How to Get Your Home Ready for 2017’s Big Colours

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Okay, so it seems as though autumn is well and truly here now – the nights are drawing in, eating away at those precious hours of daylight, and the days themselves are certainly getting rather chillier than they were even a couple of weeks ago.

But now is not the time to be looking back on the (admittedly very short) summer with sadness in our hearts. No, now is the time to look to the future. Not to Christmas – although that is certainly sooner around the corner than we’d like to admit – but to the new year, to 2017.

We always like to be prepared. And we just so happen to know the colours that will be big in 2017. We want you to be as prepared as we are, so let’s take a look, shall we?

The Colours

Many of the main colours that will be majorly popular next year are listed on the Behr website. Each year, they release 20 colours in a limited edition palette, each of which they believe is going to hit the big time. So if you want to find most of them in one place, that’s the site to visit.

If you look past the fluffy names, you will see that the majority of the colours are greys, silvers and light blues, with a sprinkling of traditionally “autumn” shades. As well as a pastel pink and a deep magenta, of course.

Once you have your colours and your room picked out, it’s time to pick out some complements.

Actually, it’s worth mentioning that in its own quick point – only do one room at a time. For starters, you don’t want to end up with too much work on your hands. Also, one at a time allows you to put all of your focus in one place, stopping you from accidentally having clashing colours throughout the home!

The Complements

If you really want to pull off your new colour scheme in style, then you simply have to get some décor items that will complement your fine palette. Take your palette with you when you’re on the hunt for new furnishings and decorations; this will let you pick the things that really go well with it.

And obviously, you shouldn’t be worrying about finding an exact match. We’re not expecting you to find a fridge in the shade of “Everything Is Rosy” or a light fitting in “Polished Aqua”. Shades that are a little lighter or darker, a little softer or brighter, or shades that simply pair well with your choices will be perfect.

The Work

Make sure the room is clean and clear and ready to be decorated, then it’s time to get to work. Paint your room in the colours of your choice then start bringing in your furniture and your matching bits and bobs.

Once your room is all decorated and refurnished, it’s time to put your feet up with a tea, a coffee, a wine or a beer, and spend a little time just enjoying your new surroundings. You’ve earned it!

The Latest and Greatest Trends in Home Improvement

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Interested in upgrading the home? Specifically in making sure you do more than just keep up with the Joneses? Well you’ve come to the right place.

Here, we’ve listed some of the most cutting edge trends in home improvement, stuff that is just about to be massive and beloved by everyone. So if you want to be ahead of the curve… this is the stuff you should be looking into getting for yourself.

Solar Shutters

These shutters combine form with function. Obviously they look good, but these shutters do more than just stop the sun shining in your eyes or causing glare on the TV; they actually have photovoltaic panels on the back, allowing them to soak up the sun and put it to good use in your home.

The blinds plug directly into an outlet, meaning you can reap back all that lovely solar energy. Clearly, it’s not going to power your whole house, but with a generating amount of about 500 watts an hour, you can start running your TV and computer for free. Very nice!

Imitation Laminate Countertops

Don’t worry – these aren’t your mother’s imitations. These days you can expect to find really impressively authentic looking laminate countertops, ones you would swear were the real deal. And, unlike the real deal, they won’t completely destroy your bank balance.

Some of the very best laminates are the high-end granite and marble looks, but we have started to find some incredibly lifelike petrified wood styles coming to the market as well. Keep an eye out!

Garage Screen Doors

These are perfect for those among us who use their garage as more than just a place to put the car. Garage screen doors work in conjunction with your normal garage door, meaning there’s no pesky interference – you can still close your door as usual.

The best thing about them is that they have a smaller door in the centre of the screen, which means you can pop in and out with ease, without having to open up the whole thing.

Solar Water Heaters

These are guaranteed to grow and grow in popularity until one day, it’ll be rare to find a home without one. Why? Simply put: because they will save you a chunk of change from your energy bills.

It’s just your normal water heater, except it uses the energy of the sun. What’s not to love about that? And if you’re worried about the amount of solar power you’ll be able to draw in your area, they’ve got that covered as well, with electric and gas backup systems available.

Long-Life Roofing

Don’t be disposable, invest in something with some serious lasting power for once. And 50-year roofs have lasting power in spades. Newer materials such as polymer plastics and recycled tyres are being put to good use as roofing tiles.

The main advantages are that they are both cheaper and longer-lasting, giving you some incredible bang for your buck. And don’t worry about them looking tacky – they look just like traditional roof tiles.

2016’s Hottest Home Trends

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Now that spring is just around your corner it’s time to start thinking about giving your place a makeover and making sure it looks the part for the rest of the year and beyond. It can be hard to keep up with home trends so we’ve put together a list of the things that are hot in the world of homeware in 2016.

Clashing Prints

Why follow the crowd with plain, matching prints in your living room and bedroom when you can make a statement with bold prints? Botanical and jungle prints are big news for the year ahead and the key to achieving effortless style is to go for bold and brash colour clashes. If plant prints don’t match your home’s aesthetic you can always go for a more muted yet equally stylish psychedelic print. You can really make a statement by choosing bold printed wallpaper or keep things a little more subtle by choosing loud prints for fabrics such as cushions and throws.

Heated Hallway Floors

Nothing beats a heated floor in the bathroom to make those warm soaks especially cosy in the winter, but heated hallway floors are also a big deal and are set to become a huge trend in 2016. And what could be better than coming home to instant toasty feet on a cold winter’s night? With the UK’s track record for summer temperatures, you’ll probably get use from it all year round.

Black Stainless Steel

We’re so over pastels – this year it’s all about black stainless steel appliances to complement chic white storage units. Guaranteed to make your kitchen look like it’s stepped straight out of a glossy home magazine.

Statement Mirrors

It’s easy to overlook something as basic as mirrors, but there’s so much more you can do than put up a dull rectangular one. In spaces such as your bathroom where it’s difficult to inject something a little different without ripping out your entire suite, a bold mirror on the wall can really make an impact. Functional and attractive!

Fireplaces

Long the focal point of living rooms, the fireplace trend is going nowhere fast and is especially big news in 2016. So instead of using yours to balance your TV or as storage for those things that you can never quite find a home for, let yours take pride of place in your living room. It doesn’t even need to be a functioning fireplace to take centre stage. Try arranging a candle display in yours or even converting it into a trendy bookshelf.

70s Throwback

Trends come and go, but one that looks set to be making a big comeback this year is the 70s trend. We’ve already seen it in fashion with flares and bell-sleeves hitting the catwalk, and it’s definitely not stopping there. Of course the 70s have a bit of a reputation for being a little gaudy, but by injecting subtle hints your place will look stylish and not dated. Geometric prints are a great way to do this and can be added with anything from simple items such as cushions and bedding to light fixtures and even floor tiles.