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Jan 9, 2015
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Hot Designs 2014

Each year, the housing industry is showered by new trends in terms of design and styling. The year 2014 is no different with predictions coming from various experts and professionals. But how varied will this year be? It all depends in the trends that will surface one after another. Here are the top 5 home design trends to watch and follow this year.

Use of neutral base colors

Neutral base colors will be at the forefront of many home improvement endeavors. The ease of matching them with other colors, prints, and patterns make them fantastic options. For instance, sofa sets with neutral base colors will complement throw pillows with prints and patterns. Mixing and matching neutral colors with accents are also best options if you want to achieve varied styling looks in your room without spending too much.

Making walls and rooms more dramatic

Apart from the use of neutral colors in furniture, walls will be given touches of drama, class, and elegance. They will bear darker colors which will become perfect backgrounds for furniture and fixtures that have metallic accents or are metals themselves. The use of dark colors in walls will also pave way for making rooms appear warmer and more inviting. A lot of homeowners who frequently accept visitors are expected to go with this flow.

Utilizing intriguing vintage displays

The lives of vintage displays never stop in a year or more. They are to stay for decades. What make them long-lasting design elements are the intriguing factors behind their existence. Whether they are cabinets, frames, and other vintage pieces, they will surely become great conversation starters among guests. The appeal of vintage art will also fuse with what other interior designers call as urban nostalgia. Figurative and abstract paintings will also become more popular wall displays.

Appreciating the beauty of layering

Wood, metal, and fabric will become more prominent in layers. More of their appealing combinations will be seen in many parts of the house particularly the living room. The differences in their colors and textures will be great to play with. Considering the beauty and appeal of fabric designs and prints, they will become great accents to wood and metal furniture. When it comes to wood, the less expensive and knotty varieties will become competitors of the expensive fine-grained woods like white oak and walnut. Apart from their use in cabinets, they will also become prominent in floor and wall panels.

Going ultramodern with smart home options

Comfortable living will rely more on smart home options. The past years have seen the rise of surveillance cameras and other home security systems. Several homes have also utilized thermostat systems and lighting systems with time sensors. Robotic cleaners with scheduling capabilities and traffic sensors will also become more feasible options to make home cleaning chores easier. Other home appliances will establish greater connections with the smart phones of their owners. More applications will give greater control over their use.

These are just five of the many home design trends that will grace the homes of many individuals. More are expected to diversify how homes will look this 2014. The choice is yours to make to impart more beauty to your own living space.

Desare Kohn-Laski is a proud and experienced Florida realtor who is knowledgeable and familiar of the East Coast Florida real estate market. Some of the areas of her service include Parkland, Fort Lauderdale, and Hallandale Beach. Stop the chase for your dream house with her professional assistance. For more information, hop on to http://www.skyelouisrealty.com.

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Mar 29, 2014
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Granite or Quarts: That’s the Question

Granite or Silestone: That’s the Question

Silestone CountertopsBlanco-Zeus Silestone Kitchen

Customers ask me this all the time:  What material is better for kitchen countertops, granite or Quartz (one brand name example is silestone)?  Well, I’m a bit partial, but I will be as honest as I can on this subject.  They are both wonderful products and each have pros and cons.

Let’s talk about Silestone first.  Silestone is a man-made quartz product that comes in 2cm and 3 cm thicknesses and a variety of beautiful rich colors.  Silestone is made with anti-bacterial magic stuff put into all slabs, thus the need for sealing is not necessary.  Silestone is also a more flexible material, thus eliminating the need for plywood decking for support.  Although sometimes decking will still be required so the drawers do not interfere with the edge lamination.  Your builder or granite fabricator should be able to help you with this option.

Granite is a natural stone that is quarried from all over the world, sliced to 2 cm and 3cm thicknesses, polished and imported to our area.  All natural stone varies in its porosity, but all natural stone should be sealed.  This may sound scary, but it is not.  Sealing is included in all installations by Queen of the Tile.  This process should last 2 – 3 years depending on how you are cleaning your countertops.  I encourage all our customers to use a Stone Tech product called Revitalizer.  It is a cleaner and a sealer, so everytime you are using it, you are re-sealing your tops and should never have any problems.

Have you figured it out yet?  I believe that  whatever shortfalls granite or silestone  may have, these issues can be easily overcome one way or another.  So I tell my customers to pick the color that best suits their decor and just go with it!

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Feb 7, 2014
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Updated Photo Album

Where are excited to unveil our new photo album online. It is more easy to navigate thru the many affordable kitchen and bathroom remodels we have done over the last few years. Of course, it shows only a small amount of the work we are done but we are not photographers! Most of pics come from clients who share the pictures they take after we are complete. Thanks again to all of our great clients for those.

Brian Powers

LKN Cabinets and Remodeling

(704)232-5169

www.LKNcabinets.com

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