Take a Home Decorating Personality Quiz

You often hear that you should match your home’s design to your personality and interests, but few color swatches come with names like “Reads Paranormal Romance Novels,” “Hikes on Weekends” or “Gleek.”

To help you figure out what color palettes will best suit your personality, Mohawk Flooring provides the following quiz:

What Is Your Design Personality?

You’re making big plans for the weekend. What are they?
A) Participating in a charity walk
B) Antique shopping
C) Inviting friends over for dinner
D) Touring a haunted house

Dress Up Your Doors

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Door hardware makes a strong impression on our sense of space. Just as the right accessories can complete an outfit, the right hardware can dress up a home.

Americans today enjoy clean, modern, uptown looks as well as sophisticated, comfortable rustic feels. Rather than choosing one over the other, many create an eclectic mix of both.

“In noting trend directions, we continue to see an appreciation for transitional design, or design that blends different style or fashion genres,” said Rob Empfield, Brand Manager of Baldwin Hardware. In response to consumers’ desire for variety, Baldwin’s portfolio of hardware continues to evolve, authentically crafted in both traditional and modern looks and designed to work harmoniously.

Empfield provides the following considerations to think about prior to purchase:

* What’s your style? From colonial to contemporary, options abound.

* Do you have a finish preference? Brass, satin chrome, polished nickel and more make a statement.

* Is compatibility an issue? Consider your door as well as existing hardware when creating your own personal style.

To learn more, please visit www.baldwinhardware.com.

Accessorize Your Bathroom on a Budget

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Decorating a bathroom on a budget is a lot like updating a wardrobe on a budget. Work with what you have, and use accessories to update and add the “wow” factor.

In the bathroom, accessorizing can even include bathroom sink faucets. “With a pre-assembled drain assembly such as Speed Connect, a new faucet is easier to add than a new coat of paint,” says Gray Uhl, design director for American Standard. “Even better, top performing lifetime finishes and drip-free, solid brass faucets start as low as $100.”

Trend No. 1: Warmer Finishes. Special finishes in warmer tones such as satin nickel, oil-rubbed bronze and blackened bronze are currently popular in hardware and faucets, coordinating well with creams and browns in linens and wall décor. “Matte black finish is the proverbial height of fashion for faucets and accessories right now,” says Leslie Clagett on her blog, kbculture.blogspot.com.

Trend No. 2: American Minimalism. “Styles such as the Moments, Copeland and Princeton faucet collections echo the same geometric lines and styling familiar in European contemporary design, but warmer and softer,” says Uhl. “American minimalist faucets and accessories look best when paired with warmer tones and rich wood surfaces in cabinets and bathroom furniture.” Uhl notes that an easy way to get the look is with a design-matched collection such as Tropic, which includes furniture, faucets and fixtures.

Trend No. 3: Escape. Turn even a small bathroom into a spa experience with a serene, monochromatic look and plant oils that create a soothing aroma. Asian-inspired design such as the Green Tea bathroom sink faucet completes the look, with the added benefit of a discrete pull-out spout, which makes it easy to rinse the sink or wash delicate clothing items or one’s hair.

Trend No. 4: The Responsible Bathroom. Look for the WaterSense label on new bathroom faucets. The WaterSense label is an assurance that water use will be reduced by 30 percent or more, without sacrificing performance. Replacing three older faucets with three WaterSense-labeled faucets can save almost $500 and 74,000 gallons of water per year.

Style Trend No. 5: You. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to be yourself. Bathrooms are personal spaces, so personal statements work well, including tasteful humor. After all, if you can’t be yourself in the bathroom, where can you be yourself?