January 18, 2018

6 tips for downsizing your home

Moving to a smaller house? Make it easy by following these simple steps....
 

Leigh Bramer & Brian Thomas

BTT Real Estate

Smart Tips for Downsizing Your Home

Whether you're experiencing empty-nest syndrome or looking to lower your cost of living, downsizing your home can lead to both financial and personal benefits. If the thought of starting such a big project seems a little daunting, take a look at these helpful tips and let the simplifying begin.

Step 1: Declutter

  • Question everything. Start by sorting through closets and other storage areas. Ask yourself questions like "Have I used this in the past year?" or "Will this serve a purpose in my new life?" to help you decide which objects to keep.
  • Assign different values. Make a list of the more substantial things you own and put them in one of three categories: sentimental, functional or aesthetic. Once you have an assigned value for each belonging, it will be easier to decide what to bring with you.
  • Follow through. As you start to create a discard pile, make sure to quickly remove these items from your home to avoid second-guessing your decisions.

Step 2: Start Over

  • Establish non-negotiables. Before you start looking for a new home, decide on your "must-haves." For instance, if you love your king-size bed and plan to keep it, you can eliminate places that have tiny bedrooms.
  • Design a blueprint. After choosing a space, take measurements and create a floor plan to help you visualize your options. Knowing how much room you have will help you determine what to bring along.
  • Find furniture that fits. Downsizing doesn't have to mean sacrificing comfort or style. Instead, consider customized furniture or buy pieces with dual functionalities, like a sleeper ottoman that serves as both a seat and a convertible guest bed.
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January 11, 2018

The 3 hottest home color trends for 2018

Find out what designers predict for the year ahead....
 

Leigh Bramer & Brian Thomas

BTT Real Estate

3 Color Trends and How to Use Them

A new year brings fresh trends, and it's no different when it comes to home decor. So what are the hottest home colors for 2018? Read on to see what design forecasters have predicted for the year ahead and get tips for applying them at home.

Color Trends for 2018

  • Darker is dominating. Gone are the days of playing it safe when it comes to colors. Instead, paint experts are encouraging bolder choices with darker hues. Setting the tone, PPG Paints was one of the first to release their new "it" shade for the year with Black Flame, a color described as a rebirth of classic black with deep tones of indigo.
  • Metallics are the new neutrals. Also predicted to be popular in 2018 is Pantone's Intricacy Palette, which features neutral metallics with accents of dramatic red and yellow. This particular look is especially suited for accessorizing otherwise traditional spaces.
  • Intense color lovers will rejoice. Embodying a contemporary spirit, Sherwin-Williams has released three bright color palettes for the year: Unity, Connectivity and Sincerity. From social media to technology, each is inspired by the qualities of modern culture.

How to Add New Color to Your Home

  • Use the 60-30-10 rule. The idea behind this timeless decorating tip is to incorporate your primary color into 60 percent of the room. Your secondary color will take up 30 percent, and your accent color 10.
  • Vary one color throughout. To create a relaxing vibe, go monochromatic and let your main, secondary and accent colors be varying shades of the same hue.
  • Find what feels right. If a formula of 30-30-20-20 works better for you, go ahead and break the rules. Just remember to take note of the color balance in your room.
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