10 Design + Project Resolutions to Tackle This Year

It's easy to remember to tackle things like exercise, diet and business goals, but what about resolutions for your home?
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We're one week into the new year, and you're likely pretty committed to your personal resolutions. But why not think through some design and project-based resolutions that you can work toward in your home this year, too? Here are 10 of our faves. (No treadmill required.)

Purge + Declutter

Kid's Room With Under-the-Bed Storage

Kid's Room With Under-the-Bed Storage

When one closet can't hold all the clothes, shoes and toys that pile up in a child's bedroom, you need alternatives. A child's bed with drawer underneath like this one from Room & Board is a space-saving storage solution for books, shoes and toys, so you have enough room in the closet for your child's clothes.

Photo by: Room & Board

Whether or not you read Marie Kondo's wildly popular book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, one of the best things you can do for your home in the new year is to implement a “no clutter” policy. For me, this meant purging, purging and more purging.

My biggest take away from Marie's book was her advice to get rid of absolutely anything in your home that does not “spark joy.” This isn’t foolproof as it’s hard to think of a broom or a file folder as sparking joy, but I found it worked pretty well while cleaning out my closet.

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Cardboard Food Boxes

Ditch the cardboard boxes and plastic bags that go with your cereal, snacks and dry goods. They're ugly, take up lots of space and don't keep your food fresh. Instead, opt for glass jars (like HGTV Magazine did here) or airtight food storage containers.

Photo By: Lincoln Barbour

Wire Hangers

Mommie Dearest said it best: No more wire hangers! Ditch those dry cleaner hangers for matching plastic or wooden versions.

Your Dish Sponge

When was the last time you replaced the sponge in your kitchen sink? If it's been more than a month, toss it. In between, sanitize it with a spin in the dishwasher.

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Natalie Wright

Dirty Air Filters

It’s important to schedule a maintenance checkup for your HVAC system every spring and fall, but in the meantime, filters need to be checked once a month. When they’re dirty, change them; dirty filters shorten the lifespan of your system. 

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Old Shoes

Get rid of any shoes that are broken beyond repair, worn out or missing a mate. Can't remember the last time you wore a still-good pair? Donate to a thrift store.

Clothing You've Never Worn

Donate or sell any items of clothing you've had for more than a year without wearing.

Too-Small Kids' Clothing

The same goes for clothing your children can no longer wear: Unless it's an heirloom, donate or sell to free up the space.

Old Toys

Donate toys your child has outgrown, then get ideas for upcycling hand-me-downs they can't bear to part with.

Old Halloween Costumes

If they've moved on from ninjas to superheroes, go ahead and donate that old costume.

Photo By: Debbie Wolfe

Filled Coloring Books

Display your child's favorite works of art in a gallery wall or a photo album, then recycle the rest.

Photo By: Courtesy of Jamielyn Nye and HomeGoods

Socks Without a Mate

We all have that bag of socks without their, ahem, sole mate. If you've done a full round of laundry without finding their partner, it's time to let them go.

Expired Makeup

How long have those cosmetics been lurking in your makeup bag? Mascara should be replaced every three months. Foundation and concealer are good for about a year, while lipstick, eye shadow and blush should be replaced every two years.

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Melissa Hruska

Makeup Samples

Give away anything you know you won't use. That perfume you didn't like would go great in a DIY spa gift for your loved one.

Expired or Unidentifiable Medication

Dispose of old prescriptions and anything you can't identify — but — because meds are considered hazardous waste, it's important that you follow the FDA's guidelines. Also, check with your local pharmacy or law enforcement agencies, many offer year-round or seasonal drug take-back days so you can safely drop off unwanted meds for proper disposal.

Old Spices

Most ground spices should be replaced after 12 months. A simple test? Give each one a wiff. If there's no scent, there will be no flavor. Go ahead and toss it!

Photo By: Faith Durand ©Elana's Pantry

Your Toothbrush

The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush once every three months for maximum brushing power.

Last Year's Holiday Cards

You've enjoyed them, now it's time to let them go. Record any addresses to your phone or computer before chucking them into the recycling bin.

Last Year's Gift Wrap

You probably refresh your wrapping paper supply while Christmas shopping, anyway, so go ahead and recycle the old stuff. If you can't bear to part with it, try keeping it organized in a rolling mesh laundry basket. You can also turn last year's leftovers into festive decor.

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Last Year's Calendar

Embrace the current year by recycling last year's calendar. The same goes for a dated datebook.

Unidentified Frozen Objects

Toss any unidentifiable objects in the refrigerator or freezer.

Photo By: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Movies You Don't Love

If you'd only give a film one thumb up or you wouldn't watch it again, give it away or sell at a used electronics store. And those VHS tapes? If you don't have a player, let those go, too.

Expired Food

Throw away any canned goods past their expiration date. If you discover still-good packaged food you didn't like or won't eat, donate to a local food pantry.

Cookbooks You Never Use

Give unused to your foodie friends who will get more use out of them.

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Take-Out Menus

You can typically find menus and numbers for all your go-tos online. Keep your favorites in one place by placing them in a plastic folder and adhering the folder to the inside of your kitchen cabinet — it also works well for recipes!

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Cristin Bisbee Priest

Take-Out Condiments

How many ketchup packets to you really need?

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Unidentifiable Keys

Most recycling centers have mixed metal bins you can toss old keys in. Make sure to remove any rubber coverings before you recycle.

Old Formal Wear

If you know you'll never wear it after the event, sell it or donate it — there are several organizations that will take that old bridesmaid, prom dress or tux off your hands to give to someone in need.

Old Glasses

When you get your next pair of prescription frames, donate the old ones.

Business Cards

Congrats, you just got promoted! And now you've got 300 unused business cards with your old title. Go ahead and recycle them.

Broken Umbrellas

The frustration a flimsy, broken umbrella brings is worth the cost of replacing it.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Old Chargers and Cables

A friend or relative might be able to use a spare USB cable or an old charger. Anything you can't give away can usually be recycled in electronic stores or online. Keep unruly cords organized by using media boxes that are divided into "cubbies" with scraps of cardboard. Label each section, so you'll never confuse the camera cord for the phone charger again, and give the boxes a bit of color by decorating the cardboard with scrapbook paper.

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Jennifer Jones

Remote Controls

Between digital video recorders, DVD players and cable boxes, most homeowners have more remote controls than they know what to do with. Get rid of extras you don't recognize anymore.

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CD collection getting dusty? Organize the ones you really want to keep and sell or give away the rest.

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Old Paint

Properly sealed (read: air-tight) paint can last for up to 10 years if kept at an even temperature and prevented from freezing. However if, like most of us, you store leftover paint in the garage or shed, the temperature swings will cause it to break down much quicker. If you have old paint cans with bulging lids, leaky seams or, once opened, a thick layer of dried paint on top, it's time to give that can the toss. But, before tossing, research safe disposal steps by contacting your local household hazardous waste center. If the paint is still usable, you may even be able to donate it to a local charity, like Habitat for Humanity or even a local scout troop or school that could use the paint for crafts.

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If you think you might return it or need to keep a reciept for a warranty, try scanning the receipts and keeping copies online instead of an old shoebox.

Books That Are Falling Apart

If your favorite read is falling apart, it may be time to buy a new copy.

Curtains From Your Old Place

You brought them thinking surely they'd fit a window in your new place — your new set of windows say otherwise. If you're handy with a sewing machine, old window treatments can be altered to fit your new space.

Your Old License Plate

Appliance Manuals

Most appliance manuals have an online version. Keep really important ones together in a folder.

Super-Specialized Appliances

If you've only used that fryer once since you bought it, give it away.

Soap Scraps

Unless you're really dedicated to melting down the slivers into one mega-soap, toss them out.

From: Genevieve Gorder

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Broken Picture Frames

An exception: If you love the frame but the glass is shattered, you can get a new piece cut to size at a local glass repair shop.

Bottles and Jars

Your kitchen cabinets were meant for better things. From DIY Network: 11 Ways to Upcycle Mason Jars and Wine Bottles

Photo By: Eric Perry ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Games With Missing Pieces

It's not nearly as fun if you don't have all the pieces.

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Old Maps

Let your GPS do all the hard work. Try mounting keepsake maps as wall art.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Stale Potpourri

Once the scent fades, potpourri quickly turns into a dust magnet.

Disposable Cameras

Everyone's still got a couple lying around. If you've still got some that you haven't used, turn it into a game — hand them out to family and friends then get the pictures developed to see what you get!

Old Craft Supplies

When you're crafty, supplies take up space and fast. Throw away any dried up glue sticks, old paint and paintbrushes and then reorganize the supplies you want to keep.

Instruments No One's Playing

Giving up on the flute lessons? Musical instruments can be donated and given a second life to someone who needs them.

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Plastic Storage Containers

If it's got a spaghetti stain that just won't come out, let it go.

Clean, Clean, Clean

Store Cleaning Tools on S-Hooks

Store Cleaning Tools on S-Hooks

Install a rod inside wall-mounted boxes and hang simple hooks to store outdoor cleaning tools such as brooms and dustpans. Keep a supply of hooks on hand and add as needed.

Photo by: Lowe’s


While many of us are able to easily stay on top of basic cleaning tasks, I found that I was often falling asleep at the wheel when it came to those DEEP CLEANING to-dos that I always meant to get to but usually didn’t. Things like: vacuuming my mattress, wiping down the walls (we have a dog drool situation), deep cleaning our appliances, etc. So for 2016, I’ve decided to add calendar appts for myself throughout the year so I don’t forget any of my cleaning tasks.

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Get Organized

Organized Pantry

Organized Pantry

1. Start With a Clean Slate. Empty your entire pantry, and thoroughly clean it before you begin the organization process. Starting fresh will help keep things organized longer. 2. Take Inventory. Make a list of your pantry staples and update it regularly. When it's time to go grocery shopping, take your list with you. You can download pantry inventory lists online for free.

Getting organized is an ongoing project, but laying the groundwork definitely goes a long way. If you're feeling overwhelmed by all of your home organizing projects, break it down room-by-room and don’t take on too much at once. As with the cleaning tasks, try scheduling in some organizing tasks, once a month to start, and take it from there. I find the kitchen is always a great place to start, as getting organized there could potentially have the biggest impact on your family’s day-to-day life.

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A Clean Cleaning Space

Rolling storage offers plenty of space for cleaning products and can be arranged to fit any laundry room. Rods for drying clothes as well as high shelves to store out-of-season clothing make it easy to keep everything in its place and off the floor.

Out-of-the-Box Idea

A makeshift mudroom is kept clutter free with a few wall-mounted paint cans. They not only give the space a cool industrial look, but they also provide quick storage for accessories, keys and mail. A basket beneath the bench is a great place for kids' coats or winter gear. Photo courtesy of Kirsten Grove

Stacked Storage

In a kitchen with open shelving, proper organization is key. Here, color-coordinated stacked plates, bowls and even teacups are nicely arranged. And the best part is, stacking allows all the dishes to be stored in the same place.

A Place for Everything

Disorganization in a home office is a recipe for disaster. Keep your desk looking sharp by taking advantage of vertical space. Here, books and magazines are kept to the right of the desk in what would ordinarily be unused space, and a cute wire basket for notes keeps "his" and "hers" separate.

Room for Two

Do your kids share a closet? Try dividing the space with a built-in workspace. All you have to do is close the doors to keep messy projects out of sight. Plus, the open shelving is great for extra toys.

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Making Space

By taking advantage of all available space, you'll find creative ways to keep your home organized. A shelf beneath the stairs turns wasted space into stylish storage. Design by John Gidding

Building Up

The best way to stay organized is to install storage systems that fit your specific needs. A high shelf keeps excess items out of the way but accessible when needed. And a shelf to hang bikes is a genius solution for freeing up floor space in the garage.

Sabrina's Secrets

For small spaces, multipurpose furniture is the key to a clutter-free home. As seen in HGTV Magazine, Sabrina Soto's coffee table is also a shelf, so she can keep books and magazines out of the way but still within arm's reach.

Photo By: Melanie Acevedo

Pet Problems Solved

Keep pet toys, treats and food corralled with a rolling shelf that provides space for all the essentials. No longer will you have to search for a leash or your dog's favorite tennis ball.

© 2011, HGTV

Wash Room Remedy

If you're sick of a bathroom countertop covered in toiletries, consider installing a few narrow shelves along the wall. Pretty glass canisters make great storage for daily items, while a vanity with drawers provides space for everything else. Design by John Gidding

A Working Office

Another fantastic place to add extra shelving is the home office. These built-ins by CliqStudios provide ample space for books, pictures and knickknacks, leaving the desk completely free for work.

Upcycled Style

Set the tone for the rest of your home by keeping your entryway looking good. Organize mail right a way with a cute and colorful shutter. You can even attach a hook or two to store your keys! Photo courtesy of Holly Marsh

A Clever Kitchen

In this gorgeous kitchen, designer Brian Patrick Flynn installed a wall-mounted, bar-height table. The vibrant metal stools can be neatly stacked under the table when not in use, and a hanging pot rack frees up cabinet space.

Mixing It Up

It's always been a great way to organize your footwear, but an over-the-door shoe organizer can be used for so much more. Hang one in the pantry to hold your canned goods, spices and condiments. Photo courtesy of Laura Whitt

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Pristine Pantry

Take your pantry to the next level with see-through, pull-out baskets with easy-to-read labels. Grabbing a snack and heading out the door has never been easier (or looked so good).  

Play It Safe

Wireless Security System Control

Wireless Security System Control

A wireless control sits on the nightstand beside the bed, allowing the homeowner to arm the security system before falling asleep.

Photo by: Eric Perry ©2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Eric Perry, 2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

The new year is a a great time to commit to ensuring that your home is as safe as it can be from top to bottom. This might mean replacing all the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, ensuring that you have fire extinguishers strategically placed throughout your home, adding a security system or creating a disaster kit for you and your family.

Bring Some Order

Plastic Drawers Keep Linen Closet Organized

Plastic Drawers Keep Linen Closet Organized

Plastic storage drawers can add tons of organization to any space. In a linen closet, use them to corral wash clothes and hand towels. The sturdy drawers also help piles of bath towels stay neat and upright on each side.

Photo by: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

Melissa George, Polished Habitat

One day not too long ago, I looked into my linen closet and realized it was a hot mess. I had a random collection of sheets, towels and linens that felt disjointed rather than intentional. So I purged what I didn’t love anymore (see what I did there?) and rounded everything out by getting more of what I truly loved. Having a uniform collection of towels, sheets and table linens brings a smile to my face each and every time I open up my linen closet now. So if you’re an order addict too, consider stepping up your game in 2016.

Finish a Project

K&D Landscape Management: Hide the Ugly With a Fabulous Facade

K&D Landscape Management: Hide the Ugly With a Fabulous Facade

As with all city gardens, space is at a premium, and in planning a great design, sometimes we are stuck with an eyesore. For this project, the landscapers at K&D Landscape Management built an outdoor pergola to mitigate the obtrusiveness of an structure that had to remain intact. With their magic wand, they transformed this piece into an attractive backdrop for the owners' outdoor grill, using the same fencing material that encloses the property.

Photo by: K&D Landscape Management John Algozzini

K&D Landscape Management John Algozzini

Whether you rent or own, chances are you have some unfinished projects around your home that are begging to be buttoned up. As this is sometimes a hard one to tackle, I would recommend just committing to finishing ONE project around your house in January. Chances are you will feel so good once you finish up that one project, you’ll want to take on even more.

If you want to avoid feeling overwhelmed, try the 1x a month method of scheduling a day each month and slotting in specific projects that are unfinished for one reason or another (and get specific on your calendar rather than just putting in a “finish a project” note; this will help you stay focused and get things done!).

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Give Yourself an Upgrade

Eclectic Bedroom Retreat With Modern Four Poster Bed

Eclectic Bedroom Retreat With Modern Four Poster Bed

In a private cabana located deep within a Puerto Rican resort's tropical surroundings, the 1,000-square-foot accommodations are decorated with vibrant tropical colors, original artwork and contemporary, eclectic furnishings for a sophisticated modern island vibe.

Photo by: W Hotels

W Hotels

If you’ve been feeling like you might like to see a bit more luxe in your life, make a resolution to give yourself an upgrade in the new year. It could be something as simple as getting yourself a nicer set of sheets, replacing the lighting in one of your rooms or splurging and upgrading an appliance. Choose one thing to start and commit to it. If it is more of a splurge item, put together a savings plan for yourself so that you can work toward making the upgrade hassle free.

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Keep It Clean

"I am up and about for more than 12-14 hours a day, sometime in heels that should be illegal. So the one thing I look forward to is calling it a night in a bed with freshly laundered sheets. There's something magical about being able to indulge in a personal, clean and soft bed that I find priceless. Add lavender candles and I'm a happy, happy gal." -Manvi Drona, Mochatini

Go Faux

"I have a go-to trick I love to help make any space feel instantly luxe. While I love the look of fur blankets and throws, I don't love the price and prefer to go faux anyway. So, one of my favorite tricks is to buy two or three faux fur throws and get them sewn together at my local dry cleaners. Then, voila! You have a custom fur blanket to drape over your bed." -Erica Reitman, Design Blahg

Don't Lose Your Marbles

"I love the look of high-end materials like marble and polished brass, but if you can't afford, say, an all-marble kitchen countertop, why not bring those materials into your space by using them on smaller pieces and home accessories? I have a table lamp with a marble base that adds a very posh touch to my home office." - Camille Styles, lifestyle blogger & Creative Director at CamilleStyles.com

Be Brassy

"I've placed a couple of small brass sculptural objects on a bookshelf that add another layer of luxe." - Camille Styles, lifestyle blogger & Creative Director at CamilleStyles.com

Look Into Mirrors

"One way to make a room feel luxurious is by purchasing an assortment of different sized antique frames and then painting them all white. Instead of filling them with pictures, I like to put mirrors inside them. Hang in different spots on one main wall and instantly the room will feel luxurious!" - Anthony Baratta, Anthony Baratta, LLC

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Work That Artwork

"Art is a great go-to for giving your space a more luxurious, unique feel. A lot of people are intimidated by art because it can be so expensive. But you don't necessarily have to spend a fortune on art. All of my favorite art comes either from artist friends or from flea markets and thrift stores. You can update vintage art by framing it in a fresh new frame." - Orlando Soria, Creative Director, Homepolish

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Add Some Flower Power

"Place a small spray of pink, store-bought tulips or carnations in a tight arrangement in a small vase or decorative glass on the nightstand. It adds a dose of boutique hotel hospitality, elevating the everyday moments." - Marisa Marcantonio, Stylebeat

Test Your Metals

"When I think luxe, I think just a hint of shimmer or sparkle. It's the 'less is more' rule and making those little moments pop! Like wearing a little black dress, but the real element that makes it special is the jewelry. Bits of metallic accessories throughout can elevate any space." - Tyler Wisler, Tyler Wisler Home

Dim the Lights

"I always make sure there's a dimmer on every light switch, and that I have plenty of lamps throughout a space. Adjusting the lighting in a room can make it moody, cozy, romantic, relaxing, and definitely luxurious." - Julia Noran, President and Site Director, Editor at Large

Treat Your Windows

"My trick for making a low budget space appear much more high-end is to splurge on tailored window covering, even if everything else within the room is low-end. This doesn't mean $100 per yard fabric needs to be used. In fact, the drapery panels can even be ready-made; they just need to be properly lined, hemmed and attached to drapery rods with rings and drapery hooks. So, anytime someone asks me my must-have styling trick to give a room a luxurious or high-end look, my answer is always to pay close attention to the tailoring of windows." - Brian Patrick Flynn, Decor Demon

Don't Ignore Your Entry

"Having fresh flowers on display to greet guests when they walk in the door is an instant mood-uplifter. Not only does it add a wonderful fragrance, it adds a touch of color and natural beauty like nothing else can." - Marisa Marcantonio, Stylebeat

Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

Green Exterior With White Roof and Solar Panels

Green Exterior With White Roof and Solar Panels

The soaring contemporary design of Element House in Florida draws inspiration from the nearby Gulf waters. The graceful arching roof is meant to echo the gentle Gulf waves, and the color palette borrows greens, grays and whites from the ever-changing colors of the water and sky.

Photo by: Sharp Design Studio

Sharp Design Studio

The new year is always a good time to take a look at our homes to see where we could make improvements that will help both the environment and oftentimes our own wallets. Have you switched all of your light bulbs to energy efficient models? Or considered a Nest thermostat to help regulate your HVAC charges? Schedule some time in the new year to do a home audit and see where you might be able to make some eco-friendly changes.

Energy-Efficient Windows With Style

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Marvin All Ultrex Casement Windows

Marvin's All Ultrex casement windows are available in custom sizes of 1/64" increments. The windows are made with Ultrex, a fiberglass product that's eight times as strong as vinyl. The windows have folding handles and use a single-handle multi-point sequential locking system for security. All Ultrex casement windows come with the option of ultra energy efficient LoE3-366 glass, which delivers a U-value and solar heat gain coefficient equal to or less than 0.30, thus qualifying for the energy efficiency tax credit. For more information, visit marvin.com.

Pella Architect Series Casement Windows

Pella Architect Series casement windows feature the Pella patented Integral Light Technology for the look of true divided light. The windows are available in wood exteriors as well as low-maintenance EnduraClad, an aluminum cladding that resists fading and chalking for years. Pella Architect Series windows are available with advanced low-E insulating glass with Argon. For more information, visit pella.com.

Hy-Lite Energy Star Awning Windows

Hy-Lite's Energy Star awning window combines the decorative sparkle of privacy windows with the energy efficiency of low-E windows. By using tinted acrylic blocks, these windows limit solar heat gain and help protect interiors from harmful UV rays. For more information, visit hy-lite.com.

Weather Shield Life Guard IG

These storm-resistant French Doors have extruded-aluminum exteriors and wood interiors, as well as thick door panels that provide the strength necessary to accommodate large, heavy pieces of glass. Laminated interlayers help the glass remain intact even if hit by windborne debris or sudden pressure equalization. For more information, visit weathershield.com.

Simonton Profinish Brickmould 600

Designed exclusively for use in newly built homes, energy efficient ProFinish Brickmould 600 windows combine the look of wood windows with the advantages of vinyl. Additionally, the windows feature low-E glass and an advanced spacer system that minimizes condensation and keeps the glass warmer. For more information, visit simonton.com.

Crestline Select

The Select line offers low-maintenance extruded aluminum-clad or primed-wood exteriors and warm pine interiors. Available as casement, awning, double hung, and gliding windows; and center hinged, French in-swing, French out-swing, French sliding and traditional sliding patio doors, as well as pictures, bows and bays; complementary specialty shapes and sizes and transoms are available. For more information, visit crestlinewindows.com.

Pella ThermaStar Windows

Pella's ThermaStar windows feature maintenance-free vinyl frames with low-E insulating glass, which meet Energy Star requirements for every region of the United States. The vinyl frames are excellent insulators and never need painting, staining or refinishing. For more information, visit pella.com.

Hy-Lite Energy Star Windows

Hy-Lite's Energy Star qualified windows provide privacy and energy efficiency with tinted acrylic blocks that limit solar heat gain and help protect interiors from harmful UV rays. For more information, visit hy-lite.com.

Weather Shield Life Guard IG 2

These insulated casement windows have no exposed fasteners and no snap-in jamb covers to help ensure the heavy-duty hardware will provide years of trouble-free service. The glass has a laminated interlayer designed to remain intact even if hit by windborne debris, as well as provide protection against an implosion that can result from impact fractures. For more information, visit weathershield.com.

Simonton StormBreaker Plus

These vinyl windows with impact-resistant glass have received Dade County (Fla.) approval for its double-hung, picture, geometric, casement, no-hinge casement and awning styles. The windows' triple-stepped, sloped sills are angled downward to force water away from the window; the vinyl construction provides excellent insulation. They have a tilt-in, lift-out sash for easy cleaning. KeepSafe Maximum laminated glass helps to provide protection from intruders as well as storms. For more information, visit simonton.com.

Proshield 2

These double-hung tilt windows allow both sashes to tilt into the room for easy cleaning on both sides. The vinyl-clad wood windows feature a new design for high efficiency in coastal areas, and can be combined for dramatic picture windows, bay windows or other configurations. For more information, visit weathershield.com.

Marvin All Ultrex Awning Windows

Marvin's All Ultrex awning windows are made with Ultrex, a fiberglass product that's eight times as strong as vinyl. The windows resist dinging, scratching, warping, corrosion and fading, and they're available in six exterior colors -- including dark colors such as ebony. All Ultrex awning windows come with the option of ultra energy-efficient LoE3-366 glass, which delivers a U-value and solar heat gain coefficient equal to or less than 0.30, thus qualifying for the energy efficiency tax credit. For more information, visit marvin.com.

Weather Shield 2

Weather Shield's flagship line includes its casement, which open a full 90 degrees to provide maximum ventilation and easy cleaning. Featuring extruded aluminum exteriors and wood interiors, the windows can be combined in a wide variety of configurations. They are available with the optional Energy Sash, which increases energy efficiency. For more information, visit weathershield.com.

Crestline VinylCrest 200

The extruded dual-wall, multi-chambered frame reduces energy loss and sound transmission. It also has a stepped exterior profile and a sloped sill, as well as stiffeners in the check rails and fusion-welded corners to strengthen the unit. Available as single- and double-hung, glider, casement, awning, bow and bay, direct set picture, and specialty shaped windows, as well as narrow-stile and French wide-stile sliding patio doors. For more information, visit crestlinewindows.com.

Weather Shield Proshield

These vinyl-clad wood windows feature a new design for high efficiency in coastal areas. The casement window opens a full 90 degrees to provide maximum ventilation and easy cleaning. The wide range of sizes permits a custom look for almost any application. For more information, visit weathershield.com.

Focus on the Details

Streamlined White Cabinets in Contemporary Kitchen

Streamlined White Cabinets in Contemporary Kitchen

Upper and lower streamlined cabinets with linear pulls provide ample storage space in this contemporary kitchen.

Photo by: Jackson Design and Remodeling

Jackson Design and Remodeling

For those of you who have been fairly successful at completing projects, but still lack some of the finishing touches, make 2016 all about fine-tuning the details in your home. Maybe add some curtains to finish out a room or finally replace the trim that you’ve been meaning to update. Switching out cabinet pulls or electrical switchplates is also a great way to fine-tune the details in your space. (Note: If you're a renter, simply save the existing pulls and switch plates so you can change them back before your lease is up.)

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The DIY Way

Can't find the perfect panel at the perfect price? Solution: Turn a non-curtain into a curtain. Alterations may be needed depending on the size of your window.

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Drop Cloth

They're neutral and cheap, and they come in a variety of dimensions to fit different window sizes. Add grommets for a more expensive look. Drop cloth: Trimaco 6' x 9' canvas, $14, homedepot.com; Grommets: Dritz in matte gold, $11 for 8, amazon.com

Photo By: Thomas Liggett


A pair of rectangular tablecloths makes two nice, full panels. Hang with curtain clips and rings. Tablecloth Food Network 60" x 84" floral oblong tablecloth, $35, kohls.com; Rings: Wooden clip rings, $9 for 7, signaturehardware.com

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Bed Sheet

Two twin flat sheets will cover a 3-foot-wide window. Remove the thread at the top hem with a seam splitter, then cut open the side with scissors, and slip a rod through the pocket. Sheet: Classic Percale Solid twin flat sheet in sunset gold, $16, thecompanystore.com

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Shower Curtain

Buy two standard 72" x 72" shower curtains and hang them with curtain rings or ribbon. Shower curtain: Kate Spade New York candy shop stripe shower curtain, $40, bedbathandbeyond.com

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Ready-to-Hang Options

If you don’t want to make your own, the following six store-bought panels are a steal. High style for less! Lappljung 57" x 98" panels, $15 for a set of 2, ikea.com

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Ideology 50" x 84" mica panel in plum multi, $25, jcp.com

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Neutral Blue

Jaclyn Smith Today 52" x 84" hopsack panel in slate blue, $22, kmart.com

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Nautical Chic

Scribble 48" x 84" panel in midnight blue, $34, westelm.com

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Simple Stripes

44" x 84" wide-ruled panel in green, $39, landofnod.com

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Traditional Checks

Jute 54" x 84" waffle panel, $40, pier1.com

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Step Outside the Box

Big Green Bookcase

Big Green Bookcase

To accommodate Zoe's huge collection of books, ready-made bookcases were assembled, then installed on the right wall of the room, a few feet from Zoe's daybed.

If you're someone who doesn’t typically take big chances when it comes to the design of your home, it might be time to commit to some big changes in 2016. Try starting with commiting to one bold decision for your home. This might mean, switching up your paint colors, adding some wallpaper or trying a new “push the envelope” piece of furniture. I always subscribe to the notion that each room in our home should have one thing in it that might have initially made us feel a little uncomfortable, because these are usually the items and choices that will have the biggest impact on your space.

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Try Something New in 2015

The top current design trends are all about introducing touches of luxury, color and texture to living spaces. See the latest designs from HGTV's favorite tastemakers and learn how to make your own space look fresh and up-to-date.

If You Love Color … Try a Bold Blue

Marsala may be Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year, but bold blue is having its moment. There's nothing sad or juvenile about this shade; it's a rich and royal. We love how Ann Lowengart used the color on a wall of built-in bookcases, allowing the collected items on the shelves, the fireplace and the elegant mirror to pop.

Use Small Doses

If painting an entire wall is too much of a commitment, try navy blue on the inside of a bookcase. In this playroom designed by Fresh Faces of Design nominee Chango & Co., the shade is playful without seeming juvenile. Balancing blue with white or other neutral colors helps keep it from overwhelming a space.

Color in the Kitchen

An easy way to refresh a kitchen is by painting kitchen cabinets. We love the navy color of the cabinetry in the HGTV Smart Home. The sharp shade is the perfect match for the marble backsplash.

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Dine in Color

A dining room is another spot where trying new trends may feel a bit less scary. We love the blue grasscloth wallpaper selected by Linc Thelen Design. Crisp white wainscotting keeps the space from feeling too moody, and artwork with complementary shades of blue adds depth to the overall design.

Accent With Blue

Fresh Faces of Design nominee SuzAnn Kletzien pulled bold blue into this living room with an accent wall, rich blue furnishings and blue-hued throw pillows. While the blues dominate the room, the surrounding white walls, neutral couch and gold-framed mirrors balance the look.

Think Outside the Box

When it comes to color, sometimes you just need to look up. Tobi Fairley took blue to new heights when she used it on the ceiling of this luxury master bedroom, making the room cozier. The high-gloss paint base gives the ceiling a reflective quality, which keeps it from feeling too low.

If Prefer Neutral … Try Greige

Not quite gray, but not quite beige, this grayish brown (or is it brownish gray?) is the most versatile neutral in play right now. The NKBA 2015 People's Pick Kitchen does greige perfectly. The shade offers warmth to the space while allowing the crisp white cabinets and ceiling beams to pop -- all without a single bold color.

Make Colors Pop

Ann Lowengart shows just how to use a neutral like greige to highlight bolder colors. In this living room, she mixed accents of blue, green and chocolate brown to add interest against the backdrop of the more neutral wall. Colorful accents are easily swapped in and out as color tastes change.

Neutral With Texture

The texture of the grasscloth wallpaper in this space designed by Jenny Norris offers both warm tones of beige and cooler tones of gray. The beige tones help the wallcovering relate well to the gold accent tables and wooden couch legs, while the coolor tones mix well with the navy sofa.

Whispers of Gray

Tobi Fairley takes greige to the lighter side in this stunning master bathroom. This shade is light enough to feel almost white, but has the warmth to mix well with the brass hardware and the coolness to blend with the marble floor and countertop.

If You Like Rustic … Try Warmer Wood Tones

Let's face it, wood accents have always been trendy in one way or another. While the past few years have seen lots of rustic, reclaimed wood with gray, unfinished undertones, our favorite look for wood right now is warm and rich. Claire Paquin not only used polished wood tones to accent the ceiling and windows in this elegant dining room, she also added accent lighting to highlight and enhance the warmth of the grain.

Table It

This dining table selected by Daleet Spector is distinctly rustic. Instead of the grays and blacks common in rustic industrial design in the past, this table uses wood with a warm red undertone and brass legs for an updated yet time-worn look.

Make Retro Modern

Jenny Norris proves that retro can be modern with this midcentury modern-inspired dining room. Installing the paneling diagonally keeps it feeling fresh while accenting the lofted ceiling. Wood tones change from panel to panel but share a warm undertone, making the wall design feel harmonious.

Keep it Raw

This walnut kitchen island countertop designed by Lauren Levant Bland has it all: a rustic live edge with a polished finish. The walnut grain is echoed in the trim of the steel range hood to keep the overall look of the kitchen warm.

Highlight the Grain

Warm wood handrails and risers dress up this industrial modern stairway designed by Lilian Weinreich. The wood grain is highly pronounced, differntiating these stairs from those designed in the '80s or '90s.

From: Lilian H. Weinreich

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If You Need a Rug … Try a Global Look

With so much emphasis on craftsmanship in home design, it should be no surprise that today's most popular floorcoverings come from Morocco, Turkey and other Asian countries, home of some of the most skilled textile makers. We love this Turkish-style rug selected by Dresner Design to add color in this minimalist Chicago loft. 

From: Dresner Design

Opt for Texture

The Beni Ourain style Moroccan rug is a popular pick for neutral design palettes. The thick, fluffy pile of the rug adds loads of texture to a space, softening it up and adding visual interest. Debbie Talianko uses one here seamlessly in a Southwestern style living room.

Add Some Color

If you like the texture of a Beni Ourain rug but need some more color in your life, try a boucherouite rug. These colorful rugs are often made from recycled materials with the result being a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Jenny Norris uses a boucherouite rug to add a pop of color to this living room.

Look to Tile

To add visual interest with a rug without adding the weight of a thickly textured floorcovering, try a rug with a repeating pattern and limited color range. This room designed by Julie Dodson features a floorcovering inspired by Moroccan tile. The result is a sleek, polished look.

Softer Suzani

Suzani prints continue to be a popular choice for home textiles. We like this rug chosen by Susan Galvani because it features a Suzani print in a more muted tone than expected, making it a perfect choice for this living room's understated design.

Get Running

Well-made rugs can come at a high price point, but runners are often a more affordable option. Rather than hiding them in a hallway, try runners in other narrow spaces, like this gorgeous galley kitchen by Design Development.

If You're Tired of Chevron … Try Honeycomb and Other Geometrics

A few years ago, chevron print was everywhere -- and for good reason. It was an easy way to add playful color and contrasting shapes to many kinds of design styles. If you like the idea of chevron but are ready to try something different, look to honeycomb and other solidly geometric shapes. This kid's room designed by evaru shows just how fun and energetic a hexagonal print can be.

Organic Geometry

Geometric prints aren't just limited to mod styles. The 2015 HGTV Dream Home guest room features bedding with a honeycomb print in soft blue tones for a shapely look that still has an organic feel.

Try New Shapes

Any geometric shape is going to add visual texture to your design, so there's no need to stick to the shapes you learned about in elementary school. This carpet selected by Kapito Muller Interiors adds a punch of detail while still feeling classic and traditional.

Layers the Look

To keep geometric patterns from feeling too mod or boxy, look for designs where shapes are layered on top of one another. This stunning room designed by Ann Lowengart features a rug that blends different sizes of hexagons with other lines to create a fresh, modern pattern.

Play With Scale

Not all patterns have to be large and bold. The honeycomb and dot pattern of the throw pillow in this room designed by Elaine Williamson is subtle when paired with the larger-scale x-print of the wallpaper and the shapely orange accent stool.

Go Beyond Fabrics and Floorcoverings

Pattern doesn't just come from textiles and wallpapers. LABLstudio introduced a subtle honeycomb pattern using mirrored tile in this fun, feminine New York appartment.

If You're Ready to Redo the Backsplash … Try a Bold Tile Look

Current tile trends are all about something unexpected, be it the design, color or patina of the individual tile or the pattern in which the tile is laid. Abramson Teiger Architects has us drooling over this tile feature wall. The tile blends an understated geometric pattern with a patina that is reminiscent of antique Moroccan tile. The result is an earthy yet sophisticated look at home in any spa bathroom.

From: Abramson Teiger Architects

Photo By: Abramson Teiger Architects

Traditional Material, All-New Look

Sometimes all it takes to spice up tile design is to take everyday tile and lay it in an unexpected pattern. Rectangular marble tiles with dark veining are laid in a herringbone pattern in this stunning bathroom design by Amy Lutz. The pattern gives the traditional material an all-new look.

Unexpected Pattern

Another approach for traditional tile materials is to opt for a new shape. This marble backsplash designed by Brian Patrick Flynn is cut and laid to create a basketweave look. The pattern adds an eclectic touch to the backsplash, but the use of marble tile grounds the look to make it at home in a traditional kitchen.

Go Bold With Black

Black is quickly becoming en vogue once again in a big, bold way. Corey Daman Jenkins uses it to perfection with in this herringbone patterned powder room. The irridescent shimmer of the tile adds glamour to the look, keeping it from feeling too moody. Combined with the elegant light fixtures, the powder room is a nod to the opulence of Art Deco design.

From: Corey Damen Jenkins

Stunning, Shimmery Shapes

Plain terra cotta tiles have long been at home on kitchen floors and backsplashes, but the geometric pattern of this backsplash designed by Alison Davin offers a bit of a modern surprise in an otherwise traditional kitchen. The soft shimmer is perfectly matched to the stainless steel oven and hood for the ultimate custom look.

Geometric and Organic

Fresh Faces of Design nominee Kara Paslay finds another successful mix of unexpected elements with this bathroom backsplash. The honeycomb pattern is modern and geometric, but the patina is soft and organic. When paired with the rustic countertop and sink basin, the space evokes the look of a Turkish bath.

Handpainted Detail

Tile design will keep getting bolder in 2015, so if you really want to try something fresh and high-end, opt for one-of-a-kind handpainted designs. This wall feature was created from tiles hand painted by Linda Horning and Katherine Jacobus with designs inspired by Portuguese tiles and set at random to create a custom look in this room designed by Antonio Martins.

If You're Over Those Curtains … Go Without

If you've got beautiful natural light streaming into a room or windows with extra architectural detail, then there's no reason to hide them behind curtains. Go au naturel by foregoing the curtains and other adornments, like Carter Kay did in the design of this Atlanta kitchen.

Paint it Black

Painting window trim black allows the windows to pop and frame the outside view. The family room designed by Steven Miller Design Studio offers a scenic view of the surrounding San Francisco hills that rivals many landscape pantings and photography.

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Steel Resolve

If you're ready to splurge, consider steel windows, like the ones in this space designed by Lauren Rubin Architecture. Aside from their modern elegance, steel windows are durable, easy to clean and resistant to fire and water.

If You Like the Industrial Look … Try a Statement Light Fixture

Popular for several years in DIY furniture and light fixtures, the industrial look is extending to higher-end statement pieces. The freshest industrial light fixtures are especially large to balance their pared-down details and bare bulbs, like this stunning selection by Jenny Norris.

Industrial Parts, Classic Style

Using industrial pieces to re-create more classic chandelier shapes results in a light fixture that's versatile enough to work in contemporary and traditional room design. This iron chandelier evokes a touch of Mediterranean design which is at home with the Juliette balcony and ornate ceiling design while effortlessly matching the modern furnishings in this room designed by Lauren Coburn.

Simple Yet Stunning

This showstopping light fixture swaps the bare-bones light bulb for handblown glass pieces that hang like small crystals from the ceiling. The light fixture, selected for this space by Lauren Rubin Architecture, still has industrial appeal thanks to the simple stems from which the bulbs hang.

Flexible Design

The beauty of many industrial chandelier designs is that they can be adjusted and reconfigured to suit any space. Designer Tana Nesbitt selected and arranged this light fixture to balance the off-center fireplace in this Brooklyn home.

Sputnik's Return

The industrial statement light trend isn't anything new. The look was a popular feature in midcentury design, making the mod-style sputnik chandelier the prime for a comeback. Tobi Fairley selected a sputnik light with a brass finish to pop against the moody hue of the ceiling in this bold master bedroom suite.

If You're Tired of Industrial … Try Warm Metals

If the look of iron pipe fittings has lost its lustre to you, try the look of warmer, shinier metals. Designers are opting for brass, warm nickel and gold to counter the coldness of the more common features of the modern, industrial style. Brian Patrick Flynn selected a brass chandelier and matching candlesticks for this dining room to add a touch of high-end luxe to the space.

Not Too Shiny

The key to using warm metals while avoiding a '90s look is to choose metals with low shine. The brass pendant lights and fixtures in this gorgeous Tobi Fairley kitchen have a bit of a weathering to them for the right kind of vintage touch.

Keep it Small

Another way to introduce warm metal to your space without looking dated is to do it in small doses. Fresh Faces of Design winner Caitlin Murray added brass handles to the covering of a murphy bed for a small touch of shine. A brassy vase and coffee table base also add hints of the metal without going overboard.

Copper Toned

The deeper tones of copper are a good bridge between the heavier look of industrial design and the brighter touch of warm metals. SuzAnn Kletzien put a homeowner's penny collection to work in her design of this entertaining space by using it to tile the backsplash and floor of the kitchenette.

Take it Inside

Usually the outside of a light shade gets all the love. Not so with this brass-lined pendant light selected by LABLstudio for this New York City home. The brass is in full effect when the light is on and reflecting in the shiny interior finish, while the black finish on the outside of the light suits industrial tastes.

Photo By: Matthew Williams

Break the Rules

Gold faucets? Sure. Gold door handles? OK. A gold sink?? Sometimes the best way to make your design fresh is to do something completely unexpected. Kristi Will chose this 24-karat gold for the powder room at the 2014 San Francisco Decorator Showcase as a nod to opulent Art Deco design and a touch of ultimate luxury.

If You're Ready for a Bathroom Upgrade … Try a Freestanding Tub

Soaking tubs are showing up in all of our favorite designer's bathroom spaces. Homeowners who were once after rain showerheads and wall sprayers are now installing freestanding tubs. We could spend all day in this tub selected by KellyBaron Design.

From: KellyBaron Design

Modern and Rustic

Freestanding tubs come in all shapes and sizes to suit any bathroom design. This simple, modern tub sleekly contrasts the wood-look tile that lines the walls and floor of this modern, rustic bathroom designed by Neumann Mendro Andrulatis Architects.

Classic Bathroom Design

Soaking tubs also come in classic styles, making them at home in traditional design. This master bathroom designed by Ann Lowengart boasts a full range of modern features while maintaining a timeless appeal.

Freestanding Fixtures

With freestanding tubs come freestanding fixtures, like the faucet seen in the 2015 HGTV Dream Home. Vintage-style pipes help the modern convenience feel at home in a cottage-style interior.

Don't Forget the View

With a freestanding tub, you'll probably want to spend more time bathing -- so don't forget your view! Gregg De Meza knew there was only one place for this soaking tub: right in front of retractable doors with a view of private lands.

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