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2007 Decor Trends

Certain themes will continue from previous years, with some gaining momentum as they become more widely accepted. Still others will explode onto the scene as fresh, inventive options for today’s decorating enthusiasts. All of them will be woven together seamlessly by the thread of personalization and comfort.


Color is key in home fashion, according to Lori West, ASID, of Everyday Spaces, Inc., with red taking a turn to the softer side with offerings of peach, melon, and muted yellows and oranges. Blues, greens, aquas, purples and pinks will continue to evolve, and be featured in both brilliant and more subtle hues.

Sarah Anderson, ASID, of Sarah Anderson Interiors, agrees that this year’s fashion colors will focus more on natural but slightly muted brilliance in the mineral and jewel tones, and sees browns remaining strong as backdrops for more potent splashes of color for impact and drama. Based on PANTONE’s Home Furnishings Forecast for 2007, Anderson suggests consumers look for hints of violets within taupes; deep browns and grays; and hues like “Adobe Rose,” “Deep Taupe” and “Grape Nectar” added to the natural palettes of greens and desert tans.


Vicki Ingham, senior editor and group manager of Home Decorating & Design Books, sees formal and traditional decorating styles enjoying new popularity with younger homeowners, as GenXers look to historically inspired design as an anchor. Pairings of traditional and casual, or traditional and modern - once the preserve of high-end designers - will also become increasingly main stream. Ingham cites Vera Wang’s new line of home goods for Kohl’s as directly targeted at the consumer who wants “classic style with a modern twist.” more »

2006 Decorating Do's and Don'ts for Home Sellers

Today's savvy post-real estate bubble (it's only a correction) homebuyers require quality finishes and neutral color palettes in homes they ultimately purchase. If you are contemplating selling your home in 2006 and need to decorate before placing your home on market remember that cutting-edge interior design and commitment colors ( strong, bold, trendy) are usually a red flag to home buyers. Buyers consider "visual veneer" a mask for defects in a more

Here are some ideas from GMAC Mortgage for home improvement projects that pay off.

Kitchens. Kitchen remodels are among the best for recouping the cost of renovations. Modernize with new appliances, counter tops and cabinets.

Bathrooms. Adding a bathroom increases the value of your home. So does upgrading an existing one. Adding new light fixtures, vanities with plenty of storage, ceramic tile or marble, and a new coat of paint are just some of the ways to improve a bathroom.

Decks. Building a deck enhances your enjoyment of your yard and lets you recover approximately 85 percent of the project costs in added value.

New rooms. Converting an attic into a bedroom or adding a family room are great ways to add value and make your home fit your needs as your family grows.

Painting. One of the most affordable and effective improvements you can make to your home is painting both the interior and exterior. Painting the exterior not only helps maintain the beauty of the home, it also helps prevent damage to the more »


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