The Nuts and Bolts: December 11, 2013

A Little DIY, FYI…

Holiday Color Trends and Home Décor Ideas From Dunn-Edwards Paints

There are plenty of fun holiday color trends this season, and with just a little effort, it’s easy to get your home ready for December visitors. Dunn-Edwards Paints has ideas for mini-makeovers that will wow your guests…whether you only have an afternoon, a full day or an entire weekend for a project.

According to Sara McLean, Dunn-Edwards color expert, many of the holiday color trends are a big departure from the traditional red and green. A full list of the 2013 holiday trends and corresponding color palettes can be found on her blog, specs+spaces. “One fun color trend is airy pastels, with colors like Pale Jade (DE5681), Envious Pastel (DE5576) and Early Blossom (DE5049)," she said. Think sugar spun treats, macaroons and a whimsical tree that sparkles. A great one-day project might be to use these colors to paint a powder room.

trendy paint

"Neon brights with vivid orange, purple or sapphire will be popular, too." She points out that while you might not want to paint an entire wall in a neon color, you can bring those colors into your décor with luminescent glass, bright ornaments and textiles. Or paint a piece of furniture in an eye-popping shade. Then paint the walls in warm neutrals like cream, woodsy brown or gray.

“We’re seeing resurgence in the Alpine chalet experience with winter adornments, like toboggans, show shoes and cross-stitched samplers,” she said. “It would be an easy project to paint your front door a fun pine tree-green in a rich gloss. In a similar nod to traditional décor, there is an emphasis on made in America, incorporating denim, plaid and gingham and a focus on primary colors.”

The nature-inspired woodland winter trend brings the colors and creatures from the outdoors into the living space. In an afternoon, you could paint a wall in the dining room in a rich gold, chocolate or copper; and incorporate decorative ornaments with owls, deer, songbirds, rabbits and snowflakes; plus bring in interesting branches, berries and pinecones from the garden.

Top Window Trends for 2014: Budget Blinds Style Expert Shares What Is Hot for the New Year

trendy windows

  • A more layered look in window coverings
  • Toiles, florals and checks dominating drapery material
  • Sustainable materials like organic fabrics, woven naturals, grasses and paper for window coverings
  • Shades of green
  • Muted tones for bedroom and living rooms
  • Brass-finished hardware
  • An increase in light wood finishes

Behr Paints Launches New Site With Interesting Features

Behr site update

Behr Paints has just launched a brand new site with an updated, contemporary look and feel!

New site, same link:

New features include:

  • The new ColorSmart by Behr® application on the site has been improved to inspire and empower you to select and coordinate colors to that express yourself and bring your vision to life in less time. This feature has been optimized so you can share colors via email, Facebook, Twitter, and even Pinterest!

  • The How-To section offers elite access to step-by-step instructions for any of your upcoming projects from basic wall painting to color selection and deck staining. Videos have been added too! Now everyone can learn how to complete amazing DIY projects! Announces the Winners of the Project Kitchen Upgrade Contest!

contest details.

You came, you voted, and now it’s time to reveal the grand prize winner of the Kitchen Upgrade Photo Contest! They received over 200 images of ugly kitchens from all over the country, and after narrowing the submissions down to just 10 finalists, they've left it up to you to decide which dilapidated kitchen was the most deserving of a super sweet $1,750 kitchen revamp courtesy of Moen. So who won their fab makeover with a chance of getting one of Moen’s beautiful new touchless, water-saving MotionSense faucets? Click here to find out!