4 Quick Ways to Upgrade Your Living Room on a Budget

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We all want the home of our dreams, but sometimes it just isn’t in the cards at the current time. Often when one plans to have a gathering in the near future, the thought “oh man, this room looks awful,” can run through the head and cause havoc. Luckily, their are some relatively quick fixes you can make to your room until you are ready for that NJ home remodeling project you’ve been dreaming of.

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1. Rearrange the furniture: Many rooms can become cluttered over the years. People get stuck in their ways and tend to keep the layout of their living room the same for long periods of time. If you have never tried moving things around, you can’t see the full potential of the room. Try shifting the furniture to create a more open feel, you may love what you find.

2. A basic paint job: Your room may have dull old paint, or could use a brighter color to open the space. Take a Saturday or Sunday and give your living room a fresh paint job. It’s amazing what it can do.

3. De-clutter: Go through the room. There may be some items which you don’t need anymore, or would work better in a different space in the home. Take inventory of your items, see what you truly need, and free up some space!

4. Try a new rug: While rugs can run a bit pricey, you can find a basic area rug that won’t break the bank. Purchasing a rug that goes well the the color of the walls as well as the furniture can really pull the room together.

While these quick fixes can serve as a temporary solution for your home needs, when you’re ready for a home renovation, we’re the guys for the job. Visit us online at https://www.trademarkinteriors.com or give us a call today at 973-636-0100

When to Consider a Home Addition

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Considering a Home Addition for Needed Space

If you’re suddenly feeling like the walls of your house are closing in, it may be time to consider a home addition. Additions allow you to create the home of your dreams without the hassle of selling your home and moving. As one of the top NJ home remodeling firms who have successfully completed numerous home additions over the years, we’ve seen plenty of scenarios where adding extra space was an extraordinary decision.

Working from Home

The work from home trend is exploding, with CNN Money reporting a 41 percent increase over a recent 10-year period. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics adds another notable stat to the mix, reporting that 24 percent of the American workforce telecommutes, or performs work tasks at home on a regular basis. A new office or private business space might be nice for all that working at home as it allows for the separate space from daily life and may help you keep a regulated environment to better focus.

Expanding Families

Nearly 4 million babies were born in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with preliminary numbers for 2013 adding another 4 million to households across America. A home addition can serve as the perfect solution to a growing family looking for more space. Add a brand new nursery, or perhaps a brand new room for an older child that is willing to give up his or her old bedroom for the expected baby. Plus, teenagers are notorious for craving their space, and a home addition can be a way to give it to them.

You may also find yourself needing a large living or kitchen area due to an expanding family. Add a two-story addition and incorporate both a living space and bedroom, or possibly a new bathroom.

Marriage and Retirement

Marriages and retirement are two more reasons to consider a home addition. The CDC reports that 2.1 million marriages took place in 2013, and if any of those couples are moving into one or the other’s existing homes, they may find space a bit cramped. This is especially true if they plan to have children or if there are already children involved.

The same can hold true for a retired couple that are suddenly spending much more time at home after years in the workforce. Home additions bring new life to the place, not to mention what they can do for some elbow room.

Desired Rooms

Maybe you always wanted a formal dining room or a bar to entertain guests, you just never had the space. You love your home and don’t plan on leaving anytime soon, so why not just add on that room you want so bad? Home additions can help your home grow with you and your family over the years.

If you are looking to renovate your home with an addition, contact Trade Mark Design & Build today to receive and estimate on your project. You can also visit our showroom located in Hawthorne, NJ for some unique inspiration ideas.

Kitchen Countertop Options: Choosing One that Works for You

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One of the most visible elements in your kitchen is the kitchen countertops, and they have to do much more than simply look good. They have to stand up to the daily wear and tear that often includes hot pots, sharp knives and foods that like to stick or stain.

As a NJ kitchen remodeling company that has worked with various kitchen countertop materials, we’ve outlined several of the most gorgeous and durable options that function as beautifully as they look.

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Granite, Natural Stone

Granite has long been a classic countertop material that never goes out of style. Like all natural stone, granite is durable, heat-resistant and comes with individual patterns that will be unique to your own kitchen. While natural stone is one of the more expensive choices for countertops and requires an initial seal plus regular re-sealing, its elegance can be well worth it. Marble, limestone and other natural stone options offer the same sophisticated look coupled with incredible durability.

Quartz, Cultured Stone

Quartz countertops mimic the look of natural stone but with a lower cost and lower maintenance level. Because quartz-surfaced countertops are not porous like natural stone, they don’t require initial and subsequent sealing. Also known as cultured stone, quartz countertops still stand up to heat, scratches and stains but without any specialized care. Cultured stone is available in a wide range of colors and patterns, although the patterns will not be unique like their natural stone counterparts.


Composite countertops are eco-friendly countertops made out of recycled materials. They often contain paper or wood pulp mixed with a water-based resin. The durable surface resists scratches, heat, stains and even bacteria. Available in a wide range of grains and colors, they are a highly affordable option that’s extremely easy to clean and maintain.

Summer Projects for Family Bonding

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For property owners living in NJ, home remodeling projects completed during the summer mostly involve exterior improvements such as adding a patio or improving on an existing patio, building a fire pit to make their block parties the best in the neighborhood or constructing a screened-in back porch to enjoy sitting outside on pleasantly warm summer evenings without getting eaten alive by mosquitoes.

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Other popular summer home projects include:

Installation of energy efficient windows–reducing skyrocketing air conditioning bills and increasing the value of a home are two great reasons for replacing old, unattractive and ill-fitting windows with windows designed to prevent heat or cold from escaping your home.

Quick bathroom remodeling tips–updating old chrome fixtures, replacing a stained vanity with one that is stylish and trending or adding “smart” features such as touch screen or remote options for water and temperature control, light intensity and music selections are all nifty methods to give your bathroom a much-needed makeover in the summer.

Additional NJ home remodeling projects currently trending and in demand are:

  • Painting interior walls with vibrant colors such as lemon yellow, lime green, nectarine orange and even varying shades of red.
  • Replacing hardware and fixtures with a highly polished brass much brighter than traditional “hammered” brass.
  • Creating a “man-cave” or home office out of an existing, unused area of a garage or house has also been a popular and easy summer project for New Jersey homeowners.

Spending time making improvements to the house when the kid’s are home from school can be a great bonding experience. Need more than a lift? Contact us today at  973-636-0100 for your NJ kitchen remodeling and home remodeling.


Colors and Your Mood

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Is it time to give your house a face lift? Break away from plain white walls by adding dashes of color that inspire, refresh and improve your moods. A few color options and how they can influence the way you feel:

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Bright, Saturated Colors for Energy

In 1994, researchers are UCLA did a study that indicated that a color’s effect on us was determined, in part, by how bright and saturated the color is. Bright colors make us cheerful, saturated ones give us focus. So, a warm orange wall in your kitchen will wake you up more than a paler shade.

Yellow for Focus

Consider sunny yellow accents for your in-home office. The color yellow has been found to increase focus. Adding it to your working space can enhance your concentration and more productive. You can introduce the color through curtains, picture frames and wall moldings, or, add it to a single wall in the room. Avoid painting an entire room yellow, though. In studies, too much yellow was found to cause anxiety.

Sleep Well with Cool Colors

At the end of a long day, all you want to do is unwind. Add pale blue, gray or muted greens to your bedroom or bathroom to make those rooms a haven from the hectic world outside. Cool colors slow the heart rate and help you transition into a calmer mood. You’ll feel less stress and sleep better at night.

Take advantage of the power of color during your NJ home remodeling by adding hues that inspire the moods you desire. Mood-enhancing hues help set the stage for a home that makes you and your family feel your best.


Home Lighting and Your Mood

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Did you realize how big of a difference lighting has on your mood? According to an article by American Family Physician, about 4 to 6 percent of people suffer from winter depression and up to 40 percent may have some changes in mood during the winter months. While this is based on the body’s reaction to sunlight (or lack thereof,) interior lighting can affect your mood as well.

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Different Lighting for Different Rooms

Each room in your home may have a different “mood” associated with it. In your kitchen or an office, you want something bright and inspiring. However, in your dining room you may want something soft and conducive to good conversation. Do not just look at the “big picture,” look at the room’s purpose and decide on the right option based on this.


One way to give yourself flexibility in mood is by utilizing lamps. Sometimes you may want a bright overhead lighting to encourage you to get work done while in other cases you may only need soft mood lighting. While you can accomplish this with adjustable overhead lighting, adding a lamp may be easier, and you get the benefit of the decorative aspect too.

Lighting is a very important part of your home’s overall appeal and interior feel, and it can affect your mood. Because of this, it is imperative that you put a lot of thought into your lighting choices, especially during house additions. Starting a new piece of your home with the right mood will benefit your project greatly.


Kitchen Remodeling Trends – Just In Time For Memorial Day!

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As Memorial Day approaches, many people start thinking about making improvements and changes to their home. Summer is a popular time for this because many people choose to sell their home during this time and more people have free time available to put into these projects. If you are thinking about making some changes, it pays to look at the current trends. Consider these top kitchen remodeling trends and you can decide if one of these may be the perfect way to add appeal and/or value to your home.

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  • Go Gray – While wood, white and black continue to be the most popular colors for cabinets, a new color is gaining in popularity—gray! Consider this option for something a bit out of the ordinary yet still neutral.
  • Automation – Ovens you can control from your smartphone and dishwashers that automatically run when full are just a couple of the ways you can automate your kitchen. High-tech options abound today!
  • The Deep Sink – Deep sinks are both appealing and highly functional. A deep sink makes it easier to wash dishes and it is one of those added features that makes a kitchen feel high-end.
  • Unique Countertops – While granite is still very popular, more consumers are trying something new in terms of counter. Quartz is especially hot and it comes in a number of colors and styles.
  • Flooring – Hardwoods and tile continually top the list of most desired flooring; however, these do not have to be the same-old, same-old. Bamboo is an economically friendly alternative to traditional hardwoods and tiles are coming in more styles and colors than ever before.

Whether you want to embrace all the latest trends or you just want to add a touch of spice to your classic kitchen, some of these trendy additions may be something you want to keep in mind. For NJ kitchen remodeling and other home improvement projects, visit us at https://www.trademarkinteriors.com.




5 Easy Home Projects To Increase Your Home’s Value

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According to a National Home Improvement Survey conducted by HomeGain, there are many actions one can take on their own to increase the value of your home. In fact, the survey showed that affordable (and easy) DIY home projects such as simple de-cluttering and deep cleaning, adding fresh paint, wallpapering and enhancing storage space not only increases your chance of selling your home quickly but also gives you leverage to ask for–and get–the price you want.

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Top 5 Easy Home Projects

1. Brighten your home by installing new light fixtures, skylights, or replacing old windows with energy-efficient, easy-to-open windows. Potential property buyers aren’t looking for a dungeon-like home lit by one lightbulb hanging naked in the hallway. They want illumination, sunlight and the appearance of a spacious, healthy living area.

2. Forbes Magazine states that “buyers want storage”. This means sellers will increase the desirability of their home by adding storage space in all rooms, especially bedrooms and bathrooms. The addition of shelving units in closets, in room corners or kitchen areas are great DIY projects that will convince buyers your home has plenty of storage space.

3. Embellish a boring kitchen with a new, decorative backsplash. Inexpensive backsplash materials include ceiling tiles, wallpaper, wooden beadboard or elegant stainless steel.

4. Accessorizing kitchen cabinets by exchanging old hardware for more aesthetic knobs and hinges will make your kitchen appear as if it had been completely renovated. Cabinet hardware comes in pewter, brass, bronze, chrome, ceramic and a variety of polished woods.

5. Are you interior doors mismatched or just plain boring? Upgrade worn-out bedroom, bathroom and entrance doors with noise-dampening doors referred to as “solid-core”. Not only will they suppress house and street noises but they come in a variety of woods and designs to stylize and improve the value of your home.

While these are actions that can be taken by most homeowners, more substantial improvements and changes require professional help. If you are looking for NJ home remodeling, give us a call today at 973-636-0100.


5 Reasons to Consider Home Automation

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The wave of the future has truly arrived with home automation, and there are at least five firm reasons why you should ride this amazing wave. Home automation lets you control your home’s electronic equipment and systems with the easy push of a button or simple voice command instead of having to physically and manually interact with each piece of equipment or system. Home automation holds many benefits, and can be incorporated into your house addition or next remodeling project.

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Home automation systems let you easily keep track of various components in your home through a single and simple user interface. You’ll be able to tell at a glance which lights are being used, the temperatures in specific rooms and which electronics are turned on or off.


Home automation systems typically include a home security and surveillance system so you’ll always know what’s going on – even if you’re miles away. You can access your system through your mobile device to monitor activity and receive alerts if anything is amiss.


If you love the music you’re listening to in the kitchen, you can program your home automation system to have that same music follow you in the living room, basement or den. You’ll likewise be able to control and integrate your video and home theater options throughout your entire home.


Climate control climbs to a whole new level with home automation, letting you program in your ideal temperature settings that can also follow you from room to room.


Precise control over your home electronics and systems can end up saving you money on your energy bills. Additional energy savings can come from home automation options such as shade control, which adjusts the amount of incoming sunlight.

The total savings can add up, eventually offsetting the initial home automation investment while giving you the simplification, protection, entertainment and comfort every home deserves.


Popular Remodeling Design Colors this Spring

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Neutral colors serve to create an airy, spacious feel.
Neutral colors serve to create an airy, spacious feel.

Hot spring colors inspiring New Jersey kitchen remodeling projects involve neutral, harmonious hues that not only influence mood but also unify and enlarge your kitchen while establishing a warm, cozy ambiance that makes your kitchen the only place in the world you want to be. Soft brown, oyster white or buttery yellow are just a few of the extraordinary hues that work to visually enhance a kitchen. Directional lighting fixtures also enhance color continuity by illuminating corners and unlit recesses previously overlooked in small to medium-sized kitchens.

When planning any type of home renovation, NJ residents depend on Trade Mark Design & Build to provide them with creative inspiration, practical ideas and the latest news about kitchen remodeling trends influencing New Jersey home remodeling schemes. For example, Bergen County residents are amazed at the space their kitchens secretly harbored following a professional renovation that includes kitchen cabinets equipped with artificial double cabinet doors and concealed drawers you can pull out for storage and access to cookware. These cabinets represent a more efficient method of keeping pots and pans than the old way of shoving them into cabinet recesses where they usually get damaged or forgotten.

In addition to kitchen remodeling Bergen County NJ residents are opting for house additions to accommodate their lack of home space while beautifying their properties by integrating the newest home remodeling colors, materials and layouts. Adding an extra bathroom is one of the most requested home renovation projects among NJ homeowners. Current trends in bathroom renovations involve the use of cool, lighter hues such as blue or violet that reflect light and gives the illusion of a small space appearing airier and more spacious. Alternately, color schemes composed of contrasting hues tend to divide a whole space into smaller spaces, which works well in larger living spaces.