Zircon’s Eight Home Décor and Style Trends for 2018

With the arrival of a new year, we’re often looking for fresh starts, invigorated by resolutions, and prompting changes to signify the beginning of something new. We look inward and outward and one usually influences the other. Spring new life into your home (and mind) for the New Year with these design and style tips. Zircon’s surveyed all things 2018… from color to lighting to furnishings and style ideas. Be inspired by one or more of these eight décor and style trends and see what else it leads you to in 2018.

1) Go Bold

Rich, bold vibrant colors, such as Sherwin Williams’ Oceanside blue-green 2018 Color of the Year and Pantone’s Ultra Violet selection are on trend for 2018. Rich jewel tones are firing up walls and moldings and provide an intense backdrop to paintings and wall hangings. And don’t forget bold patterns. They appeal to chic yet casual trend setters. Big floral patterns in furnishings and geometric patterns on wallpaper showcase this style.

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2) Mixed Metal

Mix metals, textures, and sheen throughout the home – from curtain hardware to kitchen cabinetry, plumbing fixtures, and lighting. Think diverse finishes ranging from nickel to brass to bronze. These materials provide a modern finishing accent to a room rather than only having one metal finish as noted by Christine Markatos Design.

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3) Tile Twist

Larger format tile or slab sized porcelain sheets will be all the rage, according to House Beautiful. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but larger tile is easier to install, maintain and requires less grout. Patterned flooring, such as the herringbone style is also a strong contender for 2018.

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4) Closet Friendly

Closets are not only a personal space for changing and organizing, but often serve as staging areas to showcase new looks to share across Instagram, Pinterest, and other social networks. For the busy professional, it’s important to incorporate areas for those who need to carry their workspace with them. As mentioned by Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design, beautifully designed closets must be functional too, bringing an entirely new view to form, fit, and function.

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5) Leisure-Work Spaces

As communal work spaces become more commonplace, the need to integrate work with a free-style living approach is more important than ever. Rather than a strict focus on functionality or even aesthetics, focus living spaces on experiences. Incorporate elements of hospitality and restaurant style into homes, offices, and retail. A casual, open space concept will grow in popularity and be reflected in furniture, surfaces, and design with tactile fabrics, such as velvet. Natural light and greenery are also lending themselves into the work space.

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6) Spa Bathrooms

Mix fantasy with reality with a resort-style spa bathroom. A touch of luxury, from a spa water bath tucked into the corner of the bathroom to a rainwater shower, and you’ll truly create an escape from reality.

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7) Waste Not, Want Not

From recycled and upcycled materials, a trend that emerged in 2017 that will continue onward – materials with a purpose. Create leather alternatives from pineapple leaves or interior tiles made from corn husk. Integrate designs with the environment and society in mind, and make strides towards style and functionality.

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8) Lighting the Way

Organic and eco-friendly are reasons to replace traditional lighting with LEDs. Combine overhead lighting with lamps of different sizes and shapes. Accentuate light on the focal point of the room, from furniture pieces to be highlighted, wall hangings to be accented, or to cozy a room corner.

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Helpful Hints

Whatever décor ideas you choose, ensure you use caution and keep safety first. When hanging items to the wall or ceiling, you always want to securely fasten them to a wall stud or ceiling joist. A basic stud finder, like the Zircon® StudSensor™ e50, can eliminate the guesswork involved when hanging pictures and shelves or securing heavy bookcases or furniture to the wall while also alerting you to the presence of live, unshielded electrical wiring.

After you’ve located a wall’s studs, hanging items can be simple. Try these tips:

  • If you’re hanging shelves, consider tracing a template on cardboard and taping it on the wall. Then use the template to gauge bracket placement.
  • If you’re hanging a picture, place small, adhesive-backed rubber feet on its back corners. The feet will grip the wall and help keep the picture level.

Have some décor tips you think will be hot this year?  Share your ideas and photos with us on Facebook. Tweet home décor and DIY ideas using #decortrends or @zircontools. For more décor ideas, visit www.zircon.com or read more blogs here.

References:

https://deringhall.com/daily-features/contributors/dering-hall/interior-design-trends-that-will-dominate-2018?slide=3

http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/trends/g14486069/kitchen-trends-2018/

http://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/g13938283/2018-decor-trends/?slide=12

http://www.interiordesign.net/articles/14318-5-design-trends-that-will-dominate-in-2018/

https://www.mansionglobal.com/stories/83874/year-ahead-2018-top-design-trends/index.html

https://mykukun.com/interior-design-trends-2018/

https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/hottest-interior-design-decor-trends-2018/?is_wp_site=1&cid=sem_google_dsaadvice_desktop&medium=tsa&ds_kid=39700028729867708&gclid=Cj0KCQiA1afSBRD2ARIsAEvBsNlym1qoCgc95-Djl3AmprTJXvhkRRcU9owaJzjgzgR5dK5naO6cBSIaAjoQEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

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Five Quick and Easy DIY Halloween Décor Ideas from Zircon

Spook your guests and trick or treaters with these five quick and easy Halloween ideas!

Halloween marks the beginning of the home décor season. Save for Christmas, Halloween is the most themed holiday! In fact, Architectural Digest cited that Halloween expenditures for 2016 increased to $82.95 per person, up from $74.34 in 2015. At Zircon, we actively research popular home improvement trends. And in the spirit of the season, we’ve scared up five easy and “spooktacular” DIY ideas for your home.

1) Light the path.

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A well-lit pathway not only makes it safer for costumed visitors, but can also be the first glance to your bewitching décor. Rather than using open flame candles that can cause fires, a glow stick, battery operated lights or a small flashlight can be safely placed into your pumpkins. Pretty string lights in white will highlight the individual pumpkin glow, creating a rich, fall aura. Or change out your porch bulbs for an orangish glow for a subtle Halloween effect.

2) Be novel. 

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Good lighting complements your décor and can have a lasting effect even after the holiday is over. From ghostly inspired tea lights placed in cubby holes on your bookshelves to novelty lights to new ceiling lights, a change of lights or light fixtures can instantly be in tune with the season.

3) Go batty.

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A cobweb made from simple netting or cascading leaves affixed to your doorway beckon visitors. What’s spookier than a colony of bats hanging from a tree?

4) Color outside the lines.

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Although your visitors may expect a traditional orange and black décor, you can spice up your colors with a sophisticated black and white motif. Furnishings as well can be played up to match the festivities. Themed pillows, blankets and throws can easily change the mood from hints of autumn to a full-fledged ghostly manor. A dalliance of deep orange pillows highlights the headboard and room décor of this bedroom.

5) Create lasting impressions.

More permanent in nature, changing or painting cabinetry, wall color, or tile can also be Halloween inspired yet suitable year-round. This orange and white modern kitchen is homey and inviting. This prominent orange vanity works perfectly with the dark slate tile walls.

When enriching your home with décor ideas, always use caution and keep safety first. Avoid tripping perils around wires, clear your lawn or pathway from stones, tree roots and other hazards. Secure your extension cords and make sure they are rated for outdoor use. Indoors, when hanging your décor items, securely fasten your heavy objects to a wall stud or ceiling joist. Find studs or joists by using a quality stud finder, like the Zircon® StudSensor™ e50, that can also alert you to the presence of live, unshielded electrical wiring.

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Have some Halloween décor tips?  Share your ideas and photos with us on Facebook. Tweet home décor and DIY ideas using #decortrends or @zircontools. For more décor ideas, visit www.zircon.com or read more blogs here.

References:

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/average-american-halloween-decor-spending

Houzz.com

https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/safety/safety-tips-for-halloween-decorations

http:/www.zircon.com/tools/studsensor-e50

Living Large in a Small Space, Part V

Whether you’re a college student living in the dorms or a boomer considering downsizing to a smaller dwelling, the need for a functional yet minimal living space is ever more important. The small space movement, fortunately, is catching on. Here are three keys to living large in a small space.

Dividing Spaces

For a dorm room, a viable option might be to divide the room into two sides or to choose bunk beds which provide more communal space.

Curtains, screens, and book shelves are optimal ways to either divide a room between roommates or to section off sleeping and living areas. A creative dorm room idea is a hanging garden room divider made from a curtain and faux flowers. A raised floor can also subtly divide sleeping and living areas; this is a common practice used by many all-suite hotels and, guess what, it works.

Furniture is often limited to a bed, desk, and closet area. Personalizing your desk and walls with pictures and momentos adds customization to the small space.

Go Vertical

When space is tight, go vertical.  Use your wall space and your air space economically.  Express and organize yourself in the choices you make for shelving and storage bins to arrange books, decorative items, and belongings. In addition to traditional shelving, there are a wide variety of floating shelves on the market, especially for small spaces and corners.  For imaginative ideas, take a few minutes and visit Pinterest’s listing of floating shelves. These shelves creatively display and organize your items.

Other ways to optimize vertically include mounting your flat screen TV on a wall, suspending your bike from the ceiling, or even hanging dining or folding chairs on a wall. To create the illusion of more space, the addition of a large mirror on a wall does the trick. Just make sure to securely fasten shelves, mirrors, and other heavy objects, anchor them into a wall stud by using a stud finder, such as the Zircon MultiScanner® i520 OneStep®.

Multipurpose Functionality

When downsizing to a smaller living space, the reduced square footage limits floor and storage space and infringes on privacy. For tiny apartment dwellers, the Murphy bed is a viable option as is the Domino Loft System.  It has a sleeping area, work area, room for storage and a guest room (a Murphy bed), all built into one unit.

A smaller space may not necessarily require smaller furniture –  an improved furniture arrangement and an eye for functionality can be the solution.  The nooks and crannies that are often overlooked in a larger home now become valuable real estate for functional furniture or storage.  Furniture can also be repurposed.  A dresser can be transformed into a TV stand in the living room and, in addition to holding dishes and serving platters, a sideboard can serve a dual role as a food pantry.

What ways have you creatively solved your small space challenges? Share your ideas and photos with us on Facebook. Tweet home décor and DIY ideas using #decortrends or @zircontools. For more small space living ideas, visit www.zircon.com or read more blogs here.

References:

https://makespace.com/blog/posts/create-personal-space/

http://www.mydomaine.com/small-apartment-decorating-tips

http://www.zircon.com/tools/multiscanner-i520-onestep/

https://makespace.com/blog/posts/domino-loft-system/

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/ideas/201611_idde01a/

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/ideas/201744_idde03a/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/a-design-bloggers-rental-advice-for-small-space-dwellers/2015/10/19/4ae55be8-7377-11e5-8248-98e0f5a2e830_story.html

New, Intuitive Ways to Update Your Home’s Appeal

March is a good month to check-in on 2017 design trends to see what is popular and how new décor ideas maybe taking hold. During our #decortrends chat, participants shared greenery and décor ideas, color inspirations and choices, and the technological evolution within the home.

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With design, it is often about color. From jewel tones to neutrals, the array of color choices is endless. White, beiges, black, and a new neutral, navy were introduced during the chat as timeless colors. As our co-host @rmd_designs shared, “I recently spec’d a navy blue. It might seem trendy, but didn’t we say that about gray?” @ncontours stated, “White = classic color, but the design & details can determine the overall modern, transitional or traditional.” @dreamwallsglass noted that color is often dictated by the scale and overall design of the room. “Play with scale and bold color.”

The greenery movement not only means recycling and upcycling, but also how to best incorporate green throughout the home. Bringing the outside in also has merit. @Fabuwood mentioned, “I’ve seen some spaces where they have beautiful outdoor showers and kitchens, which is very a very modern spin.” Whether it is outside or inside the home, green can add tranquility as well as a pop of color. @feeney stated, “Green is a lovely color for a railing.” From furnishings to walls, green is an addition that can add vibrancy to a room, such as “dark or hunter green walls,” as @modernaccord noted. @fixituplife highlighted the relaxing effects of adding green to one’s life, “A view of nature in every room is ideal for wellness and lower stress. And natural ventilation.”

With the 24/7 access of Wi-Fi throughout the home and voice-activated assistants, technology is making it easier for people to work from home. Some participants shared that it was still important to have a dedicated work space to store files, organize oneself, and have a separation between work and home life. “With tech, you really can work anywhere in the home, but we’d say having a dedicated space to focus is still really nice!” confessed @ncontours.

While pendant lights are a novel addition, other whimsical and unique lighting options were shared by the group. @jorgenson mentioned that “mason jar lights are kind of intriguing.” Added @modernaccord, “Room layout also impacts the feeling of a room. Opening up walls and widening a space contrasts traditional tighter spaces.”

Join us weekly at #decortrends Thursdays at 11 am PST. Share, learn, and engage with like minded professionals! For other inspiring ideas, please follow us @zircontools, like us on Facebook, or visit zircon.com.

Upcycling and Recycling for a DIY Lifestyle

As we roll into February, it is might be a good time to renew your home with new décor and furnishings. Our recent #decortrends chat participants shared ideas of how to effectively upcycle, recycle, and retrofit your home.

Upcycling and recycling can be functional, cost effective, and as simple or complex as you desire. “I think adding a fresh coat of paint makes a world of difference to most anything,” remarked @jorgensonlocker who also added, “…if you’re going to upcycle or repurpose an older piece, it needs to be functional & fit in easily with your décor.”

While the inside of your home is often the focal point of a remodel or refresh, your home’s exterior can also create a prominent ambiance change. @adventureglass shared “Our Landscaping genius is hooking us up with planting boxes that are OUTRAGEOUS.”

Outdoor inspiration abounds on website’s such as @houzz. When turning to ideas on home improvement and repair, find the right mix of inspiration and retrofitting ideas. Small fixes and paying attention to details can make all the difference. “Little things can be BIG in visual size, like rearranging furniture, adding a bold rug, changing light bulbs…” remarked @MyFixitUpLife.

More creative ideas can be found online and offline. Pinterest and Instagram are naturals for easy-to-find upcycle and recycle inspiration. Bringing those ideas to life, DIYers can peruse thrift stores, garage sales, and consignment stores for just the right piece to be transformed.

For other inspiring ideas, please follow us @zircontools, like us on Facebook, or visit zircon.com.

Make a Splash with Big and Small Room Makeovers

Do home makeovers need to be large, sweeping changes to be effective? Or can smaller details lead to just the right décor refresh for your home? From our recent #decortrends chat, our participants offered cost effective, quick tips that will help enliven your home.

Image: @DreamWallsGlass

Whether a home needs a seasonal change or the desire is to create a new modern, sophisticated vibe, room make-overs are only limited by the individual’s imagination. From installing new lighting or highlighting a new paint color, the style edit can be subtle and small and yet produce an effective and long lasting décor shift. “Change the wall color. Can be paint or wood or wallpaper…gives a powerful backdrop + infuses new mojo for a makeover,” said @MyFixItUpLife.

As @JorgensonLocker pointed out, “Adding a new furniture piece or some fresh décor can make a space feel ‘new.’ Even rearranging the layout can help.”

On the other end of the spectrum, kitchen and bathroom remodels are always popular choices for a home makeover where changes in the materials used can produce big results. “Faux tin & copper backsplashes seem to be really popular right now,” mentioned @AlansFactory. Beyond obvious choices for a design or style change, sometimes a seemingly problematic area can offer new décor options. As shared by @DreamWallsGlass, “The stairwell is always a challenge. Precision/safety of hanging items is hardest…”

When beginning the next makeover, an important element is to plan accordingly and allow for flexibility. “Having a basic idea or theme for the room is important to make sure that everything flows together,” stated @DodbyBrownWood.

Join us weekly at #decortrends Thursdays at 11 am PST. Share, learn, and engage with like minded professionals! For other inspiring ideas, please follow us @zircontools, like us on Facebook, or visit zircon.com.

Living in a Small Space, Part IV

3 Inexpensive Tips to Maximize Tight Spaces

Fall is an excellent time to think about reorganizing and making the most out of your space. With college students settling into their dorm rooms and the current downsizing trend, how can you organize your limited space to be as functional as possible? In what way can a smaller space also reflect your individual personality? The enlightening part about the small space movement is the opportunity for new innovations to propel college students and others to think about repurposing, reusing, or limiting their space usage without sacrificing a proper place to work, study, relax, and entertain.

One such example is the cube that dates back to the 1950s. This versatile piece functions as both a storage unit as well as a seat. The cube continues its reinvention and has even spawned an entire cube industry that blends functionality with whimsical creativity.

Today, cubular storage and furniture solutions are available in abundant materials, sizes, colors and modular configurations, with or without fabric drawers, baskets, or doors.  Students can select a mobile or stationary design, attach their cube to floors or/walls as well as use cubes in a closet or living spaces.

Please note these helpful hints:

1) Jorgenson Lockers has a few different storage options, such as The Modular Box LockerJorgensen Locker M-Cube that is just one of their locker alternatives for dorm residents who may not want to share absolutely everything with their roommate or the rest of the dorm. The lockers are modular and multiple units can be attached. Available in 21 colors, the M-Cube is an ideal choice for storing valuables, as it comfortably fits most laptops. Box Shelf Lockers

2) With small living space, it’s important to utilize every inch of space and hooks are “bite-sized” staples that amplify decorating options while adding functionality. Why use valuable drawer space if you have a nook or cranny that could accommodate a column of functional buckets? Don’t forget that the back of a door is also prime real estate in a small space living arrangement. Hooks can help you add style or functionality to your personal space.

MultiScanner i520

MultiScanner i520

3) When affixing any heavy object to the wall, ensure that you securely anchor it to a stud. The Zircon MultiScanner® i520 will do the trick for you simply and easily. It locates the edges and center of wood and metal studs and joists behind walls, floors, and ceilings – get back to the job of decorating before you know it.

By using a cube or hook, any dorm room or limited space can be enhanced and reflect the individual’s personal flair.

For other insightful DIY tips, please visit Tom Siebenthal’s popular blog series, including his latest, Our One-of-a-Kind Mouse Trap Grows Each Day, follow us @zircontools, like us on Facebook, or visit zircon.com.

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Join us every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 11 am PST for our #diytrends chat. Let’s share, engage, and learn from each other.

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References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_crate

http://www.schoollockers.com/modular-box-locker.html

jorgensonlocker.com

 

Living Large in a Small Space

Everyone wants to make the most of their personal space, whether it is their bedroom, man-cave, or office cubicle. As temporary or permanent as your location might be, the beauty is that you can easily change the space to reflect who you really are – from a splash of color to reorganization of furniture or the swapping of pictures on your walls. Your choices are endless.

Throughout college campuses across America, students have nestled into heir dorm rooms and are customizing their study, social and meeting enclaves. Dorm room accessories, along with text books, transportation, clothing, and general school supply purchases are on the rise, according to college marketing survey Fluent.

Here are some simple and cost effective ways to redesign your dorm room or small living space to be more “You”:

vanity-makeoverUse color. You may not be able to paint your new walls because of the transitory nature of your dorm space, but that doesn’t mean you cannot have color. Bring out your style through a colorful collection of bedding, blankets and linens, or adorn your floor with a woven throw rug that adds warmth and coziness. Or step into the unknown and repurpose your furniture with simple coats of paint as Brittany Bailey of PrettyHandyGirl.com did with her vanity nightstand.

Add seating. Dorm rooms are notorious for minimal space options, so create new seating by adding pillows, bean bag chairs, poufs, chairs or ottomans for your guests.

Adorn with Wall Décor. Use the hot new décor option, removable wallpaper, in the style and color palette that you like, post a simple cork board to pin your favorite photos or momentos, or choose decals, wall hangings, pictures, or other wall art.

Get Organized. Several storage choices are ideal for small living spaces – from storage boxes to over-the-door shoe organizers, garment bags, shower caddies, shelves, and more. These organizers are not only functional, but the latest trend. Just make sure to securely hang heavy items to the wall by using a Zircon® StudSensorTM e50 stud finder that quickly and easily locates the edges of wood and metal studs.

There are plenty of ways to personalize your living space, no matter how small, and while staying on a tight budget. Adding color, seating, wall décor, and getting organized are just a few sure-fire ways you can inject your personality and style into your new living space, time and time again.

For additional insights, please view our blog, “When a Wall is Not a Wall“.

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