10 Ways to Rock Minty Hues in Your Home

10 Ways to Rock Minty Hues in Your Home

A touch of this light green can freshen up any room or style.

Houzz Contributor, Laura Gaskill

If pre-remodel bathroom tiles are what immediately come to mind when you think of mint green, think again. There’s a lot more to this hue than retro appliances and vintage bathrooms. From bungalow charm to midcentury cool (and beyond), mint is a design chameleon that can work just about anywhere.

1. Mint looks cheerful on cottages and bungalows. Mint makes a cheery first impression when paired with earthy siding or natural shingles on a craftsman bungalow or cottage. Repainting your house not on your to-do list? Give your bungalow a curb appeal boost with a mint green mailbox and copper house numbers that will develop a natural verdigris patina over time.

2. Mint makes a refreshing change of pace from all white. All-white kitchens have been the star of the show for years. If you (and your kitchen) are ready for a change of pace, why not try mint green? On walls, cupboards or both, soft mint green brings a hint of vintage nostalgia, yet plays well alongside more contemporary features like stone counters and sculptural wood stools.

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3. Mint lightens up a room full of antiques. Have a full-blown antiques obsession? Show off your treasures while steering clear of the musty antiques-store vibe by painting the walls fresh mint green. The light walls offset dark wood and lacquered pieces beautifully.

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4. Mint and midcentury style are a match made in heaven. Since mint was a popular color in design from the late 1930s through the early 1960s, it makes sense that it looks right at home alongside furniture and decor that reference that era. Pair up midcentury-style furniture (like the credenza shown here) and eclectic art with mint walls for a happy, modern look.

5. Mint can be elegant. Paired with chinoiserie panels, gourd lamps and neatly tailored linens, mint brings a bit of cool, Grace Kelly glamour to your space, especially when used in a luxe fabric like velvet or silk.

6. Chalky mint makes a great furniture paint color. If farm-fresh eggs, fabulous quilts and ironstone pottery are what make your heart go pitter-pat, the natural matte look of milk paint and chalk paint are probably right up your alley. Update a thrift store furniture find or pick up a new piece in unfinished wood and give it a coat of mint green milk or chalk paint.

7. Mint works equally well for boys and girls. If you’re planning a room for siblings to share or your child just isn’t a fan of pink or blue, consider mint, the modern alternative to gender-neutral yellow. It’s fresh, hip and especially current when you paint just half the wall a minty hue.

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8. A hint of mint goes a long way. Whether you add mint green barn lights or a collection of jadeite kitchenware, a few mint accessories are all you need to elevate a basic all-white design.

9. Mint is beachy without being blue. Love the easy breeziness of beach style but don’t love true blue? Choose a softer shade of sea-glass-inspired green rather than the more common navy or turquoise.

10. Mint is timeless. With a rich history in design (you can find beautiful shades of mint among historical paint color palettes) and its ability to work anywhere from a traditional farmhouse to an urban loft, mint green may be trending, but it’s also here to stay.

Tell us: Are you a fan of mint green? Share your thoughts and photos in the Comments.

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Victoria Keichinger is the Brand Engagement Manager with Coldwell Banker Real Estate. She grew up in New Jersey, before attending the University of Miami and still remains a proud ‘Cane. Going back to her roots, she currently lives in Hoboken, NJ where she enjoys runs along the Hudson and eating at great restaurants. A true francophile, she loves to travel and will go anywhere there are ski slopes.

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Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: Sale Prices of Existing Homes Reach New Highs

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: Sale Prices of Existing Homes Reach New Highs

By Clare Trapasso | Jun 21, 2017

It’s not just the temperatures that are rising. The median sale prices of existing homes have also been going up, hitting new highs nationally.

Take a deep breath, buyers. The median price for one of the previously lived-in abodes reached $252,800 in May, according to the seasonally adjusted numbers in a recent National Association of Realtors® report. That’s up nearly 3.2% from April and was a 5.8% boost from May 2016.

Despite the higher prices (thank the housing shortage for that), about 5.62 million existing homes went under contract in May. That’s 1.1% over April’s numbers and a 2.7% bump from May 2016. First-time buyers made up about a third of those sales.

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And they were flying off their blocks and hallways quickly. Properties were on the market for only 27 days in May, the shortest period since NAR began tracking this in May 2011. So buyers need to act fast.

(Realtor.com® looked only at the seasonally adjusted numbers in the report. These have been smoothed out over 12 months to account for seasonal fluctuations.)

The higher costs are discouraging folks who aren’t big earners from jumping into the fray, says Senior Economist Joseph Kirchner of realtor.com.

“Affordability is getting worse, especially at that lower end of the market,” he adds. “Some people are getting priced out.”

But existing homes were a deal compared with newly constructed ones—which cost about a fifth more. New residences went for a median $309,200 in April, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“Those able to close on a home last month are probably feeling both happy and relieved,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, in a statement. “Listings in the affordable price range are scarce, homes are coming off the market at an extremely fast pace and the prevalence of multiple offers in some markets are pushing prices higher.”

The most expensive abodes were in the West, home to notoriously pricey areas like Silicon Valley and San Francisco. The median home price was $368,800 in May—up 6.9% from the same month a year earlier.

They weren’t cheap in the Northeast either, with a $281,300 median price tag. That was 4.7% higher than in May 2016.

Residences were a bit more affordable in the South, at $221,900, a 5.3% rise from the previous year. And they were the cheapest in the Midwest, at a median $203,900. But they also rose the fastest in that region, by 7.3%.

“Home prices keep chugging along at a pace that is not sustainable in the long run,” Yun said. “Current demand levels indicate sales should be stronger, but it’s clear some would-be buyers are having to delay or postpone their home search because low supply is leading to worsening affordability conditions.”

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Clare Trapasso is the senior news editor of realtor.com and an adjunct journalism professor. She previously wrote for a Financial Times publication and the New York Daily News. Contact her at clare.trapasso@move.com. Follow @claretrap
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Before You Get Settled Into Your New Home, Make These Changes Immediately


Before You Get Settled Into Your New Home, Make These Changes Immediately
By Jamie Wiebe | Jul 21, 2015
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The moving frenzy never ends: Even after you close, the to-do lists drag on and on—endless pages of bullet points that keep you up at night when all you want is to begin your new life. Some of them are fun, like redecorating and buying new furniture.

Others, not so much.

“When you move into a new house, you’re more concerned with decorating and taking stuff out you don’t like,” says Kevin Minto, president of Signet Home Inspections in Grass Valley, CA. “But let’s not forget about the less romantic things that are mundane—but more important in the long run.”


Once you’ve got the keys, feel free to give yourself a break. You deserve it! But don’t rest on your laurels too long—and make sure to do these eight things right away.

1. Change the locks

Before moving even one tiny piece of furniture into your new home, change the locks—or at least have them rekeyed. It’s not that you don’t trust the sellers (who are, we’re sure, perfectly respectable and upstanding citizens). It’s that you shouldn’t trust everyone who’s had contact with those keys over the years, any of whom could have copied the keys for some unsavory purpose.

2. Change the alarm batteries

Making sure your fire and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries may not seem like a pressing issue while you’re in the middle of a stressful move (and aren’t they all), but it’s the kind of thing that gets ignored and then forgotten. Better to deal with it now, when the home is empty and you can make a quick sweep of the house—without lugging a ladder around furniture.

3. Review your home inspector’s report

Can’t find your inspector’s report? Minto says reports are often filed with the escrow papers—but don’t wait until something goes wrong to pull them out. A good home inspector will outline the most important issues in their report, so use their expertise as a guide for your first few days of ownership. If they’ve marked anything as particularly pressing, make sure to handle it before moving in.

4. Find the circuit breaker

If you were there during inspection, you should know where your junction box is, but if you don’t, finding it “should be the first and foremost thing that should be attended to,” Minto says. During a move, when you’re plugging all sorts of electrical doodads into the wall, you don’t want to be lost in the dark hunting for that elusive metal box. (While you’re there, find the water shut-off, too.)

Then, get familiar: If it’s not already well-marked, have your spouse or another family member stand in different parts of the house while you flip different switches, and make a note of which ones handle different rooms.

5. Deal with any water problems

Looking at that inspector’s report? Deal with water-related issues immediately, says Minto. These tend to be troublesome because they’re so easily ignored—”out of sight, out of mind,” he says. A leaky toilet might seem minor, but the steady drip can damage internal structural components.

Check your roof, too: If the rubber vent boots on your roof are leaking, you might not know it for a while.

“By the time they see it in a ceiling, there’s been a fair amount of water,” Minto says.

6. Caulk everything

This one isn’t mandatory, but caulking is a whole lot easier if you do it when the house is empty, letting you see all the nooks and crannies that might need a little sealing—and don’t forget the exterior. Minto says he sees caulking issues on “every home,” and while they might seem minor, it doesn’t take long before cracking gives way to leaks and even more water issues.

7. Plan your emergency exits

Before you begin bringing in furniture, walk through every room and decide how you would escape in an emergency. This can help you spot problem areas or rooms that need some adjustments—say, removing bars or adding egress windows to a basement.

8. Clean your gutters

BO-RING. Right? You can put this off until Day 2 of your big move, but don’t let the dullness of the task push you to procrastination: If the previous homeowners didn’t clean the gutters, you need to do so ASAP.

“I see gutters that are filled with organic materials start to rot and start to rust through,” Minto says. Take 30 minutes to clear them out, and you’ll be rewarded come the rainy season.
Jamie Wiebe writes about home design and real estate for realtor.com. She has previously written for House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Real Simple, Veranda, and more. Follow @jamiewiebe