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Because it is made from a combination of a wood waste and recycled plastic, composite decking yields superior strength, longevity and dimensional stability. It won’t warp, crack, splinter or rot like wood. Read more
Use these living room design ideas to make your living room a comfortable, inviting place to gather with family and friends.
1. Set the Mood with Color
The colors you choose for your living room will affect how guests feel in the space. Colors can energize or relax the space, depending on how intense they are and how warm or cool they are.
A serene scheme of soft blue and white makes this spacious living room feel calm, cool, and collected–a gracious setting for elegant gatherings. A light tan carpet underfoot warms the space and keeps the cool tones in balance. Read more
The Home for Life tool integrates design principles that enable aging in place
by Rich Binsacca
The vast majority of boomers — 84 percent — want to stay in their current house during retirement, but only 16 percent have taken any steps to adapt their home for retirement, a new survey by AARP finds. The Home for Life, an online virtual home produced by Remodelingmagazine, showcases subtle yet effective universal design principles that enhance convenience, comfort, safety and value while lowering monthly costs and maintenance chores. Here are the top five tips for aging in place in style and with confidence. Read more
Living rooms are typically designed and furnished to create an atmosphere of elegance or sophistication. Prominent formal styles include traditional, colonial and Victorian. Flooring and furnishings often emphasize symmetry and balance, using orderly geometric shapes and patterns. Examples are parquet floors, striped upholstery and diamond-patterned wood inlays. In most cases, floors should not introduce dramatic or wildly different patterns or colors. Read more
by TopTenReviews Contributors
Once you’ve made the decision to build rather than buy your next home, the biggest step after finding the right building lot is to design your future abode. This can be tough; putting together a home design that reflects your taste, yet also fits your needs and budget is a balancing act that takes planning. The following are ten guidelines to help you on your way. Read more
Four architects share their favorite new trade secrets — from home technology advances to innovative building materials
by Ingrid Abramovitch
“For a Manhattan loft, we used wood from dilapidated farm structures. Elmwood Reclaimed Timber removes nails and bolts and pressure-washes the wood to reveal its natural patina. Instead of using chemicals or varnishes, Elmwood kiln-dries the planks to eliminate shrinkage and splitting.” Read more
Accessible design, universal design, and aging-in-place design
by Don Burgard
Life expectancy in the United States is nearing 80, and the number of Americans 65 and older now exceeds 40 million. These facts alone would suggest a need for rethinking home design. Add to that the large number of disabled people who don’t need to be institutionalized thanks to medical advances, and there’s a huge market for designing, building, and remodeling homes that can accommodate people of various sizes and ability levels. Read more
by the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.
Lighting Design Tips
Nothing kills a romantic dinner faster than glaring lights. The soft flicker of a candle or a lantern plays to our moods, giving the scene just the right amount of intriguing glow. At the reverse end of the scale, a home office requires a good deal of light for reading documents and writing. Read more
So you want to do something different to your home right now? Here are 101 ideas from 101 designers, and there’s something for every room.
by Christine Pittel
Turn off the Switch
“De-electrify your dining room. Put candles on the sideboard and in the sconces and even in your chandelier—Marjorie Skouras makes one that’s dripping with coral. So romantic. Who cares what you serve!” -Suzanne Rheinstein Read more