Adding Smart Home Technology Could Be a Genius Move


Once, a Jetsons kind of life seemed like a pipe dream, the stuff of cartoons. Well, even pipe dreams come true. Though we’re not yet zipping through the sky to commute to and from work, today’s smart home technology is making many of our daily commutes more than just a way home. Example:

Imagine it’s the end of a long work day. It’s cold and dark and you’re dog-tired. As you head home, the thermostat there monitors your location and adjusts the home’s inside temp to your desired comfort. When you reach your street, the garage door lifts. Inside, the lights switch on to create a warm and inviting ambience for you, while the silky smooth baritone of Michael Bublé, from your preselected playlist, sings softly in the background. Ah, home at last.


With the price of smart home tech having dropped to more affordable levels in recent years, it’s no wonder that more of us are installing high-tech features that oversee our home’s temperature, lights, safety and more. Plus, many of these gadgets are either voice-activated or controlled via a smartphone. Which means you can lower your garage door while basking in the sun on the beach at Waikiki.

Are you ready to get smart? Check out our Smart Home Technology homeowner’s guide and …

  • Understand what’s a smart device and what isn’t
  • Find out which cities are America’s “smartest”
  • Learn how smart tech can boost your home’s appeal

Download our Smart Home Technology guide now.


5 Top Home Improvements that Pay Back When You Want to Sell

When renovating, it’s important to consider resale value. Here are five top home improvements with the highest return on investment according to Renovation Magazine, and where in the country to implement them for the biggest resale boost.

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Whether you’re renovating to sell, or plan on enjoying the results for years to come, you may want to consider which upgrades will give you the greatest return in terms of resale value — which may change depending on where you live. Here are five top home improvements with the highest return on investment according to Renovation Magazine, and where in the country to implement them for the biggest resale boost.

1. Attic Insulation

While arguably not the most exciting upgrade on the list, boosting the R-value in your attic through some extra insulation has the potential for a huge return — earning back on average 117 percent of the cost to install across the nation — and who wouldn’t want to be up money at the end of the day?

Attic insulation plays a huge role in your home, from preventing ice dams in the winter to keeping your home cooler in the summer, which is why it can garner up to a whopping 144 percent return in very hot or cold climates (think New England or the Gulf Coast). But, no matter where you live, if you’re looking for a renovation that will impact your comfort and resale value, this is the one.

2. Stone Veneer

Since first impressions are so important in real estate, it’s no surprise that three of the top five renovations on the list have to do with ramping up the curb appeal of your house. Manufactured stone veneer is generally used to replace the bottom third of siding on a home’s exterior to provide an earthy, modern touch. Though it is a good bet no matter where you are, with a 93 percent return on average, homeowners right up the Pacific Coast could make back more than the cost of the renovation come selling time.

3. Garage Door

Whether you’re going for a traditional, carriage house feel, or sleek and modern, a new garage door is a fantastic upgrade, which will garner a nearly 92 percent return on investment nationwide. There is really no area of the country where a new garage door is an ill-advised renovation; however, homes in colder climates would benefit from an insulated door, versus their Southern counterparts.

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4. Steel Entry Door

Upgrading your front door is one of the fastest ways to increase curb appeal and create an inviting entrance to your home. It’s also a great investment with an average return of 91 percent. If your home is already equipped with a steel entry door, consider new hardware and a fresh coat of paint to create a budget-conscious version that will create similar results.

5. Minor Kitchen Remodel

If you were wondering when we’d get to what is widely considered the most important room in the house, you’ll be happy to know that spending money on a minor kitchen remodel will actually produce a bigger return than a major overhaul, with an average return of 83 percent versus only 65 percent for a major upgrade. What’s more, if you live in the Pacific, or South Atlantic regions of the country, you will earn even more for your kitchen reno — up to 103 percent in fact, which will help you enjoy the fruits of your labor even more. Keep in mind, that a minor kitchen remodel is defined as using the existing cabinets, but replacing cabinet fronts and facings, hardware, appliances, sink, and floors.

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Regardless what you choose, keeping an eye on resale when you renovate, even if you don’t plan on moving, will protect your home as the largest investment you will likely ever make — and ensure that the payback for these top home improvements is there for you when you need it.

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How to Insulate an Attic and Slash Your Heating Bill to Boot


A house without enough insulation is like a kid without a coat—bound to get cold. So if you’re sick of drafts and high heating bills, it might be time to help your home “bundle up” by learning how to insulate an attic (or add more of the stuff to bulk up).

How much does it cost to insulate an attic?

On average, hiring a contractor to install insulation onto the floor of your attic will cost $1,343. On the bright side, you can expect a whopping return on this investment, because home buyers are willing to pay an average of $1,446 extra for your home if your attic is insulated.

In other words, you get back all that money (and then some) once you sell! If you want to save even more money, you can go the DIY route where you pay only for materials, which will cost around $580 for 500 square feet of space.

Note: If your attic already has a floor and walls, the process is more complicated (i.e., you’ll probably want to hire a pro to spray foam insulation underneath). But if your attic is unfinished, the easiest way to add insulation is to lay it on the floor between the joists that make up the wood framework of your house. Here’s how.

How much attic insulation do you need?

That depends on where you live. Colder areas require a higher R-values: the measure of the insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it. In cold climates, you’ll want a minimum of R-49; in temperate climates, R-38; in hot climates, R-30.

If you’re wondering about the recommended R-value for your region, take a look at Energy Star’s guidelines by zone.

Once you know the R-value, you just measure the length and width of your attic to determine how many square feet of insulation you should buy.

Protective gear to get

Make sure you’re protecting yourself properly, because insulation can be itchy and you don’t want to breathe in these tiny particles. So invest in the following:

  • Safety glasses or goggles
  • Gardening or work gloves
  • Face mask or dust mask
  • Disposable coverall suit
  • Wooden boards to walk on (don’t balance on the joists, lest you trip and stick a foot through your ceiling)

Step No. 1: Seal cracks first

Before you begin, you’ll want to make sure you’ve sealed any gaps or openings that are allowing heat (or air conditioning) to escape. Silicone caulk works well when it comes to stopping air leaks around cutouts, such as electrical boxes. Metal flashing and high-temperature silicone caulk can be used when filling gaps around flues or chimneys. Here’s more on how to caulk.

Step No. 2: Pick which type of insulation is best

There are two main types of insulation, each with their particular pros and cons depending on your attic.

Fiberglass batts: This blanket-style or roll-on form of insulation is the simplest to work with, says Steve Cederquist, contractor for the HGTV Show “Flip or Flop.”

Sold in 15- or 23-inch widths, they’re designed to fit easily within most typical joists. If your home has some insulation but not quite enough, batts can be rolled out over existing insulation.

When laying down your insulation, cut to size as necessary—and be sure to start at the perimeter, then work your way toward the exit so you don’t insulate yourself into a corner.

Rolling, rolling, rolling…

Loose-fill insulation: This insulation requires a machine that blows a stream of fiberglass or cellulose over the existing attic floor framing. It’s typically installed by a contractor, but you can also rent a blower from a home repair store.

One benefit is this insulation fills in tiny gaps and hard-to-reach spaces; it’s also a winner in attics where headroom is limited and rolling batts would be impossible.

You want the insulation to be level across the attic.
You want the insulation to be level across the attic.YouTube/MonkeySee

Step No. 3: Keep soffits clear

While insulation should extend all the way to the exterior wall, take care to not block the soffits. These are openings under the edges of your roof that help ventilate a home. To keep these openings clear, you can install baffles, which keep the insulation from expanding into these areas.

Attic baffles installed at each vent ensure proper air flow.
Attic baffles installed at each vent ensure proper air flow.YouTube/OwensCorning

Step No. 4: Watch out around lights

If you’re installing insulation near recessed lights, you’ll want to use sheet metal or wire mesh to create a barrier around these fixtures. If insulation comes in contact with lights, it can cause a fire, unless the insulation is marked “insulation contact” or “IC,” which means no barrier is necessary.

Beware: Failure to create a barrier around recessed can lights can create a fire hazard.
Beware: Failure to create a barrier around recessed can lights can create a fire hazard.YouTube/OwensCorning

The 5 Best Things to Do When You Move into Your New Home

Simple tasks for a healthier, safer, and more homey home.

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Moving into your dream home can be a daunting task. Between unpacking, cleaning, and trying to find that stray roll of toilet paper, it may feel like you’ve lost your mind in a sea of Bubble Wrap.

That’s why I wanted to share with you five simple things that you should do during the first month in your new home. These may feel like back-burner tasks, but really, they’ll help you sleep better at night and make your new place feel less like a house and more like your home.

When we moved into our dream house, we were tired, overwhelmed, and couldn’t remember where we put the sippy cups for our 10-month-old son. Plus, we had no idea what to do first! Of course, we cleaned and unpacked, but what next?

This handful of to-dos walks you through each of those tasks and why you should tackle them first and foremost.

Let’s get to it!

#1 Lock It Up

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Security is the No. 1 concern for most people in a new environment. You can easily switch out your locks and deadbolts to your new home to protect your valuables and your family.

Now’s the time to consider the lockset finish, and the options are endless. When it comes to exterior locks, make sure you choose something that looks timeless and can be cleaned easily.

A new security system is also a good idea. The options for this are endless as well. Systems with online monitoring, smartphone compatibility, thermostat control, and even video monitors for the interior including the baby nursery are super helpful. Even if that room is empty now, it might not be in the future – so go ahead and secure it!

#2 Remove Toilet Seats

Some folks may think it’s unnecessary to replace toilet seats, but my point here is to simply remove them. By removing your toilet seats, you can really deep clean under the bolts and hinges where the “yucks” like to hide. Your goal is to make sure your royal throne is YOU-worthy.

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#3 Improve Your Home’s Air
Changing an air filter is a three-minute task, and it should be done right after moving into a new home – even if the previous owners swear the chore was just done. Changing out a filter can help improve the performance of your air conditioning and furnace and help with any allergens in the home.
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This inexpensive fix can also save you money! The U.S. Department of Energy says that replacing your dirty air filter with a new one can lower your A/C’s energy consumption by 5 percent to 10 percent.

It’s a good idea to write the replacement date directly on the filter when you put it in so you can be sure you know how long it’s been since the last change.

Also, take the time to test and change out batteries in all your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. These are often tested during inspections, but the batteries can die and tampered-with units aren’t uncommon, especially if a house was left vacant.

Related: How to Keep Your Heating and Cooling System in Top Shape

#4  Paint Your Front Door

Painting your front door (or freshening it up with a coat of oil if it’s wood) can show your new neighbors that you’ve arrived on the block and are investing in your home. This simple task is so easy!

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After you do proper prep work, which includes sanding the surface, make sure you pick an exterior-grade paint and use a high-quality bristle brush to give it multiple thin coats for the best coverage. It’s a great time to show off your personal style, and these days any color goes!

Every day you walk in through your newly made-over door, you’ll feel welcomed into your new home and inspired to keep creating a space you love.

#5 Choose Your Signature Scent

Every house has a smell. You know what I’m talking about. It’s that “other people smell” that’s definitely not your own particular brand of aroma. Even if the smell isn’t bad, it just isn’t yours, and that makes you feel like an intruder in someone else’s space. Make your dream home even more dreamy by filling it with your signature scent.

Don’t have a signature scent? Check out a candle store or the air-freshener aisle to peruse the options, and then regularly use your favorite in your new home. My favorite is a lemon-vanilla-rosemary mix that I let simmer all day on the stove; it fills every room of the house.

In homes that have particularly distressing “stanks,” try getting the carpets cleaned before moving in the furniture. It can eliminate the smell as well as remove allergens, dirt, and stains.

Related:  From Carpets to Critters, Most Move-In Must Dos

5 Things You Need to Know Before DIY-ing A Home Improvement Project

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Completing a home project DIY-style sounds great on paper, but it’s always best to know what you’re getting into prior to starting. Luckily, we have an in-house DIY expert right here at the Coldwell Banker home office, Mr. Jimmy Hammel. While by day Jimmy focuses on digital marketing, you’d think he is a full time contractor if you talk to him about everything he does outside of work. I asked him to spill his top tips for DIY-ing a home project; here’s what he had to say.

1. Don’t believe everything you see on TV.

Who doesn’t love a great TV show where they take a house that’s in shambles and turn it into a masterpiece? Now don’t get me wrong — I am NOT saying this can’t be done. But for the average person, what you see on TV cannot be done in the amount of time that they claim; there is a lot going on behind the scenes that you aren’t being shown. You don’t see the 30-person team that works around the clock. You’re probably an average Joe like me, who is working at night after their regular day job and on the weekends. It is 100 percent OK that it takes you a bit longer to put in a brand new kitchen or to finish that bathroom. Why, you ask? Because there is no better feeling than when someone walks into your home and says, “I love that!” and you get to respond with, “Thanks, I built it myself!”



2. Time… Never Enough Time.

We all know the phrase, “there is not enough time in a day.” For me this could not be more true. There’s nothing worse than when you’re feeling like the most productive person alive, dedicated to the task, nothing can stop you… to then pick up that to-do list and realize NOTHING you just did was on there. Why? Because you didn’t plan for all of the other things that needed to be done before you could do what you actually set out to do. Then of course, there’s Murphy’s Law, which almost always plays a part when it comes to home renovation or a DIY project. Trust me when I say this, it has caught me a couple times. Most recently was when I told my wife that we could demo the bathroom in 3 hours. Let’s just say, I was REALLY wrong and she was a little upset. At some point there is a chance that something is going to go wrong and when it does, it can crush your timeline (along with your plans for the rest of the day). So when planning your next project, do yourself a favor: add in some extra time. This way, when something goes wrong, you can fix it, finish that project and still have time to take your wife out to dinner.

3. Tools, I Love Tools.

Ever wonder why Home Depot, Lowes, and Sears have so many tools?   I can tell you why. It’s because they literally make a tool for every job.  All my life my dad has been telling me to “work smarter and not harder.”  As I have gotten older, you know what this means? It means my wife hates going to these stores because there is always a new tool that I want to buy.  I love tools more than Tim Allen in Home Improvement.  I know that I am going to come across a job and need a specific tool in order to complete it. When you don’t have it, it can take forever to get that one extremely simple part of the project completed, just because you don’t have the tool you need.  If you are going to be doing a decent amount of work or DIY projects on your home, I suggest you invest in those tools you will need. These include, but are not limited to, a hammer, drill, level etc. If you are as lucky as I am, you can “borrow” (and by borrow I mean steal) more expensive tools like a miter saw or a table saw from your dad (thanks, Dad).


4. Know your skills.

Whether you are doing your first project in your new home, or you’ve been moving walls, plumbing and electrical for years like I have, you need to know your skill set.  Don’t take on a project because “they did it on TV.” Make sure you at least have a decent idea of what you want to accomplish and the steps that you would need to take to get it done. The last thing you want to do is take on a huge project, like trying to remove a load bearing wall, to realize that there is plumbing and electrical behind the sheet rock that have no idea what to do with. Knowing your limitation can be the difference between taking on a project and enjoying the process and overall outcome, versus, taking on a project that ends in aggravation and large bills to make up for your lack of experience.  On the flip side, don’t be afraid to take on a project like tiling your backsplash just because you have never tiled before. You may be surprised at the skills that you have acquired and carried over from doing other projects. And always remember: measure twice, cut once.

5. Help!

After growing up doing home DIY projects my entire life (proof is below), I have learned a lot. The most important thing to know is that asking for help is the best thing you can do. Whether you need an extra set of hands or you need a second opinion…JUST ASK. It took me a while to learn this but has paid off dividends ever since. Just ask my wife, who has helped demo and has removed all the wall paper in the our home, or my best friend, who has help me lift a 300 pound beam into place, or most of all, my dad, who has answered my countless phone calls; not being afraid to ask for help has assisted in the completion of all my home DIY projects.

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Choosing The Right Water Heater for Your Home



Owning a home gives you a place to make your own, and a place to feel safe with your family. It also gives you more tax deductions! But it’s a big responsibility and requires regular maintenance. Some items need attention every couple of weeks (depending on the season). Other things so seldom need a checkup we tend to forget about them; like the water heater.

Water heaters are pretty big, but we often ignore them. Like most things in life, as long as everything is working, we pay little attention. Before you know it, a decade has gone by and suddenly there’s a leak or your hot showers aren’t so hot.


In the world of water heaters, there are lots of options, including newer tankless models and solar heaters. Read on for more details about lifespan, cost and replacement.

  1. Most traditional electric water heaters last about 8-10 years. Gas heaters average 6-8 years. Proper maintenance and routine checkups may double the life of your water heater. But if your current unit is approaching the end of its average lifespan, budget accordingly and be prepared to buy a replacement.
  2. If you need to find a replacement, consider a different kind of tank. Ask yourself these questions:
    • What’s available for your home and its location?
    • How much water will your household need and what size do you need?
    • How much do you want to spend upfront (and routinely) on your water heater?
    • How energy efficient do you want your unit to be?
  3. The average cost of a traditional 40-50 gallon tank with installation runs about $900. Because they heat and reheat water at a set temperature, regardless of your usage, your monthly utility bills may be higher, especially in the colder months.
  4. Tankless water heaters use up to 30% less energy and are a great space-saving option. They also last longer than traditional units with an average lifespan double that of electric tanks. At $3000, install costs run higher and usually require retrofitting. But you may save money in the long run.
  5. Get smart with your water heater. New digital water heater systems enable remote control of your heater via mobile or web-enabled device. If you’re looking for another way to save more money, consider this option!


The Sweetest Way to Kick Off Valentine’s Day at Home

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In case you haven’t noticed yet, Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year. Yuck, a Tuesday. If you are anything like me then going out for a nice dinner (or worse cooking one) after a long day at work sounds anything but romantic. That’s why this year I am flipping the script and focusing on kicking the day off with something sweet and what better way to do than with breakfast at my favorite place in the world…my home.

Last year, 11 Sweet Breakfast in Bed Ideas was one of our most popular posts in February so I decided to write a version 2.0. This year’s theme is all about Red Velvetand these recipes are sure to make breakfast on Valentine’s Day, or any other day for that matter, extra sweet. Enjoy!

Red Velvet Waffles | Go Eat & Repeat | Recipe Here

3 Words… Cream Cheese Glaze (mmmm)


Red Velvet French Toast | Cafe Delites | Recipe Here

What I love most about this picture is the fact that Karina added a few raspberries to the plate. In humble my opinion the fruit on this dish basically cancels out the rest of the calories.

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Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls | No. 2 Pencil | Recipe Here

Dessert for breakfast…yes please!

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Red Velvet Crepes | Six Sister’s Stuff | Recipe Here

Close your eyes, take a bite and imagine yourself vacationing in Paris.

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Red Velvet Pancakes | DAN 330 | Recipe Here

Short stack or full…whichever you choose will  be a delight!

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Red Velvet Donuts | Homemade Hooplah | Recipe Here

While most donuts are fried these are actually baked, so don’t feel bad when you reach for seconds.

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Red Velvet Nutella Hearts | I Love to Cook | Recipe Here

N U T E L L A!!! Need I say more?!

Red Velvet “Skinny” Shake | Mom on Time Out | Recipe Here

You and your honey can satisfy your sweet tooth with this recipe for 2!


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Buyers Can Stand Out with a Love Letter to The Seller



In a hot real estate market, one house may get more than a dozen offers in a matter of days. So how do you stand out as a buyer? Is it worth writing a love letter to the seller?

Personal touch, especially writing a letter about why you love a home, makes a huge impression in today’s digital age. Showing how invested you are may build confidence with a seller, giving you that edge you need to win the home of your dreams.

Your real estate broker can help you decide whether a love letter to the seller is right for you, and how to include it as part of the offer.



Shhh! All the Spring Home Selling Secrets You Need to Know

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Before you put your home on the market this spring, read this.

There’s a lot to consider before putting your home on the market. From choosing the right real estate professional to getting your home open-house-ready and even what to do when that offer does come in! Below we’ve rounded up some of our best selling secrets in real estate’s hottest season.


Choosing a Real Estate Professional
4 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Real Estate Agent

You asked, we answered. Real Estate 101 questions answered by a pro.

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Getting Your Home Ready to Sell
5 Home Improvements that Pay Back When You Sell. Yes, you read that right.

Renovating for Resale? Where to Focus Your Attention. Squirrel!

Need to get your home sell quickly? Here are 5 Super Simple Ways to Sell Your Home Fast 

Living in a Home While it’s on the Market Isn’t Always Easy. Here are 9 ways to keep living a Semi-Normal Life During Showings.

5 Incredibly Important Steps for Prepping Your Home for Sale This Spring.

April Showers Bring May Flowers. And curb appeal brings interested buyers.

Give Your Deck a little TLC with these 3 Easy Ways to Make Your Deck Shine for Spring Selling

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Do or Don’t? The Case for Hiring a Staging Professional

What are the Best Colors to Use When Staging Your Home? Hint: You might be surprised that it’s not greige!

Wondering what rooms need to be staged before your put your home on the market?

How to really clean your home before an Open House


Marketing Your Home
This new tech may virtually sell your home for you

Don’t know where to start? Here’s the 411 on Marketing 101 

Read these expert tips before hosting an open house this weekend


The Selling Process
The yard sign is up…what happens now?

Disclosaphobia? 5 Tips for Completing a Seller’s Disclosure

Give and Take or what happens during negotiations.

OK, what really happens during the appraisal process?

Congrats! You’ve made it to the last step in the home selling process! What to expect at closing.


Moving: what’s good about what’s hard.

How many boxes do you really need when you move?

Finally! The Ultimate Moving Day Count Down Checklist

Moving unexpectedly? 3 things to keep in mind.

10 Things You Need to Know Before Moving with Pets

Ready to move but don’t know where to start? A real estate professional can help guide you along every step of the way. To search for a real estate agent in your area, visit

Victoria Keichinger is the Brand Engagement Manager with Coldwell Banker Real Estate. She grew up in New Jersey, before attending the University of Miami and still remains a proud ‘Cane. Going back to her roots, she currently lives in Hoboken, NJ where she enjoys runs along the Hudson and eating at great restaurants. A true francophile, she loves to travel and will go anywhere there are ski slopes.

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The Top Paint Colors You Should Expect in 2017

There’s a bit of a consensus, plus a couple of interesting outliers, among paint companies’ top color picks.


Color-management company Pantone Color Institute recently announced its Color of the Year for 2017, a vibrant spring-green hue called Greenery. If you’re among those who find Greenery a bit too bright to be used in or on your home, take heed. Paint manufacturers have chimed in with their various selections for Color of the Year and, for the most part, it’s a much mellower bunch. Deep grayish blues and purples dominate, but some warm neutrals and bold yellows are also offered up.


It’s worth pointing out that homeowners are in no way expected to change the color scheme of their home with each passing color trend. Where these selections can be useful, however, is when there’s a particular color being touted that you really like. It becomes much easier to find furnishings and decorative accessories that coordinate with the favorite hue because it’s trending.

Shown here are the various 2017 paint colors of the year, from top to bottom: Shadow, from Benjamin Moore; Violet Verbena, from PPG Paints; Byzantine Blue, from Glidden; Cloudberry, from Olympic; Kettleman, from Kelly-Moore; Poised Taupe, from Sherwin-Williams; and Honey Glow, from Dunn-Edwards.

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Benjamin Moore’s selection, Shadow, is a deep, dark purple-gray hue that’s quite a shift from its 2016 choice, Simply White. I think it’s a beautiful hue, but it needs to be used with care as it can easily make a space go gloomy. Using it in small doses or in spaces we don’t tend to linger in, such as a stairway, can add a nice dash of drama to a home without bringing everyone down.
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If Shadow is too shady for you, give PPG Paints’ Violet Verbena a look. It’s also a purple-gray hue but one that’s much lighter and brighter. It’s not a pastel but has a soft, soothing vibe nonetheless. I think it’s a terrific color for a bedroom or other space where a peaceful, easy feeling is desired.

Glidden’s pick, Byzantine Blue, is also a purple-gray, but this one has a bit more blue in it than the others. It has a neutral quality due to the heavy dose of gray it has, so it works well with lots of other hues in a home.


Olympic goes even lighter and wispier with its selection of Cloudberry. Again, the addition of gray here keeps it from going pastel, so it’s a nice choice in a bedroom, whether it’s a kid’s room or the master suite.

For those who prefer strict neutral hues, Kelly-Moore is offering Kettleman as its choice for 2017. It’s a dark gray that has a touch of warmth to it, perfect for those who find true gray too chilly. Like Shadow, it’s a rather dark color, so it needs to be used in small doses or paired with plenty of contrasting light hues.


 Sherwin-Williams’ choice of Poised Taupe is actually one of my go-to deep neutrals. In my color consulting business I’m seeing a bit of a homeowner revolt against the cool gray hues that have been so popular the last few years, but they aren’t exactly embracing beige again, either. Taupe — essentially a cool medium brown — is the perfect compromise between warm and cool.
Honey Glow from Dunn-Edwards is like a burst of sunshine amid the cooler, moodier hues from the others. It’s a happy, welcoming hue that works well in a kitchen, living room or on the front door.
A couple of paint companies are promoting a slew of colors for 2017, rather than just one. Behr has chosen 20 hues that are divided into three categories: Comfortable, Composed and Confident. As a lover of bold color, I am most drawn to the Confident palette, shown above. Think about using these saturated colors in smaller doses, such as for an accent wall, in a niche or on the ceiling only, rather than on all four walls in a room.

Valspar has put forth a mix of neutrals and bolder hues with its 12 selections for 2017’s hottest hues. One of my favorites of its neutral offerings, Soft Silver Sage, is shown above.


Among Valspar’s bolder color choices, I love the warmth and vibrancy of Here Comes the Sun, shown on the walls above.

Your turn: See anything you like? Which color is your favorite? Tell us in the Comments.

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