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Homeowners planning indoor improvements

Zillow • Nov 5, 2013 at 12:02 AM

By S.E. Slack

With the days rapidly shortening and multiple holidays approaching, residents are starting to look for new ways to brighten their spaces, perk up their moods and quickly redecorate a home office. In a new trend report about fall home improvements, some residents are planning to take on full redecorating projects but most are content with a bit of painting or updating accessories.

"Fall is a perfect transition time from outdoor to indoor activities, which is resonating in home improvement plans and trends,” said Cynthia Nowak, Zillow Digs trend expert. She said that updating workspaces for the holiday season ahead while keeping in mind daily needs isn’t as tricky as it sounds.

Users of Zillow Digs are browsing images of more than 110 million U.S. homes to see the estimated cost of the actual rooms they are viewing. The data can help serve as a guide for residents planning do-it-yourself projects.

Marc Thee of Marc-Michaels Interior Design, Inc. in Winter Park, Fla., agrees that updates aren’t too difficult. He recommends home office users try a new coat of paint to give things a completely new look and attitude.

“Lighter tones are better for keeping the mood up during working hours,” he said, “so look for hues in neutral menswear colors like warm graphite, rich palominos, bone, limestone and greyed lavender.”

More ambitious home office improvement plans and trends include adding coffee bars just steps away from office desks or updating furniture to double as both workplace and guest room options.

Other designers stated that guest rooms can perform double duty by including furniture like armoires, side tables and creative storage solutions that keep the room uncluttered but high-performing. The popularity of laptops and tablets allow homeowners to use more vintage furnishings instead of relying on traditional desks designed specifically for computers. Murphy beds are even gaining in popularity to allow maximum space for work while transforming a room immediately when guests are expected.

Keep a stash of few traditional holiday decorations in complementary colors and your office can easily be transformed from one holiday to another with just the change of accessories. Remember, too, that holidays are a state of mind. In the Queen City where art is king, for instance, some home office owners swap out sculptures and paintings.

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