The concept that spring is a time of rebirth often has people antsy to make a change in their surroundings. Perhaps it’s the bursting blossoms outdoors, the drab tree limbs filling in with fresh green leaves or the gray skies turning to blue, but spring makes us rethink our surroundings. After many winter months hunkered down in the same environment, the itch to make a change may be from a little bit of boredom too. But, how can you spruce up your home without breaking the bank? There are several ways to transform your home and add some zing back into your place. And, you’d be surprised how some of these minor changes really add personality into your home.

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As a new year dawns, color trends emerge. It may hard to believe but many of the sweaters we wear this year, napkins and tablecloths we buy, and throw pillows we place on couches will surprisingly resemble each other in color. Thanks to the “color of the year”, one color or a few chosen palettes will stand out from the crowd and become the colors that will fill our closets, homes and lives without most of us even noticing. Call it a marketing ploy, but colors really do become a part of the times. So, when you look back 10 years from now, this color will make sense.

Last year the color of the year was turquoise, a color that symbolizes healing and compassion. It is also a color inspired by water and sky and represents an escape to many people.

So what could possibly be next?

How to Arrange Your Room for TV and People, Too

Get ideas for creating a great space for lounging, entertaining and enjoying the show

Arranging furniture in a room with a TV is among the greatest design interior challenges. I've always been envious of those who have rooms devoted exclusively to watching TV. Most of us don't live that way — our rooms need to do double, triple or quadruple duty, and accommodating a big screen with all manners of living is tricky. But positioning for a view is sometimes as easy as moving the furniture.
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family room:

Family rooms are supposed to promote family togetherness, but most of the time, a television dominates the space, and family members often lie unspeaking, splayed across furniture — or find themselves in another room working on a task alone. It doesn't have to be this way. You can design a space that promotes bonds with family members; social science has the answers. Here are 11 ways to reclaim your family from the TV.
Traditional Family Room by Anderson Construction Group, Inc.
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10 Clever Interior Design Tricks to Transform Your Home

Whether you’ve just moved or are looking for a quick, little home pick-me-up, or perhaps something more significant, there are some well-known interior design tricks that designers employ that you too can easily do with minimal effort and cost. Sometimes the smallest things make the greatest impact. It could be the addition of a mirror, a painting, a lamp or even a plant. Maybe you want to soften your walls, brighten a room, or add some warmth to your living space. Take a look at these clever design tips and see how they can inspire you!


1. Paint smaller rooms in softer, lighter colors to help make the room feel larger.
The living room above is a great example of how to maximize a small living space. A room of this size has the tendency to seem cramped, but the large windows, light colored walls and ample use of mirrors not only reflect the natural light pouring in from the doors and the windows but the use of mirrors also gives the optical illusion of space, making the room seem larger than it actually is. Conversely, darker colors will make a room feel smaller. Even with the abundance of natural light and the strategic placement of the mirrors, this room in a darker shade would have a more boxed-in feel to it.

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