Category Archives: Family Room Remodel

Thinking “Inside” the Box

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Image by Thinkstock

Check out these 9 great ideas for making your home more livable from Josh Garskof at and then find a remodeler to help you get started with the project by searching the directory of the Professional Remodelers Organization HERE.

Now may be a less than ideal time to put a house on the market or to take on big debt — icing your plans to trade up or build an addition anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck living in an uncomfortable home.

For a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, you can make your place “live” bigger without actually making it bigger, says architect Sarah Susanka, a small-space specialist and author of “Not So Big Remodeling.”

Call it thinking inside the box; read the full article on Yahoo for nine creative solutions for cramped homes.

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More 2011 Paint Color Trends

Individual style, mixed with budget-conscious decorating, will drive 2011 paint color trends, according to Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute.

“There’s no escaping the state of the economy, even for homeowners who want to beautify their homes,” says Zimmer. “Rather than diving into large-scale renovation projects, in the coming year, consumers will search for inexpensive ways to freshen and update their homes. Many will conclude that painting is the perfect solution.”

By incorporating a few new paint colors, either as accent walls or throughout a room, consumers will be able to enhance their living spaces economically with paint, she says.

Zimmer shares three likely color directions for 2011:

Back to Basics
According to Zimmer, “Neutrals provide versatility and allow homeowners to quickly change the look of a room just by adding a few new accessories, without spending time and money to remodel or repaint again. This is the ultimate in practical remodeling, and the time is ripe for it.”

Warm whites, tawny tans, “barely-there” coral, and green are some of the colors that will find their way into countless kitchens, bedrooms, and baths, she predicts.

“Well Worn” Hues
Like a pair of favorite jeans, blue will grow in popularity as not just a wall color but also as a ceiling choice.  “Well Worn Hues” are represented by blues across the spectrum, from denim dark to blue-grey.

“Since most blues tend to be calming colors, this hue helps to create a perfect retreat from many of life’s stresses,” says Zimmer.  “As a secondary or complementary hue, yellow or yellow-green adds a bit of ‘spunk’ when used in family spaces,” she says.

Well Worn Hues is useful for any room in the house.

Shimmer and Shine
For thrifty consumers looking for a bit of sparkle, higher paint sheens and metallic finishes are on the radar for 2011.  Don’t be surprised to see spaces such as hallways and living areas painted in a very glossy hue, from top to bottom.  Zimmer adds, “More gloss means more reflectivity which means more light. Gloss can subtly create a brighter, more upbeat mood in a home, but at the same time, it adds style and pizzazz.”

Dining rooms and master bed and bath spaces are the perfect areas for this sophisticated choice.

Coupled with the “high shine” trend, gold will return as both an in-demand paint hue and as a key metallic choice.

Zimmer concludes, “Paint color is a homeowner’s best decorating tool. You can change the appearance, the perception of size and even the perception of temperature, through the simple use of paint color.”

2011 Color of the Year

The feminine and flirty Honeysuckle has been predicted to be the hot color for 2011.

Pantone says it is courageous, confident and vital.  A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.

For home interiors Honeysuckle is upbeat and dynamic when used on large areas like the entry area of a house or an apartment. It is an appetite and conversation stimulant when used on the dining room walls. In the kitchen, it adds a fun touch on the table in placemats and other linens (patterned or solid), colored glassware, candles and small appliances. Honeysuckle is a great color to cover up shabby kitchen cabinets, or, if that’s too much of a color statement for you, try repainting knobs and drawer pulls. But be warned – once you try this arresting shade, it can become addictive.

The Associated Press says that it is complementary to blues, greens and oranges, though, which will also work in the homes arena. “You’re seeing it in tabletop — it lends itself to striping and patterning in linens — and it’s gorgeous in glassware.”

What is it Like to Live Through a Remodel?

Want to know what it is really like to live through a remodel?  Follow this blog The Cognoscenti Chronicle.  The homeowner is going to be blogging their way though the process, then in March you can see the final project live and in person on the 2011 Tour of Remodeled Homes.

Goodbye Man Cave, Hello Mom Cave

I ran across an article in the Wall Street Journal the other day that started like this…

The man cave has a secret: Women use them, too. Their new interest comes as these spaces have morphed from cold garage outposts into tricked-out comfy spreads, complete with flat screens TVs, fully stocked bars, arcade games and plush (clean!) furniture.

As a result, men are learning to share with the family while combating the inevitable intrusion of scented candles, flowers and kiddie toys. While couples often cozy up together or party in caves with friends, a growing number of women say they retreat there—even holding the occasional quilting party—without the guys.  Read more…

This article led me to the Homegoods website that is marketing female caves for things like scrapbooking, reading, blogging or just relaxing.  As a matter of fact they have an entire section of thier website devoted to “Mom Caves” complete with tips from experts, videos on organizing and decorating your mom cave and a place to share pictures of your mom cave with the world. 

Which leads me to ask…Do you have a man cave in your home?  When does a man cave stop being a man cave and become just another common space? Do you have a mom cave? What is the difference betwen this one room and the rest of the house?

Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report 2010-2011

Just released… Remodeling Magazines annual report on the relationship between remodeling costs and resale value. You can compare national and regional averages for 33 popular remodeling projects and you can also download a PDF with project data for any one of 80 U.S. cities (including Portland, Oregon).

See the Cost vs Value home page here.  Be sure and check out the Recent Trends and Patterns section which points out that small jobs and replacements that add curb appeal are leading the way.

The release of this report always sets off a flurry of activity in the media, so watch for detailed analysis of the report coming soon.

2011 Interior Color Trend Alert: Black Walls

Simple black guest bedroom. Photo: Heather McDonald

Neutral, blues and sheen are forecast in color trends but many designers are turning to black walls for a potent punch.  Check out this post and insperation gallery from Shelterpop.