Open houses may be staged to look like a home decor dream, but donât let that distract you from the real reason youâre there: to potentially buy a home. Make sure you can look past the neatly arranged furniture and focus solely on whether the house would be a good fit for you and your family. To help, hereâs a home buyerâs checklist of things you might have missed at first glance.
Windows â Look specifically if they are facing the right direction to let sunlight in, and whether they open to a nice view (versus directly toward another neighborâs window).
Under the Sink Cabinets â Check for possible signs of water damage due to leaky plumbing.
Electrical Outlets â Make sure there are enough outlets for the appliances and other electronics youâll be using. If not, you can decide if thatâs a renovation youâd like to make.
Storage Space â Donât just look to see if thereâs enough closet space, but look for closet placement. Also check that the storage is in a convenient location.
Appliances â If theyâre included in the house, make sure theyâre in good condition. They should be on and working while youâre there.
Under the Rugs â Lift up any rugs to check the condition of the floor underneath.
Floor Level â Check to see if the floors are level. Place a marble or another small, round object on the floor and see if it rolls consistently in one direction.
Attic â If the house has one, make sure itâs well insulated.
Water Spouts â Runoff from the gutters should be pointed away from the house, so take a step outside to see if this is the case.
This list isnât all-inclusive, but itâs a good place to start. Talk to a CENTURY 21 Â® agent to see what else he or she might add.
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âHearing colorsâ — I bet youâre all familiar with this expression already, but did you know that itâs actually a thing? Itâs a rare neurological condition called chromesthesia, which affects roughly 1 in 3,000 people.
For people with chromesthesia, listening to a certain genre or musical piece can automatically trigger different color visualizations associated with the sound.Â
Itâs obviously a rare condition, but for musicians, it can be an incredibly useful tool. Duke Ellington, Aphex Twin and Pharrell Williams are among those with chromesthesia. Pharrell actually stated: âI know when something is in key because it either matches the same color or it doesnât.â
Our friends at Home Advisor had their interest piqued, and they decided to put this rare gift to good use. They enlisted the help of two people with chromesthesia and had them listen to various Billboard chart songs from 10 different musical genres. They did this to see what colors each musical genre evoked, and whenever the two participants had matching colors, they were added to that genreâs color palette.
Consequently, Home Advisor came up with 10 different living room color palettes that match 10 music genres. If youâre a fan of one or more of these genres, then you can use this guide to decorate your home to match your musical taste. Check out the 10 palettes and genres below.
The two chromesthesia participants in the study listened to some rock songs on the Billboard chart, to see what colors popped in their minds.
The result is a rather dark and strong color palette, which includes chocolate-y and caramel-y tones, mixed with Champagne, Cream, and a bit of Smoke and Black.Â
Given that country music is all about wooden guitars, cowboy hats, ranches, saloons and chestnut horses, itâs no wonder that the colors evoked by this genre match that imagery.
The participants envisioned a living room featuring browny, earthy hues like Redwood, Tortilla, Laguna and Cream.Â
Pop music is usually a pretty accessible genre, so itâs only natural that this pop living room features a mix of prime colors, pastels, as well as metallic hues – something for everyone, basically. The pop palette includes Navy, Jade, Black, Abalone, as well as Jade, White and metallic Gold.
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The R&B room looks like it was designed by a qualified interior designer, thatâs how harmonius the selected hues are. The resulting color palette exudes coolness and chill-vibe-ness, featuring tones and hues like Charcoal, Champagne, Prussian, White, Pearl River, and a touch of Lime.
The rap room is definitely the showstopper in this list, incorporating various bold and bright colors (which is actually eerily similar to rapper Wiz Khalifa’s home in Los Angeles).
This eclectic result shouldn’t really come as a surprise, given that this musical genre also includes a mix of beats, samples and influences. This fun living room features bright hues like Blue, Jade, Lime, Fire, Red, Peach and Hot Pink.Â
The Latin room, unsurprisingly, bears resemblance to the R&B room, as well as to the rap room. This mash-up of pop, R&B, rap, salsa, tango, and so on, has resulted in a bright and vibrant color palette that includes Yellow, Cream, White and Pearl River.Â
This bubblegum-like color palette evokes the âcute and sexyâ image of this pop music trend originating in Japan. The palette features colors that normally wouldnât go together, but somehow they work, and the result is a colorful and young living room painted in hues like Red, Orange, Thistle, Silver and Amber.
The EDM palette is in a league of its own, for sure. The palette is incredibly vibrant and energetic, much like the musical genre it represents. You might say thereâs even a nightclub vibe to this living room, which features colors like Navy, Blue, Azure, Gold, metallic Mint, and Electric Purple.
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9. Lo-Fi Hip-Hop Beats
This lo-fi color palette works really well for a living room, and itâs really on trend with the pastel hues that interior designers are talking up this year. This easy listening music genre evokes gentle shades like Tea, Cream, Baby Blue, Laurel and Air Force.
10. Heavy Metal
This living room is the darkest, and most aggressive of all the rooms on our list. Thatâs right in tune with the music genre it represents, as heavy metal is loud, bold, and focused a lot on imagery — heaven and hell, hellfire, depths of darkness, leathers and metals, and so on. Consequently, this living room features dark, solid hues like Black, Charcoal, Denim, as well as blood-like hues such as Maroon and Mahogany.Â
There are obviously a lot more musical genres and sub-genres out there, so naturally this list doesnât cover every possible music taste. But, if youâre a fan of some of these genres and are looking to incorporate your music taste into your home decor, then this study by Home Advisor might serve as inspiration. Happy listening (and decorating)!
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A new year is the perfect time for new beginnings, especially when it comes to your home decor. And what better space to refresh than the room where you start each new day?
To provide you with inspiration for your decor endeavors, we turned to Instagram (as we do every week) and we scrolled through hundreds of bedroom posts, seeking out the cutting-edge looks that racked up the most likes. And, as always, weâve got the details on how to steal the look.
So whether youâre looking to bring a bold new look into your bedroom this year, or just to make a few meaningful additions, weâve got you covered. Here are five first-look bedroom trends of 2021.
1. Sage-green bedding
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Quite possibly the easiest way to remake your bedroom this year is by updating the main focal point (aka your bed) in a trending color, like this sage-green linen featured by @homewithkelsey.
âSage green has been a trending color in home decor for years now, so itâs no surprise itâs made its way from kitchen cabinets and wall paint to bed linens,â says designer Andra DelMonico of Next Luxury.
âThe color is soft and sophisticated, giving your space an elegant, relaxing feel. Try pairing your sage bedding with wood grains and other soft colors, like pale yellow, cream, or even pastel pink,â she says.
Get the look: Add some sophisticated sage-green vibes to your bedroom with this Palmer linen blend duvet cover.
2. Midnight accent wall
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Looking to make an even bigger change to your bedroom in the new year? Look no further than this midnight accent wall featured by @mikaswohnsinn.
âBlack is bold, sophisticated, and a bit masculine,â says DelMonico. âPainting an accent wall black can give your home a sleek and modern feel, and it can also bring depth and coziness to a space by reducing the amount of harsh, bright white. Pair your black wall with lighter or bright furniture pieces and accents to keep the room feeling welcoming.â
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Get the look: Bring some midnight magic into your space with this Pitch Black paint by Farrow & Ball, or get even bolder with this Crocodile black wallpaper from Graham & Brown.
3. Black and white tribal rug
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Speaking of bold, we canât get enough of these trending black and white tribal rugsâlike this one from @arrowsandbow.
âTribal rugs are popular due to their geometric patterns and plush textures,â says Kobi Karp of Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design.
âThe black and white style is admired for the minimalistic and monochromatic elements, while this tribal look is part of the boho style, one of the most popular and rising trends in fashion and interior design,” says Karp. “A tribal rug like this one also has an artisan feel to it, which gives it a unique human and cultural aesthetic that people really seek out.â
Get the look: Upgrade your bedroom with a unique cultural aesthetic, including this nuLOOM Savannah Moroccan fringe rug.
4. Iron canopy bed frame
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This trending iron canopy frame from @greywillowdesign is sure to give your space that one-of-a-kind vibe in the new year.
âThe canopy bed has made a comeback, especially during the unprecedented times of 2020,â says Karp. âPeople tend to want to be in spaces that bring a sense of comfort and safety, one of the main features this bed frame provides. The iron material brings a modern twist to a classic structure as well as a luxurious appeal to the bedroom, and a bit of rustic charm.â
Get the look: Bring a bit more charm and comfort into your bedroom with this Bhupender canopy bed.
5. Vintage screen
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We might have saved the best for last with this gorgeous vintage screen featured by @chairishbydesign.
âWith vintage design styles making a comeback, this is the perfect way to add both an old and new design feature in your space,â says Karp. âA vintage screen like this one adds a reflective and eye-catching aesthetic. This trend works because it adds style, beauty, and versatilityâas it can mimic a headboard or be used as a room divider.â
Get the look: Bring some of that romantic je ne sais quoi into your bedroom this season with one of these Claribel room dividers.
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