If you want your house to make a great first impression, paint the front door a fun, glossy hue. “Red is a lucky color in many cultures,” says Lara Allen-Brett, a New Jersey-based stager. A red door meant “welcome” to weary travelers in early America, and on churches it represents a safe haven. Two other hues gaining favor: orange and yellow, according to San Francisco-based stager Christopher Breining. Both colors are associated with joy and warmth. One thing that should go: an outdated screen door. Get rid of it or replace it with a storm door with full-length glass that you can switch out for a screened panel.
2. Keep Wall Colors Light and Neutral
Stick to colors like beige or gray, especially on the first floor,
The latest real estate trend is right up our alleys (or dirt paths, if you will): Barndominiums have been popping up all over Pinterest and we’re already obsessed.
These unique homes are exactly what they sound like: metal barns converted into living spaces. Adding a livable area where you wouldn’t expect one is key. According to W.D. Metal Buildings, a company that designs these types of homes in Texas, barndominums tend to be affordable and easy to maintain.
If you’re a Fixer Upper fan, the above photo may look familiar—it’s a space renovated by Chip and Joanna Gaines. On a recent episode, Joanna explained that she had been dreaming of taking on a barndominium for some time. Making over the barn, once home to horses, was a total gut job. The result was a second floor living space and kitchen with bedrooms on the first floor. Talk about character!
Of course, you shouldn’t just take our word for it. Pinterest recently included barndominiums on a list of the top searches for men. Guess that means we shouldn’t worry about our husbands’ reactions when we announce our favorite new alternative living idea. If converting
Now that you know the mistakes that can decrease your home’s value, it’s time to turn your attention to the things that can actually make your abode worth more money in the long run.
According to Trulia, you don’t have to spend a fortune on upgrades to see the value of your home increase. In fact, some of the most effective changes come in under a thousand bucks.
The real estate site recently shared its list of 10 Upgrades Under $1,000 That Increase Home Values, and while all 10 are worth consideration, these five stand out to us as the easiest to tackle (and the most aesthetically pleasing).
Just don’t try to DIY it all yourself though, you just may end up regretting it
Spiff Up Your Walkway
Or add one, if your home doesn’t already have a path leading to the front door. Walkways make guests and home buyers feel more welcome, and potential buyers are especially attracted to paths that match the style of the home, according to Trulia.
Upgrade The Front Door
Considering it’s constantly exposed to the elements, it might be time to
1. Best. Pantry. Ever.
The tragic flaw of this enormous walk-in pantry is… that it isn’t in your kitchen. This amazing blue room can hold enough food to withstand a zombie apocalypse and serve it up in style — with pull-out shelves and a ladder to reach higher storage areas. That’s right, this pantry has a ladder (where the zombies can’t get you).
2. A fresh take on old cabinets
Cost-effective and attractive, simply remove your cabinet doors and paint the inside with an accent color for a fresh look in your kitchen.
3. Go bracketless
Large bracketless white shelves float effortlessly on a white mosaic backsplash for a stark, minimalist feel that contrasts nicely with medium-toned wood cabinets from Ikea.
4. Big and breezy
Blue subway tiles, marble countertops and ample open shelving will make your kitchen feel big and breezy.
5. Chalk it up to creative inspiration
A sliding chalkboard is the way to make expansive open shelving more fun and playful — hey, nobody said your kitchen had to be boring.
6. Farmhouse red
For a look that gets all of the details right, this
I’m excited to have the opportunity to share something with you that is close to my heart — country at heart, that is! And being country at heart, I obviously love gifts that are all about the country life — especially ones that will add touches of country charm to my home. If you have someone in your life who is also country at heart, this gift guide is for you!
1. Sullivans primitive distressed and crackled jugs
These jugs have a crackled paint finish that gives them a vintage look your country-at-heart person is sure to adore. They are made out of porcelain and measure 4-10 inches in height.
2. Convenience Concepts French country console table
Anyone who is country at heart would love getting this table as a gift. It has lovely lines, a drawer in the table and a bottom shelf, which you don’t see a lot with these tables. This table would also make a great entryway or sofa table. It measures 48 inches wide by 15 inches deep by 25 inches high
- Old rustic window barn wood frame
Vintage windows and frames are all the
In our most recent reader survey, we asked what you needed from us to improve your homes. “Decorating ideas!” came in loud and clear. To give you the very best, we approached 10 of America’s hottest designers for their No. 1 tip—hits for your home, and classics all.
- Barry Dixon
Embrace infinity . . . expand your horizons
“To make a room feel larger, use a round rug on the floor. The circle represents infinity, and a round rug brings that esoteric idea of ‘no boundaries’ into reality as a visual element. In this client’s dressing room, I used both a round rug and an overscale round tufted ottoman to create a sense of unending space. Besides helping to increase the perception of space, the round ottoman provides a panoramic view of that gorgeous Virginia countryside.”
Dixon shares another horizon-stretching tip: “So often when we decide to do built-ins for our dressing rooms and closets, we just presume they must go floor to ceiling and have conventional doors. A much more interesting look is achieved when you build quasi-furniture for your storage. As built-ins, I designed five large armoires that fall a few inches
Shortly after Mike and I married, we began house-hunting. Unfortunately, it was the early 2000s, and trying to find an affordable house during the real estate boom of the time was extremely difficult. Our realtor showed us a listing of a two-family house in our price range, located about 30 minutes northwest of where we lived. We were excited to go take a look.
The house was built in 1860 on half an acre, and it had two apartments: a two-bedroom with one bath, and a one-bedroom with one bath. It was located on a quiet road in a woodsy area in a small town with decent schools and low taxes.
The bad news? The house was also filthy. And ugly. And it needed a ton of work.
Inside, we found dingy linoleum floors and ancient carpets. The foundation was cracked. The exterior featured peeling, discolored asbestos shingles and rusty, bent garage doors. My father took one look at the place and said, “don’t buy it.”
Mike felt differently. He thought that the house had tons of potential, and wanted to make an offer. I decided to support my husband’s decision, even though my gut was telling me otherwise. He was so enthusiastic about wanting to buy this house, fix it up, and sell it for a profit
Your home, like life, is a series of evolutions and special moments. Tackle these mini projects yourself — and sometimes with help! — and you’ll create a space that’s truly your own. Flaunt your “after” pictures on Instagram by tagging #MyHouseBeautiful — we’ll publish our faves this spring!
- Restyle your bookcase. Strip off those garish dust jackets, assemble an arsenal of pretty like-colored objets, and paint the back wall of the shelf a calm — or glamazonian — hue to make it all pop
- Wrap books in shimmery marbleized paper. Available at craft stores, it makes even the fluffiest beach read look smart. Luxe much?
- Good lighting changes everything. This update doesn’t require an electrician: Mount a plug-in sconce to spotlight a painting or your nighttime reading. Illuminating! ($595, Serena & Lily)
- Class up cabinets with knobs that wow you. You can swap out the pulls yourself in minutes.
- Visual mishmash out, big beauty moment in! Take down all the pictures in a room and rehang them as one statement-making gallery wall.
- Upgrade your shower nozzle. It’s not your water pressure, it’s your showerhead. Switch it out for Waterpik’s Torrent PowerSpray. It feels like a downpour. In the Maldives. ($35, Waterpik)
- Paint the ceiling. A.k.a. the
Keeping up with the trends in home decor can be tough. So this year, why not opt out of following the latest and greatest, and choose timeless home decor style over fleeting fads? We’ve got 10 home decor trends that will keep your style fresh for years to come.
No matter what year it is, less is always more. The less you have crowding your shelves and tables, the better your home will look — and the less you’ll have to dust! The same goes for the layout of each room. Stick with furniture that’s proportional to the room so the space doesn’t look crowded.
Trendy colors change year to year and season to season, but a room always needs a bit of color to really pop. Rather than investing in an orange couch or painting the living room aquamarine, choose accessories such as throw pillows, vases and even art in bold accent shades. These are easy to swap out every season or the next year.
As chic as that angular chair with a bucket seat looks in the magazine, don’t buy something on which you can’t