Updated: Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Trend Alert: Pops of Red
There was a time when red was the color of choice, and rooms were designed in Mediterranean palettes with gold and green or graphic black and white. In the past few years, white, gray, and blue have taken over as the main color trends, but there is a new red rising. This time, its showing up as a bright pop to an otherwise subdued color story so those gray walls you just painted are still perfectly on trend, and should be for some time to come.
Red also plays well with the metallic finishes that are hot right now. But no matter what you pair it with, be aware that if you use too much, you just might raise the room temperature.
"Red is a good choice when you want to stir up excitement, particularly at night," said Freshome. "In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation. In an entryway, it creates a strong first impression. Red has been shown to raise blood pressure, speed respiration and heart rate. It is usually considered too stimulating for bedrooms, but if youre only in the room after dark, youll be seeing it mostly by lamplight, when the color will appear muted, rich, and elegant. Red, the most intense, pumps the adrenaline like no other hue."
Here are a few ways to bring modern pops of red into your space.
Perhaps the days of red-painted rooms are behind you, but that doesnt mean you cant splash it up on your wall. A bold piece of art can provide a potent contrast to an otherwise sedate space. Or, embrace the wallpaper craze for a big pop that works great as a focal point.
Red bedding can liven up a room in the same way as wallpaper, providing a jumpstart for your dcor. And the best part is its easy and inexpensive to change out on days when youre feeling the need to go for cooler colors.
The trick to using a red piece of furniture is making sure its worthy of the attention it gets. After all, you dont want to draw eyes toward something that doesnt deserve it. If you dont want to buy something new, a glossy finish on an antique piece will give it a fresh new look.
If you love red enough to make a big impact, think big: counters, cabinets, and couches. A big red couch is a statement piece, and one in a quality fabric can be pricey, but it still requires the least amount of commitment among the big three.
Counters and cabinets are not the types of thing youll want to change out in a year, so youll want to make sure you really love the colorand that youre not planning to sell soon. The next buyer may not be as bold as you.
For more red kitchen ideas, see Houzz.
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Solutions For Lack Of Storage Space
No matter how much we like our home in every other way, a lack of storage will always make us cranky. After all, as George Carlin said, "A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff."
In the spirit of every person everywhere who wants more and better places to put all their things, no matter whether they live in a New York studio or a mega-estate, here are a few ingenious storage ideas.
1. Frame a doorway, said Sunset magazine.
"Bookshelves surrounding the entry from a living room to a dining room make creative use of what might otherwise be under-utilized wall space."
Storage-rich bookshelves are also great for lining a hallway or flanking a desk or bed, and you can get an inexpensive pair for under 150.
2. Take advantage of under-the-bed space
As long as youre hitting up IKEA, pick up a few under-the-bed storage boxes. These can be used for extra bedding, off-season clothes, and anything that you dont need to see or use regularly. "Hide what you ra>
3. Take it to the stairs
The area under the stairs is wasted space that can serve a myriad of storage needs. And it doesnt have to be open space to do it. Check out this bookcase and this doghouse, both of which could be created by cutting into the existing wall.
You can even turn the stairs themselves into a linen closet.
"Look for available wall space in high-traffic areas throughout your house," said HGTV Remodels. "Utilize an awkward space under stairs for cabinets, desk space or shelving for storing various home and work essentials.
Check out more ideas here.
4. Take advantage of other unused space throughout the house
If you have unused space in a corner, shelves can provide extra storage. Buy a few attractive baskets or containers and people will never know this was need-based.
A wide staircase can host its own mudroom and look good too.
5. Get the garage in order
If your garage storage is lacking, invest in some wall-to-wall shelving units, and thenlook up. Ceiling-mounted storage is perfect for stuff that you dont need frequent access to. Its also a great place to put Christmas decorations since you are only taking them down once a year.
Speaking of Christmas trees...we love this idea for putting the tree away fully decorated. If you have an attic or another place you can store it standing upright or hanging upside down, this may be a timesaving and space-saving answer for you.
Of course, it does take the fun out of decorating the tree. But just think about the mess youll avoid
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Labor Day Steals amp; Deals
"With pumpkin beer on shelves and discount stores behaving as if its already Black Friday, no one can blame consumers for not wanting to spend their Labor Day weekend shopping," said The Street. "But, seriously, why arent you at your local home and garden supply store grabbing whatever you can? After an entire summer of milking shoppers for all they were worth, home and garden chains including Home Depot and Lowes are entering their slow season and making it just a bit easier for customers to get deals. We dont just mean Home Depot and Lowes, specifically, but Menards, Ace Hardware stores, True Value stores and even Sears, if theres still one in your area."
What they said.
Yes, its the mother load for people looking for discounted patio items. Labor Day weekend is when big box stores typically start offering big discounts on patio furniture and outdoor accessories, and this year is no different.
Lowes is offering savings of up to 75 percent this weekend on a slew of outdoor items including furniture, outdoor dcor, landscaping, and more.
This Garden Treasures Hunter Woods Balau Wood Cushioned Patio Chair is now just 37.50, down from 150, and this stylish allen roth Set of 2 Hayton Gray Aluminum Woven Patio Spring Motion Chairs are just 88, down from 352.
You can also pick up planters, pillows and tables at Lowes for a steal.
Nerdwallet advises shoppers to check out Walmart and Target. "Online shoppers can find great deals at Walmart, with patio sets from 99. Target has an ongoing sale on grills and outdoor cooking supplies, including items not sold in stores."
The best deals on mattresses this weekend are at Sears 60 percent off sale, like this Sealy Posturpedic queen size for 378, down from 520. Sears is also offering up to 40 percent off on appliances.
As for "big ticket" items, The Street says to hold. "Youll start to see marked-down grills around Labor Day weekend, but theyre typically lower-tier brands such as Master Forge, Savor Pro, Aussie and Brinkmann. For any brand from Char-Broil through Weber, youre likely going to have to wait until well into winter for the deepest discounts think December or January. Keep in mind that Weber treats its grills like Apple treats its smartphones, so youre not really going to get much of a discount until stores try to get rid of the previous years models.
"Its a similar story with air conditioners. Like grills, they still come in handy if summer temperatures bleed over into September. Youre not going to find them marked down by any significant margin on Labor Day weekend, but youll have a lot better luck if youre out shopping just before everyone carves up Thanksgiving dinner or just as the country nurses its New Years hangover. Its simple logic: Demand for air conditioners is lowest when everybody is figuring out how to pay their heating bills. The selection may not be outstanding, but the prices have plenty of wiggle room around that time."
Where will you be shopping this weekend?
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