5 Home Design Trends to Look for in 2022

November 30th, 2021

More homeowners are really starting to create spaces that showcase their individual tastes and express their personalities. The Plan Collection’s team predicts we’ll be seeing more of these 5 trends being incorporated into home design.

Curvy Building Elements

Think arched doorways, curvy furniture and curved walkways. Curvy elements bring and element of surprise and interest.

Patterned Wood

Two-tone inlays and flooring patterns are growing more popular and will be making an appearance in design trends of 2022.

Colorful Kitchens

All white kitchens and counters are out, warm or neutral colors are in! Many homeowners and builders are choosing color or wood cabinets and mixing materials such as granite countertops with a hardwood kitchen island.

Black Accents

living room fireplace

Black accents such as black window frames and door ways are currently trending. Even black appliances are expected to grow in popularity in 2022.

Maximalism

living room

Maximalism is a loud style composed of mixed patterns, excessive, but curated collections, and saturated colors. Its strongly opposed counterpart minimalism encourages paring everything down to its bare minimum, but maximalism encourages utilizing your space in the boldest way possible. Its ornate nature is reminiscent of the stately home interiors that can be found in England, but the bold colors, and modern accents are what updates maximalist style and makes it modern. (thespruce.com). New furniture inventory has become increasingly hard to come by while demand for high quality antiques and used furniture has gone up. Expect to see lots of bold, personal expression.

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How to Make Your Space Feel Larger

February 10th, 2021

Just moved in and decorating your new space? Everyone likes to make their space appear bigger than it really is. Below are some tips to help enlarge your rooms without full on renovating and knocking walls down.

Use Mirrors

Adding large mirrors when decorating can add depth and make a room appear larger.

Lighten Up

White walls reflect light and make rooms appear bigger, but another trick is to paint ceilings and trim the same shade of white.

Big Accents

Decorate using a couple of larger accent pieces instea7d of a lot of little objects that can make the room feel cluttered.

Use “See Through” Furniture

Choose furniture that is “open” and you can see under or around. Instead of using chairs and sofas with skirts that touch the floor, choose furniture with legs that offer open space beneath them. Glass coffee tables or see through acrylic chairs are good options too.

Centered Layout

Instead of pushing all of the furniture against walls, try creating a centered space pulled away from walls. Having furniture right next to walls draws your eyes to the wall, making the room seem smaller.

Accentuate Vertical

A design trick to make your room appear larger is to draw the eye upward by accentuating the vertical. Add an extra tall bookcase, install vertical shiplap or install wallpaper with vertical stripes.

Monochromatic Color

Using a small color palette when painting and decorating can help make a room seem bigger.

Stick with Blinds

Skip curtains which can block light and outdoor views, which can make a room feel smaller.

 

 

 

Home Updates that Will Increase Your Home’s Value

February 16th, 2021

Winter is a great time to do some interior upgrades! Here’s a list of some easy projects you can do over the weekend that will even help increase your home’s value!

Paint your Front Door: Over time the Montana weather can add wear and tear to the exterior of your home. One thing to do to boost curb appeal is applying a fresh coat of paint on your front door!  What color should you choose? Research shows that homes with black front doors can sell for up to $6,000 more than similar homes!

Upgrade Light Fixtures: Simple updates like new light fixtures and dimmer switches can make a huge difference! If you want to take it a step further, adding can lights is a great lighting option.

Upgrade Faucets and Shower Heads: Kitchens can be one of the most important rooms in a home! If you’re not looking to do a full kitchen renovation, but want to change the look of your kitchen – consider upgrading the sink and faucet. Upgrading the kitchen faucet to a pull down or touchless faucet will make a big difference. Go a little further and change out the sink to a deeper sink or upgrade your stainless steel to quartz or porcelain.

Add a Fire Pit: Because of the pandemic, people are spending more time at home so outdoor living spaces have become essential! Adding a fire pit where families can gather will transform your outdoor space into a spot buyers will love.

Curb Appeal: When the snow melts away, be sure to spruce up your yard. Weed your garden and plant some flowers for some added curb appeal.

Here are some more “winter renovations” to do while the weather is cold and everyone wants to stay indoors.

If you’re redecorating, read our blog post to help make your spaces feel larger. This post is also helpful to get your home set up for showings if you’re planning on selling soon.

Have questions about home staging or getting your home ready for showings? Contact us! We can help you get your home ready.

 

Home Projects to do During Winter

October 30th, 2020

Winter Home Maintenance

Winter time is a great time for repairs and maintenance around the house!  We’ve gathered some maintenance projects ideas to keep your home working well – especially during the cold, winter months. 

Energy Saving: Seal up Cracks and Openings

You can save an average of 15% on heating and cooling costs by making sure all the openings around your home are sealed properly!  Sealing leaks around windows and doors, through the foundation, and in the attic can reduce escaping airflow by about 25%. Not only will you be saving more money, but most home buyers are interested in green home features and energy savers. You can hire a home energy auditor or check out these tips from the U.S. Department of Energy to evaluate your home yourself. An easy way to check your home besides feeling for drafts is to turn on all your lights, step outside after dark and look for any gaps around windows and doors.

Check Your Insulation

Living in Bozeman, MT means cold winters.  If you haven’t done so already, you’ll want to make sure your attic is insulated. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends you air seal areas of your home before adding insulation.   You can hire an insulation contractor to help determine what type and how much insulation will suit your home best. FYI, the higher the “R value” (thermal resistance) the more effective the insulation is.

Heating System Maintenance

During the fall is a good time to have your heating system serviced to make sure it’s ready for winter! Most HVAC and furnace filters need to be changed at least every three months but you can change them as often as once a month if you:

  •       have pets
  •       Someone in your household has allergies or a respiratory condition
  •       smoke inside
  •       live in a windy area
  •       occasionally use a fireplace
  •       have a large family (meaning more household dirt and dust)
  •       run your HVAC six months a year to year-round

Change Batteries in Your Smoke Detectors

You should get into the habit of changing your smoke detector batteries every fall/winter. The National Fire Protection Association recommend following the “change your clock, change your batteries” campaign. According to NFPA, 71% of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected, or dead batteries. If you have a smoke alarm that has a built-in 10-year lithium-powered battery, check the date on the back and replace the entire alarm if that time has elapsed.

Remove dying trees

If you have a tree on your property you’ve been eyeing for removal, you could save money by having it removed in the winter. Tree companies are super busy in the spring and summer from more emergency tree removals. When getting bids, you’ll want to make sure you hire a company who is licensed and insured.

Home Value Adding Updates you can do During Winter

Paint the garage floor

One fairly easy project to get out of the way in the winter is to clean and paint the garage floor. A spotless, painted floor is much easier on the eyes and will impress potential buyers. Lowe’s has a great step by step guide to clean, remove rust stains, fill cracks and seal your garage floor.

Switch to LED light bulbs

Residential LED light bulbs use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting, according to the Department of Energy, boosting your home’s energy-efficient appeal. They can make your home look much cleaner and brighter. Like other artificial lighting, it can skew the colors of your home in real estate photos. You’ll want to photograph during the day and incorporate as much natural light as possible.

Replace door and cabinet hardware

Replacing door handles and cabinetry hardware is a relatively inexpensive and easy project you can do that will make a huge difference in how your space looks. Amazon.com has “Best of the Best” guides for such hardware, such as this Franklin Brass Kitchen or Furniture Cabinet Hardware 4-inch Drawer Handle in satin nickel ($20.99 for a pack of 10).

 

 

7 Kitchen Improvements without Remodeling

October 23rd, 2019

Cabinets

Refacing or painting your cabinets are two great options to update the look of your kitchen without breaking the bank.  If you’re looking to change up the aesthetic appeal of your kitchen, your cabinets are a good place to start.  Refacing involved replacing the doors, drawers and hardware and covering cabinets with a brand new veneer.  Especially if you’re dealing with older cabinets from the 70’s or 80’s, updating them with a more modern door will be aesthetically pleasing.  Painting cabinets is more affordable than refacing and can be done by a professional or DIY.

 

 

Backsplash

kitchen design

Another way to freshen up your kitchen is with a new backsplash.  Tile, beadboard, shiplap and high gloss paint or vinyl wallpapers are most of the options – each with varying cost and DIY ease.

Countertops

 

For countertops, you can find granite at the lower end of the price range at a local stone yard. Formica is an affordable option and comes with pattern and texture choices.

If you aren’t looking to add more cabinets but need more counter space, adding a premade island or bar-height table might be a good option. Or, if you have a more contemporary kitchen, consider purchasing a stainless-steel food prep table from a restaurant supply company.

Shelving

Open shelving is popular and can create a whole new look in a kitchen.  Display beautiful serving pieces and dishes while keeping important storing space.

 

Lighting

Lighting can dramatically change the look and feel of any room. Take out harsh fluorescent lights and replace them with can lights.  Under-cabinet lighting can also make a huge difference in the look and feel as well as ability to see while cooking.  Over the kitchen sink and bar is a great place to add a pendant lighting that can be statement pieces.

 

 

Pulls and knobs

Whether you’re refacing, repainting or leaving your cabinets as they are, new cabinet pulls and knobs can go a long way toward creating a new look in your kitchen. Add a pop of color or create a modern look and feel with sleek metal.

 

 

Appliances and plumbing

Complete your updated kitchen with new stainless steel appliances. For less than $500, you can get a new stainless-steel electric range; for less than $700, a brand-new top-freezer refrigerator. You can easily update your faucet for under $100 (although, of course, you could spend a lot more). And a new farmhouse sink could be yours for less than $400.

 

New Kitchen Design Trends in 2020

October 18th, 2019

modern kitchen with blue cabinetsColorful Cabinets

Classic white cabinets will probably never go out of style, but now days people are opting for a bolder color choice in the kitchen. Green is a safe and popular choice since it reminds you of food and produce, plus the hundreds of shade options.  Blue is also a popular choice – especially dark navy.  Differing colors on top and bottom cabinets is another fun way to incorporate colorful cabinets. Either color choice goes well with many backsplash options as well as wood flooring

 

temporary wallpaperRemovable Wallpaper

Temporary wallpaper is becoming increasingly popular and for good reason. You can switch up your kitchen’s look without a major financial investment or long term commitment. You can apply it yourself and take it down when you’re ready for a change.

 

 

 

 

 

kitchen designBacksplash to the ceiling

Whether you use white subway tile or colorful mosaic tiles, it will surely be a beautiful eye-catching focal point with backsplash that runs to the ceiling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

modern kitchenDarker Appliance Color

Traditional white or classic stainless steel are good options for appliances, but in 2020, get ready for a new look: black stainless steel.  They are making their way into kitchens now.

 

 

 

Upgraded Appliances

From smart devices for your kitchen to refrigerators that better protect your produce, kitchen appliances are sure getting an upgrade.  Frigidaire has created a line of ranges that allow you to air fry inside your oven.  Bosch is putting ethylene gas filters inside their new French door refrigerators to combat your produce rotting too fast.  Fotile makes a sink that washes your dishes for you.  Using minimal water and high temperature, this dishwashing sink is ideal for small kitchens.

 

Springtime in Bozeman: Home Maintenance Checklist

March 19th, 2019

Spring is around the corner and the snow is finally starting to melt!  Now that you’ll be able to see your home again, it’s a good time to inspect everything that has been covered in snow.  We’ve put together a check list of maintenance items that are important to check after Winter.

Inspect Your Roof

Once the snow clears and it’s safe to get up there, hire a professional or climb up yourself to inspect for any damage. Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against water damage inside.  Fixing damaged spots quickly is important to prevent and water leaks and damage on the inside.

Clean Your Gutters.

Gutters direct rain and water away from your roof and home, protecting both in the process.  Make sure gutters are clear of debris and still in good condition after Winter to help prevent water from damaging your home or roof.

Clean or Replace HVAC Filters

This should be done more than once a year.   A dirty filter forces your heat, ventilation and air-conditioning system to work harder, which can cost you more money.

Clean Decks, Driveways, Fences and Other Outside Surfaces

A pressure washer is the perfect tool to get this job done.  If you don’t have one, borrow one from a neighbor or consider renting one. While you’re cleaning, inspect for any damage.

Fix Cracks in Your Walks, Driveway and the Outside of Your Home

After cleaning, inspect all the concrete and check for any cracks or needed repairs.  Fortunately, most of these repairs are fairly easy if taken care of early on.

Clean Your Dryer Vent

Sometimes lint can get through the lint trap and move into the dryer vent.  Not only can a clogged dryer vent cost you more money by causing your dryer to run longer, it can also be a fire hazard.

Check Seals Around Windows and Doors

Harsh Winter weather can crack and harden caulk and other weather seals around your windows and doors. Now is a good time inspect them and repair or replace if needed. It could help reduce your air-conditioning bill and prevent water from entering your home and causing damage.

Repair any Cracked or Peeling Paint

A well-painted home increases curb appeal while providing a protective barrier from the elements. Touch-up painting is easy to do and inexpensive.

Check the Washing Machine Fill Hose

A leaky hose under pressure can cause major damage in a short period of time, so you want to look for cracks that could become leaks.

Clean and Repair Your Screens

Soon, the weather in Bozeman will be amazing and you’ll want the windows open to let in that cool breeze.  Give your window screens a gentle scrub on a flat surface with soapy water. Also, check for any small holes that need to be patched.

Vacuum your Refrigerator Coils

The coils you’ll find on the bottom or back of your fridge conduct the hot air from inside the unit. If they’re coated with dust, they do the job less efficiently and cause your refrigerator to work harder; that means a higher electric bill for you. Use a vacuum cleaner hose or a brush on the coils.

Replace the Batteries in Your Smoke Detectors

Go ahead and replace all the batteries in your detectors, better to be safe than sorry!

Clear Vegetation Around Your AC Compressor

To work efficiently, the compressor needs good airflow. To ensure it has breathing room, prune any plant growth that could block it.

Drain Your Water Heater

Sediment builds up in your water heater tank. Use the spigot near the bottom of the heater to drain it. By doing so, you’ll prolong its life and reduce your electric bill.

Prepare Your Lawn Mower for Summer

Change the engine oil and sharpen the cutting blade; you’ll lengthen the life of the mower and improve the look of your lawn.

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11 Delightful Ways to Make Your House Brighter in Winter

February 22nd, 2019

Let more natural light shine indoors with these simple tips.

Fall and winter start cozy — who hasn’t used the colder temperatures as an excuse to binge-watch Netflix while swaddled in a couch blanket?But come January, staying indoors can feel less like a treat and more like you’re living in a cave.Here’s how to make your house lighter, brighter, and cheerier with more natural light indoors.

#1 Take the Screens Off Your Windows

Bright white kitchen with a window over the sinkImage: Natasha 

You’ll get 30% more sunlight shining indoors without screens on your windows.

Here’s the best part: Sunlight warms your room and saves you money on your heating bill. It’s solar power — for you!

Be sure to store your screens in your garage or basement where they won’t get damaged. In the spring you’ll want to put them back on so you can keep that 30% of the sun out and run your cooling system less.

#2 Hang Outdoor String Lights Indoors

They don’t give off a lot of light, but they’re cheerful as heck.

Drape them around a window or a mantel, or hang a string of LED glimmer lights in a tall potted plant. They’ll add a layer of soft light to your room and remind you of fireflies, flip-flops, and patio parties.

#3 Steal a Little Swedish Chic

Scandinavians excel at making a home light and airy because they’ve got places where the sun doesn’t rise at all from November to January.

And you thought you had it bad.

To adapt to weeks and weeks of polar night, Swedes keep interiors pale to reflect and amplify light.

Think white walls, light woods for furniture and floors, and light upholstery. To get the look without getting rid of your dark furniture and floors, put white or light gray slipcovers on your sofa and chairs, and put down light-colored rugs.

The fastest way to bring a little Sweden into your room is to paint it. Try creamy white, pale blue, or dove gray.

#4 Change Your Bulbs

A group of clear stylish light bulbs

Replace those incandescent bulbs and their yellowy light with LEDs, which produce a brighter, whiter light.

But get your bright right:

  • The higher the K rating on the bulb, the cooler and whiter its light.
  • For cool, white light, opt for a bulb rated 3,500K to 4,100K.
  • For blue-white light that’s closest to natural daylight, use a bulb between 5,000K and 6,500K.

Unless you live in Sweden (see above) you may want to leave the uber-high K bulbs for grow rooms and seasonal affective disorder therapy clinics — because they’re as bright as real sunlight on a hot summer day at noon. You’ll need sunglasses to read.

Related: Dirty Light Bulbs Are Depressing, and Expensive, Too

#5 Hang Mirrors

Make the most of that weak winter light by bouncing it around the room with mirrors.

If you don’t want the distraction of seeing your reflection all the time, use a large, convex one — also known as a fish-eye mirror. It will amplify light better than a flat one. Another option: Hang a gallery wall of small mirrors.

#6 Replace Heavy Curtains With Blinds or Roman Shades

Fabric curtains, while quite insulating, block light and make a room feel smaller and more cramped, especially if they’re a dark color or have a large print.

Try Roman shades or a simple valance paired with blinds to let in the maximum amount of natural light.

#7 Trim Branches and Bushes That Block Light

A woman with a green short-sleeved T-shirt trimming branchesImage: Michele Constantini/PhotoAlto/Getty

If you look out your windows and see the tops of your bushes, grab your pruning shears and get whacking.

You don’t want anything blocking that precious natural light. Same for tree limbs that may be arching down and blocking windows. Cut them off.

#8 Clean Your Windows

Dirty windows block a lot of natural light.

Admit it, yours are kind of cruddy because who remembers to block out an afternoon to clean the windows?

So get it on your list. Clean the glass inside at least once a month and the glass outside once a year. Your serotonin level will thank you.

#9 Swap Your Solid Front Door for One With Glass Inserts

An open white door with glass insert in entrywayImage: irina88w/Getty

A solid front door can make your house look and feel as dark as a dungeon.

Get rid of it and install a half-light or full-light door that lets the natural light stream in. For even more natural light, add glass sidelights and a glass transom.

The median cost of a new door is $2,000 for steel and $2,500 for fiberglass, before any extras, but a new door will add curb appeal.

Curb appeal equals higher resale value. And coming home in the evening to the warm glow of light radiating out the glass panels in your front door is an instant mood lifter.

#10 Add a Skylight

A skylight in a kitchen

It’s the ultimate way to bring more natural light into your house. A window only catches sun for a couple of hours a day, but a skylight lets in the sun all day.

An indoor view of the sky makes deepest January more tolerable. And feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, light streaming from above, is liberating. A skylight, installed, can cost as much as $3,000. A cheaper alternative is a tubular skylight, which costs around $1,000.

If you’re really good with tools, you can install a tubular skylight yourself. Don’t even think about installing a full-blown skylight yourself.

#11 Add Plants

Plants on a home windowsill

Image: Igor Josifovic

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