You may not be aware of it, but your home is being invaded. Commercial design has been creeping into residential spaces for some time now—first into mid-century modern and contemporary décors and now into every type of residential space. It’s hard to avoid (not that you should), because so many products designed for the home are commercially inspired. Why should you be excited about the commercial invasion? For the simple reason that it works!
Summer’s here at last, and it’s the perfect time to work on your home’s “curb appeal.” Curb appeal refers to the impression your home makes from the street. Since there are more people out and about in the summer—walking dogs, riding bikes, taking an evening jog or a morning stroll—increasing your home’s curb appeal is a nice gesture to enhance the aesthetic of the neighborhood.
July is a bright and beautiful month! The sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom, fruit and vegetables are flourishing, and the sky is a lovely shade of blue. Most of us look forward to being outside this time of year; but if you dread going back inside—really dread it—it may mean that your interior needs some brightening and beautifying as well.
Choosing faucets, cabinet pulls, lighting fixtures and other hardware can be one of the most stressful tasks in a home remodel. Should you choose chrome, nickel, pewter, copper, bronze or gold fixtures? Should they be polished, satin, brushed, matte, rubbed, antiqued or distressed? Should the same metal be repeated throughout the home? And should you also match door hinges, door knobs and other extraneous hardware pieces?