Month: January 2015

New Year, New Trends: Your 2015 Interior Guide

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Hooray! It’s a new year! Which can only mean one thing…New You? Not quite. How about new home? Well, sort of. You see, along with the New Year comes entirely new trends for your living space that will make all your friends wonder where you found the time to pack up and move to such a fancy abode. Now, it’s all about getting the inspiration that you need to start making the big transition into 2015. Where does such a brilliant stroke of inspiration come from, one might ask. Well, none other than from us, of course!

Start off simple and begin with your color palette to influence the direction that your redesign will venture towards. Every year a handful of new trending interior colors pop up that are influenced by people, places and even things! Most anticipated each year are the newest colors from the Pantone Spring 2015 colors like Aquamarine to give your room a dreamy feel or Toasted Almond for a very organic and natural looking atmosphere. Even beyond that there are further trending colors for the New Year like Greek blue influenced by the Mediterranean or neutral gray to bring some contrast to your space. Once you’ve decided on a color then the fun REALLY begins.

2015 is all about blending materials that seemingly don’t mix to give a very modern, yet clean feel. Whether you’re redecorating a room or your entire home with new trends for year, going for a modern look will ensure that your efforts effortlessly pay off in the long run. Try placing stress on softly curved lines or organic shapes to bring some personality to accent pieces. To give a more rustic feel to your modern new interior redesign, try your hand at juxtaposing natural elements such as stone, wood or metal with accent pieces that stand out.

Even if you’re working to simply give your favorite bathroom a new breath of life in 2015, there are new trends that are shaping up to be some of the hottest of the upcoming year. In fact, a 2014 study done by the National Kitchen & Bath Association surveyed upcoming new trends for the year expressed that most designers felt modern and simple were the key to focus on with a contemporary twist. For example, darker tiles are making their way to the bathroom to make a bold statement. Not to mention, sinks are ditching the cabinets underneath for a set of legs to give that bathroom a fresh and cool look.

It’s worth mentioning however, that when all else fails, look towards the epicenter of the hottest new trends. Yep, that’s right, we’re talking about fashion! As it turns out, the runway has always proved to be a point of inspiration for even interior design. Take loose geometric lines for example and implementing them into a room as a fresh new wallpaper or paint job will vibrantly shake up any living space! In any case, whether it’s big or small, the new year is the perfect time to try out that new trend you’ve been itching to bring to life in your home!

2015 interior trends[Image Credit: The Hunted Interior]

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Go Green or Go Home: Cutting Your Home Energy Costs

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With the new year officially on the clock, it’s time to start looking at making those big changes just in time for 2015. What better place to start than with some changes where you spend most of your free time…home! With National Cut Your Energy Costs Day just a day away, we’re here to provide you with all the tips you need to make sure your home is green to go!

But wait, why bother with making your home energy efficient? Well besides the obvious reason of saving big bucks AND lending a big hand to mother nature, there’s also the fact that making the initiative to have a green home is one of the few places that implementing energy efficient solutions will yield results remarkably quick. Right after you’ve made these changes, it’s not uncommon to see a drop in utility bills and spending within a few billing cycles! Even using reusable options can help to cut the average cost of spending in your home.

Consider that home appliances generally play a major role in hiking up your energy costs. But do you know just how big that role is? Well, just skipping on your dishwashers drying cycle and allowing it to air dry can cut your energy costs by up to 20% in the long haul! As if that’s not reason enough, you simply have to take into account that environmental benefits will be present, too. For example, just by lowering your water heater by 10 degrees can lessen your homes carbon dioxide output by 600 pounds a year! Try lowering the thermostat on a water heater to 120 degrees instead of the standard 140 to begin reaping the benefits and cutting your energy costs.

Whether you’re looking to make big changes or minor adjustments, every little bit counts towards making a major difference. Start by pinpointing the lights in your home that you tend to use the most. For each house, that could be different, whether it’s the light in your living room, porch or even your bedroom. By replacing the 5 most frequently used with Energy Star-qualified bulbs, you’ll be well on your way to saving money.

Even if you’re looking to start a little bit smaller, simply reduce your use of heat in appliances like washers and driers. As simple as it may sound, the results could be astronomically beneficial to your energy costs. In fact, LG Electronics reports that approximately 90% of energy used by these machines is dedicated solely to heating. Make use of cold-water settings and even hanging clothes to dry every now and then. All in all, there are a ton of ways to easily reduce your energy costs at home, whether it’s installing energy efficient appliances or just unplugging products when they’re not in use, the benefits you (and our earth) will see in the long run are clear.

energy costs [Image Source: Today Online]