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4 Modern Home Design Musts for 2016

Is giving your home a new look on your 2016 bucket list? If it is, then you are not alone. Decorators are seeing the next 12 months as the year of eye-catching modern home design trends.

What’s hot this year? Stone wall accents, creative and fun outdoor living spaces, having personalized home décor delivered right to your doorstep and, of course, visiting a trendy boutique showroom for some fresh ideas.


1. Join the Club


In a world where you can order clothing, food and even beauty supplies that are hand-picked by experts and delivered straight to your door, it’s not hard to believe that the same is now true for home design and décor. Dubbed interior design in a box, this type of convenience service allows customers to fill out lifestyle questionnaires, send in photos and dimensions of the rooms and furniture being utilized, as well as some inspirational images.

Companies such as Windsor Smith Room in a Box, Globe In and The Bouqs will deliver design products such as flowers, home décor items and even fabric and paint selections tailored to your likes from the information you sent them. What a great way to redecorate without leaving the comforts of your own home!


2. Use Stone to Accent a Wall or Outdoor Living Space


You can add some practical and stylish touches inside and outside your home with natural stone. Besides looking strikingly stunning, using stone is also very original. Indoors, you can use natural stone to accent a wall in a family room or kitchen, or you can have it frame a gas-burning fireplace.

Instead of creating a cold environment, as some stone walls do, you can customize it and create a room that is warmer and more inviting. Have shelves embedded into the wall for candles, books or framed pictures. A wall with stone finish can also add a softer element to a modern glass shower. Just one stone wall will help change and define your home’s interior. Choices in natural stone include:

  • Brick
  • Slate
  • Coral stone
  • Sandstone
  • Limestone

One of the biggest trends in modern home design involves merging the comfort of the indoors with the beauty of the outdoors. An outdoor living area is the perfect way to improve the purpose of your yard, increase your home’s value and increase your living space. Using natural stone can help transform your patio or yard into a comfortable haven where you can unwind after a long day or entertain friends and family.

Hardscaping with stone is a key component, as it provides not only the foundation but the aesthetics too. Natural stone can be used to build garden or retaining walls, fire pits or fireplaces, built-in seating, the base for a grill and more. Coupled with different patterns, colors, textures and materials, you can have an outdoor living area that suits your personal style and will last for years.


3. Visit a Boutique Showroom for Fresh Ideas


In years’ past, the only way to really see some great home design décor was to visit an annual home and garden show, a craft fair or even Ikea. However, today, boutique interior design showrooms are popping up all over the country, allowing home designers to get new inspirations and products locally. These boutiques offer unique and one-of-a-kind design pieces that can’t be found in larger retail stores or online.

For instance, at Global Home in Phoenix, you can find some very worldly home décor pieces without ever leaving the United States. This boutique has room after room of handcrafted tables, chairs, metalwork and more. Plantation in Los Angeles is another boutique of this kind. It has its own signature furniture and décor designs for the home and office. Finally, there’s a place like Supply Showroom in Austin that is set in a renovated 1930s bungalow. The store focuses on independent designs from around the world. They carry textiles, wall coverings, furniture and more.


4. Use a Perky Pedestal in a Pesky Corner


Do you have a corner in your house where nothing fits well? Consider a wood or metal accent pedestal with a vase, plant or sculpture on it. It is perfect to liven up even the sparest corner in the room.

Decorative display pedestals can also showcase artwork or a collection of photographs. Put one in an unused corner of a room for added depth, or frame a doorway with two pedestals holding topiaries or similar décor.
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