Not Your Father’s Laminate: Check out These Woodgrain, Stone and Matte Finishes

Laminate used to look cheap and cheesy. It was durable, but certainly not fashionable. However, times have changed, and now the material is much more realistic-looking. In fact, it can mimic many of your favorite materials, which makes it an excellent, inexpensive design choice. Whether you choose to implement it on floors, countertops or even walls, there’s sure to be a use for laminate in any room of your house. Read on to learn more about how to incorporate this once-taboo material into your home.

Laminate flooring

One of the benefits of laminate flooring is that it can easily mimic a variety of materials: wood, stone and even tile. No matter what your design needs are, there’s likely a laminate to match. And while it doesn’t have the same properties as the material it mimics, it’s still a more affordable way to get that visual effect. Modern laminate floors are
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5 Modern Ways to Use Wood Paneling

Wood paneling was all the rage in the mid-20th century, before falling out of favor for decades. If you wanted an updated home, the first thing to go was the wood paneling on the walls. Bright, sleek colors were used to replace what was seen as dated wood textures. But now wood paneling is back. People are finding clever ways to use it in a variety of modern styles. With some sleek geometry, creative stylings and light colors, wood paneling fits well into the updated, modern space. Read on for several ways to use wood paneling in your modern home.
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Warm wood paneling creates great contrast with cool grays. Image: Heritage Construction Companies

Use wood paneling to create sleek lines

A wonderful aspect of wood paneling is that it can produce sleek geometry. By cutting the paneling into narrow strips, you can get a more lined, geometric look. Modern
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20 Awesome Dorm Room Bedding Ideas for Inspiration

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Pastel dorm room bedding is a relaxing choice. Image:  Overstock

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We know that when you’re living in a small dorm room, your bed is everything. Your bed is not just the focal point of your room, it’s your homework space, sleeping spot and where your friends flop down for a visit. You want your dorm room bedding to reflect who you are while also setting the style for your space, especially if you’re sharing with a roommate.

We found bedding ideas for the most popular dorm room styles. When you go strong with your bedding decor, it sets the tone for the rest of the room. Add hot trends like macramé, mixed metals and fluffy accessories to customize your room. Here are

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pink and gray bedding
Pastel dorm bedding set
Glam dorm bedding
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Let These Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Ideas Inspire Your Next Remodel

No matter what style it comes in, the kitchen is the heart of the home. But for those of us who are obsessed with making others feel welcome, there’s no better choice than a farmhouse aesthetic. If you’ve been thinking about bringing a modern farmhouse kitchen into your home, you’re in luck. Read on to learn more about the elements you need to include to pull off this look, as well as to see a handful of examples that you can use as design inspiration. If you follow our advice, you’ll end up with a look that feels straight from the farm, yet undeniably trendy.
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Farmhouse kitchens are the perfect blend of modern and traditional. Image: AK Construction Enterprises Inc.

Elements of a modern farmhouse kitchen

Modern farmhouse design works because it strikes a subtle balance between contemporary and traditional aesthetic. In essence, it’s the best of both worlds – and
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Get Ready to Go Nuts Over These 4 Drool-Worthy 2018 Countertop Trends

Many people think of the countertops in their kitchen as something of a workhorse. It’s a surface on which they can prepare a meal, eat or get work done during the day. They don’t give it much more thought, but they should. In reality, your countertops can be the artistic centerpiece of your kitchen – and we have the 2018 countertop trends to prove it. Don’t believe us? Check out the trends below and see what you think. We guarantee that at least one of these bold looks will catch your eye.
2018 countertop trends

Embrace the industrial look by using metals. Image: Terry and Terry Architecture

Metal countertops

If you want a look that’s totally distinct from the stone countertops that are dominating today’s contemporary kitchens, look no further than metal countertops. This look will work well for both those with modern and retro tastes. Plus, since there are a variety of
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Design Unleashed: Best Modern Pet Items From Wayfair’s New Archie & Oscar Line

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Wayfair has gone to the dogs (and others of our favorite furry friends) with a new exclusive line of pet furniture and accessories. Named Archie & Oscar, it features more than 500 items including gerbil cages, pet outdoor chaise lounges and aquariums that mix modern design with everyday function. No need to hide Boot’s scratching post – Archie & Oscar’s version is worthy of sharing living space with your Noguchi sofa. Archie & Oscar’s products were tested and endorsed by their pet influencers, known as the Wayfair Pet Squad. Here are their picks:

Nala the cat’s picks

Nala is a Siamese/Tabby mix and the Guinness World Record holder for the “Most Popular Cat on Instagram” with 3.6 million followers.

These Stunning Rooftop Deck Designs Will Have You Wishing for One of Your Own

The most common place to find a rooftop deck is in the city, where lack of space lends itself to building up. However, their unprecedented views make rooftop decks an enviable feature in any home. Even if you have the space for a traditional outdoor deck or patio, you may want to consider looking into rooftop deck designs for your home.
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Decide how you want to use your deck. Image: Chicago Roof Deck & Garden

Types of rooftop decks

When putting together a rooftop deck, the most important thing to decide upon is how you intend to use it. There are three main purposes to choose from. They are:

6 Ways to Get in on the Spiral Staircase Trend

If you’re looking for a literal unique twist on a space, you’ll want to look into a spiral staircase. Thanks, in part, to universal design and more basic, open floorplans, you just don’t see a lot of spiral staircases worked into homes these days. However, if you want a look that’s visually interesting with a touch of a classic and romantic feel, you may want to think about putting in a spiral staircase. Below are some of the top spiral staircase designs. From natural looks to industrial styles, a spiral staircase is a customizable option that fits surprisingly well into almost any home.
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Spiral staircases are a natural addition to loft designs. Image: Coupdeville

Open design spiral staircase

Just because things are going more open plan these days doesn’t mean you have to forget about spiral staircases. They’ve come a long way from being the main mode of access to
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Modsy Review: This 3D Rendering Service Is the Next Step in Interior Home Design

This article is sponsored by Modsy. While our team received this service free of cost, the opinions and statements below are those of our writer’s experience. Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Let’s face it: Designing a room can be difficult, especially if you’re working from scratch. After all, there are so many different details and moving parts to consider. With that in mind, we decided to take a look at a service that promises to make things easier: Modsy. Modsy is an interior home design service that offers 3D renderings, merging professional and DIY design. Read on below to find out how our experience went.
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Modsy is a combination of hiring a designer and going DIY for your home decor.

What is Modsy?

Modsy acts as a middle ground between designing a room on your own and hiring an interior designer. This service
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Artist Ashley Longshore Is on a Mission to Create Meaningful, Joyful Art

Artist Ashley Longshore is an artist with a mission: to create meaningful, joyful art and, in doing so, to create a more beautiful world. It’s a tall order, but she is up for the task. Some media have called Longshore a genius. Others have used the term “fashion darling.” Many of her fans and followers refer to her as a funny broad — a word meant to describe someone unfiltered, unafraid and daring. In this sense, it describes Longshore perfectly. Brilliant, beautiful and bold are also words that accurately represent this creative force. Longshore is known for her large-scale canvases of famous faces: the Portrait Series includes icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Abraham Lincoln and Lil Wayne. Longshore embellishes these with bright colors and images of flowers, jewels and bling — lots and lots of bling. Her Trophy Series, which deals with money and status, is hugely popular with those
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Kitchen Pantries for Every Lifestyle

Like closets and garages, kitchen pantries are one of those once-hidden rooms that are now playing a significant role in today’s home. “The pantry has become one of the most desired and necessary storage features in today’s kitchens — especially for homeowners who make a lot of bulk purchases from the warehouse club,” says Dan DiClerico, a home expert at HomeAdvisor. So how much should you expect to pay to trick out your pantry? “In terms of budget, a full-size kitchen pantry could cost about as much a well-appointed walk-in closet, which is in the $1,500 range according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide,” DiClerico tells Freshome. “Freestanding pantries can be had for a few hundred dollars, which is good for homeowners on a tighter budget.” These are some of the trends in kitchen pantries.
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Space-saving pocket doors are perfect for hallway pantries. Image: Marie Newton Inspired Closets

Hallway pantry

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Build a Better Bathroom: 6 Bathroom Upgrades Worth the Money

Kitchens are usually seen as the heart of the home, but bathrooms are the muscle. A poorly planned bathroom could affect the way you feel about your home for years to come. What’s more, it’s one of the most expensive rooms to renovate. If you’re building your own home, it’s important to get the bathroom right the first time. Your builder should have a list of standard options and upgrades, but how do you know which bathroom upgrades will add to your home’s value? Repeat after us: Bathrooms should be the most functional rooms in the home. Choosing the right bathroom upgrades means you’ll love your bathroom for years to come — no matter what. Invest in these bathroom upgrades to get the most value for your money.
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A master bathroom is a major selling point. Image: Clay Construction

Master bathroom

If your chosen floorplan offers the master bathroom as an
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5 Ways to Work With Colorful Grout

Designers are always looking for ways to incorporate color into spaces. And for a good reason: Shots of bright color add visual interest and a playful feel to any room. One new way people are using color is with colorful grout. Once simply a way to seal the spacing between tiles, grout is taking on a fashion sense all its own. By dyeing the actual grout bright colors like teal, yellow and pink, a tile design can have a fun accent color that adds some artistic flair to a space. Read on to learn how to work with the new design trend of colorful grout.
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Yellow grout adds a cheery pop to any space. Image: MRTN Architects

Match the grout to other walls

In order to ensure that your new colorful grout doesn’t go unnoticed, you can match the grout color to other accent walls, like in the photo
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8 Swoon-Worthy Wallpaper Ideas

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Runge Chevron Temporary Wallpaper by Wrought Studio. Image: Wayfair

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Decorating with wallpaper is back in our creative toolbox. We’re loving the new patterns and colors. This is not the paper that we rush to cover or remove when we buy a home. The top wallpaper trends include graphic patterns, large-scale florals and metallic accents. In addition to the enticing new selection of colors and patterns, temporary wallpaper is now available from most major home retailers. This means there’s an option for every home or rental. Here are some of our favorite ways to use wallpaper:

Rose Gold Wallpaper

Create a stunning accent wall with a stylish pattern like Graham & Brown Rose Gold Reflections. Image: Graham & Brown 

1. Create an accent wall

When your space

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Best Baby Glam Pieces From the New PB Modern Baby Line

Fashionistas and design purists, rejoice! PB Modern Baby, Pottery Barn’s anxiously awaited line of high-glamour baby furnishings, is now available online and in select stores. If black and white (instead of pink or baby blue) are what you envision for your baby’s nursery, check out these PB Modern Baby accessories and the line’s five collections:

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Hip Modern collection

A hip mix of retro, mid-century and modern pieces that grow with your baby.
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Glam modern collection

The ultimate in modern glamour featuring velvet, black or white high gloss lacquer pieces and gold brass hardware elements. PB Modern Baby




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Minimal Modern collection

Understated, chic and texture-focused for an urban vibe.




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Natural Modern collection

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20 Creative Ways to Use Natural Textures in a Home

If you love the outdoors, it’s understandable to want to incorporate nature into your living space. When it comes to bringing natural textures into the home, you can go as drastic or as simple as you want. If you’re looking for bold statements and design elements that make you feel like you’re practically outside, take a look at these creative ideas for surrounding yourself in nature. From wild natural texture accent walls to full indoor gardens, these ideas will make you rethink the division between the indoors and the outdoors.

Wild natural stone

One of the best ways to use natural textures in a home is to choose natural stone accent walls or other stone features. There’s nothing like natural stone to add visual interest to a room. And you may end up feeling like you’re hiking in your favorite canyon right at home. Natural stone also comes in a
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Natural Textures Staircase Ferns
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How to Use Tone on Tone in the Bedroom

You may have heard of monochrome decorating schemes, or decorating using one color. But tone on tone takes the idea of decorating in one color and refines it. The style uses different shades, tones and textures in more precise ways. The essence of tone on tone color is taking a certain color and using slightly different saturations of that color throughout the space, resulting in a refined look that makes tone on tone in the bedroom a good choice. Where tone on tone differentiates itself from monochrome design is that it may use more than one color to achieve its style. What results is a classy look that’s great for anyone who would like to stay within one or a few color families because they simply love those colors.
Tone on Tone in the Bedroom Different Shades

A lighter tan headboard against a deeper tan wall keeps the elements separate from each other while still maintaining the overall

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12 Fresh New Front Door Colors to Welcome You Home

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A cottage porch is the perfect spot for a colorful front door. Try Clark +Kensington Vintage Peach to get this look. Image: The Cottage Building Company

We love the look of a colorful front door to welcome guests into our home. Perhaps our front door is like our home’s jewelry — adding a little sparkle to the curb appeal. Painting your front door is one of the quickest (and prettiest) ways to change up your home’s exterior. Front door colors can be warm, cool or neutral. The freshest colors are warm and cool. You can use them as an accent in your exterior paint color scheme. Here are the freshest front door colors that we’re loving right now. 

Cool Front Door Colors

Our favorite cool front door colors include blue and purple shades. Green can be considered a cool color, but it can also be considered warm if it
Aqua front door
Lilac front door
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Light blue front door
Purple front door
Green front door
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Pink front door
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12 Fresh New Front Door Colors to Welcome You Home

Cottage front door ideas

A cottage porch is the perfect spot for a colorful front door. Try Clark +Kensington Vintage Peach to get this look. Image: The Cottage Building Company

We love the look of a colorful front door to welcome guests into our home. Perhaps our front door is like our home’s jewelry — adding a little sparkle to the curb appeal. Painting your front door is one of the quickest (and prettiest) ways to change up your home’s exterior. Front door colors can be warm, cool or neutral. The freshest colors are warm and cool. You can use them as an accent in your exterior paint color scheme. Here are the freshest front door colors that we’re loving right now. 

Cool Front Door Colors

Our favorite cool front door colors include blue and purple shades. Green can be considered a cool color, but it can also be considered warm if it
Aqua front door
Lilac front door
Pastel green front door
Light blue front door
Purple front door
Green front door
Cobalt Blue Front Door
Yellow front door
Orange front door
Gold front door
Peach front door
Pink front door
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Decorating a New Home? Here Are 5 Resolutions You Should Embrace After a Move

The moving process can be pretty work intensive. If you’re selling, staging your home so that someone will fall in love with it and buy it is a job in itself. Then, there’s the task of packing and clearing out your old place. And then there’s the actual move, unpacking and decorating a new home. Many movers feel like they never want to move again, or at least they may want to set up their home differently the next time around. Here are five moving “aha!” moments and the lessons they provide on decorating a new home better and more easily the next time.

1. Some of the stuff you packed (and carried) should have been left behind

The most common realization during the moving process is that you have far more than you thought you did. And honestly, how much of it have you even used recently? Many
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