, that’s why it’s important to sit down and create a list of what you want from your kitchen. The types of remodels that involve changing plumbing, adding new electrical wiring, structural changes all mean higher costs. Understanding the cost of items will give you some idea of the overall project scope. According to HomeAdvisor, the basic rule is that a remodel should cost no less than 5% of the home’s value and no more than 15%.
Breakdown of the budget by Home Advisor and the National Kitchen & Bath Association:
- Cabinets 30%
- Countertop 10%
- Flooring 2-7%
- Appliances 14%
- Plumbing – keeping the pipes intact 4-5%
- Electrical 5%
- Generally, labor is 20-35% of your budget. That tells you if you can do it yourself, try to. Always save a portion of your budget toward the things that will bring you the most joy.
To find a Kitchen Remodel Contractor you can use the Find a Pro feature in Houzz, and they will contact you. Another idea is to reach out to your neighborhood on Facebook and ask if they would recommend a contractor or ask your friends.
Next week I will offer some ideas as to how you can survive a kitchen remodel. If you need help picking the palette of your kitchen walls, cabinets, backsplash, countertop, and flooring colors give me a call 610.955.8202 or email for a consultation!
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Featured photo from Houzz: Right Arm Construction.
Are you planning on a kitchen renovation or remodel this year? Houzz released their US kitchen trends study, and I wanted to give you some of the highlights that may help you with your decision making process. They surveyed 1,734 homeowners about their kitchen renovation projects and here are few of the results:
- Engineered quartz is the most popular countertop material over granite in urban and suburban areas.
- Regarding kitchen style, more homeowners are choosing a transitional style with contemporary and farmhouse styles.
- One of the homeowners’ biggest issues was dealing with clutter. They wanted fewer things on the counter and more built-in areas to store appliances and ways to remain organized.
The cost of remodeling varies on many factors such as the size of your kitchen, the extent of your renovation, and where you live. Houzz offers some cost information so you can compare in your area, click here to download the full survey results. Another resource worth visiting is Home Advisor, they offer costs for each area of the project, click here to review.
Overall, of those surveyed, the most popular kitchen included stainless steel appliances, engineered quartz countertop, wood floors, and white shaker-style cabinets. The white backsplash is still popular as homeowners want a clean look in their kitchen, also, the most popular wall color, gray.
Examples of popular kitchen designs:
Now that I’ve got your creative thoughts going, next week I will offer the steps to take to get your project started!
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Feature photo from Houzz: Dijeau Poage Construction.
The Kitchen & Bath Industry along with the National Kitchen & Bath Association held their 2018 industry show in early January, and it’s always fun to see the fantastic products that will be coming our way soon. First, a brief explanation of KBIS:
“KBIS, in conjunction with the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies. KBIS is the voice of the kitchen and bath industry and has been for 50 years.”
Each year they select the “Best of KBIS” products, and I wanted to share that information with you, here is the rundown:
I have created a Pinterest Board for the products so you can easily see and read about them, click here to view the Best of KBIS 2018 Award Winners. The list:
- Best of Kitchen: Gold – Tresco Lighting by Rev-A-Shelf – Snap Panel Lighting
- Best of Kitchen: Silver – FlexWash + FlexDry by Samsung Electronics
- Best of Bath Gold and Best in Show – Grid by Kallista
- Best of Bath: Silver – DeKAURI designed by Daniel Germani for Cosentino
- Best of Smart Home Technology – Front Load Washer with QuickDrive by Samsung Electronics
I also wanted to share a technology highlight from the show. Have you always wanted a magic mirror that you could talk to in the morning? Your wish has come true with Kohler’s Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror that has a built-in Amazon Alexa system.
Other technology news from the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 also held in January highlighted Samsung for their next generation of refrigerators, the Family Hub series that monitors what’s in your refrigerator and helps to manage your food, shopping, and communications it’s all part of making our homes “smarter.”
I know this won’t surprise you, they’ve advanced the Family Robot system, Buddy, the family assistant. What next?
Next week you can look forward to an article on Kitchen trends, designs, and product choices.
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Feature photo from Houzz: Rev-A-Shelf.
I recently had a question from someone on how to transform their fireplace. They were tired of what they had and wanted ideas, and I thought it would be a great topic to tackle in a decorating article, and I wanted to share tips I learned with you.
First, what exactly don’t you like? I have often found that changing the wall color, or adding decorative molding or a new mantel can make the world of difference. Go through these photos on Houzz and see which features you are drawn to and save them in an IdeaBook, this will save you time if you do have to call in a contractor and keeps all your ideas in one area for reference.
Issue: You don’t like the color of your brick fireplace.
Solution: You can paint it or use a technique to change the color. Click here to view some fireplace ideas from HGTV. For how-to instructions, Lowes offers the materials needed and the help. For further instructions and a kit, Brick-Anew provides a package.
If you don’t want to cover the brick entirely, you could consider a stain. However, that is only recommended on brick that has never been treated or painted. I would suggest that you go to your favorite home supply or paint store and ask their advice before making any decision. Things to consider when choosing paint or stain on your brick:
- You will want low or no VOC or harsh chemicals since this will be inside your home.
- Whatever you use, it has to be able to handle heat and a porous surface.
- Consider the products requirements; for example, does it need a primer and a sealer.
Issue: You don’t like your fireplace surface may it be brick, tile, or plain drywall.
Solution: Cover it with a new surface. AirStone offers a lightweight product that looks like stone and goes on easily with an adhesive and is designed as a DIY product. Click here to view a video overview of the product. FauxPanels offers a stone lookalike that comes in panels for easy installation, click here to see their photos.
If you are not afraid to take on a construction project, cover it up with drywall, view instructional video and information on this topic.
Issue: You don’t like your fireplace surround or mantel.
Solution: There are many ready-made mantels that you can choose from, check out these ideas from Mantels Direct. There are many budget-friendly choices available, Wayfair even has options. Or, if you’re handy, follow these DIY instructions from This Old House to build your own.
If you would like to see some fireplace transformations, click here to determine what changes you may want to incorporate into your home. Click here to view another idea where the brick was covered with wood and painted.
I hope these ideas are useful for all of you wanting to take on this project, please post or send me before and after photos of your fireplace transformation so I can feature them. If you need help picking out colors or a room redesign, call me 610.955.8202 or email to set up your consultation!
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Featured photo from Houzz: Jennifer Butler Interior Design.