What is “New Nordic” Interior Design

Scandinavian decor is, without a doubt, one of the top decor styles at the moment. This style originated as a way to make Nordic homes feel bright and clean during dark winter days, but has now gained popularity in regions that see sun all year round. Now, as homeowners and designers begin to shift away from minimalism, a new twist on this design has emerged. Read on to learn how you can incorporate “New Nordic” style in your home.

One element of traditional Scandinavian home decor that is still used frequently in New Nordic design is raw, bleached hardwood or wood-look floors. The effect is bright and clean, and neutral enough for you to experiment with a wide range of colors (and even other decor styles as your preferences evolve).

In an effort to add a more personal touch to their decorating, designers are focused more on decluttering and opening up a space, rather than recreating the typical minimalist look of Scandinavian decor. You can do this in your own home by being selective in the accessories you choose for the room, whether it’s a few thoughtfully placed family heirlooms or trinkets, or a piece of art that you love.

One noticeable difference between “New Nordic” design and traditional Scandinavian design is the frequent use of color. While white is often the dominant color in Scandinavian design – and still heavily featured in this newer twist – bolder hues are also being used to liven up and add personality to a room. Pops of color, like red or blue, add dimension and keep the space from feeling flat.

Bold colors aren’t the only way to add dimension in a New Nordic design. Have fun with your home’s decor by mixing different subtle patterns and textures. Classic hardwood floors alongside more modern materials, like these clear acrylic chairs, gives this kitchen nook a contemporary look and creates the illusion of a more open space.

Comfort is key with New Nordic design. Plush, wall-to-wall carpet is guaranteed to warm up a room where traditional hardwood may have been featured. For extra comfort, consider adding soft textiles, like faux sheepskin or a cozy throw blanket, in unexpected places – like the kitchen or dining room.

Do you prefer New Nordic or Scandinavian design?

How to Decorate with Lighter Floors

Change up your space with a lighter shade of flooring! Whether you’re looking for hardwood, laminate, or LVT, interior designers are predicting a shift towards lighter tones in 2019. These hues are versatile and great for any room, be it the bedroom, home office, or kitchen. Going for a bright, airy look? Pair light floors with neutral or pastel colored walls. If you’re looking to create a more dramatic look, opt for dark, saturated colors for an edgy contrast.

If you’re looking to achieve a tone on tone look, make sure to play with textures in your decor. Light hardwood floors will add a raw element to the room and also keep the space from feeling too monochromatic – and the right accessories will make the room come to life. Try adding a fabric headboard, unique bedding, or a velvet throw blanket to give dimension. All can work together to create a calm, aesthetically pleasing room.

Light, hardwood floors are a great addition to a farmhouse style home – especially in the kitchen. The right stain will add warmth to the space, and pair nicely with white cabinets and rustic accents. Though some may prefer tile floors in the kitchen, wood-look flooring provides a more interesting contrast against tiled backsplashes and granite or marble countertops, and will keep your kitchen from feeling too cold.

When we talk about light hardwood floors, we aren’t just referring to those warm, yellow and honey tones. Another option that’s becoming increasingly popular is grey or ash colored stains. Grey floors create the perfect foundation for vibrant greens, blues, and metallic accents. In this living room, the flooring accentuates both the natural and gilded decor.

Light floors are also a hallmark of the coastal beach house style. This bedroom uses creams, natural finishes (like the rattan headboard), and pastel blue to create a breezy, Oceanside feel. Light flooring helps to create the illusion of sand at your feet. Consider adding a wicker bench or table, or woven baskets to play off the flooring and tie the room together.

Light wood-look floors are also a great option for kids’ rooms! Because light floors tend to be more neutral, they can be paired successfully with bright, primary colors. If you have little ones at home, try hard surface flooring and adding an area rug, rather than wall-to-wall carpet. We have an array of luxury vinyl hard surface flooring that may look like hardwood, but are durable enough to withstand heavy foot traffic and messes as your children grow up.

What are your thoughts on lighter flooring?

Create a WOW Factor with Statement Ceilings

Underappreciated and often overlooked is the fifth wall, the ceiling. While many people think a statement can only be made on the walls or with furniture, they often forget that the ceiling is an excellent place to make a unique statement.

There are so many ways to create a focal point with your ceiling that whether you’re all in or not feeling incredibly risky, there is a choice that’s just right for you.

For those who are on the fence with this design trend, start by focusing on what you have such as architectural details that your ceiling may have. Polish any wooden beams or paint coffers to make them stand out and pop. Sometimes simply freshening up your ceiling is a subtle touch that can make a big impact.

If you have ceilings that lack architectural detail, consider adding your own, such as shiplap or wooden beams to pull your room together. Using natural products on your ceiling is great in homes that evoke a coastal or farmhouse style

Another great way to create a statement with your ceiling is to paint it a fun color, or if in a kid’s room, a pattern that matches their favorite hobby or sport.

What are your thoughts on statement ceilings?

How to Bring Timeless Velvet into Your Home

Thanks in part to today’s fabric technology; velvet is no longer reserved solely for luxurious homes, as it has become a more affordable option to all. With more color choices and a more maintainable fabric, there’s no reason not to incorporate velvet into your home.

Velvet is a luxurious and warm fabric that adds considerable depth to a room thanks to its bold, rich colors. Our favorite way to incorporate velvet into your living room is with a sofa. A velvet sofa in a rich, jewel tone adds such a level of beauty that it truly speaks for itself.

For those not quite ready to jump to a velvet sofa, try starting smaller, with accent or tuft pillows. Velvet curtains can also add a dramatic touch while still keeping a low profile. They add both a hint of glam and timelessness to your space.

Velvet accent chairs, either in your living or dining room are fabulous for packing a punch with a small footprint. Chairs are a great piece of furniture to bring in a bold color to make a statement. In the case of dining room chairs, a little goes a long way.

And in the bedroom, especially during the colder months, a velvet blanket or comforter is perfect for adding a cozy and warm feeling to your space.

How do you incorporate velvet in your home décor?

Guest Post: Don’t Miss These 5 Spring Home Projects

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Don’t Miss These 5 Spring Home Projects!

From opening the pool to cleaning the patio furniture, we’re here to explain the hows and whys of the top five do-it-yourself home maintenance projects you must do now for an enjoyable spring and successful summer. All you need to do is roll up your sleeves and get started!

Refresh and Restore the Walls and the Floor

You’ve been in and out all winter long with nary a care about what you’ve trudged and drug throughout the house. Spring brings color and new life, so why not breathe some new life into your walls and floors? Before your first spring get-together or summer cookout, take the time to do a deep cleaning of the walls and floor. Better yet, shampoo the carpet, refinish the hardwood, and clean and seal grout in the kitchen and bath. The changing seasons are also a good time to change your color scheme, so consider adding a fresh coat of paint in your most-used rooms.

Open and Uncover the Pool

The time for playful days frolicking poolside is here. However, if you want a seamless opening when that first really hot day arrives, you’ll need to do some prep work. First, remove the cover and check that the water level is at least to the middle of the skimmers (turn on the hose if it isn’t). Use a skimmer to clear out floating debris and a pool brush to scrub the sides. Then, check the water’s pH level, which should be between 7.2 and 7.6 in order to prevent corrosion and calcium buildup. Adjust the calcium, alkaline and chlorine levels as needed. Lowe’s offers a more in-depth guide to opening your pool here. However, if the project starts to look a little too intimidating, you might need to call it quits and call in a seasoned pro — and this goes for any DIY project that begins to feel a bit more involved than you originally anticipated.

Clean the Gear

Your outdoor furniture has been stored away for the winter, but now it’s time to bring it all out and let it shine. Outdoor furniture should be wiped down to eliminate dust, while cushions need a little TLC. Single piece chair cushions may be hiding mold and mildew, which can be cleaned according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Your grill should be treated with care by checking for gas leaks and lubricating any moving parts. After all, you want your grill to be in tip-top shape for the first cookout of the season. Don’t forget to inspect your cover for rips and tears to avoid unsightly stains and possible rust and corrosion from spring and summer showers.

Prep the Deck

Winter can do a number on your deck, creating some serious wear and tear. Ice can get into cracked wood, causing even further damage that you may not have noticed due to the lack of deck usage during the winter. Check your deck for splintered wood, loose nails, and general wear and tear. Advantage Lumber notes that small cracks may be sanded and resealed while heavily damaged boards should simply be replaced. While major structural renovations should be entrusted to a professional, sealing and staining is a DIY project that can save you hundreds of dollars and heaps of heartaches down the road.

Check the Pipes

Chances are, you’ll be using exterior faucets, spouts, and sprinklers to water lawns and gardens, fill water balloons and wash the car. Reconnect hoses to outdoor spigots and exterior faucets, check your water meter to determine if you have any leaks, and be sure that the insulation on exposed metal or PVC pipes is still intact so that it is ready when colder temps come back around. These small check-ups can prevent a major plumbing catastrophe.

Additional spring home maintenance projects include checking for leaks on the roof, cleaning the gutters, trimming trees, and replacing dirty air filters. A good rule of thumb is to simply start at the top and work your way down. It might seem like a lot of work now, but you’ll be glad you got it out of the way now so that you can enjoy the spring weather.

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Written by Bret Engle | DiyGuys.net

Email him at bret.engle@diyguys.net

Bringing a Statement to Your Walls

This year, people are moving away from accent walls and instead, focusing on textured walls to add depth and personality to their home. From abstract wallpaper to shiplap and everything in between, homeowners have plenty of options for creating a statement in their home through the use of their walls.

Gone are the days where wallpaper is considered old-fashioned, bleak, and an eyesore. Thanks to beautiful patterns and colors, wallpaper is trending again in home design. Some wallpaper is actually removable, which makes this a great option for those who are a bit hesitant venturing back into this trend. In a small room such as the bathroom, patterned wallpaper can make the space appear larger and also very elegant. Patterned walls in a smaller space can heighten the impact it has on the space.

In an eclectic bedroom, bold wallpaper can add the finishing touch that your room needs. It’s a fun way to make sure that the entire room is full of personality and pizazz.

For those not wanting to use wallpaper but still want to bring texture to their walls, consider adding wooded boards. Natural wood, like in the room below, bring earthy elements to the room, creating a warm and inviting space. You can also play around with shiplap on your walls for a farmhouse feel.

Another great option that we love is to use textured paint, which is especially great for covering up imperfections or just to create a rustic or farmhouse feel in your room.

Would you bring texture to your walls? If so, how?

Maximalism in Home Decor

Minimalism has been hugely popular in the home when it comes to both design and organization. It’s long been touted that “less is more,” but when it comes to your décor, maximalism is giving minimalism a run for its money.

Maximalism focuses on incorporating unique colors, bold patterns, and all kinds of textures to create an over the top look. You might confuse this with eclectic style; however eclectic involves mixing styles, such as traditional, rustic, and modern all in one room.

When it comes to designing, there are no rules. Go ahead and mix any textures with any fabrics and patterns. However, we find that maximalism looks best if there is color coordination with your pieces. It’s important to connect the dots with your design.

Not sure where to start? Don’t be afraid to start small with this trend by adding unique lamps, colorful cushions and pillows, curated décor, and furniture with different textures. In time you can bring more colors and patterns to your walls, floors, and ceilings.

Maximalism is the perfect storyboard to share your life experiences. Are you known for wearing bright pink? Douse your room in the color. Always wearing cheetah print? Choose artifacts, an ottoman, or wallpaper in this print.

It’s important to note that you don’t need to rely on color in order to maximalize your space. If neutral tones are your style, then place the emphasis on mixing design styles of furniture, texture, patterns, and materials. Think wood with metals, contemporary with mid-century modern, velvet with fringe.

Have fun and personalize your space.