Home Trends That Just Don’t Make Sense

Once a home trend gets started, it’s hard to leave it behind. As certain looks start popping up on your social feed and solidifying their place on the hot list, it’s tempting to hop on the bandwagon and buy into them, too.

Yet design pros urge folks to think carefully about how they really live, day to day, before pulling the trigger on a look that seems cool. Dogs, kids, and even the weather in your region can rule out particular design elements and render them simply unworkable.

So which popular trends are overhyped and annoying once they’re inside your home? To help, here are 10 fads you may want to take a pass on, since they may just turn out to be more trouble than they’re worth.

Trends in Bathroom Floors

If a well-designed house is like a complete outfit, we like to think of the bathroom as the perfect accessory that ties everything together. It’s a little space with the power to make a big impact and a prime opportunity to make bold design choices—starting at the ground level with great flooring.

From a price and time-commitment perspective, a bathroom renovation is an ideal starting place for any fixer-upper. And because the footprint is small, the bathroom is a natural space to experiment with some up-and-coming flooring trends.

Read more HERE.

Think Home Prices Have Gone Crazy Since the Pandemic?

Just about everyone knows it’s not a great time to be a home buyer right now. Thanks to the extreme inventory shortage, competition is fierce—and home prices have shot up by double digits since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s crazy. Could anything be harder to buy these days?

Well, yes, actually. Those who think the housing market is tough these days should try getting a puppy.

The run-up in home prices inspired Realtor.com® to look at how much prices on a variety of everyday things have changed since the world first went under lockdown. And we quickly confirmed that it wasn’t just home prices that shot up wildly over the past year.

Read more HERE.

How To Renovate Tight Living Quarters

If you live in a small space, you’re used to having to come up with clever solutions to maximize your home’s potential. So whether you’re looking to renovate a studio apartment or small house, there are ways to make your space look chic without skimping on style or functionality.

“It’s so important to plan ahead, stick to your budget, and map out a timeline that works for your schedule to avoid having to cut corners,” says Breegan Jane, interior designer and partner at Trane Residential. “When you feel rushed or want to seek out a cheaper alternative, your renovation plans can go awry.”

Just like the size of your home, a little can go a long way. Click HERE for the must-know tips for renovating a home with limited square footage.

4 Ways To Take Your Gardening Game to the Next Level

Last year, pandemic stay-at-home orders left many of us stuck indoors, with a lot of time on our hands. For a moment it felt like everyone and their mother was cultivating a sourdough starter and baking bread (and posting about it on social media). Many of us reverted to our preschool love of arts and crafts. And combining those urges to make food and get messy, a lot of folks took up gardening.

There’s something particularly satisfying about digging through the soil to plant flowers or vegetables, and spending hours in the fresh air. But if you’ve been gardening for a year or longer, and have gotten over the simple thrill of watching your plants thrive, it may be time to level up.

1. Germinate your own seedlings for transplanting.

2. Make your own leaf mulch.

3. Create a succession planting schedule (to extend your crop yield).

4. Preserve your garden’s bounty for the offseason.

Read more about these tips HERE.

The Front Yard Is the New Backyard

A private backyard will always be a desirable home amenity, but the coronavirus pandemic has shown that the front yard deserves just as much attention. With the pandemic limiting our ability to see friends and family inside the home, the front yard has become the hub for safely socializing with our loved ones. From drive-by celebrations to socially distanced cocktail parties on the porch, the front yard is stealing the show as the new entertaining space—and it’s a change that’s likely here to stay.

Here are some ideas.  Read more about them HERE.

  • Make your porch a welcoming place.
  • Build a front deck or patio.
  • Create a private, quiet front yard space.
  • Add some curb appeal.

 

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