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Spring Decor Ideas (On a Budget)

The snow is melting, the temperature is rising- it’s starting to feel like spring! You can turn off your fireplace and put away your faux fur throws, because we’re coming at you with gorgeous spring decor ideas that won’t break the bank! One of the most exciting things to do when the season transitions is change up the decor in your home. Small changes like switching out your throw pillows and creating a herb garden in your kitchen, can make a big difference in making your home feel like spring. Check out 6 amazing spring decor ideas on a budget!

1. Repaint Your Front Door

Painting your front door is one of the most budget-friendly updates you can do to your home and it will make all the difference! Spring is a great time to do exterior upgrades, and your front door is a good place to start. Give it a fresh new coat of colour to create a more inviting entrance, welcoming guests to your beautiful space.

2. Flower Arrangements (From the Supermarket)

Fresh flower arrangements are a wonderful way to welcome spring and add some colour and life to your space! You don’t need to spend a ton of money to get a florist-designed look. Most supermarkets sell flower arrangements that look just as chic as the ones you get at a flower shop- or you can get creative and arrange them yourself in your favourite vase!

3. Switch Out Your Throws and Pillows

Faux fur, plaid and tartan patterns may have dominated your space during winter, but it’s time to brighten things up with more playful patterns for spring. Switching out the throws and pillows on your couches, chairs and bed is an affordable way to get your decor ready for spring. Opt for pastel and neutral shades, and patterns in stripes and florals.

4. Hang Spring Printables

A quick search on Google or Pinterest will bring you to gorgeous spring-inspired printables you can frame and put up on the wall. From spring botany prints, to gardening printables, plant illustrations, and more, spring printables are a budget-friendly way to welcome the season into your home!

5. Create a Herb Garden in Your Kitchen

Not everyone has the time or money to go all out with a garden in their yard. If you want to venture slowly into gardening, a small herb garden in your kitchen is the way to go. Choose your favourite herbs and place them in vintage tins or small flower pots. They’ll look gorgeous and are also very functional to use while you cook!

6. Add Spring Scented Candles

Whether it’s spring, summer, fall, or winter, candles are always a great addition to your home. However, your candles should always complement the season! While woodsy, vanilla candles may have filled your home in the winter, switch them with more lightly scented candles that evoke feelings of radiant weather. Candles with notes of lavender, rosemary, jasmine and coconut are ones to look for.

Spring is so close we can taste it! Try these budget-friendly decor ideas to transition your space from winter to spring!


Would You Join the Tiny House Movement?

Tiny houses have transitioned from a housing trend to a full blown movement. Tiny homes are less than 400 square feet, and the tiny house lifestyle allows you to save money, go green, and live a more minimalist lifestyle. There are plenty of benefits of joining the tiny house movement, but it’s not for everyone. Take a look at four reasons to join the tiny house movement and three reasons it may not be for you!

4 Pros of Tiny House Living

1. You’ll Save Money

When you live in a tiny home, you’re able to save money- tons of it! Not only does it cost less to buy a tiny home- many tiny home owners are able to live mortgage free, it also costs less to furnish, maintain, and you’ll enjoy lower expenses, cutting back on your utilities and energy bills. These savings will allow you to spend more on luxuries such as travel, work less, and save for retirement.

2. There’s Lower Maintenance

Less home means less maintenance. A tiny home is easy to take care of, with less space to clean and fewer appliances to repair. There’s less dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, and even laundry, so you can spend your time doing more of what you love.

3. It’s Environmentally Friendly

A tiny home allows you to live a greener lifestyle, which is increasingly important to many homeowners these days. Tiny houses take less to construct, less to heat and cool, and they take up less space. The tiny house movement goes along with the environmental movement, with your electricity, fuel, water and waste disposal all considerably decreased.

4. A Minimal Lifestyle

More and more people are becoming attracted to a minimal lifestyle. They want to get rid of all the clutter that’s taking up space in their homes. More stuff often leads to more stress, whereas with a tiny home, you can pare down to the things you really need and that enrich your life.

3 Cons of Tiny House Living

1. Less Living Space

You won’t get your big, dream kitchen or master ensuite in a tiny house, so if those things are on your wish list, tiny house living may not be for you. Tiny houses often don’t have full sized kitchen appliances or bathtubs and can become quite tight when an entire family is occupying one. They’re ideal for singles and couples, but when there are a bunch of people trying to share a tiny space, it doesn’t always work well.

2. Less Storage Space

Storage space is also a concern. If you’re downsizing to a tiny home, you’ll have to get rid of a lot of belongings, and those items aren’t always junk. Many people have to get rid of things like exercise equipment, kids toys, designer bag collections and other belongings that they have come to love.

3. Not Ideal for Entertaining

If you love to entertain, you’re going to have a tough time inside a tiny home. Big family dinners and visitors needing an extra bed are no longer a possibility. If you don’t mind waiting until the warmer months, you can create a large outdoor entertaining space to host your guests!

There are pros and cons of tiny house living, but it’s easy to see why so many people are joining the movement. What do you think- is it for you?

 


5 Awesome Benefits of Insulated Vinyl Siding

If you’re wondering what to splurge on what it comes to upgrades for your home, insulated vinyl siding is a no brainer. Not only does it provide necessary insulation for your interior to keep your home comfortable year-round, it also helps you save on energy bills, is extremely low maintenance, and enhances your curb appeal. If you’re curious whether insulated vinyl siding is right for you, check out five awesome benefits!

1. Interior Comfort

Not only does insulated siding protect the exterior of your home, it also ensures your interior is nice and comfortable. You should feel warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and insulated siding helps you achieve this. Insulated siding offers extra insulation to wall studs that are often poorly insulated. The use of insulated siding prevents unwanted energy transfer, providing you with all-season comfort, as well as helping you save on energy bills.

2. Care Free Maintenance

Insulated vinyl siding also offers carefree maintenance, ideal for today’s lifestyle. Insulated siding such as Gentek’s Sequoia Select EnFusion Siding is durable, dent-resistant, and is solid colour throughout, so never needs to be painted. It’s high performing vinyl siding that won’t rot or warp due to moisture- all the maintenance it needs is an occasional rinse with a garden hose to get rid of airborne dust and dirt.

3. Curb Appeal

If you’re looking to enhance your curb appeal, insulated vinyl siding is the way to go. Not only is insulated siding like Sequoia Select EnFusion beautifully crafted, the rigid foam insulation creates an energy-saving shield that promises a superior finished look for your home. The insulation helps the vinyl ward off dents and other surface damage that can ruin a home’s appearance, so it’s definitely a great investment. Plus, with a wide range of colours available, you can get the exact look you want to compliment the rest of your landscape.

4. Energy Saving Technology

There’s no question that insulated vinyl siding is more energy efficient than other cladding materials, such as steel and aluminum. It offers a significant improvement to the energy efficiency of your home, which in turn lowers your energy bills. Its energy saving technology creates a blanket of thermal protection to shield your home from the elements and protect it from energy loss.

5. Sound Reduction  

Sound reduction is so important, especially if you live in a bustling neighbourhood or on a busy street. Noise pollution can interfere with your sleep, conversations, relaxation time, and more, and exists due to everything from honking cars to barking dogs to house parties and lawn mowers.

Not everyone thinks about how noise can affect your lifestyle, but constant loud noises can have consequences to your overall health. With high intensity insulation, noise is softened so you can live a more comfortable lifestyle inside your home.


Insulated vinyl siding is an investment worth making. Choose a colour that works for your home and enjoy all the amazing benefits it has to offer!


Feel a Draft? Here’s How to Check for Leaks and Seal Them Too!

Feel a draft inside your home? This shouldn’t be ignored. Drafty windows make it more difficult to heat and cool your home throughout the year, meaning more expensive energy bills for you. Good windows are durable, energy efficient, and although not totally maintenance free, can be kept in good condition with regular cleaning, caulking and glazing. Here’s how to check for window leaks and how to seal them, too!

How to Check for Window Leaks

If you’ve noticed a draft coming from your windows, do a test to determine if air is flowing through your closed windows. The first thing you should do is a visual inspection of your windows from the interior and exterior of your home. On the outside, look for areas where old caulking has dried up or failed. You’ll see a gap between your window frame and your home’s siding if this is the case.

You should also look out for damaged glazing, especially if your home has old single-paned windows. If the perimeter of your windows is not sealed tight against water and air infiltration, your home can experience expensive heat loss.

From the inside, make sure the weather stripping around the windows is in good condition. If it’s not, take note of any damaged weather stripping that needs to be replaced.

Keep in mind, not all problem areas are obvious to the human eye. On a breezy day, hold a lit candle close to the window seams. If the flame bends, it means there’s air pushing through the window from the outside.

How to Seal Your Windows

Step 1: Remove Loose Glazing and Old Caulk

Remove old caulking using a caulk softener. Apply it two hours in advance so it can soak in and use a putty knife to scrape it off. Removing as much of the old caulk as possible will make it easier for the new caulk to adhere properly. It will also give your window a good seal. You can also use a putty knife to remove hardened glazing that flakes easily.

Step 2: Install New Glazing

Once you’ve removed the old glazing as well as the glass window pane, clean the surfaces as the new glazing requires a dust-free surface to adhere properly. You can find window glazing in a small tub (apply this type with a putty knife or paint scraper), or a tube (apply this with a caulking gun).

Scoop out a small portion of glazing and create a smooth slope along each pane of glass. This slope should be at about a 20 to 45-degree angle to the base of the window pane. The glazing should be nice and smooth when you’re done. Wait for the glazing to harden completely before painting over it.

Step 3: Apply New Caulk

If you’re wondering how much caulk you need, the proper ratio is about one tube of caulking for one window. Cut the tip of the tube of caulk at a 45-degree angle so it will fit seamlessly in the window seam. Move the caulking gun along the seam while squeezing the tube with even pressure.

If you notice larger gaps, make sure to move more slowly, allowing the caulk to fill the entire gap before moving on. When you’re finished with the caulking gun, wet your finger and smooth out the caulk to give it a pristine finished look! The caulk will dry and set in 12 to 15 hours, and your windows should be airtight for the season.

If you feel a draft, make sure to take care of it right away! Follow these steps and you’ll have sealed windows (and a lower energy bill) in no time!

 


Winter’s Still Here: How to Create Cozy Indoor Space to Chase the Chill Away

Canadian winters always seem to be never-ending. The one great thing about cold weather? Getting to cozy up inside! Creating an interior that exudes warmth and comfort is the best way to chase away the winter chill. From switching up your lighting to updating your bedding, here are 7 ways to create a cozy indoor space!

1. Upgrade Your Curtains

You may not realize it, but curtains can make a huge difference to the feel and aesthetic of your interior. Switch out your summery translucent panels for heavier fabric such as thick or lined drapes. Opt for drapes in deep tones that complement the rest of your decor – they’re sure to add warmth to any room!

2. Invest in New Windows

New windows are one of the best ways to increase the physical warmth of your space. If you’ve noticed your old windows aren’t working like they used to and are letting drafts in, it may be time to invest in replacement windows. All of Gentek’s vinyl windows are Energy Star rated, so along with killing the draft, they’ll also save you money on energy bills!

3. Add Area Rugs

Area rugs instantly add physical and psychological warmth to a space. They ensure your feet don’t get cold while you’re walking around your home and also cut down on drafts. Place one beneath your bed for when you wake up in the morning, and in any room that’s asking for some extra coziness.

4. Update Your Bedding

Your bed should be as warm and cozy as possible to ensure you get a good night’s sleep throughout the chilly season. Cotton sheets may be great for spring and summer, but for winter, update your bedding with heavier textiles! Cotton flannel, velvet flannel and heavy weight Egyptian cotton sheets are all great options to up the comfort level of your bedroom.

5. Substitute with Jewel Tones

The colours in your indoor space can also make a huge impact on how the space feels. Switch out warm weather decor for deep jewel coloured accessories and fabrics to make your rooms feel as cozy as possible. Use the furniture you can’t switch out (like couches and tables) as the base and choose warm, jewel shades for pieces like throw pillows, rugs and vases, that compliment those objects!

6. Switch Up Your Lighting

Since the winter season comes with less sunlight, increase your home’s lighting by utilizing your floor and table lamps. A good winter lighting tip is to avoid recessed or ceiling lights as much as possible, instead opting for targeted lighting that fills the room. Think: The lamps on the tables beside your sofa or candelabras on your console table.

7. Add in Natural Accents

Adding natural accents like a wooden trunk in your bedroom or wicker baskets in your living room will help your rooms look cozy and stylish, and will also ensure all your clutter is stored away. With the addition of more accessories like throw pillows and blankets for the winter season, it’s important to have trendy storage pieces to keep your home tidy and clutter-free!

Looking to enhance the coziness of your home? Use these 7 tips to chase the winter chill away!

Don’t forget, from now until April 30th, we’re offering free design services on the Gentek project visualizer platform! Get your home prepared by our professional designers in as little as 3 business days, and create beautiful designs in a jiff!


Pallets As Furniture? You Bet! Check Out These Uses for Your Home

If you’re looking to take on some gorgeous DIY projects for your home, consider using wood from discarded pallets. If you’re not sure what pallets are, they’re the wooden transport structures used to move goods and products from one place to another. Pallets can be made into plenty of different farmhouse style furniture pieces ranging from outdoor benches to bed frames and headboards. If you love the look of reclaimed wood, you’re going to love these pallet uses for your home!

Where to Find Pallets

If you live in or close to a manufacturing/industrial area, check for stacks of pallets out front of a business. You can ask to be sure, but they often put them outside for the public to take for free, otherwise they’d have to pay to dispose of them. This also goes for any homes around your neighbourhood that have pallets sitting outside on their lawn. Chances are they’re trying to get rid of them, so go for it!

You can also look at your local home improvement or big box stores. Any store that receives its products from a large truck will have pallets to get rid of. They’re often not kept in the customer area, so just ask one of the employees if they have any in the back that you can have.

Here are six ways to create furniture out of pallets!

1. Front Porch Swing

Have you always wanted a porch swing to up the charm of your front porch? Use pallet wood to create the porch swing of your dreams! Cozy it up with a seat cushion and a bunch of throw pillows to make it warm and inviting!

2. Magazine Rack

Looking for somewhere to store books and magazines? Use the wood from an old pallet to make a magazine rack with multiple shelves!

3. Bed Frame and Headboard

You can make a beautiful bed frame using pallets! Leave it as a bed frame with a mattress on top or make a headboard as well. With pallet headboards you can get even more creative, hanging string lights or incorporating small shelves to place jewelry boxes and small potted succulents. On second thought, pallet bed frames can do double duty, too! Create shoe storage underneath by adding shelves within the bed frame.

4. Backyard Seating Area

Your backyard will be so much more inviting with a charming seating area. Use pallets to construct chairs, benches and even an outdoor coffee table. Your entire seating area will match, and you can feel proud that you DIY’ed the entire gathering space by yourself!

5. TV Stand

There are a number of ways to create a TV stand out of pallets! One is to have a typical stand where the TV sits atop the wooden structure. You can add shelving or cabinets to the TV stand for more storage. Another option is to use the pallets to create a TV wall mount. Place wooden slats or the entire pallet up on the wall and hang your TV in front of it.

6. Coat Hanger

For a pallet coat hanger, all you need is the wood and some hooks! Place it in your mudroom or entryway to help keep your home organized in a trendy way.

If you’re looking to up the farmhouse vibes in your home, use these pallet furniture ideas to add charm and beauty.


Keep Your Backyard Organized With These Amazing Ideas

Your backyard sees a lot of action come summertime. From playing ball, to sitting out on the patio, to swimming if you have a pool, there’s nothing better than spending quality time outdoors with your family. With so much going on in your backyard, it’s easy for it to end up out of sorts.

A messy backyard can be super stressful and turn your outdoor oasis into a disorganized nightmare. If you’re worried about a backyard mess this summer, get ahead of the game with these amazing organization ideas for your yard!

Tool Storage Shed

Garden tools can take up so much space, and if you don’t have a devoted place for them, they can create a huge mess in your yard. Not to mention, they’re dangerous to leave lying around, especially if you have kids. Build or invest in a tool storage shed for your backyard to keep your garden tools out of sight. A charming tool shed will look amazing in any backyard and can even stand as a focal point!

Storage Bench

Having a porch bench or garden bench is perfect for sitting out on warm summer days, and why not invest in a bench that does double duty with storage underneath? It’s a great way to keep your backyard organized, allowing you to store everything from towels, to outdoor cushions, to kids toys and gardening tools.

Planters for Storage

Planters can do more than just hold your favourite flowers and plants. With so many gorgeous planters available, choose some that compliment your porch and use them for storage. You can place pool towels, flip flops, balls or toys in the planters to keep your backyard clutter-free.

Garden Tool Storage Pallet

If you love the idea of having a place for your garden tools, but don’t have enough space in your yard for a tool shed, you can build a storage pallet instead! A wood pallet placed on to the side of your house or on a shed is the perfect way to organize and store your garden tools, hose, buckets and more! Keep them organized by giving everything a dedicated place.

Galvanized Buckets for Toys

Galvanized buckets are another great option for storing kids’ toys. If you have children, you’re aware of the clutter that comes along with toys. Having designated buckets for different toys, from balls, to sand toys, to cars and trucks will help keep your backyard structured and tidy. Use cut-out labels to label each bucket so your kids can put the toys away in the right spot when they’re done with them.

Bike Storage

Having bikes laying on the grass or up against your backyard fence isn’t exactly visually appealing. To keep your backyard looking neat and organized, DIY or buy a bike garage or shed to store your bike(s) when not in use. This creates a safe space for your bikes while enhancing the look of your yard.

Summer is closer than it seems! If you’re planning to spend lots of time in your backyard when the temperature goes up, use these ideas to keep your backyard organized!


Before and After: How a Porch and Landscaping Can Expose a Beautiful Home

Some homes are diamonds in the rough. All they need is a little love to expose their true beauty. Upgrading your porch and landscaping are two ways to transform your home exterior and reveal just how stunning your home really is.

Many old homes have good, sturdy bones with classic architectural features. Your diamond in the rough may be run down after years of wear and neglect, but it doesn’t mean it’s a lost causes. In fact, renovating an older home often results in a more beautiful finished product due to its charm and character. Here’s how to update your porch and landscaping to expose a beautiful home.  

Add New Railings and Columns

Run down railings and columns are a clear sign of an aging home. Some older homes even have dated metal pole columns that are anything but beautiful. Add a decorative railing that matches the exterior style of your home as well as new square or round columns. These two things alone will make a world of a difference!

Replace Your Front Door

Many homeowners don’t realize what a huge difference a new front door can make! Replacing your front door and updating the style and colour can completely transform the look of your porch. Gentek offers entry doors in an array of styles and privacy options, or you might consider a customized door made just for your home!

Add Porch Furniture

Make your porch warm and inviting with the addition of porch furniture! Depending on the amount of space you have, you can add anything from a porch swing, to wicker chairs, to a rug and even a bistro set. If you don’t have as much space, little touches like a doormat, porch lanterns and planters can make a big difference!

Simple, Yet Effective Landscaping

Front yard landscaping shouldn’t be over the top. You want it to compliment your porch and exterior in a subtle yet striking way. Remove overgrown bushes and shrubs and trim your grass so it’s nice and tame. If you’re craving colour, add flower beds bursting with a variety of textures and shades and hang flower pots from the porch. If you want to keep it simpler, add small shrubs and perhaps some fruit trees.

Add a Beautiful Walkway

Another way to add visual appeal to your exterior is with a beautiful walkway. Even something as simple as a gravel walkway leading from your driveway to your front steps can have a lovely effect. You can also play around with different shapes (curved or straight) and a range of materials from concrete to stone for your walkway. If you’re worried about safety, consider adding pillars or light fixtures to your walkway as well!

Upgrading your porch and landscaping can completely alter your home, exposing its true grace and beauty! Implement these tips to have your home exterior looking its very best!

Don’t forget, from now until April 30th, we’re offering free design services on the Gentek project visualizer platform! Get your home prepared by our professional designers in as little as 3 business days, and create beautiful designs in a jiff!


There’s More to a Front Door Than Just Looks

Your front door is one of the first features anyone sees when they visit your home. It’s the focal point of your exterior and, in the right style and colour, offers beautiful curb appeal. A front door that compliments your siding and landscaping can help transform your home into a gorgeous oasis.

However, there’s more to a front door than just looks.

Although having a beautiful front door is important, performance, durability and security are other things to consider when replacing your front door. Let’s dive in to the importance of each of these and why they’re absolutely essential when investing in a new front door.

Performance and Function

There are a few key basic functions a front door should have. The first is, of course, the ability to open and close without jamming or sticking. Jamming and sticking can lead to your door not locking properly, making it unsecure. Then there’s the important function of keeping water out of your home and stopping air from leaking out.

If you notice moisture seeping in at the bottom of your door, or if you feel a draft coming in, these are signs it’s time for an upgrade. Air escaping from your door is increasing your energy bills, so you want to get it taken care of right away! A properly performing door ensures your safety and security, and also lowers your energy bills and risk for moisture damage.

Durability

Durability is another important aspect to consider when investing in a door. Durability mostly depends on the material your door is made of. The classic options are wood, fibreglass, vinyl and steel.

Wood doors are the more traditional option, and although they offer beautiful curb appeal, they’re declining in popularity since they’re not as durable as fiberglass or steel, and also need a higher level of maintenance. Wood doors tend to be the most expensive option and are known to shrink and swell in fluctuating climates.

Steel doors are a popular alternative to wood, but not all steel doors are created equal. They’re made with a wood frame and covered with a steel skin, so keep in mind that the wood frame will need to be maintained. Steel doors are also ideal for magnetic stripping that will seal against the cold. Overall, they’re strong durable and don’t require a lot of maintenance.

Vinyl doors are an exceedingly popular option and are very durable. If you have vinyl windows or are looking to invest in vinyl replacement windows, a vinyl door is the way to go. You’ll have an aligned look for your home and the performance of your windows and doors will also match.

Fibreglass doors offer the look of wood for a fraction of the price. They won’t rot, split, warp, dent or rust, and can also be insulated, which is great for Canadian climates! Fibreglass doors come in a variety or textures and can also be painted your chosen shade.

Security

Feeling safe and secure in your home is of utmost importance. Since your front door is a main point of entry, you want to make sure it’s secure as possible. Make sure you have a strong and durable door with a solid frame that can’t be kicked in. Gentek offers a number of maximum privacy door lines for your security needs. On top of that, you also need a good locking system. There are lots of options out there these days, from powerful deadbolts to smart locks you can control remotely.

A beautiful front door will elevate your curb appeal, but there’s more to your front door than just looks! Take performance, durability and security into consideration when buying a replacement door!

Don’t forget, from now until April 30th, we’re offering free design services on the Gentek project visualizer platform! Get your home prepared by our professional designers in as little as 3 business days, and create beautiful designs in a jiff!


2019 Interior Design Trends to Try

Wondering what interior trends are here to stay for 2019? One thing to note is trends are sticking around longer than they used to. You don’t have to worry about design features going out of style a year after you buy them, so you can rest assured that any investments you make for your home now will be on trend for years to come. Whether you’re renovating your home for yourself, or are getting ready to put your home on the market, these are the 2019 interior design trends to try!

Coziness Reigns Supreme

You’ve likely heard of the term “hygge”, the Danish word that encompasses a feeling of coziness and wellbeing. It hit the North American design world by storm a few years ago and continues to raise in popularity. Now more than over, homeowners are favouring comfortable furniture, warm colours, lots of throw blankets, rugs, candles and fireplaces. Anything that makes your home feel cozier and conveys a sense of wellbeing is a trend that’s here to stay.

Bold & Eclectic

The bold, eclectic look isn’t for everyone, but if you’re someone who likes to take risks when it comes to design, you’re going to love this trend. Embrace bright accent colours that contrast each other like blues and yellows, paint an eclectic accent wall in deep violet or layer lots of throw blankets and pillows in bright, contrasting shades.

Purposeful Designs

Conscious, purposeful designs are making their case in all spaces, whether you have a tiny apartment or a grand home. A growing number of companies are offering furnishings and features that serve multiple purposes and can be used in more than one room. Think: Wall beds with an integrated writing desk and coffee tables that double as TV trays.

Warm Neutrals

Neutrals are starting to warm up in home interiors. Moving away from stark whites and grays, you’ll now be seeing softer and warmer shades that evoke the feelings of nature and the outdoors. Warm mid grays, feather-like hues and stone shades are subtle and warm, and look beautiful with almost everything. Warm neutral colours are timeless and will work in virtually any room, enhancing other finishes. Pair them with natural elements like refurbished wood, real stones and ceramics.  

Natural Flooring

Dark wood floors were all the rage a few years ago, but we’ve been seeing a decline in this trend and a move toward more natural flooring. Wood floors will continue to stay on the lighter side, with matte finishes making them look even more natural. You’ll also notice the rise of tile and vinyl floors made to look convincingly like real wood.

Mixed Metallics

Mixing metallics such as gold, brass and silver is officially on trend. For one thing, it can be tough to find the perfect metal match for hardware in your kitchen and bathrooms, and for another, mixing metallics can seriously up the glam factor of your space. With the right balance and combination, multiple metallics can create a luxurious look.

Ready to try these 2019 interior design trends? Use this list to implement year’s best trends into your home!

Don’t forget, from now until April 30th, we’re offering free design services on the Gentek project visualizer platform! Get your home prepared by our professional designers in as little as 3 business days, and create beautiful designs in a jiff!