Top 2019 Paint Color Trends for Homes

Top 2019 Paint Color Trends for Homes

Nature Inspired Paint Colors Dominate Interior Décor in 2019

Homeowners throughout Canada are delighted to learn that nature-inspired hues dominate interior décor plans for 2019.

Canadians are blessed with—and inspired by—nature. Spanning from the Atlantic to Pacific coasts, our country is rich with clear lakes and rivers, rugged snow-tipped mountains, and rolling, fertile farmlands. Whether we realize it or not, we reflect this national pride in the color choices we make for our homes.

We’ve changed over from 2018 into 2019 in color, just like we flipped the pages of last year’s calendar. This year there’s no purple in sight, and you’ll find plenty of natural beauty in paint options this year.

Pantone “Living Coral”

This year, the Pantone Color Institute has dubbed “Living Coral, Pantone 16-1546” the Colour of the Year. This bright, cheery orange is softened with a warm, rich undertone that prevents it from being overwhelming in even a small space.

It is inspired, as the name implies, by sea coral.

While it certainly adds a certain energetic vibe to any room, some people may find it overpowering. It seems that people either love it or hate it, and there’s very little response in between!

So, you want to be on trend but your uncertain of living with an entire room of “Living Coral?” While it looks great in design magazines and on Pinterest, you might be apprehensive about making the commitment to this colour.

Here are 5 tips to help you use Living Coral in your home.

Slipcover a chair in Living Coral

Think you’ll grow weary of that orange shade quickly? Slipcover a chair or sofa with Living Coral. Like last year’s “Ultraviolet,” this color will be out of style by next Christmas. Slipcovering will allow you to follow the trend with minimal investment.

Paint an accent table

Another low-commitment means of hopping on the Living Coral train is to paint a small accent table in this coral shade. Pick up an inexpensive table and a second-hand store and refinish it. It will add a fun splash of colour that doubles as a focal point of the space.

Neutral walls? Purchase coral accessories

If you have neutral walls, you have the opportunity to accessorize with coral. Add coral apothecary jars, vases, or textiles to any room to add Living Coral instantly. Then, when the trend ends, replace them with your new favorite.

Coral print wallpaper

Break up the monotone look of a solid wall of coral by finding a fun, vibrant wallpaper that includes coral as one of the inspirations in the print.

A fun wallpaper print allows you to tie into the other shades as the primary focus but gives you that splash of coral that keeps you in style.

Create a feature wall

You see focal walls in Living Coral in all the magazines right now. Paint one wall in this colour to create a feature wall that lends an air of excitement to your room. Keep the remaining walls complementary in nature for a cohesive look. It pops against white, gray, khaki, or blue.

Other Nature-Inspired Choices

While coral is the “Colour of the Year,” don’t feel restricted. If you’re still not on board with coral, here are some other options for you.

Sherwin Williams “Cavern Clay”

Do you love the idea of orange, but find coral just a bit too bright? Check out Sherwin-Williams 2019 Colour of the Year, “Cavern Clay.”

It’s a color inspired by the caverns and buttes of sun-baked clay. It’s orange with a rust tone that makes it richer than coral but not yet brown or red. It serves almost as a neutral but is warm in essence.

This is a bold shade or orange that inspires creativity yet adds an almost regal presence to the space.

Pair “Cavern Clay” with black, white, gray, or navy when you want it to “pop,” or create a monochromatic scheme throughout the entire room.

Behr’s “Blueprint”

Behr chose “Blueprint” as their 2019 Choice of the year. This mid-tone blue with a touch of gray reminds you of a deep blue lake in the summertime.

It’s a perfect medium shade that’s a timeless classic. It pairs with earth tones, jewel tones, or pastels and actually serves as a neutral. Consider it the neutral that’s not boring.

Kelowna homeowners can confidently choose “Blueprint” to represent lakeside living at its very finest.


Benjamin Moore “Metropolitan”

Benjamin Moore’s pick for the 2019 Pick of the Year is “Metropolitan.” This neutral is the soft shade of a pebble that’s been washed by a river for decades.

This is a gray that’s easy to use anywhere. It’s kept from being drab by the brightening effect of a white undertone. You can choose this sophisticated colour to balance out bold accessories (think Living Coral or Cavern Clay). It’s also a gorgeous counterpoint that will hold its own when paired with Behr’s “Blueprint.”

The Takeaway

When trends are inspired by nature, you really can’t go wrong. The nature-inspired selections of 2019 are each strong enough to stand independently. Or, each one really can serve as a counterpoint to highlight the other. Isn’t it funny how nature always has a way of working things out?

Thanks for reading and please share this with family or friends thinking of buying or selling

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Andrew Smith
Royal LePage Kelowna

1-1890 Cooper Rd, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8B7
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Make the Most of Your Money with These Home Renovations

Make the Most of Your Money with These Home Renovations

Make the most of your money with these home renovations that will help you command a higher selling price for your home. A home is, in fact, the largest investment that most people will make in their lifetime. Carefully selecting renovation projects will help that investment continue to flourish in the form of equity.

So where should you spend those hard-earned dollars? On the renovations that add the most value while you’re living there as well as a give you the most home equity. Spend money on the best that you can afford, without breaking your budget. Here are a few of the best places to spend money along with some budget-friendly tips.

High-Value Home Renovations

Master Bathroom Upgrades

Home buyers demand a fully-upgraded master bathroom. They want, and expect, to see all plumbing in perfect working order and upgraded countertops and cabinetry. Floors should be bright and new. They want to walk into a bathroom where they can visualize themselves calmly getting ready for work in the morning or soaking after a stressful day. A spa-like look with calm, soothing décor is the expectation.

If you’re on a tight budget, look for creative solutions to offer these upgrades. For example, if your cabinets are in good shape, paint them a current neutral like dove gray. If you can’t replace your floor tiles, give them a thorough cleaning (including the grout lines) and treat them with a liquid refinishing product that gives them a fresh shine.

Exterior Upgrades

An unfortunate truth in real estate is that appearances do matter. A home that is fantastic on the inside will linger on the market if the outside isn’t up to par. Most home buyers won’t tour the inside of a home with a drab exterior. They see it as a huge project they will need to take on, and quite frankly, they just don’t want to!

Exterior upgrades are a must in order to get buyers inside your home. There are almost too many possibilities to name, but here are a few. If you have old and faded siding, new siding is a must. If your windows are older, replacement windows are a must. Outdated, scratched up overhead garage doors need to be replaced. Paint all the trim and your front door to create an inviting color palette. Cracked sidewalks or driveways the create a tripping hazard need to be repaired or replaced.

These are all significant amounts of money, but there are really no short-cuts here. This is smartly spent money, for you will increase both your curb appeal and home equity. Plus, you will enjoy a beautiful, safer, and more energy-efficient home.

Outdoor Living Space

Homebuyers in all price points ask for outdoor living space. They want a place to toss steaks on the grill and entertain their friends in the summertime. This space can be either a deck or a patio, as long as you offer this space.

If you can afford to upgrade your existing space, consider enclosing it for enjoyment away from mosquitoes! Add a grilling zone outside of the enclosed space but where the chef can still interact with guests.

Even if you can’t afford to enclose your patio, invest in fabulous patio furniture that you can enjoy…and take with you! Careful staging can pay off huge dividends to a new home owner. It will demonstrate to the new buyers how wonderful the space is and help them to visualize how it could work for their family.

Kitchen Upgrades

Everyone looking for a new home has “fabulous kitchen” checked off in the “must-have” column of their wish list. Regardless of the home size or the buyer’s budget, the kitchen is a space that can sell your home!

Buyers hold high expectations in the kitchen. They are scoping out kitchens with current trends such as hardwood floors, granite countertops, new sink, spacious cabinets, and stainless-steel appliances. Wait, what? That sounds expensive! I know. And it is.

But this is the room where you will get the most bang for your buck.

Spend your money wisely. For example, if you’re in a neighborhood that doesn’t have homes that command top dollar, skip granite and choose solid surface countertops to save money. Re-stain the cabinets yourself. Select a high-quality wood-look laminate flooring. The options for saving money on materials here are limited only by your own creativity!


Because your home is a huge investment, it does need to be tended to frequently and updated periodically. These renovations will add valuable equity if you need to borrow money or help you get your money back on the sale of your home. But during the time that you are living in your home, they will offer you pleasure and convenience. After all, don’t you deserve the same luxuries as the potential buyer?

Thanks for reading and please share this with family or friends thinking of buying or selling

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Andrew Smith
Royal LePage Kelowna

1-1890 Cooper Rd, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8B7
250-979-8066 or Toll Free 1-877-330-5884
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5 Killer Kitchen Trends That You’ll Lust After In 2018

5 Killer Kitchen Trends That You’ll Lust After In 2018

Kitchen Renovations For 2018

If you’re in the market for a new home, keep on the lookout. You’ll definitely want to keep your eyes open for the 5 killer kitchen trends that you’ll lust after in 2018. Home seller, on the other hand, will find it worth their time to become familiar with these trends so that they can give the buyers what they want this year!


Glass-fronted upper cabinets are on the wish list of many buyers. They brighten the space and make the uppers look lighter, offer a place to display favorite dishware, and just look so very stylish.

Glass-fronted doors need not be on EVERY upper cabinet, but they create a unique focal point when on one or two.


Under-cabinet lighting, installed under the upper cabinets, is also lusted over. If your home doesn’t have them, don’t worry. This lighting is desirable because it lights up the workspace, provides accent lighting at the touch of a button, and can be used to showcase a fabulous accessory.

They are inexpensive and easy to install. Thanks to LED technology, battery operated stick-on lights shine bright and are attractive. In fact, they even come with a remote for instant mood lighting!


The recent focus on country chic décor has impacted kitchen sink trends. We once had large, deep, utilitarian farmhouse sinks. We swapped those out for stainless steel dual sinks. Guess what? We have re-thought our stance and now want our big, deep sinks back!

A large farmhouse sink creates plenty of room for washing dishes, even the largest pots and pans. They hold a lot of water for cleaning tasks, and they just really look good! White porcelain is the top-seller of this sink style.


Today’s homeowners don’t like deep and dark cabinets where they stack and unstack pots and pans to access their favorites. It’s time-consuming and awkward to reach. Instead, they are opting for deep pan storage drawers that pull out and offer easy access.

If your home doesn’t have these custom-installed, it can be a DIY project. Kitchen drawer kits can be purchased and installed with just a drill and screwdriver.


A neutral kitchen is a blank canvas. It is classy, elegant, and clean looking. Neutral doesn’t necessarily need to translate to “white” or “boring.” The fact of the matter is that neutrals never go out of style!

It can be soft gray, cream, greige, or tan. It’s a great way to keep a kitchen that’s always on trend.

If you’re a seller, you may be thinking that you don’t want to paint. But think of the white or cream kitchen as you in a simple white outfit…you accessorize it and make it your own! You can add pops of colors though fabulous accessories, countertop appliances, and window treatments.

The neutral kitchen gives the home buyer the opportunity to stamp the space with your very own style!


Whether you are a real estate buyer or seller, there are trends that impact how home purchases are made. The kitchen is a deal breaker for many buyers. Keeping up with the current trends will ensure a smooth transition for both parties.

Thanks for reading and please contact me if you are thinking of buying or selling

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Andrew Smith
Royal LePage Kelowna

1-1890 Cooper Rd, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8B7
250-979-8066 or Toll Free 1-877-330-5884
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Why Do You Need A Whole House Water Filter?

Why Do You Need A Whole House Water Filter?

pure water from every faucetIt is definitely fitting to have a water filter on your shower head or kitchen sink. However, you should also consider having a water filter the rest of your house. Most well and tap water contain levels of contamination from environmental and industrial pollution. It doesn’t matter the source, all water is likely to be contaminated. Contaminants could be naturally occurring minerals or man-made chemicals. Surface water such as lakes and rivers could be contaminated by industrial waste, pesticide or storm water runoff or even acid rain. Groundwater such as public water supplies or private wells could be contaminated by leachate from septic systems and landfills, agricultural chemicals, hazardous household products and disease-producing pathogens. Repeated exposure to these contaminants could lead to serious health concerns. Therefore, it is necessary to filter all water sources in your house to avoid these complications.

Despite the fact that water from municipal sources is treated, you are still exposed to a number of contaminants. A whole house water filtration system, like the AquaOx whole house filter, offers you greater protection against these contaminants.

Benefits of Whole House Water Filtration

Clean, filtered water from each source of water in your house

Once the home is equipped with a whole-house water filter, you can be sure that each drop of water that comes into your house is safe and clean for use. You can be sure that even water from the bathroom or backyard sprinkler will be safe for consumption.

Safety from chemical oil spills

National water supply is always in a vulnerable position. Take, for example, the chemical spill in West Virginia. Whole-house water filtration protects your entire household in case there was a chemical or oil spill into the nation’s water sources. Once you install a whole-house filter, you can be protected from events like this one. Consider it a preventive measure. Better to be safe than sorry. Even if the water source is never compromised, you still profit in terms of removal of hard water deposits that trouble most cities.

Chemicals like chlorine are eliminated

As soon as the water goes into the plumbing system of your home, chemicals such as chlorine are eliminated so that they are no longer released into the air. This is useful because it alleviates the effects of asthma for those already suffering from it. Whole house water filtration provides cleaner breathing air all around the house.

Also, eliminating chlorine from water used to wash dishes prevents the release of chlorine vapors in the air and also reduces soap scum on your dishes. The softened water will lead to spotless glasses and scale free showers.

Chlorine and other chemicals, once eliminated, no longer become embedded in your clothing. It will lead to softer, brighter and longer lasting clothing.

Minerals contained in hard water makes it difficult to use in everyday household activities. Hard water leaves build up deposits on shower heads, making it hard for water to get through. In case you have had trouble with shower water trickling out, the issue may have been hard water buildup. Hard water also leads to ugly stains in your toilet bowl and sink. Hard water also makes washing a difficult task because it reduces the ability of soap to form foam.

Reduced exposure to chemicals

Our bodies are constantly exposed to artificial chemicals in food, water, and the air. Whole-house filtration provides a way through which you can reduce this exposure. A whole-house filtration system is especially necessary where you have occupants in your house with vulnerable immune systems such as young children, sick people and the elderly.

Extended life of water using household pipes and appliances

A whole-house water filter can lead to an extended period of use of pipes and other household appliances due to reduced chemicals that would otherwise cause them to wear out faster.

Healthier hair and skin

Installing a whole-house water filtration system means that even your shower water will be free of contaminants. You can be assured if healthier showers and baths. In the long run, this will lead to healthier skin and hair for those in your household.

It may seem like too much of a task, but whole-house filtration is a simple undertaking that will ensure the health of you and your household.

We mentioned the AquaOx system above. If you would like more information, you can visit their website or the AquaOx Filters LinkedIn Company Page.


Andrew Smith - RealtorLiving in Kelowna,
Andrew Smith
Royal LePage Kelowna
1-1890 Cooper Rd, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8B7
250-979-8066 or Toll Free 1-877-330-5884
Follow me on Twitter @smithap01

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