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Tile with Style: All About Tile Backsplashes

As we head into spring, many of us are embracing a fresh start, and there’s no better place to begin anew than in the home. Tile backsplashes, for example, are a great addition to any space. Not only is tile practical, as it does wonders in protecting walls from stains and splashes in the kitchen and bathroom, but it’s also visually appealing.

A stylish tile backsplash can set the tone for an entire space, and because these areas are typically small-scale, there is a lot of room to be adventurous. Bright and bold colors, from dazzling hues to neutral earthy tones, are perfect for transforming a ho-hum painted wall into a tiled knockout that brings an inviting touch of sparkle and drama.

When incorporating a tile backsplash, it is important to consider the purpose of the application, such as protecting the wall from stains and splashes. With a wide variety of materials available, like porcelain, stone, clay, marble, glass, etc., the function of the tile will make a difference when it comes to choosing the ideal material. Textured tile can be utilized to create a layered, rustic look, or instead, something sleek and smooth for a more contemporary aesthetic. Not to mention, between a matte, glossy, or natural finish, there are plenty of options to add more depth to the space.

Often sandwiched between the upper and lower cabinets in a kitchen, or between a mirror and sink in the bathroom, the backsplash is the attention-grabbing pop of flavor that adds visual interest and emphasizes the surrounding elements. A backsplash takes what would be a normally-painted wall and adds a touch of sparkle and drama. Now that’s value!

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Sunny Side Up at Dawn Plan 3

Welcome to Dawn at The Collective in Manteca, CA—Trumark Homes’ newest neighborhood designed for the active 55+ community. Boasting plentiful amenities, residents enjoy a resort-style hub at The Campus with gathering spaces, a fitness center, and a clubhouse with a pool and spa, giving them plenty of opportunities for excitement and leisure.

Dawn Plan 3 offers a bright and joyful atmosphere with a color scheme of lemon yellow, black, and white, perfect for buyers seeking a touch of California sunshine every day. This 2-bedroom abode with ample living space has it all, including a mini bar in the hallway that’s ideal for entertaining guests.

Contrast is key in the design of this home, with black and white paint accents and wallpaper in almost every room. Dark cabinetry complements the bright white backsplash in the kitchen, while the pops of yellow keep the space light and inviting. Soft rattan accents throughout the home serve to soften the bold color scheme while still maintaining a connection to nature.

Adding to the drama are bold light fixtures present throughout the home, whether it’s over the kitchen island or in the bedrooms, creating an enticing atmosphere. The outdoor spaces are just as inviting as the indoors, with a covered outdoor living area, a firepit at the front of the home, and even a spot for playing cornhole on weekends.

Dawn at The Collective is a fantastic option for those seeking an active and vibrant 55+ community in Manteca, CA. With its blissful atmosphere and ample amenities, it’s a place where residents can truly enjoy their golden years.

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Stylish and Practical: The Power of Benches

When it comes to versatile and stylish additions to a space, benches are the real MVPs. These small, but mighty pieces serve multiple functions and can be utilized almost anywhere in a home. From mudrooms and entryways to bedrooms and dining rooms, a bench is a great way to add both style and function to a space.

In transitional spaces like mudrooms and drop zones, a bench is a great way to add extra storage and seating, while also amplifying the overall aesthetic. An entryway bench has a similar effect, offering a spot for a homeowner to drop off belongings or take off their shoes as soon as they walk in the door. For larger spaces, adding a bench at the end of a bed is a great way to tie the room together and add personality. When it comes to dining rooms, a bench can offer ample seating and a unique touch to the space. We love the idea of mixing a bench with an array of chairs or creating a charming breakfast nook with a bench as the centerpiece.

In addition to providing extra seating, benches with built-in storage help make the most of a smaller space. So, whether the end goal is extra storage, seating, or just to add a unique furnishing, we consider this versatile piece of furniture a valuable asset in just about every design.

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Score Big with Sports-Themed Spaces

As March Madness season heats up, many of us are getting into the sports spirit. So why not bring that excitement home with sports-inspired home design? Whether through simplistic accessories, bedding, wall art, or a paint accent on a wall, incorporating athletic themes into a home can add a fun and imaginative element to a kid’s room or loft space, where a bit of creativity is welcome.

A sports-inspired theme can help buyers envision their family in a space, making it more personable and invoking a little passion when they see their favorite team or hometown athletes represented in a room. Adding a surfboard to a wall alongside a few key decor pieces can add just the right amount of sporty fun to a space.

When incorporating these design elements, using specific accessories related to the sport is key to getting the theme across. But it’s not just about the decor—we love using paint accents to drive the theme home and add a unique touch. For example, themed wallpaper, striped details, or a painted graphic can bring a room to life and add a playful touch that’s perfect for any sports enthusiast.

So, whether the goal is to appeal to die-hard fans or just add a touch of intrigue, incorporating sports-inspired design elements is a great way to liven up a room. With so many ways to bring the spirit of sports into a space, a home can easily become a winner.

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Delightful Dahlia Plan 2

The neighborhood of Dahlia can be found in Rancho Mission Viejo, a community with a western spirit and over 20,000 acres of land, including a nature reserve. The community has monthly events and cultivates a deep connection to the great outdoors with its farms, trails, orchards, and ranching operations. Dahlia by Trumark Homes is a collection of two-story homes with plenty of modern amenities, like a fitness center, nature classes, and even a concert venue.

At Plan 2, a young family will find solace in this easy-to-love, California-casual four-bedroom home. In the design of this residence, we utilized a bright color scheme of sky blue, white, gray, and sand. Reminiscent of outdoor light and air, the space feels breezy and relaxed, exuding chic aesthetics with the addition of light marble finishes. Blonde woods and tasteful rattan accents keep the space seamlessly connected to nature in full Rancho Mission Viejo fashion.

The home may be relaxed, but it’s full of eye-catching elements. A painted wood treatment in the primary bedroom and a unique painted wall stripe in the loft space keep the buyer guessing at what’s next. Soft patterns in light grays throughout add just the right amount of intrigue. The icing on the cake may just be the delightful workout room, with plenty of mirrors to keep the space feeling open and bright.

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bright entryway and dining room with rattan furniture

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white kitchen with natural accents

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entryway staircase with natural accents and blue artwork

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bedroom with blue statement wall

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modern bathroom with chevron tiled shower surround

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blue baby room with natural elements

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flex room with blue sectional and graphic wall stripe

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blue workout room with sliding door

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bedroom with gray blue and natural decor accents

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Petal Talk: Romantic Accents and Florals

As we dive into the month of valentines, chocolates, and love, we’re embracing feminine interiors with florals. Of course, in a time where bringing the outdoors in is all the rage, we can’t help but love adding flowery accents in unique ways. We never discount how a feature wall with a botanical pattern can dress up a space and make the entire room shine. Floral accents can be as large as patterned wallpaper throughout a powder bath or as small as a few art pieces above a headboard. And, of course, the pattern can either be small and delicate, or colossal patterned blooms—both have a very different effect. Florals can significantly soften up a space, particularly when they are paired next to a more bold, masculine color or pattern. Aside from simply being a beautiful touch, this design element can bring balance to a space. While Valentine’s Day may be all about pink and red, sometimes using florals in a simple black and white color scheme can keep a busy pattern from being too overwhelming.

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bedroom with blue and green floral wallpaper

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laundry room with black and white florals

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bedroom with large floral wallpaper in black and white

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great room with large graphic wallpaper with florals

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orange and pink bedroom with modern floral pictures

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dining room with floral accents

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bedroom with black and white graphic floral picture

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flex room with floral graphic wallpaper

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floral graphic wallpaper in powder bath

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flex room with blue wallpaper and floral pictures

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modern living room with subdued florals

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home bar with tile backsplash and gold accents

Gilded Interiors

Gold may be rare, but it’s utilized often in interiors, and we absolutely love this metallic hue. Gold accents add a touch of luxury to any space and can look particularly striking against whitewashed finishes. This metal has a softness that shines and stands out without looking too harsh. Deep warm colors often look best when accompanied by gold accents, but alongside black and white, this metal can add an ultra-covetable brightness. The sophistication and richness of gold accents make them a great addition to any space that is already chic and wants to fully exude elegance. Adding even small touches of gold make a space look more expensive and tasteful, especially when complemented with a mixture of sophisticated fabrics and materials like velvet, wood, and glass. Mirrors, tables, and light fixtures are decor pieces that wear gold well and are sure to dress up a space. The key to incorporating gold in an interior is to avoid overdoing its elevated look and veering into a tacky or gaudy aesthetic. Using subtlety and thoughtful, tasteful touches throughout a space is the answer. We tend to avoid relying on one fixture or element to bring in the gold and instead create the perfect “je ne sais quoi,” for example, by using gold hardware on light cabinetry.

home bar with tile backsplash and gold accents

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home office with modern decor

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white entryway with gold accents

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bedroom with blue modern accents

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gold mirror above dresser with gold hardware

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kitchen with blue backsplash and gold hardware

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white living room with gold accents

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home bar with gold accents

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laundry room with gray cabinetry and gold hardware

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modern living room with gold accents

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modern bathroom with neutral colors and stone

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modern bedroom with colorful accents and gold

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monochrome living room with modern art

A Monochrome Dream at Zest Plan 4

Nothing is sweeter than the new community of Zest by Trumark Homes. Nestled on the grounds of a former historic California citrus factory in the prime SoCal location of Covina, this community offers customizable flats and townhomes. The coolest residence yet is Plan 4, which features a dramatic black-and-white color scheme with minimalist touches of soft gray. Contemporary and rounded furnishings adorn each room in this home, tastefully accompanied by a variety of patterns that play off one another. We’ve layered these intriguing elements with eye-catching focal walls that draw you in—like the bold black millwork statement wall in the master bedroom. This home design is perfect for a young professional wanting an edgy yet sophisticated abode. The flex space offers comfortable quarters for working at home and is also a great space to create an exercise oasis. This retro-contemporary home has it all—enticing boldness with all the comforts of home.

monochrome living room with modern art

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white and gray living room with modern furniture

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monochrome kitchen with black pendant lights

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white and gray dining room with sliding doors

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bedroom with black paint millwork statement wall

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gray and white bathroom with small geometric tiles

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black and white flex room with neutral accents

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monochrome bedroom with black accents

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Redefine Your Style with Sherwin Williams’ Redend Point

Sherwin Williams has announced its color of the year for 2023, and we’re loving it! Sherwin Willimas’ Redend Point SW 9081 offers a refreshing take on the new year by paying homage to subtle desert hues and highlighting nature-inspired interiors. While it’s quite different from Pantone’s bold and vibrant Viva Magenta, we think this warm and versatile color is in a league of its own. A vision of beauty inspired by connection and depth, this blush beige is the perfect mid-tone neutral. One of our favorite ways to use this shade is on an accent wall, or as a complementary layer of bedding. Trends in recent years have been moving toward earth tones, and we’re watching greens take a backseat to awe-inspiring sunset pastels and clay hues. Redend Point works great as a companion to soft, cool neutrals like grays and browns, and when mixed with wood tones that exemplify this color’s natural roots, SW 9081 really shines in a calm, cozy, and earthy way. This soft color is the perfect addition to any space when you want to freshen up your home for the new year!

pink accent wall with daybed and modern light fixture

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bedroom with gray wall and pastel decor

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baby room with white crib and pink paint stripe

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bright great room with gray sectional and wood detailed flooring

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bright bedroom with pastel furniture

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bedroom with charcoal gray wall and modern art

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bright dining room with sleek modern furniture

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modern kitchen with orange tile backsplash

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blue gray and peach paint bedroom with rattan headboard

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bright kids room with gray bunk beds and pink curtains

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modern living room with pink and orange accents

Pantone’s 2023 Color of the Year: Viva Magenta

The wait is finally over; Pantone has announced their color of the year for 2023: Viva Magenta! This color is an unconventional hybrid of red and pink that’s rooted in the natural sunset hues we’re all familiar with. Signifying strength and optimism, this year’s color is a bold shift from 2022’s lighthearted pastel, Veri Peri. Viva Magenta is bold and joyous—exactly the mindset we aim to keep as we go into this bright new year. This pink and red hue is fabulous for interiors because it encourages self-expression, confidence, and joy as it captivates the attention of a room. It works best as an accent due to its visually loud nature, and when mixed with other colors, it’s ideal for large-scale applications like wallpaper. We have also used this shade for upholstery on furnishings, such as a small desk chair and a headboard. The effect this color has is beautiful, especially when used in small, tasteful touches, be it accent pillows or artwork. We can’t wait to take this fearless shade into 2023 and make a statement with its empowering energy as we take on an exciting new year!