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Tips to add buzz to your home’s interior

Anna Mavrakis, owner of of Cottage Draperies Interiors, offers some trends that could give your home a fresh look in 2017.


New trends for home interiors and remodeling seem to come around every year, but one change that’s been gaining momentum the last few seasons has been the amount of people who do the work themselves.

Anna Mavrakis, an interior designer and co-owner of Cottage Draperies Interiors and Mavrakis Construction in Perry Township, said she and her husband, Bill, a general contractor, assist customers in building a plan for a remodeling project and take them through the construction phase. 

People who can’t afford contractors to do home remodeling often purchase supplies and do the work on their own, she said.

“The big trend is people going to a home improvement store for about everything, whether it’s for supplies, tools or advice,” Anna Mavrakis said. “‘Do it yourself’ is getting huge.”

Here are a few trendy tips offered by Mavrakis to spruce up the inside of your home:

Upgrading kitchen countertops: Mavrakis said natural materials, such as granite and quartz, are popular this year and in recent years. Formica, laminate and man-made corian countertops tend to be less attractive now to people doing remodeling projects.

Carpet: Short shag is better than long shag, and easier to keep clean, according to Mavrakis, who recommends buying a rug rather than installing shag carpet. Styles go in and out, and installed carpet is more permanent, she said.

Drapes versus curtains: Mavrakis said she leans toward blinds. She said they’re a good investment for privacy, whether it’s from visibility via the road or driveway or from the sunshine.

Paint color: Gray tones are going big in 2017, said Mavrakis, adding that anything from light silver to battleship gray is trending. “You make your home if your go with trendy colors,” she said. “Paint is an inexpensive way to change the tone of your room. Kitchen cabinets, counter tops, bedroom sets and walls and accessories are also going gray, she said.

Installing hardwood flooring in the kitchen or living room: Although hardwood usually costs more than other flooring options, it offers durability and a cozy, ageless look that never goes out of style. Mavrakis said natural material, like bamboo hardwood, is popular this year.

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