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Most Popular Interior Design Styles in Every State for 2019

We tend to have preconceived notions about regional interior design styles in the US. Coastal in New England. Traditional in the Midwest. Southwestern in the desert states.
But data from Google Trends paints a different picture. Furniture company Joybird looked at the most searched for interior design trends by state from June 2018 to May 2019. The results were surprising.
 

What They Found

By far the most popular style in the survey was industrial (12 states). The next most searched for style was vintage (6 states), followed by shabby chic (5 states). Minimalist, mid-century modern, and rustic tied with 4 states each.
In California, more people searched for Hollywood regency than any other style. It’s a glamorous look, characterized by glossy surfaces, bold patterns, luxurious details, and vanity features like glass closet doors and accent walls.
French country took first place in Arkansas, while New Yorkers went for urban modern—a fusion of contemporary, modern, and industrial styles.
 

Regional Differences

Vintage, a style that combines older pieces with more modern furnishings, was a hit in the Northeast. Industrial was big in the Midwest. Shabby chic, modern farmhouse, and rustic were the top choices in the South. The West went for industrial and modern styles.
Here’s the full breakdown, by state:

Alabama: Shabby Chic Montana: Industrial
Alaska: Industrial Nebraska: Art Deco
Arizona: Industrial Nevada: Art Deco
Arkansas: French Country New Hampshire: Industrial
California: Hollywood Regency New Jersey: Mid-Century Modern
Colorado: Asian Zen New Mexico: Minimalist
Connecticut: Vintage New York: Urban Modern
Delaware: Bohemian North Carolina: Industrial
Florida: Coastal North Dakota: Industrial
Georgia: Rustic Ohio: Industrial
Hawaii: Minimalist Oklahoma: Vintage
Idaho: Modern Country Oregon: Minimalist
Illinois: Industrial Pennsylvania: Vintage
Indiana: Rustic Rhode Island: Minimalist
Iowa: Rustic South Carolina: Coastal
Kansas: Vintage South Dakota: Traditional
Kentucky: Rustic Tennessee: Urban Modern
Louisiana: Industrial Texas: Vintage
Maine: Victorian Utah: Industrial
Maryland: Shabby Chic Vermont: Vintage
Massachusetts: Shabby Chic Virginia: Mid-Century Modern
Michigan: Industrial Washington: Eclectic
Minnesota: Mid-Century Modern West Virginia: Shabby Chic
Mississippi: Shabby Chic Wisconsin: Urban Modern
Missouri: Mid-Century Modern Wyoming: Industrial

 

Interior Glass Doors and Decorative Room Dividers for Every Style

Whether you’re redecorating a single room or taking on a major renovation, the Sliding Door Company can help you create functional, beautiful spaces.
Our sliding interior glass doors and room dividers are unrivaled for their simple sophistication and refinement. They’re an ideal choice for today’s home and can be incorporated into a broad range of interior design styles, from coastal to urban modern to bohemian.
Our experts can create custom doors and room dividers to your specifications that perfectly suit your needs. We’ll help you choose from our ample selection of frame designs, glass types, and hardware to create the perfect look.
Visit one of our many showrooms located throughout the United States or schedule a consultation today. We look forward to helping you with your project!

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Modern vs. Contemporary Interiors: Defining the Styles

The terms contemporary and modern are often considered synonymous. It’s easy to confuse the two—even interior designers occasionally slip up. While these two words may be similar in everyday language, they’re very different in the world of interior design.
Read on to learn more about the differences between the two styles and the history of modernism, which gave rise to the modern design movement.
 

Modern Design: Representing a Bygone Era

Modern design refers to a period in the early to mid-twentieth century. Figures like architect and designer Le Corbusier and power couple Charles and “Ray” Eames helped lead the way in defining the style. Their impact carries on to this day—the hit show Shark Tank incorporated Eames lounge chairs into its set redesign in 2017, for example.
At its heart, modern design is focused on form and function. It began with forward-thinking designers, artisans, and architects who rejected the excessive ornamentation and showiness of the Victorian era.
Modernists were interested in creating a lifestyle that was in line with the norms and values that took hold after the Industrial Revolution. What started as an intellectual movement soon came to influence all aspects of life, including literature, art, music, architecture, and interior design.
Characteristics of modern interiors include:

  • Uncluttered spaces
  • Simple details—nothing superfluous
  • Exposed structural elements, like unfinished concrete floors or beams
  • Clean horizontal and vertical lines, with few curves
  • Natural materials, such as unpainted wood, leather, natural fibers, and metals
  • A neutral color palette
  • Plenty of natural light and few to no window treatments
  • Reflective surfaces like steel and chrome

Streamlined silhouettes, natural materials, and earthy palettes are foundations of modern design.
 

The Rise of Mid-Century Modern

Modernism eventually gave way to mid-century modernism, which describes developments in design, architecture, and urban development that emerged at the end of the Great Depression and lasted through the mid-1960s.
Mid-century modern is like modern interior design in many ways, but the former incorporates non-traditional materials such as vinyl, plywood, Plexiglass, and Lucite. Today, the clean, simple lines and natural materials of Scandinavian design inform the mid-century modern style. Mid-century modern continues to influence interior designers today.
 

Contemporary: All About the Here and Now

The dictionary defines contemporary as “of the present time,” an apt description of the style. It’s all about present-day design. The contemporary style borrows from modernism, minimalism, bohemian, and other styles without leaning too heavily on any one style. Contemporary design does have some defining qualities, though, including:

  • Neutral colors/muted hues
  • Earthy materials like wood and ceramic
  • Natural textiles like wool, jute, or hemp
  • Clean lines and organic silhouettes
  • Metals, including steel, nickel, and chrome

One of the most important aspects of the style is that it’s constantly evolving. For example, glass barn doors are a favorite in contemporary interiors today but had yet to be “discovered” until fairly recently.
 

Differences Between the Styles 

Here are some of defining differences between contemporary and modern styles:

  • Decorative pieces are used sparingly in modern design and are typically chosen only if they have a set function (a vintage typewriter, for example, or a throw, which serves both a decorative and functional purpose). In contemporary interiors, pieces are sometimes chosen purely for aesthetics.
  • Elements like wood, stone, and leather are used liberally in modern design to prevent a space from feeling clinical. Contemporary interiors, on the other hand, may incorporate more industrial-inspired elements like concrete and steel.
  • Furniture in modern interiors features clean, straight lines. Contemporary furnishings have curvier, softer edges, and they tend to focus more on comfort. Modern furnishings focus more on form.
  • Conceptually, contemporary design is more fluid and tends to be more forgiving of trends since it’s a constantly evolving style. Modern design adheres to a stricter set of guidelines that emphasize clean lines, minimalism, and simplicity.
  • Colors are more prominent in modern design, which often includes primary colors, turquoise and emerald, and moody colors like brown, rust, and hunter green. Contemporary design has a much stricter color palette, emphasizing black, white, and gray, and subdued hues like pastels.

 

Similarities Between the Styles

Both styles incorporate geometric patterns and elements, which is part of the reason the two can be confused. Other similarities between the two styles include:

  • Clean architectural lines
  • Open, airy floor plans
  • Natural materials like wood, leather, and wool
  • Exposed furniture legs
  • Metal accents
  • Reflective surfaces of glass or metal
  • Minimalist aesthetics with no flashiness or ornate designs

 

Stylish Interior Doors for the Modern Home

Whichever style you choose—modern or contemporary—both celebrate simplicity, natural materials, and open-concept floor plans, which are universally applicable. The Sliding Door Company offers an impressive selection of interior door solutions for the modern home. Our sliding interior glass doors, room dividers, and glass barn doors are unrivaled for their simple sophistication and refinement.
Our experts will work with you to create custom doors and room dividers to your specifications that perfectly suit your space. We’ll help you choose from our ample selection of frame designs, glass types, and hardware to create the perfect look.
Visit one of our many showrooms located throughout the United States or schedule a consultation today. We look forward to helping you with your project!
 

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7 Worthwhile Upgrades to Beautify Your Home and Boost Its Value

Upgrading your home is a balancing act. You want to improve the aesthetics, comfort, and value of your home, but believe it or not, it’s possible to overdo it.
Your neighborhood and the other homes in it help shape the value of your home. Too many improvements could end up pricing your home out of the neighborhood it’s in. That’s why it’s important to consult with real estate and design experts to determine if your vision is reasonable for your neighborhood, even if your plan is to stay in your home long term.
So, what upgrades will bring the wow factor without breaking the bank or pricing you out of your ‘hood? Let’s explore.

1: Interior doors.

Flimsy hollow doors are standard in many homes because they’re inexpensive and easy to install. While they provide basic privacy, they’re difficult to refinish because of their thin veneer, and they do nothing to improve the aesthetics or resale value of your home.
Sliding glass barn doors are practically a fixture of modern homes today, and for good reason; they take up less space and they add instant visual appeal. Glass interior doors are also versatile, flexible and can open or close your home’s floor plan in seconds.
Solid wood doors are a good choice for bedrooms and bathrooms, but in tight spaces or areas where several doors open into the same space, suspended glass doors may be the better choice. In the end, both choices (wood or glass) will improve the look and resale value of your home.

2: Open floor plan.

“I love the walled-in look of this room,” said no one, ever. Open floor plans have been popular since the days of “Leave It to Beaver.” Their breezy character makes a home feel larger and allows for unimpeded airflow and more light penetration.
Surveys show people favor a completely open design or a layout that is partially open around the living room, dining room, and kitchen. Opening up your floor plan will make your home more comfortable and improve its resale value.
There’s such a thing as too open, though. You don’t want your home to look like the floor of a warehouse! You still need definition between rooms. Glass room dividers are great for this; they help define spaces without creating a closed-off look or blocking light. Their contemporary design means they can be incorporated into any home style, from modern farmhouse to coastal to industrial.

3: Exterior stone accents. 

You don’t need a full stone façade to boost the aesthetics of your home’s exterior. Replacing siding on the bottom third of the street-facing exterior wall of your home with real stone or even a manufactured stone veneer is all it takes to dramatically improve curb appeal.
A partial installation is a smart choice, not only for cost but also because it’s less likely to require structural changes like strengthening the foundation at the front of your home to support the weight of the added stone.
The opens in a new window2019 Cost vs. Value report shows the average cost of adding manufactured stone veneer at $8,907, and you can expect to recoup around $8,449 (94.9%) in increased resale value.

4: Minor kitchen remodel.

A modern, functional kitchen not only adds value to your home, it also boosts your enjoyment of the space. Prepping and cooking meals, entertaining friends, and sharing meals with family are better in a space you love.
A minor remodeling project will include things like replacing kitchen appliances, refacing cabinets and replacing door/drawer hardware, installing new countertops, installing a new sink and faucet, repainting, and replacing flooring. It typically won’t involve changing the layout of the space.
There also is no major construction required to install a glass room divider.   Bottom track laid down with silicone glue and no drilling into the flooring for a straight wall to wall room divider!  The weight of the solution is down at the bottom, so nothing is structural from above. The top track is only an alignment guide, not weight baring and no downtime required.
According to the 2019 Cost vs. Value Report, the average minor kitchen remodel costs around $22,000, and you can expect to recoup about $18,000 of that (80.5%) in resale value. Depending on where you live and buyer demand in your neighborhood, you could recoup even more.

5: Minor Bathroom Remodel.

The average homeowner spends a lot of time in the bathroom, so it makes sense to upgrade this important space. While you’re opens in a new windowless likely to recoup the full cost of a bathroom remodel when you sell, your enjoyment of the space is also an important factor.
Design experts recommend using traditional all-wood cabinets, natural stone floors, and stone countertops. Walk-in showers are in high demand, these days, over whirlpool tubs (who has time to take a bath anymore?). Another word to the wise: If your home has only one bathroom, better to spend your money on a second bathroom than remodeling the existing one.
 

6: Garage upgrades.

For most families, a garage isn’t just a place to park and store vehicles; it’s an important extension of the home. Whether you use it to store off-season sports gear and holiday decorations or as a project workspace, a man cave/she shed, or even a home office, upgrading the space pays off.
Replacing an old garage door with an updated model is at the top of the list of upgrades with good ROI when it comes time to sell your home. The average cost to replace a garage door is $3,611, and its average resale value is $3,520 (97.5 percent).

7: Room additions. 

If you live in an in-demand housing market, adding on one or more rooms could be a worthwhile investment. Every square foot you add to a home boosts the sale price by opens in a new windowmore than 30 percent—nothing to scoff at.
However, the details matter. Data show that the cost of a two-story addition is typically recovered when a house is sold, but there’s no guarantee. If you have a sprawling property, adding onto a first floor makes sense. If the property is small, expanding the first level can eat up precious outdoor space for kids and dogs and may detract from your home’s appeal when it comes time to sell.
Resale value isn’t the only consideration, though. Additions can greatly improve your quality of life and enjoyment of your home, especially if you have a larger family.
Adding on is a good option if you have a budget for renovations but you can’t afford a larger home in your neighborhood or don’t want to move. At the end of the day, it’s a decision you need to weigh carefully after consulting with an expert.

Put the Finishing Touch on Your Space with Contemporary Sliding Glass Doors

Whether you’re redecorating a single room or taking on a major renovation, The Sliding Door Company can help you create functional, beautiful spaces. Our sliding glass doors and room dividers are unrivaled for their simple sophistication and refinement. They’re an ideal choice for the modern home.
Our experts can create custom doors and room dividers to your specifications that perfectly suit your needs. We’ll help you choose from our ample selection of frame designs, glass types, and hardware to create the perfect look.
Visit one of our many showrooms located throughout the United States or schedule a consultation today. We look forward to helping you with your project!