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Friday, July 31, 2015

Adding Color to your Home | Key Residential

Neutral colors are currently on trend when it comes to home design and decorating, but that doesn't mean you should totally skimp out on adding a few colorful choices to your decorating plans. Check out these ideas to get some ideas on where and how to add color to your home.


One of the first things that comes to mind when wanting to add color to your home would probably be to paint the walls. While neutral colors are currently on trend, there are no shortage of rooms out there painted in blues, greens, or any other color you can think of. Walk into any paint store and you will be bombarded with options from which you should be able to find a hue that is appealing. If you are planning to paint an entire room consider using a muted tone so as to not overwhelm the room. Painting the walls will limit you more in your decorating options as you will need to make choices that match your wall color, but if your tastes change it is relatively easy and inexpensive to just paint the walls a different color.


If you don't want to commit to painting an entire room in a non-neutral color, then consider painting just one wall to make it an accent/focal wall. With just a few coats of paint you can add depth and design to a room. This would also be a great option if you want to go with a wilder color that would be too overwhelming if it was used throughout the entire room. Bright red on every wall would be too much, but if it is strategically used on just one wall then it will fit right in. An accent wall will typically be the focal point of the room, so choose a wall that would make sense in that role.


Most appliances are chosen in one of three colors: white, black, or stainless steel. But if you're feeling a little adventurous and/or brave then consider picking out an appliance in a color that is out of the norm. However, before you fully commit make sure it is something you are ready to live with for a long time. Appliances, especially the larger ones, can be expensive to replace so this is one area that would be best to commit to only if you are absolutely sure you will be satisfied with for years to come.


Most countertop materials come in a wide range of colors. From granite, solid surface, tile, limestone, laminate, marble, or any of the other many options, you will have your pick of various color and pattern options. Whether you want a more neutral stone with flecks of a different color, something with a more solid non-neutral color, or anything in between, you shouldn't have to look too hard to find something in a color that speaks to you. But don't let yourself get caught up completely with just finding the perfect color. Make sure the material that you go with will work well for your needs. If you're more of a low maintenance person then you may not want to pick a material that requires more care regardless of how much you love the color.


If you don't want to commit to anything too permanent, then try adding in some color with how you accessorize the room to decorate it. A colorful painting could add a splash of color and wouldn't be too difficult to swap out with a different painting when your mood changes. Some fresh flowers or house plants would also be a good choice and are easy to move around or swap out. Consider making some of your necessary home accessories do double duty, Towels, bedding, and dishware are good examples of objects found in every home that come in numerous colors.


As with countertop materials, tile comes in a wide range of colors and patterns. Depending on your level of commitment you can use all colorful tiles or just sub in a few colorful ones in place of a neutral tile to create a pattern dotted with occasional colored tiles. Tile also makes a good colorful backsplash to complement your colorful countertop if you go that route.

Friday, July 24, 2015

ARC Awards Finalist | Best Bathroom Remodel Over $75,000

Key Residential is excited to announce that we have been named as a finalist for the 2015 ARC Awards in the Best Bathroom Remodel Over $75,000 category. We are also entered for the Best CAPS Remodel for which finalists will be announced at the awards ceremony. Congratulations to all the other finalists! (You can see the full list here) Winners will be announced on August 15th at the annual ARC Awards Ceremony. We look forward to seeing the other finalists and DBA members there!

You can find out more about our nominated project in a previous blog post here.

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Pools of Summer | Key Residential

The sweltering triple digit heat is here for those of us here in Dallas (or almost here if the weather reports are true). And even if you don't live in the area we're willing to bet that you're experiencing the warmer days of summer right now. And what better way to cool down and relax than in a pool? So to celebrate the summer heat, we wanted to take a look back at some of our favorite pool remodels and what makes them stand out.

Filled with rustic charm, it would be hard to imagine that this pool was located in the middle of a big city. Relaxing in this pool is like taking a vacation in your own backyard. And when you need a break from the sun you can relax in the covered cabana and grab a cold drink from the vintage fridge or grill up some burgers or hot dogs if you are hungry,

This pool has plenty of space for all the family and friends you may have over to help you celebrate the warm summer months. And while it may not seem quite so appealing in the heat of the day, once the sun goes down you can gather around the fire pit for smores before jumping back into the pool to cool down once again.

The extended wet deck in this pool provides a plethora of additional options for enjoying the summer heat. If you have younger kids it can be a safe place for them to play while still enjoying the water. It also offers a place to relax with a good book or to soak in the sun's rays by either sitting in the water or bringing over a lounge chair. The waterfall wall feature contributes to the relaxing atmosphere with the sound of falling water.

This pool would be perfect for a family with younger kids because it allows the adults the option of staying indoors with the air-conditioning while still having a great view of the kids playing outside. This pool also offers great poolside seating if you want to dip your legs in while reading a good book. The large size can also make it a great place to host a party or two.

This pool takes advantage of the surrounding trees and shade that they will provide, offering a respite from the overbearing sun. The basketball hoop at the far end offers the option of fun pool games and the rocky ledge could be a good place to sit with your legs dangling into the pool when you need a break from swimming.

This pool also offers an extended wet deck with all the benefits that come with it. While not as spacious as some of the other pools pictured here it will still offer a much needed respite from the summer heat. This pool also offers multicolored lighting, as seen in the photo, making its cool depths even more enjoyable.

See more from these projects and others on our Houzz page.