Fall home decor trends: Comforting hues, flexible design

In recent years, brown anything in a living space was considered by some arbiters of decor as drab and outdated. But this fall the hue is back in favor, in part because of the unsettled, anxious state of the world.

“Brown traditionally makes people feel comfortable and safe, and those are feelings that many of us are looking to our homes to provide,” says interior designer Dawn Hamilton of Oakland Park, Florida.

It’s just one of the trends in decor this season, when the pandemic has made home an even more essential space for living, working, studying and more. Also on the watch list: flexible rooms, indoor and out.

COZY PALETTE

Hamilton says today’s brown palette is being used in new ways, as a neutral in all kinds of materials, and as an accent color.

“Brown feels very earthy and rich. It’s warm and inviting, and has the same grounding

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10 interior design trends which could boost your house value by thousands

Photo credit: Carolyn Barber
Photo credit: Carolyn Barber

From Country Living

The interior design trends which could help to boost the value of your property by thousands has been revealed in a new study — and the much-loved Scandinavian style has taken the winning spot.

Mortgage comparison website, Bankrate, entered the biggest interior design styles into Zoopla’s property search tool to calculate average house prices in England for each style, and uncover how much each one could add to the value of a home.

While Scandi style unsurprisingly came out on top (it was also named the top interior trend for 2020), other trends in the top 10 include farmhouse, rustic, vintage and bohemian.

“With the UK housing market beginning to reopen for business, buying and selling a home has hit the headlines across the world,” explains Bankrate. “With so many properties coming back onto the market, there has never been a better

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14 Cool Planters for Bringing Some Design Flex to Your Greenery

Once you get into owning plants, you quickly get into finding some cool planters, the least ubiquitous, the better. Luckily, where it takes some homework to find the right plant to survive your mostly-shaded bedroom corner—books like The House Plant Expert, by D.G. Heyasson, GQ’s guide to ordering plants online, and Instagram—buying planters is a bit easier. You don’t have to do anything but look at them.

We’ve arranged a flotilla of planters by, what else?, flex level—from classic terra cotta to colorful to avant-garde and beyond. The more you pack plants into your space (read the “Deco Room with Plants” series, by Green Fingers’ Satoshi Kawamoto), the wilder you can get. But if you just have a couple cacti, there are options, too.

A&B Home: Cheap (and Accurate) Mid-Modern Redux

A fine mid-century-inspired option—if you squint right (or you’re a little drunk), this planter could pass for

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20 Home Renovations That Will Hurt Your Home’s Value

Your home isn’t just a source of pride or a place where you can relax after a long day — it’s also an investment in your family’s future. And while it’s natural to want to make improvements to increase your home’s resale value, some renovations will actually cost you money in the long run. Just because you see something as an improvement doesn’t mean a potential buyer will feel the same way.

Find out which of these bad renovations you should avoid if you’re looking to make upgrades to your home this fall.

Last updated: Sept. 9, 2020

Lavish Lighting Fixtures

One common home improvement mistake is falling in love with unique or lavish light fixtures, said Alon Barzilay, founder of real estate development company Urban Conversions.

“Whether it be ceiling-mounted lights in a dining room or a hanging pendant, there is a psychological phenomenon that happens when you go

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