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David Weekley Homes features design trends from expert sources that will likely land on the list of “must haves” for your new home this year! It’s our goal to stay abreast of the latest trends and features that Homebuyers and Homeowners are looking for. And, we even show you how to integrate these styling cues into your home to create a new, fresh and timeless look!


Decorating your bedroom is usually the last thing on your home improvement list. Your living room, kitchen and guest bath typically get special attention because people will see them, but what about the bedroom? That’s where you kick your shoes off and dive under the covers for a blissful eight hours of rest. Sprucing it up may be a lower priority since company rarely set eyes on it, but a peaceful bedroom can be a sanctuary from the chaos of daily life. Use these easy tips to make every night a vacation by creating a hotel-style boudoir.

Play Up the Blues

It’s no secret that the color blue is a powerful calming agent. Swathe all four walls in your favorite shade or add blue-toned curtains, throw pillows or bedding to bring some serenity to your sleeping quarters.

Add an Accent

The wall behind your headboard is the perfect spot to add some detail. Create drama by painting it a contrasting color or adding wallpaper. If the thought of hanging wallpaper makes you nervous, wall stencils are an easy and inexpensive alternative. Simply tape the stencil to the wall, roll on paint and repeat until the whole area is covered. Voila – instant glamour!

Play Up the Blues

Live in Layers

Live in Layers

Being too hot or too cold can keep the Sandman at bay. Layer your bedding to enjoy a high-class, hotel-style bed and adapt to the weather to get better sleep! Use a sheet, a light blanket and a duvet in the winter months, then put away the heaviest layer when temperatures rise. Add some throw pillows in contrasting and coordinating colors to complete the look.

It’s that simple - your hotel hideaway is only a few small updates away! For more decorating tips and trends, check out David Weekley Homes on Pinterest.

Let’s face it… who really wants to discuss decorating the bathroom? It’s typically the last room to get that extra special touch of décor!

Investing a few dollars in sprucing up your bathroom will give it a whole new appeal! Here are a few tips to get you started.

Paint the Walls

Painting bathroom walls can change the appearance of a bathroom dramatically. It’s inexpensive, and a quick and easy instant change! Make sure you use good quality paints, as good paints have the tenacity to withstand humidity.

Paint the Walls

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Using large mirrors in your bathroom will make it appear bigger. Adding a wood frame around the mirror’s edges really adds class. And, just think how much better you’ll look framed!

Fun with Curtains and Towels

Replace your old boring bathroom curtains with bright, colorful ones. If you can’t find a shower curtain that fits the bill, then take a look at traditional window coverings. Often times you can find one to match and fit your tub. Once you’ve found just the right curtain color, add in some complementary towels.

Fun with Curtains and Towels

Accessorize the Bathroom

Accessorize the Bathroom

If you have extra counter space, add a small decorative lamp stacked on top of some old books for a different look. Use a low-wattage bulb to create a soothing glow. (It can take the place of a nightlight, too!) Hang a shelf over the toilet and display small family pictures, or those favorite bath time pictures of the kids to help give your bathroom personality!

There you have it… some simple, inexpensive tips to make your bathroom more attractive!

The kitchen is the heart of the home—a veritable hub of activity where we gather, eat and entertain. So it’s no surprise that, in terms of “bang for your remodeling buck” kitchens are king. Experts agree that kitchens provide the highest return on your investment of any remodeling project. The secret, of course, is to do it right and avoid overspending. Here are some ideas for getting the most from your makeover investment.

Maybe You Just Need to Redecorate.

Before remodeling, look around your kitchen and ask yourself, “Is a remodel necessary or can I just redecorate?” Sometimes a little paint and some wallpaper can have a huge impact. One of the easiest and least expensive upgrades is to stain or paint cabinet doors and to change out the hardware.

Maybe You Just Need to Redecorate.

Organize, Prioritize and Compartmentalize.

Organize, Prioritize and Compartmentalize.

If redecorating isn’t enough, list the things you want to change and prioritize them. Check the Internet, browse catalogs and read magazines for ideas. Visit stores and showrooms to see samples and get pricing. Don’t try to do it all at once. Reduce the stress by taking it in stages and allowing for adjustments along the way.

Also, make sure you do things in the right order. For example, don’t start with new flooring before the cabinets and appliances have been installed or you could end up damaging one of your major investments. Real estate professionals recommend putting your money in the countertops rather than the floors.

Brighten Things Up with Good Lighting.

Lighting can really make the difference in a kitchen makeover. Aside from just illuminating workspaces, the right lighting fixtures can add to the overall aesthetic of a home while accentuating cabinets and countertops. Try adding under-cabinet lighting to showcase those new countertops. Install a decorative fixture over the dining table with a dimmer switch that allows you to control the mood.

Brighten Things Up with Good Lighting.

It doesn’t take a top chef to know how rewarding kitchen makeovers can be. If you want a recipe for happiness, remodel your kitchen and put your money where your mouth is.

Reposition Your Furniture for Optimal Viewing

Are you mature enough to remember black and white console televisions – the ones that weighed a ton? Well, once upon a time, TV time used to be when the entire family would pile onto one chair within three feet of one of those things to catch a glimpse of a grainy picture. Fortunately, we’ve come a long way from black and white, to high-definition LCD, plasma and the new LED flat-panel TVs.

While in the olden days our families used to sit close, it’s pretty uncomfortable to sit up close when you have a 65” TV on the wall! So where is the best place to position your furniture? And how do you find that "sweet spot?"

Reposition Your Furniture for Optimal Viewing

Personal Preference

Personal Preference

First, the correct answer to this question is “where it looks best to you.” We can provide some rules of thumb, but it really comes down to a matter of personal preference.

With a good HDTV, where detail is precise, you can sit as close as 1½ times the diagonal screen size. For example, if you have a 46” TV, you can sit as close as 69” (5’ 8”) from the screen. The maximum you want to go is about 2½ times the screen size (or about 9’ 6”).

Finding the “Sweet Spot”

In terms of vertical placement, the ideal location is to have the screen positioned so that the center of the screen is at your eye-level when you are in your viewing spot. Slightly higher or lower is usually fine, but you might find that watching a TV that is too high is uncomfortable.

Now the big question: Where is that “sweet spot?” That would be in the dead center of the video and audio field, about 2x the screen width away. Unless, of course, somebody else has the remote control in which case, you’re at their mercy!

Finding the “Sweet Spot”

Now that you know the proper way to view your big screen with comfort in mind, head to the family room and make those necessary furniture moves!


Happy viewing!

 

Knock, Knock

You’d be surprised how much painting or re-staining the front door can do to refresh the look of your home! Make sure you also repaint the door’s trim to make it pop. Also, replace the entry mat with a new one.

Over time, your home’s exterior, whether brick, siding or stucco, can accumulate dirt and mold that may cause stains or discoloration, making your home look older than it actually is. Fortunately, you can rent pressure washers for a small fee to easily clean any discoloration and debris to get your home in tip-top shape!

Knock, Knock

Green is Good

Green is Good

A well-manicured lawn doesn’t just look good, it says to potential buyers that a home has been maintained and cared for over the years. So, trim hedges, pull weeds, mow the grass and remove dead tree limbs. Remember, overgrown landscaping can hinder your home’s charm. To add even more curb appeal, plant new flowers!

A well-manicured lawn doesn’t just look good, it says to potential buyers that a home has been maintained and cared for over the years. So, trim hedges, pull weeds, mow the grass and remove dead tree limbs. Remember, overgrown landscaping can hinder your home’s charm. To add even more curb appeal, plant new flowers!

We’ve all done it at one time or another… saw that knickknack or picture or piece of furniture we just couldn’t live without! The issue is what to do with it when we get home. More often than not, that attempt to “mix and match” just clutters up a room. Here are a few interior decorating tips to help!

Getting Crazy with Color

You want your rooms to offer a soothing and stimulating ambiance, not loud and obnoxious. This is easily achieved (or not) with wall colors. When choosing paint colors, stick with a subtle variety of colors or tones, such as coordinating shades of brown or beige or green to create a balanced feel.

Getting Crazy with Color

Matching Set?

Matching Set?

Just because it comes together, doesn’t mean you have to buy it all! A store will showcase four or five matching pieces of furniture because it looks good together. Consider leaving out the coffee table and buying an over-sized ottoman to take its place. This way, you will not only mix and match colors, but fabrics and patterns will be changed up as well.

Overwhelming Accents

Know when enough artwork or furniture in one room is enough. When you or your guests have to turn sideways to maneuver through your living room, chances are it’s time to de-clutter. Choose a few of your strongest pieces of furniture and artwork, and let them make their own statements.

Overwhelming Accents

There you have it. You too can decorate like a pro!

The fall season means cozy sweaters, apple cider, logs in the fireplace and the smell of burning leaves – we love everything about this time of year! As the temperature begins to drop, don’t forget about transitioning your home décor! According to the experts, fall’s home design trends are all about subtle changes. Your home will look amazing for fall using trends that include shimmer, architectural mirrors, lavender and navy tones, unique uses for doors and velvet fabric.

Make it Shimmer

Add some glow to your home this fall with hints of shimmer. Shimmer is one of the best trends to hit the home interior design world. Hints of metallic are most popular when used in the fabric on chairs, drapery and pillows. The key is to keep the shimmer subtle so it complements, rather than dominates, the space.

Make it Shimmer

Add Dimension with Mirrors

Add Dimension with Mirrors

Mirrors are great as décor, because they make the space look bigger too! Use a mirror to take ornamental traits from windows and doors to give an architectural appeal to the space they’re in. Look for a detailed metal frame, if you’re looking for a modern look. If you can’t find a mirror with the ornate framework, make one! Take an old window and remove the glass. A hardware store or a glass shop can replace the glass with a mirror that will fit perfectly. Or, take a mirror you already own and add pieces of a vintage doorframe so that they fit around the shape of the mirror.

Lavender and Navy Tones are all About Fall

In bedrooms and bathrooms, many of us struggle with how to “go girly” without going overboard. Try lavender and navy tones together. Lavender brings the femininity, while navy completes the look with touches of sophistication. If you’re more fond of one color, simply use it in the larger spots of a room, such as the bedspread in your bedroom. Then add hints of lavender in a throw, lampshade or rug. You can also mix up one or two shades of navy and one or two shades of lavender.

Lavender and Navy Tones are all About Fall

There you have a few, easy home decorating tips to give your home a facelift for fall!

First Impressions are Everything

In the foyer, replace the bulb in the light fixture with a 60 watt pale pink or peach colored bulb. The subtle yet effective lighting will flatter your guests’ complexions!

First Impressions are Everything

The Heart of the Home

The Heart of the Home

To enhance your kitchen, clear off cluttered countertops and clean out the refrigerator! For a nice country touch, try hanging dried garlic and pepper strands to the sides of the upper cabinet, closest to the patio door. And, add a splash of color to the floor with a new area rug. They come in many pretty patterns and are relatively inexpensive.

Let There Be Light

Make sure that outdoor light fixtures work and have new bulbs. Clean fixtures, especially those that have glass, or replace the fixtures if they are weathered or damaged. Another item to inspect is house numbers. Ensure they are clean and straight, or replace with new numbers.

Let There Be Light

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