Fall 2020’s Top Design Trends

Fall is in full swing, and seasonal design trends are popping up like bats in a lightning-struck bell tower. Too dark? Well, it’s been kind of a dark year. Maybe that’s why this fall’s looks are trending towards bright, airy, and simple. In a year filled with darkness and uncertainty, people are understandably turning their homes into calm, comforting oases where they can ride out the storm. 

Without further ado, let’s have a look at some of Fall 2020’s hottest interior design trends:

Dried grasses 

This fall, it’s all about natural fibers: wicker, rattan, clay, linen. Dried grasses are also entering the mix and make a perfect down-to-earth accent. Wheat, pampas grass, and cattails are all neutral colored grasses that complement the muted, earthy palette that’s so popular this season.

You can find lots of beautiful dried grasses on Etsy, but they’re fairly fragile–if you’re looking for something more robust, you may want to splurge for artificial grass (Michaels has a good selection).

 

Floral wallpaper

Floral wallpapers are still flourishing this season, busily seeding plain walls with their vibrant foliage. Although wallpaper has been out for some time, the recent love of plant-print fabrics (and plants in general) combined with a zeal for all-things vintage has created fertile ground for a major comeback.

If you’re not quite ready to surrender your walls to mother nature, you can experiment with peel and stick wall coverings; they’re non-permanent and easy to peel off. Perfect for the changing seasons!

Rattan

Drag your rattan patio furniture inside–it’s not just for the outdoors anymore! Rattan furniture is making a big resurgence this fall: couches, armchairs, coffee tables, and matching end tables are just some of the many rattan items you’ll see this season.

If you’re not keen on replacing your entire living room with rattan, you can still get your fix with accessories like a rattan mirror or tea tray. Budget-savvy shoppers should be able to scoop up some great vintage rattan pieces for a steal at resale shops or eBay. 

We also like this Rattan Wicker Sofa Chair and Round Coffee Table by PHI VILLA.

Layered lighting 

Many of us will be stuck at home this fall–working, studying, hosting socially distant gatherings, or simply biding our time until spring. An unintended consequence of social distancing is that our homes are becoming multi-functional spaces where we work, relax, and socialize–sometimes all in the same room!

Having different lighting options–a.k.a. layered lighting–gives you the flexibility to create the right atmosphere for any number of activities. Task lighting, like desk lamps or pendant lights, is great for getting work or chores done. Once you’re wrapped up for the day, you can switch to mood lighting with a chandelier or even light a few scented candles to relax.

(To learn more about different types of lighting and how to use them, check out this post

Canopy beds

The towering silhouette of a canopy bed is unmistakable, which is perhaps why it’s gaining such popularity during the year’s most visually dramatic season. And as bedroom designs trend towards becoming lighter and breezier, a large canopy bed can create a perfect “anchor” point in an otherwise airy space. 

An understated canopy bed like the Raina Queen Canopy Bed by LexMod is perfect as a stand-alone piece or dressed up with earth tone linens.

Vintage decor 

It feels wrong to say that vintage is “back” since it never really went away, but it’s definitely experiencing a popularity surge this season. Thanks to the brutally tumultuous year we’ve experienced, many people are seeking the comfort offered by vintage items. To put it simply, they remind us of a simpler time!

If you’re not comfortable going thrifting this season (which is totally understandable), you can putt a vintage twist on some of your existing accessories by applying a patina finish or pairing it with some of those lovely pampas grasses.

Fall 2020’s Design Trends: Key Takeaways 

Despite this season’s many distinct trends, one thing is certain: it’s all about comfort. From cozy textures to ambient lighting, people are reinvisioning their living spaces to comfortably accommodate both work and leisure.

And remember: you don’t have to totally remodel your home to achieve the look. A few candles, comfy pillows, or dried grasses are more than enough to immerse yourself in this season’s interior design trends without leaving you bankrupt for the holidays.

Minimalist Room Designs to Help Your Create a Calmer, More Satisfying Space

There’s something calming about a near-empty room. It’s uncluttered, quiet, reflective–and it encourages us, as viewers, to do the same.

I don’t have the willpower or organizational skills to commit to the minimalist lifestyle, but looking at pictures from people who can is deeply satisfying.

Minimalist Kitchens

Minimalist kitchens are popular because they always look clean, never look cluttered, and invoke a sense of quiet dignity. You can achieve this look by sticking to a neutral color palette and minimizing decor. Pay particular attention to areas of the kitchen that tend to get “loud” like the backsplash, curtains, and hardware.

Minimalist Home Offices

Minimalist style is perfect for home offices. Clutter, loud colors, and busy designs can be distracting and make it more difficult to focus on your work. Instead, opt for a home office design with clean lines, minimal clutter, and stark, soothing colors.

Minimalist Dining Areas

Whether you’re wolfing down a quick breakfast and plopping down at the dinner table after a grueling day at the office, it’s nice to feel relaxed during mealtime. Using simple, functional furniture is a great way to encourage your busy brain to focus on the things that truly matter during meal time, like the delicious meal before you or the lively conversation of your family members.

Minimalist Bar

Here at Remodelgramme, we’re of the opinion that no house is complete without a well-stocked bar. When the time comes to relax with a tumbler of your favorite bourbon or a cold glass of wine, you can appreciate the experience with a simple, well-organized bar.

Minimalist Living Rooms

Living rooms, like the name suggests, are a place where we can host a lively get-together, relax with a favorite movie, or even take a much-needed nap. That’s why it’s important that your living room is a practical space that accomodate all of these activities and more.

Minimalist Bedrooms

There’s a common misperception that minimalism has to be stark, uncomfortable, and brutally austere. But minimalism can be combined with cozy fabrics, soft colors, and warm accents–like the rose gold table lamp below–to create a simple, comfortable space.

Minimalist Decor

It’s okay to dress up a minimalist room with a few accessories or artistic features. The key when decorating in the minimalist style is “more is less.” If you’re struggling to keep a room from looking cluttered, remove a couple of your least favorite decorations to see if that improves the overall look. And remember, you can always stash your belongings–pots, pans, extra bedding, clothes–in drawers, cabinets, and furniture that doubles as storage to make the room look cleaner and less cluttered.

Four Outdoor Lighting Styles Perfect for Dining and Entertaining

As we spend more time at home, whether it’s working remotely, raising a family, or simply enjoying the simple pleasures of life, our backyards are becoming a haven of activity. 

In fact, many homeowners now see their backyards as an extension of the home–three season rooms, screened-in porches, and solariums are being used to create exciting indoor-outdoor spaces. 

And these days, it’s not uncommon to see a full kitchen or entertainment area housed outdoors, complete with cooktops, televisions, and wet bars.

To keep the fun going long into night, you need great lighting! Luckily, innovative lighting companies have created a variety of stunning fixtures to perfectly illuminate your outdoor space. 

Outdoor Chandeliers 

Who says chandeliers are strictly for indoors? In fact, chandeliers are an excellent lighting choice for outdoor spaces. Not only do they make an unforgettable visual impression, but they also generate lots of light. One chandelier can easily illuminate a small or medium sized patio. 

Placement tip: one trick with outdoor chandeliers is that you have to have fairly high ceilings to make them work. As a rule of thumb, you’ll want to hang them at least seven feet off the ground–that should protect even your tallest guests from accidental collisions! 

Outdoor Pendant Lights

Pendant lights are another stylish option for outdoor lighting. Smaller than a chandelier, pendant lights are often hung above dining tables or sitting areas in rows of two or more. The ability to choose the number of pendant lights and placement of the lights means you can easily shape them into your “vision” for the space. Since pendant lights are also popular indoors, they can make your porch feel like another cozy room of your house. 

Placement tip: If you plan to mount your pendant lights above a table, the bottoms shouldn’t be any closer than 32 inches from the table. That gives you ample room to move around and dine comfortably without being blinded by bright lights. 

Outdoor Ceiling Lights

Also known as flush mount lights, this style of lighting doesn’t dangle like pendant lights or chandeliers. Depending on the style, they may lay flat against the ceiling or extend by just a few inches, maintaining a low-profile. 

Their compact form makes them perfect for low ceilings, over entryways, and under eaves. In other words,  anywhere you might bump your head against a long pendant light! They’re also popular for covered outdoor spaces, since flush mount lights won’t be blown around by the wind like dangling lights.

Outdoor Sconces

Sconces are a great pairing with chandeliers or flush mounted lighting. Since sconces are smaller and less vibrant than larger fixtures, they’re excellent for mood lighting or path lighting. That’s why you’ll often find sconces mounted near doorways and windows. They’re also perfect for drawing attention to certain focal points like end tables and wet bars. And since they’re mounted flush with the wall, they integrate easily with small spaces and windy areas. 

Placement tip: Sconces come with either upward-facing or downward-facing bulbs. Downward bulb sconces are best for being at eye level or lower (like a garden path) so you’re not blinded. Upward facing sconces should be mounted higher on the wall to create ambient lighting. 

Trend spotlight: Wall mounted vanities

The aptly named floating vanity gained new heights in 2020 as a popular bathroom design feature. Aside from having an intriguing name, floating vanities have a unique, memorable appearance: they look like they’re hovering above the bathroom floor.

But instead of using magic, floating vanities are very practically grounded to the back wall or side walls of the bathroom. Not only do they look cool, but the space below the vanity makes storage and cleaning easier than ever.

Let’s take a look at the top styles of floating vanities:

Single Sink Floating Vanities

Like the name suggests, a single sink floating vanity features just one sink. With the sink perched dead center, this style of floating vanity is well-balanced and pleasantly symmetrical. Available in both small and mid-range sizes, it’s perfect for bathrooms of all sizes and layouts.

Wall to Wall Floating Vanities

If you have extra real estate in your bathroom, you can upgrade your single sink vanity to a wall-to-wall model. This style of vanity is anchored by three points: the back wall and both side walls. This puts an interesting twist on traditional single sink floating vanities, which are only anchored by the far wall. Thanks to their larger profile, wall to wall vanities provide extra space for storage and decoration.

Double Sink Floating Vanities

Also known as “his and her” vanities, double sink vanities feature two sinks. This style of vanity is perfect for couples and shared bathrooms. Double sink vanities are roomy, providing ample storage space both above and below the vanity, especially if you opt for a model with built-in cabinets or shelves.

Custom Wall Mounted Vanities

With a little DIY ingenuity. you can craft a floating vanity that perfectly complements your bathroom’s style and layout. And if you’re not particularly craftsy, that’s okay too–there are plenty of talented interior design firms out there that would love to help you realize your “vision” for your new floating vanity. The upshot of a custom vanity is that they come in almost every style, color, material, and design you can dream up!

Which is your favorite style of floating vanity? Let us know in the comments!

5 ways to make a small bathroom feel bigger

Do you have a small bathroom that you wish was a little roomier? Is it impossible to physically change the structure of your bathroom? If you feel like your bathroom is too small and claustrophobic, yet you cannot easily make structural renovations, you can easily create some extra space just by getting creative with the interior design.

A small bathroom is not the end of the world, and you do not necessarily need to renovate the blueprint to make it more comfortable. All you need to do is make a couple tweaks to your existing accessories. Here are a couple small bathroom design ideas, which can save you a lot of time and money down the road.

Big Mirrors

It goes without saying that you need a mirror in your bathroom, but have you considered getting the largest possible mirror that could fit on the wall?

Mirrors act a lot like windows, spreading light all throughout the room. So, the larger the mirror, the more light gets reflected. A large mirror creates the illusion that the bathroom is big.

If you have a small mirror that hangs over the sink, consider swapping it out for a single mirror large enough to cover the entire wall. It will also brighten up the bathroom considerably.

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Large Floor Tiles

If you have small floor tiles, they should probably go. Not only are they more difficult to clean, but they catch the eye and divide the room up into tiny pieces. Small floor tiles create the illusion that the bathroom is actually much smaller than it truly is.

The easy solution? Use large floor tiles, and they should be plain in color. Fewer lines on the floor contribute to a less cluttered look. The space will immediately open up, and the floor will be much easier to keep clean. A clean bathroom always looks brighter and larger than a dirty one.

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Clear Glass Shower Doors

If you do not have clear glass shower doors, chances are, whatever you do have is creating an “extra wall.” Having an “extra wall” makes your bathroom look much smaller than it actually is.

If you can get a clear glass shower door, you will remove the wall effect that occurs with a curtain and textured glass. The light will be reflected throughout the room, and the space will literally open up.

Clear glass shower doors are also much easier to clean, and are splash proof. If possible, you should choose a frameless clear glass shower door, as having no frame will omit all visual barriers.

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Floating Shelves

All bathrooms need storage space, but the way you design it can make or break the visual effect of the bathroom.

Rather than have a clunky cabinet, see if you can install open shelves that are closer to the ceiling. The shelves will be up and out of the way, and the walls will look further back than they actually are. This makes the room apear bigger, even with the same amount of storage space.

If you have some room between two studs, you can also install open shelves to create a recessed shelving unit.

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Tiles up to the ceiling

The more divisions you have throughout the bathroom, the smaller the bathroom will feel. That is why it is important to install stylish tile all the way up to the ceiling on your walls. You should take out any trim that is between the wall and the ceiling. Even though trim might be cheaper, it will make the walls appear shorter and the space much smaller.

Even if you do not have a high ceiling, having one material from floor to ceiling will make the room appear taller than it actually is. The space will dramatically open up.

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Conclusion

As you can see, all is not lost if you feel like you have a small bathroom. All you need to do is make some little changes to the existing space. The most important thing is to focus on bringing in more light, which you can do by removing any “walls,” and adding large mirrors.

There are plenty of more small bathroom tips for making your bathroom look even larger, but hopefully this is enough to get you started. The next step is to start making some changes, and watch your bathroom grow!

4 Ways to Stage Your Home for a Quick Sale

We’ve heard the phrase “all the world’s a stage,” but its meaning doesn’t truly sink in until we list a house for sale. All of a sudden, your quiet, unassuming home is under a bright spotlight, scrutinized by everyone from real estate agents to discerning potential buyers. It’s a lot of pressure for home sellers. Especially when you’re juggling the stress of preparing to move!

Luckily, there are some easy ways you can doll up your house for a quick sale. 

Declutter the House

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It’s normal for a house that you’ve lived in for a while to get that, well, “lived-in” look. However, that doesn’t mean home buyers are interested in seeing your laundry piled up on top of the machine or hot-footing over your kid’s legos. To an interested buyer, clutter is a big distraction. It hides the clean lines and beautiful architecture of your home’s interior. It makes every room look like a messy closet instead of a beloved part of your home. You can help them focus on the many wonderful features of your home by eliminating some of that clutter. Clean floors and surfaces, like countertops and tables, are a great place to start. 

Shampoo the Carpets

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Carpets are one of the most popular flooring options because they feel soft and squishy underfoot, like a sponge. Unfortunately, that’s not the only trait they share with sponges: carpets also soak up dirt and bad odors like sponges! Years of foot traffic will make your carpets look dingy and flattened. It may even smell bad, like mildew or grime. Yuck! But don’t start tearing out your old carpets just yet, because there’s an easier solution: shampooing the carpets. Plus, the scented shampoo will make the room smell pleasantly fresh! 

Powerwash the Exterior 

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As the years pass and the seasons change, it’s natural for your home’s exterior to start looking…kinda gross. Dirt, cobwebs, and mildew will hide your siding’s bright, bold colors, making your house look like a drab version of its former self. Luckily, there’s an easy fix: power washing! When you powerwash your house, you harness the power of highly pressurized water to strip away years of accumulated dirt and grime. Most houses can be power washed in just a couple of hours, and the job is way cheaper than having the entire exterior re-painted.

Spruce up the Yard 

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First impressions matter, especially when it comes to home buying. And the first thing potential buyers will see when they pull up to your house is the front yard. That’s why it’s important to make the landscaping neat and presentable. Mow the lawn, edge the border, and pull any weeds. Pack away any yard clutter like kid’s toys and gardening tools. If your driveway and walkway look grimy, a quick once-over with the power washer will have them looking bright and welcoming to your guests! 

Browse: bathtub designs

When you walk into a bathroom, what do you notice first? Most likely, it’s the bathtub. That’s because the bath is considered the “centerpiece” of the room, which means it’s not only a visual focal point, but a piece that helps set the mood and atmosphere of the room.

When it comes to choosing the right bathtub for your space, there are many distinct styles and designs to choose from. Here is a gallery of some of the most popular bathtub styles:

Clawfoot tub

Freestanding tub with legs

Alcove tub

Bath and shower combination tub

Freestanding tubs

Granite freestanding bath

Copper freestanding tub

Round “soup bowl” bath

Color inspiration: Orange

Orange you glad you found this post? If you’re a lover of all things orange, then your answer is probably yes! From stunning orange upholstery to cheerful orange walls, here’s how you can brighten up your home with this tropical, punchy color.

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Color inspiration: Pink!

Would your home look pretty in pink? Check out all the ways you can incorporate this fun, bubbly, vibrant color into your interior decor.

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Color Inspiration: Gold

Despite the old saying, not everything that glitters is gold — sometimes gold is matte, sequined, or distressed.

Let’s look at all the ways you can incorporate gold into your interior design, from subtle sparks to 14-carat kitchens.

Gold accent pillows

Does your bed look a little bland? Dress it up with a couple of golden accent pillows to add a pop of color and glam.

Gold picture frames

Picture frames–especially the gold frames pictured below–are an excellent way to break up a monotonous wall. Try a variety of different frame styles for added visual appeal.

Gold accent pieces

When you want just a little glimmer of gold in your home, a few accent pieces like this gold candle holder will do!

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Gold chandelier

Add a bit of luxury to your lighting with a gold chandelier. Check out thrift stores and architectural salvage shops to find beautiful vintage chandeliers with a budget-savvy price tag.

Gold faucets & hardware

Gold hardware was a common sight in the 1980s and 1990s, and now it’s back! Swap out your bathroom hardware for a gold faucet and matching accessories like cabinet pulls and toilet paper holder. In the kitchen, you can go bold with a gold sink and matching faucet.

Gold accented backsplash

This stunning mosaic backsplash incorporates ultra-thin golden tiles to create a look that’s eye-catching yet subtle.

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Gold mosaic backsplash

No subtlety here–this backsplash is 100% gold. The tiles are a variety of shades and textures to add some dimension and depth to the presentation.

Chevron gold tile backsplash

Put on a twist on the gold mosaic backsplash with these bold chevron stripes.

Image source: BJT Tiling

Gold kitchen appliances

Move over stainless steel–kitchen appliances made of exotic metals, like the rose gold range and matching hood below, are making a grand entrance into more and more kitchens.

Gold bathroom cabinets

These hammered gold cabinet faces will inject your bathroom with glitz and glamour. Plus, replacing your cabinet faces is in easy DIY job–assuming you can find these hammered gold beauties!

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Bathroom with gold lighting and accents

If gold cabinets are a bit dramatic for your tastes, you can scale back with gold accents like lighting, hardware, and shower door frames.

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Hammered gold kitchen cabinets

But…come on, those gold cabinets are pretty cool, aren’t they?

Whether you prefer your gold in small sums or vast quantities, it’s sure to make a bold impact on your interior decor!