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The Top Ten Home Décor Trends of 2016

by Melissa Thompson

Whether you’re staging your home in preparation for putting it on the market or you’re redecorating, choosing the décor can sometimes be a little intimidating. As 2016 comes to an end, let’s look at the most popular trends for home décor over the past twelve months.

  1.  Black Stainless Steel – The most popular appliance finishes seem to change every few years. This year sleek, black stainless steel took the top spot away from the shiny silver that had been the most desired in recent years.
  2. Formal Dining Rooms – This year formal dining rooms made a huge come back as more people opted to keep them rather than convert the spaces into media rooms or offices.
  3. Marble Accents – Marble was an enormous hit at this year’s NY NOW SHOWCASE. This trend is all about small touches of luxury – think candle holders, coasters, planters or a unique clock like the one from Etsy shown here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Statement Bathroom Mirrors – Funky mirrors made a splash in bathroom décor this year. Fun designs draw the eye and add to the overall charm of the room. Check out this Before & After to see for yourself!
  2. Tech-less Family Rooms – In a world where technology is EVERYWHERE, many are choosing to keep their family rooms tech free in order to facilitate family time.  This lovely tech free room shows that a house can look sharp without electronic gadgets all around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Matte Finishes – Last year was all about shiny and metallic. This year the opposite is trendy.  Textures created with oxidized metals, matte glazes and chalk-  finish paints can be found on all types of home décor, like this snazzy light fixture which can be found on Etsy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Geode – Sparkly rocks could be found everywhere this year.  The “unearthed” geode aesthetic appeared on everything from wedding cakes to bottle stoppers to tables and shelves in homes. Check out Anthropologie for some “rocking” decorative geodes!
  2. Faux Fur – Another way to add a touch of luxury to a room is to give it a pop of faux fur. This alluring texture appeared in blankets, pillows and even wall hangings in a variety of spaces including bedrooms, living rooms and even dining rooms.
  3. New Neutrals – Yesterday’s taupe is today’s blush. Along with other pale colors such as silver and soft blue, these “new neutrals” are the most popular colors this year.

New Neutrals and How to Use Them

  1. Shiplap – This once “rustic” trend has found its way from country homes to city homes this year.  Designers combine shiplap with urban materials such as brick to give homes a modern aesthetic. Fireplace/Shiplap Walls

 

 

 

 

 

Have fun decorating and contact Melissa Thompson at We  Know Memphis for all of your real estate needs!

Do a Little Sprucing Up with Fall Décor!

by Melissa Thompson

The start of fall exhibits cooler temperatures for most us, even if we aren’t feeling it quite yet around here; it also marks the change in home décor and outside curb appeal. Many are doing a fall cleaning inside and setting out the Halloween and fall decorations for Thanksgiving to welcome the change of season.  A few tips to spruce up with fall décor would be:

  • Groom the lawn- cutting comes to an end but unfortunately lawn maintenance doesn’t end. We still need to try and rid any brown spots and rake up large piles of falling foliage. Leaves look nice and set the perfect ambiance for this time of year however too many can look cluttered.
  • Add fall flowers to your garden- as our spring flowers fade and die off we can still keep our gardens lively and vibrant by planting fall flowers (e.g. mums, heleniums and fall crocus’) in bold fall colors.
  • Make the front door and porch a highlight- add a fall wreath, pumpkins, stack of hay, potted flowers, seasonal outdoor rug all add pizazz to the front of the house for everyone seeing it.
  • Add in lighting- as the sunny days are growing shorter we need to make our homes shine at night. Add some outdoor lights to your home to shine on walkways and brighten up entryways with lanterns, lights in the lawn, or spotlights.
  • Be symmetrical- if at all possible create a symmetrical design with your fall decorations in the front of your home; this will make the entrance to your home look grand and inviting. Add in a scarecrow too; this is perfect for both Halloween and Thanksgiving.
  • Create your own planter- carve out a pumpkin and create your own planter with it or use an old wagon! This will give the outside look both creativeness and take up less space if that is a concern.
  • Sitting areas- we love to be outside in the summer but the chill in the fall air is even more inviting; create a welcoming outdoor sitting area with benches, tables and rocking chairs that are rustic, comfy, and charming. The cushions on these can be fall colored or patterned to fit the season even more.
  • Bring out the rustic look- rustic everything is all the rage right now, try out a few rustic signs with fall colors (e.g.- welcome, harvest, fall).

Looking for more, try Pinterest they have everything you’re looking for and then some. Let’s ring in the hopefully soon to be cooler weather and say hello to fall! 

 

Photo credit: attagirlsays.com

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