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How to Pick the Right Curtains for Your Home

Oct 14, 2019

Anytime is the right time for a style upgrade! Installing curtains or drapes in your windows is one of the fastest, easiest, and most affordable ways to radically transform the space. Not only do curtains provide privacy, they can also offer a pop of color and add interest to the room thanks to rich or airy fabrics and beautiful, well-chosen styling. 

But how do you choose the right kind of curtains for different rooms in your home? This article will teach you everything you need to know about how to choose the right curtains, including tips on how to pick curtain color, how to choose the right size curtains, and how to match curtains and rugs.

Dining room decorated with modern dining room decor on espresso wood floors and white and grey curtains covering windows.

Do Your Curtains Need to Match Your Rug or Sofa?

“Do curtains and rugs have to match?” That’s probably one of our most frequently asked questions; so if you’ve been wondering, you aren’t alone!

You don’t need to stress over matching your curtains exactly to your walls, sofa, or carpet. In fact, using a different color can actually add visual interest to the room, breaking up the walls so that the curtains don’t “disappear.”

That being said, it’s a good idea to choose curtains that match your other accent colors — for instance, yellow curtains to go with yellow pillows or artwork. You should also avoid colors that clash too strongly (like green and red).

Living room with white couches on tan carpet accented by yellow curtains and throw pillows.

How to Pick the Right Color Curtains

So, if you don’t need to match your curtains to your sofa or walls, what color should you choose? In general, it’s a good idea to build rooms around one neutral color, a handful of base colors, and one or two accents for contrast. As long as you pick a hue you like and stay within your chosen color palette, you’ll have the “right” color. Just keep in mind that some fabrics are sheerer than others, which can cause them to look lighter or more transparent than they do in the packaging.

Coastal themed Living room with a hanging chair, surfboard and red floral print curtains on luxury vinyl plank floors.

Choosing the Right Size Curtain Length

Now that you have some ideas about how to choose the right curtain color, it’s time for Step Two: learning how to pick the right size curtains. For this step, you’ll need a tape measure (and possibly a step-stool).

There are two dimensions you need to measure for curtains: height and width. To get the correct height measurement, measure the distance from the floor to the curtain rod. Keep in mind that hanging equipment can eat up a few inches, so double-check your dimensions before making any purchases.

Also, think about how long you want the curtains to be. Are you picturing something short and cute, like a gauzy half-curtain, or draped and elegant, like a stage curtain? Depending on the look you want, you don’t necessarily need to use every inch of space you have available.

Once you’ve got the length, you’ll need to measure the width. If you want a folded, flowy look, you’ll want to choose curtains that are about three times wider than your actual measurement. If you want curtains that look trim and neatly fitted, you’ll only need about two extra inches of width.

Luxurious bedroom with a chandelier, fireplace, couch, leather chair and gold curtains covering large windows.

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We hope this guide has helped you learn how to find the right curtains. To see visual examples, check out My Design Finder, which has thousands of decor ideas personalized to match your tastes.

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Trending Interior Paint Colors

Oct 07, 2019

Have you ever wondered why bright, vivid colors make us feel more awake and alert? Or why pastel tones have such a calming effect? Color isn’t just an aesthetic choice; it also has a powerful impact on your mood and energy level. That’s why it’s so important to choose the right color scheme for your home, using colors that not only look great but feel great.

If your home’s current paint scheme is starting to feel a bit “blah,” maybe it’s time to turn a new design leaf. To help spark your imagination, we’ve put together a list of some of the hottest and most popular paint colors for 2019.

Trending Interior Paint Colors

What Paint Colors Are Trending in 2019?

You might think of color as something that’s timeless, but, like styles of clothing or furniture, paint color trends come and go. So what are some trending wall colors right now? The design experts weigh in.

“Night Watch” Green

No, it’s not a Game of Thrones reference. “Night Watch” green is PPG’s official color of 2019, making dark green this year’s dominant paint trend. Since this hue is so deep and intense, small amounts (like pillows or accent walls) can go a long way.

Interior room painted with this year’s dominant paint trend, Night Watch Green

Mustard Tones

Mustard combines elements of gold, brown, yellow, orange, red, and even grey. The result, a rich and earthy atmosphere is as much invigorating as is soothing. Simultaneously eye-catching and understated, mustard tones are a stately addition to any room in the home.

Trendy room painted with mustard tones

Earthy Clay

Warm yet vivid, clay tones like caramel or terra cotta make any room feel more inviting and more exciting. Clay tones also make the perfect design complement for a rustic, Tuscan, or country-inspired interior. 

 Interior rooms painted with earthy clay tones for an inviting feel

What Interior Paint Trends Are on the Rise?

Dark greens, mustards, and clay tones are definitely “in” right now, but they aren’t the only color trends to pay attention to in 2019. Here are two more colors that are forecasted to be rising stars of the design world this year.

Mushroom Browns

Mushroom browns are a throwback to the design culture of the 1970s — which just happens to be all the rage right now. These soft, muted browns pair pleasantly with almost every other color, making them a breeze to incorporate into your home.

Interior room painted with walls painted Mushroom Brown for a trendy 70’s look

Misty Greys

Greys have stolen the spotlight in recent years. Now, let us introduce you to the newest shade: “Mist.” Soft and subtle as the name suggests, Mist Grey is a classy, elegant twist on neutral wall color staples like eggshell and off-white.

Interior wall painted Misty Grey for an elegant and trendy twist on neutral wall colors

Compare Popular Interior Paint Colors with My Design Finder

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, especially when it comes to something as visual as home design. Now that you’ve read about trending paint colors, see them in action with My Design Finder. From coastal kitchens to barn-style bathrooms, My Design Finder shows you thousands of real-life design examples, with each search customized to match your sense of style. That’s just one of the ways our team makes redesigning your home easier. 

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New Wallpaper Trends in 2019

Sep 30, 2019

If you’re like most Americans, you probably wouldn’t put the words “wallpaper” and “trendy” together in the same sentence. If we just described you, get ready to have your design ideas challenged. After falling out of the spotlight for decades, wallpaper is finally making a surprise comeback, popping up in homes and apartments across the nation. Could yours be next? After reading about these wallpaper trends, you might change your mind!

Wallpaper Trends in 2019

Is Wallpaper Back in Style?

The short answer to this question; an enthusiastic, “yes!” (Otherwise, this article would be much shorter!)

The long answer, of course, is more complicated. Yes, wallpaper is enjoying a renaissance right now; but, as with any style trend, there are still some design “do’s” and “don’ts” to keep in mind. Otherwise, you could wind up accidentally creating the same outdated, retro look you’re trying to avoid.

New Wallpaper Trends in 2019

Thinking about ditching the paint swatches? Learn how to choose a wallpaper that looks fresh, modern, and contemporary, and not like something out of a time capsule. Let the tips below inspire you, to help bring your vision to life. 

Bold, Funky Wallpaper Designs

Contemporary wallpaper is all about being big, bold, and bright. Expect to see patterns that feature elaborate details, energetic line work, and playful, electric colors. Fruits and flowers are popular motifs, along with abstract, organic shapes. This isn’t your grandmother’s wallpaper.

Contemporary bedroom with bold and elaborate flower motif wallpaper design

Try Wallpaper with Clean, and Minimal Lines

If wild floral patterns aren’t up your design alley, try taking things in the opposite style direction with a dose of cool, clean minimalism. Pared-down patterns, like line grids or geometric shapes, add just a touch of detail while keeping a minimalistic aesthetic.

Bedroom with natural furniture look and wallpaper with blue lines made from a seismograph

How Can I Incorporate Wallpaper into My Home?

Like paint, wallpaper can be used in any room of your home. However, you’ll need to be mindful of factors like moisture, heat, and exposure to the sun, all of which can damage wallpaper and cause it to fade or peel prematurely. You’ll also need to think about the size and dimensions of the room you want to be covered, so that you can budget appropriately.

Once you’ve thought through the nuts and bolts, it’s time to tackle a bigger question: the question of style. In other words, how have you styled your home, and how can you choose a wallpaper that fits? Here are some tips: 

  • Avoid choosing a wallpaper that clashes too strongly with your current color scheme. For example, if you have lots of red blankets, pillows, or decorations in your living room, you might want to avoid green wallpaper. 
  • Stay on-theme. For example, if you have a coastal-style beach house, wallpaper that features shells or nautical prints might be perfect.

Living room with modern decor furnishings and contemporary geometric wallpaper in slate tones

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Find the perfect flooring to match your new wallpaper using My Design Finder. There are thousands of style ideas at your fingertips. Simply answer a few questions about your design preferences, and My Design Finder will show you personalized style recommendations for the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, basement, and more.

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Tropical Interior Design Ideas & Inspiration

Sep 23, 2019

Summer is over, the kids are back to school and the days are becoming shorter and colder. Don’t despair — with the right design touches, you can keep your home feeling bright and sunny year ‘round, bringing a touch of the tropics straight into your living room.

To help you capture that beachy feeling, we’ve put together five of our favorite tropical interior design ideas. Get out the sunblock and pina coladas, because these modern tropical decor trends will transport you to an island paradise.

Modern Tropical Interior Design Inspiration

Less is More in Modern Tropical Style

Modern tropical room decor isn’t all about cramming the space with every seashell you can find. Contemporary tropical decor takes an understated, “less is more” approach that emphasizes chic and sophisticated design elements. In today’s tropical interiors, you can expect to find features like mellow, calming colors, sleek geometric lines, and strategically-placed greenery. 

Room design inspired by contemporary tropical decor

Tropical Style Potted Plants

It’s impossible to think of the tropics without immediately imagining dense, glossy jungles full of brightly-colored flowers. Bamboo, orchids, and palm trees evoke tranquil tropical shores, just be careful not to overdo it. In keeping with our first tip, take a minimal approach, strategically placing one or two small potted plants on a shelf or coffee table. Larger plants are ideal for filling up corners and unused crannies.

Room decor with modern tropical style potted plants

Include Soothing Tropical Colors for Home Decor

The vacation mindset is all about letting go of everyday stressors. Choose a soothing, serene color palette that puts you into the right headspace. Bright tropical colors can be a little bit chaotic in large doses, so stick to colorful accent pieces like pillows, vases, and flowers.

Open floor plan design with home decor in soothing tropical colors

Incorporate Abstract Decor

Bright, splashy, abstract decor is a cheerful counterbalance to those tranquil colors we talked about in our last tip. Plus, paintings, rugs, and décor are easy to move around and replace, so you can choose something bold without having to commit.

Tropical interior design with abstract decor

Incorporate Natural Touches in Your Interior Design

Plants aren’t the only natural elements to incorporate into your tropical style design. Wooden floors, rattan furniture, and simple, undyed fabrics and textiles all give your space a beachier, down-to-earth feel.

Tropical room decor with natural touches

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Resort Style Interior Design Ideas & Inspiration

Sep 16, 2019

From Aspen ski lodges to tropical getaways; resorts come in all different styles and flavors. But all resorts share one feature in common: luxury. We visit resorts to be pampered, recharge, and rejuvenate, indulging ourselves in comfort and style.

But who says the vacation ever has to end? With the right decor and interiors, you can enjoy the resort experience at home without breaking the bank to do it. Ready to learn how? Bring home a touch of class and live the high life year ‘round by incorporating these five resort-style home decor ideas into your house or apartment.

Resort Style Interior Design Inspiration

Go Bold with Accent Pieces in Your Home Decor

No resort-style bedroom or living room would be complete without one bold accent piece to draw the eye. Try hanging a large painting or tapestry in your bedroom to create a dramatic focal point.

With such a striking design centerpiece, the space will exude confidence — and express more of your personality. As an added benefit, paintings are easy to take down and replace, offering freedom and flexibility for a style that’s stress-free.

Bedroom with pallet style bed frame and stone wall

Set the Tone with Resort Style Colors

Even if you don’t always realize it, color has a huge impact on your mood. To make your space feel more like a resort, choose a color scheme that helps put you into that vacation getaway mind-set.

For example, if you’re trying to recreate more of an ocean or Mediterranean resort feel, opt for plenty of crisp, bright whites and blues rounded out by warm clay tones. For more of an upscale or modern feel, experiment with classy, elegant hues like taupe, espresso, and pewter.

Living room decorated with white, blue and clay tones for a Mediterranean look

Get Luxury Lighting for that Resort-Like Feel

Even the world’s most opulent styling can look less-than-stellar beneath fluorescent lighting. If you put in the effort to make your home beautiful, be sure to find lighting that flatters all your hard work!

Many hotels and resorts feature sleek recessed lighting, skylight features, and abundant sources of natural light. Modern wall sconces double as gorgeous decorations and sources of gentle illumination.

Luxury resort spa themed bathroom with blue tile floor and freestanding soaking tub

Use Plants to Add Color in Decor

Floor plants add a pop of color to any room, while making good use of corners and awkward, underutilized spaces. Plants can also make your home feel more like a hotel or resort, adding an exotic, jungle-inspired touch to your space.

Bedroom with floor plant and leaf themed bedspread and painting

Clean up the Clutter in Your Home

Luxury and clutter go together like peanut butter and bologna: they don’t. Before you start any home redesign project, take an afternoon (or three) and give your house a deep clean, so that you can set the stage for style success. 

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How to Style & Stage Your House to Sell Quickly

Aug 19, 2019

Moving is an exciting event, but it can also be extremely stressful. You want to get the best price possible for your home, but in such a competitive real estate market, it can be tough to entice potential buyers. Fortunately, there are plenty of fast and affordable ways to make your home more attractive. By staging your home with some style and design tips, you can increase your “curb appeal” without having to break the bank first. Keep reading for five easy tips on staging a house for sale.

How to Style and Stage Your House to Sell Quickly

Do Some Deep Spring Cleaning

Let’s get the least fun tip out of the way first. If you want to get the best asking price possible, your home needs to look as pristine as possible, and like it or not, that means spring cleaning. Lots of it.

Are there toys, clothes, or cords on the floor? Is the paint on the walls faded or scuffed? Are the sinks stained or rusty? Could the shelves use a dusting? Are there any pet odors, or lingering smells? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you know what to do next.

Remember, your home doesn’t have to look sterile! A personal touch can be inviting, but it does need to feel tidy and fresh.

Broaden Your Home’s Appeal with Neutral Colors & Decor

A “neutral” color is a hue that can be mixed and matched with almost anything. Examples of neutral colors include beige, grey, taupe, white, eggshell, and soft blues or browns.

When it comes to ideas for staging a house for sale, it’s hard to go wrong with neutral colors. Neutral tones showcase the space’s versatility and help to give potential buyers ideas about how they could decorate. Another benefit of neutral tones is that they are unlikely to “turn off” potential buyers, which is a bigger risk with bold colors like red, purple, or orange.

Staged home ready to sell

Focus on the Flooring

It’s a major mistake to forget about flooring when staging and styling your home. After all, potential buyers know they can always repaint and redecorate, but they’ll be much less willing to tear out and redo floors that are worn, rotten, scratched, or stained.

Quality, durable flooring is a critical part of your home’s overall value. A home with clean, well-maintained flooring is more likely to sway buyers and get a higher price, especially with certain materials. For example, hardwood flooring tends to increase the sale value of just about any home, when varieties such as oak, cherry, or walnut are used

Staged kitchen design

Show Off Closet & Storage Space

The beauty of storage space is that it appeals to every homebuyer, regardless of their age, family size, lifestyle, or interior design preferences. That means you should showcase the storage space in your home as much as possible, whether it’s a walk-in closet, a breakfast nook, lofted beds, or a cozy alcove under the stairs. Strategically placed accents, like vases of fresh flowers, can help draw the eye to storage areas you want to highlight.

Living room staged to sell quickly

Choose Home Decor Strategically

Remember our advice about choosing colors with broad appeal? The same idea applies to your art and decor. It’s a good idea to remove any objects that are too personal or that might distract buyers, focusing instead on generic decor like flowers, fruit bowls, books, and pillows. Your goal is to make the space feel like their home — not yours.

Staged living room design

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