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Kitchen Trends and Remodeling Ideas

Contemporary Kitchen StyleIndustry leaders such as Houzz and NKBA run surveys from the prior year tracking trends in Kitchen-related projects. If you are planning a remodeling project in your kitchen, it’s good to understand these trends especially if you are considering selling your home in the next several years.

The 2017 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study reported:

  • The style trend is away from traditional and contemporary is the most popular across all age groups. Modern and Farmhouse designed kitchens are on the rise among the millennials. (For a review of the difference between a Modern and Contemporary style, click here.)
  • Durability is what people want! People love the look of marble and want the durability of a quartz countertop. Porcelain flooring is preferred for its look and durability, though wood is rated highest for the way it looks.
  • This note is an interesting takeaway from the study: “A third of homeowners report leading a healthier lifestyle after a kitchen renovation, from eating more fruits and vegetables to preparing more meals at home.” Click here to read the full article on Houzz.

Trulia, an online real estate resource, predicts 2017 will see an increase in Matte Appliances in place of the classic stainless steel look. Click here to read more about Trulia’s home predictions.

Remodeling cited an interesting statistic worth noting in 2016. A minor kitchen remodel of $20, 842 had a resale value of $15,560, and the cost recouped when sold 74.7% of the investment (this is specific to the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S.) If you have a timeworn kitchen, remodeling is a sound investment in your home. Young new home buyers are looking to move into a house with an updated kitchen; they do not have the time or money to take on the project and will walk away from an outdated kitchen.

To read a summary of the ten overall kitchen trends that the National Kitchen & Bath Association expects in the coming year, click here.

According to Forbes, satin brass fixtures are the way of the future. I believe this is a function of taste and what you like. The point here is that new products with new finishes are frequently coming out, which is fantastic for all us! Incorporate what you like and the colors you like to see. Though many of the trend reports indicate that white and gray for wall color and cabinet color are highly trending, you simply may not like that look. Surround yourself with what you love, and your kitchen experience will be happier!

To offer you beautiful kitchen ideas and offer you some inspiration, click here to view my Houzz Ideabook.

Redesign RightIf you are starting out in this process, the Kitchen & Bath Association offers online planning guides to direct you at the beginning of this project, click here to download them. If you would like help ensuring that the wall color, cabinet color, backsplash color and flooring color work together call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email for a Color & Decorating Consultation. Let’s get you the kitchen of your dreams this year!

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, and .

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Bathroom Remodel Ideas and Costs

shutterstock_326724617Are you planning on renovating a bathroom in your home? In my last decorating article, “Planning Your Bathroom Remodel,” I offered tips on planning guides and bathroom trends. This article will focus on the various aspects of the bathroom and provide tips and information on replacing. Once you have the plan for your bathroom changes, you will want to understand the costs involved. Click here for an estimator from HomeAdvisor. Let’s review aspects of the bathroom you may be replacing:

Faucet, Shower Head, Toilet, Tubs

There is a new label that you will want to look for, similar to the Energy Star, called WaterSense. When a product has this label, these products “Are 20 percent more water efficient than average products in that category.” (EPA.gov)

If you don’t plan to install a new faucet, you can still save on water by installing a low-flow aerator. Click here to watch a video on how to install one on an older sink. Click on the one of the following topics for in-depth information:

Tile Ideas & Trends

To review the tile trends, click here to view information from Daltile.

In my article titled, “2016 Kitchen and Bath Industry Winners,” one of the winners, Walter Zanger, has beautiful and unique award-winning geometric tile designs. Check out their Sterling Row collection with looks of wood and marble inlay.

Flooring

To review detailed information on the topics below, click on the link:

Countertops

When choosing a bathroom countertop you want to understand how the bath will be used as certain materials are more prone to staining, scratches, etc. For a guide to choosing a countertop from HGTV, click here. To see some beautiful composite ideas from Silestone, click here. For a pro and con list of countertop options, click here to review an in-depth article that includes a cost analysis from Houzz.

Paint

With the paint colors of the year being Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue (Pantone), Simply White and Alabaster (Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams) the look this year is peaceful, crisp and clean. Check out my Pinterest board to review the trends. If you plan to do the painting, Consumer Reports suggests that you first wash the walls as mildew may be present even if it is not visible. Use 1 part bleach to 3 parts water and a sponge. Rinse the walls with clean water after using the mixture and let them dry thoroughly before painting.

Redesign RightHave fun with this project; there is nothing more fulfilling than seeing the finished project! If you need help with a color consultation or redesign, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and . (Photo attribution)

Planning Your Bathroom Remodel

Bathroom VanityAre you thinking of remodeling or fixing up any of the bathrooms in your house this spring? If you are planning to sell this year, you will want to at a minimum update fixtures, faucets, and paint to give the bath a fresh and ready-to-move-in look. This article will focus on the planning and inspiration side of the remodel or renovation and next week I will get into more detail on the aspects of the remodel. Let’s have some fun and come up with a game plan!

Gather Inspiration!

For lovely ideas click here for inspiration on Houzz. In fact, I would recommend creating an IdeaBook on Houzz that you can use to show a bathroom designer if you are planning a major overhaul. The IdeaBook allows you to enter notes associated with a photo and will help you to keep track of what you want in your new bathroom.

I have created a Pinterest board that includes product information, trends, and bath ideas going for 2016. Click here to view the board.

What’s your budget?

To better understand and estimate the costs in your bathroom remodel, click here for an estimator from HomeAdvisor.com.

Goals & Planning

Use these resources to help you determine the goals and plan for your bathroom remodel:

Redesign RightIf you are in need of a contractor or redesign consultation, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202. My next article will get into the details of remodeling, stay tuned!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

2016 Kitchen Trends

KitchenHave you been dreaming of a new kitchen or would you like to change some things in your kitchen? In my next two articles, I will be focusing on that very topic. This article will concentrate on the trends that you will see in 2016, and my next article will focus on remodeling and renovation resources. Here are some of the trends you may wish to incorporate into your kitchen redesign:

  • An integrated kitchen to living space continues to be a goal for everyone. This area is a multi-purpose space where people cook, eat, entertain, do homework-crafts-school projects, and work on a computer.
  • Multiple Work Zones are critical going into 2016. Two sinks offer greater flexibility and allow more individuals to be in the kitchen at one time working independently in two separate areas. Smart spaces that include storage for everything, charging stations for phones, computers and tablets and an organized drop-zone where everyone knows where their keys, mail, etc. reside in an organized orderly manner.
  • White continues to be the dominate color in kitchen cabinets, and you will find soft, muted color palettes in tones of charcoal to shades of white. The back splash will be similarly colored to coordinate with this color scheme. You will see more Nordic Designs that include color palettes of white or light wood with clean lines and functionality. There will be less strong contrasting designs, more texture-on-texture.
  • Well-lit cabinetry is the name of the game! Long gone are the days of dark cabinets, pantries, and counter tops. Adding recessed can lights along with the cabinet lighting offers maximum task lighting and installing the ability to dim the counter top lights can provide a warm glow and ambiance when you are not working in your kitchen.

If you are in the “thinking” phase of the kitchen redesign, you will want to look at many different kitchen design options and decide what you like and want in your kitchen. I always tell people to come up with a list of things you need and would like to have in your kitchen. If you prioritize this list, it will help you when you determine your budget, which I will discuss in more detail in my next article. Look through photos on Houzz and create an IdeaBook of your own where you can store ideas for reference. Click here to view kitchen photos on Houzz. Or if you are accustomed to using Pinterest, create a board for your Kitchen Ideas that you can set up as secret (if you don’t want to share with the Pinterest community.) Click here to view some kitchen photos on Pinterest.

Redesign RightIf you need help with your redesign or color selection, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or fill out the online interest form.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

2016 Kitchen and Bath Industry Winners

KBIS 2016 Winners I always love to hear about the home products that come out of the annual KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) show. This year’s winners are fantastic! Just when you thought they couldn’t possibly do something unique with a kitchen faucet along comes a surprise that will amaze you! Here is the rundown of the Best of KBIS winners:

Electrolux has designed a washer that can get those tough stains out while being efficient and easy to use.

This faucet created with 3D printing is stunningly beautiful! Click here to view the product information.

This bathroom vanity is a modern crisp-lined vanity that has a clever way to store items without pull-out drawers or requiring vanity-top space. Check out how you can keep small items out of sight with this stylish bathroom vanity by clicking here.

This collection of lovely ceramic tiles is unique and inspirational! I love this quote, “…this sequel is inspired by 1970’s Glam, Art Deco and Neo-Egyptian architecture—transcending the boundaries of the kitchen and bathroom.” Find out more about these stunning tiles at the Walker Zanger website by clicking here.

This under-the-counter refrigerator can fit any counter height, and I love that it has tiered storage and retractable drawers. I wish they had this when my kids were little for all of those things that they used frequently!

To view photos of the winners and find out more information about the KBIS winners visit my KBIS 2016 Best of Products board on Pinterest by clicking here.

2016 is shaping up to be a very fun and exciting design year! If you are in need of a home makeover, need help with colors, or thinking about selling your home in 2016 give me a call 610.955.8202 or fill out my interest form by clicking here. I also offer a 5-day hands-on Interior Redesign and Home Staging training class if you love home decorating and want to start your own business, click here to learn more.

Redesign RightBy Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Time for a bathroom makeover?

Are you planning on entertaining or having overnight guests this upcoming holiday season?  If so, you may want to consider a guest bathroom makeover.  If your bathroom is timeworn, you may want to consider a complete renovation.  However, if you don’t have the funds or time to take on that project you can transform your bathroom by doing three things:  change the paint, lighting and accessorizes.

Let’s start with some inspiration!  There are so many options out there that it can be difficult to narrow down, so you have to decide what feels right for you.  Lowe’s offers a tool to help you with this makeover, click here to review.  I created an Idea Book on Houzz for you to get some great ideas on adding storage or flare to your bathroom, click here to review those pictures.  Click here for the finalists in the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s 2014 competition also a great place to get some ideas.

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Paint

Guest bathrooms are small and can be painted in a couple of days.  A fresh paint color can instantly change and update the look and feel of your guest bathroom.  Here are some inspiration sources for you to review, click on the link below and have some fun!

To add an extra customized look consider adding a wall decal.  The nice aspect of this idea is that it isn’t permanent and can be reused.  Any place that sells wallpaper will offer wall decals, but you can purchase online at sources such as Trading Phrases or customize your message at Right On The Walls.

Lighting

A new light fixture, or a color change of an existing light can completely change the look and feel.  Bob Vila offers instruction on painting a builder-installed brass light fixture, click here to review.  I love the idea of adding real chandeliers into a bathroom, or consider adding a lamp that would fit the scale of the room.  Peruse these ideas from Lowes to see the many options available.

Accessories

One of my favorite areas of decorating … accessories!  You can change out your shower curtain (replace the liner at the same time), throw rugs and towels and completely update your bathroom.  If you are pinched for time and not able to paint, this is the way to go!  If you want to transform the room completely, consider replacing all the hardware in the room.  Click here to review an online source, Faucets Direct, for various ideas.  If you are unsure how complicated that the project is, click here for a brief video explaining the process, it doesn’t look too bad!  Consider replacing your cabinet hardware, click here for some ideas from Knob Deals.

Other Ideas if you have the time and funds, consider replacing your flooring.  Tile seems to be the go-to option; however, you will be surprised with the faux wood look that the very durable and water-resistant luxury vinyl offers.  The Armstrong website provides an excellent tool that allows you to choose various floor colors with bathroom paint colors.  Click here to use the tool; I love being able to visualize the result!

Redesign RightIf you need help selecting a paint color or using accessories that you already own for a redesign, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com or call 610.955.8202 to create the room 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 and .

Time to Replace your Kitchen Countertop

iStock_000003819074LargeLast week I focused my decorating post on renovating or changing your kitchen cabinets.  This week I would like to focus on replacing your kitchen countertop.  Though granite has recently been the go-to option there are many beautiful options available, and I would like to highlight some unique ideas in this post.

Soapstone

Soapstone is a natural stone that is not porous, will not stain or emit radon, will not etch, requires no sealer and has a lovely natural looking finish.  For a review covering the advantages of soapstone over granite, click here.

Man-made Solid Surface

These products are durable, and practical made from non-porous materials, resisting stains and bacteria.  The original solid surface products, Corian®, is available in many colors, click here for the available colors.

Quartz

Non-porous, scratch and stain resistant and does not need sealants.  They come in a variety of color combinations and perform well over time.  For a comparative study done by Caesarstone® of quartz compared to granite, laminate and solid surface, click here.  Another popular source of quartz is Cambria, click here for their inspiration gallery.

Recycled Glass

Consider an eco-friendly product, one example made by Vetrazzo is comprised of 85% recycled glass, 15% white cement.  It is durable and more resistant to surface damage than natural stone.  To see a gallery of products from Vetrazzo, click here.  Another, green option is ECO by Consentino and is manufactured from 75% recycled materials such as mirror, glass, porcelain, earthenware and vitrified ash.  The color options are beautiful, click here to view their photo gallery.

Laminate

I know what you’re thinking, “Laminate!  Has she lost her mind?”  The laminate options of today are not what our mothers had!  If you think laminate countertops are no longer in favor, think again.  They offer a durable and affordable option to kitchen counters.  There’s a whole new world of products available along this line.  A new surface using nanotechnology, which is durable, resistant, and self-healing!  Seriously, to repair you place a wet paper towel on the scratch and use a hot iron and it looks as good as new!  Read more about nanotechnology in regard to countertops and product information from Arpa Industriale by clicking here.

Accent Pieces

There are many options out there that you can read about such as stainless steel, copper, zinc or hardwood, but they are not maintenance free and require work.  For that reason, you may consider using as an accent piece countertop for an island or side counter rather than the primary work space in the kitchen.  Another idea is to create a custom design in your accent piece by using tile.  What I like about this idea is that you can create your individual design and have a look that is unique to you and your home!  To explore this idea and read a how-to on this potentially DIY project; click here for instructions from Bob Vila.

Logo-JPEG-1If you need help with selecting a color combination or design plan for your kitchen renovation, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Interested in renovating your flooring?

iStock_000009463516SmallAre you considering replacing your flooring this fall?  It is a great time of year for those types of renovations in preparation for the holidays and guests arriving.  The trend in 2014 is darker shades of wood or a reclaimed wood look.  Keep in mind if you have a pet, hair and dust will be seen on darker wood floors.  Let’s explore the different types of hardwood flooring options.

  • Solid Plank – this is considered real wood that usually comes in a thickness of 3/8 to 3/4 of an inch and can be refinished, stained, and sanded offering decades of use.
  • Engineered Wood – or prefabricated wood where the top layer is veneer glued to wood.
  • Reclaimed Wood – recycled wood from old barns or factories; people like it for an aged look and is a solid surface.
  • Porcelain “Wood” – rugged you can spill on it, works well with water damage, but it doesn’t feel like wood and is cold to the touch; whereas, wood offers a warmer feel.

How much hardwood flooring should I order?

According to BuildDirect.com website’s learning center, here is a tip on how to order hardwood flooring:

“How much do I need? Determining what you need is relatively easy. Measure the dimensions of the room in which you’ll be installing the floor and multiply length x width to get the total square footage. Always make sure to order 10% more than you need. This will cover off any boards that come damaged or become damaged during the installation process. It also provides you with some extra in the event you need to make a future repair. If you’re not sure how to calculate your square footage need, you can always ask your dealer for help.” (Source BuildDirect.com.)

Click here for a calculator tool to help you with this task from Lowes.com.

What is the Janka Hardness Test?

While you are looking into hardwood flooring, you will come across the phrase, Janka Hardness Test, which measures the force needed to embed a .444 inch steel ball to half its diameter into a piece of wood.  The higher the number, the harder the wood, for a chart of wood types and their corresponding hardness rating, click here.  The harder the wood, the more durable and able to withstand wear over an extended period of time.

Companies that offer a variety of flooring options:

  • Shaw Floors has a product, EnviroCare, which is an engineered hardwood flooring that has a high-density core which is harder, denser, and greener than regular hardwood.  Click here to read more about this product.
  • Looking for something non-traditional?  Consider wood planks that are cut with a curvy border, click here to view ideas from BoleFloor.com.
  • Looking for a wide-plank flooring options?  Click here for a gallery from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors.
  • Bronze Ultra Strand Bamboo flooring, though not a hardwood, is a sustainable grass that has been manufactured to look like wood with a smooth and rich finish.  Click here to view options from BellaWood.com.
  • Looking for a weathered flooring option?  Click here to read about the Maine Heritage Timber company who specialize in reclaiming old wood.
  • If you’re interested in the look of wood but want something that is durable, consider Porcelain Tile.  Click here to to learn more about Porcelain Tile options from BuildDirect.com or Lowes.com.  Another option that looks like hardwood and is affordable is laminate flooring from Armstrong, click here to view.

If you need help deciding on a color or how to arrange a space, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for all your Interior Design and Home Staging service and training needs!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Are you planning a Basement Redesign or Renovation?

As we go into a new season, and the kids head back to school, is it time to consider a redesign or renovation on your basement?

Does your basement look like the photo on the left?  Could you imagine that it could look as fabulous as the photo on the right?  Here is an example from HGTV.com where the look goes from disorganized drab to an organized and happy feeling!

blog-sept-base-floorIf you have an unfinished basement and you’re not prepared to finish it, or you’re unhappy with the tiled or linoleum flooring – consider these carpet floor tiles from Flor.com where you can mix and match colors or create designs, which is a nice idea as you can complete one area of your basement as the designated play area or family area.  This can supply color and comfort to a cold and unwelcoming floor.

I also like the idea of creating something that can work as a storage area now and then can be used as something else when your child grows up or your needs change.  This idea from Realsimple.com uses an Ikea.com shelving unit, which was turned on its side, then pillows were used to make it a seating area and baskets or plastic bins can be used for storage.  If you wish to make this look from scratch yourself, check out these instructions from HGTV.com.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to use “kid” colors or as I like to refer to them as Fisher Price colors … you can use any color combination you like!  There are many storage ideas that come in different colors, such as these Mercado Baskets from Serena & Lily – I love the Navy and White!blog-sept-base-basket

Keep in mind, you can make your basement storage match your décor.  In this photo from BHG.com, the storage boxes all match the neutral tone of the shelves.

The quickest way to make a change in a basement that is used by kids is to be sure the space is organized and clutter free.  This requires that there be a place for everything.  This requires a system that works for you and your kids.  If everything is labeled and the kids know where things belong, the clean-up process should be stress-free for you and them!  If you need some inspiration, click here for some ideas from Houzz.com.

For all of your redesign needs, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com.

Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, and .

Update your Kitchen

Are you planning to update or renovate your kitchen? 

I have written in recent blogs about flooring (Eco-Friendly Decorating Trends in Flooring-April 2013) and counter tops (Replacing Your Kitchen or Bathroom Counter Top-June 2013), and I would like to go over some decorating trends in lighting for your kitchen.  You will first need to consider the basics of kitchen lighting as there is no single source.  You will need task, ambient, accent or decorative lighting features.  For expert lighting advice, I went to HGTV.com, click on the article title, “Shedding Light on Kitchen Lighting” for a better understanding.

Pendant Lighting

Keep in mind you don’t have to stick with one style you can mix and match types of lighting for an eclectic lighting look, as in this example from BHG.com.

There are so many fantastic ideas in the world of pendants, and you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with them.  In the examples below I wanted to highlight the variety of design styles that can be accomplished from traditional, to sparkly glass, to vintage-retro, to classic … whatever your design style I’m sure you will find a beautiful accent piece!

(Photos taken from BHG.com.)

If your kitchen currently has can or recessed lighting, no worries!  There are many places, such as the home improvement store Lowes that sell pendants that require no electrician or electrical knowledge to install and can transform your kitchen in minutes!  Click here to view this How-To video from Lowes.com on how to accomplish this task.  I love the look of the Edison Bulb that you see everywhere now; I found this screw-in pendant that fits perfectly into your recessed lighting at Plow & Hearth.blog-sept-kitchen-pendant-plow

While writing this blog I came across some great posts on Houzz.com that are worth reviewing before you start your kitchen lighting plan, click on the title to read the post:

Have some fun with this project and let your own personal style shine through!

For all of your redesign or home staging needs, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com!

Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, and .