2024 Color of the Year Predictions

According to the National Association of Realtors Website blue is a big hit for the 2024 color of the year!

Each year, many major paint companies pick a color for their prediction of what the most popular color will be in home design. Last year, many companies chose pinks or reds, resulting from the announcement of Barbie. However, this year many paint companies have picked a light or bright blue hue for their 2024 color of the year prediction.

Moving onto blues from pinks could be a good choice for sellers! "After all, studies on color psychology often show that blue is the most popular color worldwide. And in real estate, dressing a home in a "safe bet" color is often a wise strategy for the sale."

Here are the color predictions from some major paint companies.

Benjamin Moore - Blue Nova

Dunn-Edwards - Skipping Stones

Sherwin-Williams - Upward


Source: National Association of Realtors Blog 

January Tasks for Homeowners

January is a month for new beginnings and resolutions! It is also a great month to get re-focused and re-fresh your home for the year ahead! Here are five tasks that homeowners and renters should add to their January lists.

1. Deep Clean

Spend some time tackling those spots you've been putting off. Wipe down kitchen cabinets with a damp cloth with a few drops of Dawn dish soap and warm water. Dust those baseboards. Give your fridge a nice cleaning inside and out. Anytime you do a normal clean, add one deep cleaning task and it will be less daunting!

2. Clean Filters

This is a great time of year to check all of your filters and see if they need to be cleaned or replaced. Filters should be changed or cleaned at least once a year to be more effective. Check your dryer, dehumidifier, air filter, and any other items you have in your home. 

3. Get Organized

While you're deep cleaning take the time to go through some places that need a re-fresh. Go through and organize that full storage closet or empty out that junk drawer. Make a weekend out of it! Order some fun take-out, listen to great music and get organizing!

4. Fix It Weekend

Have a cracked switch plate, loose screws, or need to replace some light bulbs, spend the time coming up with a list and buying the supplies you'll need. Then pick a weekend to tackle all of these projects.

5. Look Ahead to Summertime Projects

Are you looking to have a new patio for summer? Now is the time to look for contractors, so you can spend the summer on that new patio.


Sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/home/2022/12/29/home-maintenance-checklist-january/

https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/cleaning-decluttering/time-saving-tips/

The Gallery of Gifts

The Gallery of Gifts is back at the Library Arts Center in Newport, NH! Every holiday season the gallery is turned into an exhibit. This exhibit showcases a variety of local artists and crafters, allowing the public to find unique and personal gifts for the holiday. All items are locally handmade, from New Hampshire or Vermont, or by someone who has a distinct connection to the area. There is no entry fee to visit the exhibit. The exhibit is open until December 23rd.

This is an important annual fundraiser for the Library Arts Center, as they are a non-profit organization. The items are sold with a 30% commission to the Library Arts Center and the artists set all of their own prices, knowing there is a fee. 

Support your local artisans and the Arts Center this holiday season! There may the perfect holiday decoration to add to your home!

Show Hours:
Tuesday - Friday: 11am 4pm
Saturday 10am - 2pm

Location:
58 North Main Street, Newport, NH 03773

Source: The Library Arts Center Website

The Forgotten Spots

THE FORGOTTEN SPOTS OF SPRING CLEANING


Whether you are preparing to stage your home for sale or undertaking your spring-cleaning ritual, Better Homes & Gardens, and House Logic , remind us of overlooked areas. These less obvious tasks should become part of your routine:

  • Clean and inspect your vacuum.
  • Wipe down handrails, doorknobs, light switch plates, railings. Considering these items are petri dishes, you should probably add them to your weekly cleaning list.
  • Clean the undersides of surfaces. When is the last time you wiped the bottom of your kitchen table?
  • Your toothbrush holder…and toothbrush!
  • Dispose of those toxic chemicals… like old paint! Check your town’s toxic waste disposal day to responsibly rid yourself of those cans piling up in the garage.
  • Oh…the ice cube trays! (I forgot, too.)
  • Wipe down computer peripherals – and your office items (pen holder, mouse pad, telephone cradle…).
  • Clean out that pantry! Oils – and foods that contain oils, like nuts, can go rancid.
  • Dust those plants! Whether live or plastic, plants leaves collect lots of dust.


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Get Creative - 2023 Color of the Year

Photo courtesy of Pantone

Meet Viva Magenta 18-1750, Pantone's color for 2023.  This “nuanced crimson red tone” is “dynamic without being aggressive or overpowering.” Whether you choose to use Viva Magenta for a statement wall in your home or as a splash of color for a vase or place setting, expect compliments! Other decorating colors favored for 2023: Spanish Moss (Krylon), Raspberry Blush (Benjamin Moore), Terra Rosa (Dunn-Edwards), Redend Point (Sherwin-Williams), and Vining Ivy (Glidden). For those of us who prefer neutrals, 2023 brings us Blank Canvas (Behr) and Rustic Greige (Dutch Boy) . Valspar has chosen 12 versatile “livable” paint colors, including Southern Road and Gentle Violet. Better Homes & Gardens (at Walmart) has chosen Canyon Ridge as its color for 2023. We think it’s a perfect chose to freshen your kitchen – or even your living room! 

Feel free to contact us and one of our Milestone Team members will explore ways to make your home market-ready!


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