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Think Taupe For a More Sophisticated Shade of Neutral.

27 Jan

Think taupe for a more sophisticated shade of neutral.

Taupe is an unusual color that’s hard to describe.Taupe1
The color taupe is a soft, sensuous shade, but what exactly is it? It’s almost easier to say what it’s not.

It’s not cream. It’s not beige. It’s not white, and it’s not gray. It’s a neutral with tints somewhere between brown and gray, and it’s usually a little bit darker than other neutrals. Some people compare it to the color of a delicious mushroom bisque. And like different batches of mushroom soup, taupe can come in darker and lighter hues.
Taupe is a chic, sophisticated neutral that goes with almost any style of interior design.
Most all shades of taupe go well with:Taupe2

  • Greens, such as khaki and olive
  • Black
  • Other neutrals, such as white and cream
  • Chocolate brown
  • Gold

Some taupes have a pink or lavender undertone, and these shades go well with dark pinks and violets, such as burgundy and raspberry. Other versions of taupe have a cooler tone; and these go well with dark blues, aquas and taupe3teals. It’s smart to compare your taupe design elements with proposed purchases before you buy to make sure the colors complement each other.
Think taupe for wall paint or an accent wall, window coverings, upholstery fabric, flooring, bed linens and more.
Consider the neutral taupe for a terrific addition to your interior look.

 

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To The Dark Side?

23 Dec

With all the hype surrounding Star Wars, we thought we’d have a little fun with it so…

Follow Us To The Dark Side….

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Dark colors have a bad reputation in general, and are rarely used in abundance in most homes. Let’s try to change that by pointing out the myths about using dark colors in interior design.
There is a myth that painting wall in a dark color makes a room look smaller, but that’s not always the case. When it comes to windows, size does matter; if a room has plenty of light coming in through the windows, using dark colored paint or wallpaper on the walls, with dark colored furniture can work just fine. Even if the windows are small and don’t let as much light needed to illuminate the décor, using more lighting in the space will fix the problem. Also depending on the shape of a room, some dark colors can give the illusion of depth, especially if we add sheen or add lacquer to walls.
DarkSide1Another myth states that a room that uses all dark colors will only feel depressing. We would have to disagree. If that was true, you wouldn’t see so many designers resorting to using dark colored walls as we’ve been seeing lately. There are so many interesting effects dark colors can add to a room; they add an elegance and luxurious touch, as well as being able to make a room look magically dramatic and mysterious.
But just in case, here are more helpful tips to master the “dark side” design. Choosing glossy, or lacquered dark paint on the walls instead of matte colors will make them look more interesting. If wallpaper is what you’d rather choose, pick glossy wallpapers, glittery ones, or a wallpaper with a 3d effect. Another helpful tip when using dark colors in a room is to add mirrors, lots of mirrors if possible, to minimize the “cave effect” associated with dark rooms.
So now you see, the dark side isn’t that scary after all.

 

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Decorate With Green For a Natural Feel

3 Jun

Green1It just feels natural to decorate with green!

Go rich and lush, calm and serene, or bold and brilliant.
This versatile color brings a familiar touch of the outdoor world to your indoor environment.
Green is a very adaptable design color, partly because it comes in so many variations. Green is the color we see most often in nature, so it’s not surprising that so many shades of green are named for plants and gemstones, including:
Green2Such a variety of hues means you can use green to create a range of looks and evoke a variety of emotions – subtle or edgy, calming or energizing, traditional or thoroughly modern. Green goes well in almost any interior style from Traditional to French Country to Transitional to Lodge-style, and more.
It’s not always easy decorating with green. Mixing shades of green can be a challenge. It’s usually best to stick with one, or at most two, shades of green, then use neutrals and other accents in your design scheme.
When you’re shopping, look at green hues closely in different lights and view your green design elements
together before you purchase. Better yet, get the advice of an expert when you decorate with green.
Colors that work well with green really depend on the shade of green you select. In general, greenGreen3
goes well with:
• White, gray, and neutral beiges and creams
• Browns, camels and taupes
• Pinks, reds and salmon
• Small touches of blue, black, orange or yellow

 

Searching for a natural, outdoorsy look and feeling in your home? Just add green!

 

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Stairways As a Work of Art?

6 May

Paying attention to the design elements around your staircase can make it into a work of art.
A little TLC on this often-neglected area of your home can elevate your spirits,Stairs1
adding drama and a focal point to your home.
We often regard our stairways as just a transition area from floor to floor, and we neglect the decorating possibilities. And yet in many homes, the stairway is a focal point of the foyer or living room. Decorating it thoughtfully will add drama and beauty to your home.
Staircases tend to occupy a small, fixed space, so decorating takes place in a constrained area. There’s not much you can do to change the exact shape of a stairway, unless you’re up for major home renovations, but you can still do a lot to add beauty and interest.
Just think of all the elements you can use to decorate a stairway:
Stairs2• Wall art, including paintings, mirrors, groupings of photographs, sconces,
and collections of objects
• Wall finishes, including interesting paint colors, faux finishes, wall coverings and wainscotting
• The landings with accent furniture (such as small tables, chairs, stools,
ottomans or benches), area rugs and accessories
• The stair treads with surfaces of wood, stone, carpeting or paint
• The stair risers with beautiful ceramic tile or an accent paint or stain color
• The ceiling with a dramatic chandelierStairs3
• The railing and banister, constructed of wood, metal, cable or rope, in a variety of styles, from the simplest brushed aluminum or clear varnished paint to ornate decorated iron or brass. Continue reading

Prints, Pattern, Colors All In One Room? Part One.

1 Apr

Mix It Up Like a Pro

“Conjunction junction, what’s your function?”  Remember that from when you were a kid?  You learned about “this and that”, “this or that”, and “not this, but that”.  In design, when we see patterns, we tend to think “this OR that”.  BUT…we are here to tell you it’s “this AND that”.  Mixing prints and patterns isn’t so scary once you understand the basics.

Part 1: Getting Started

Choose 3 or More-Starting With One Big BoldMix It Like a Pro pt1-1

Start with a focal point- it could be an area rug, wallpaper or a large print in upholstery that you love. This will be the base upon which you will build, incorporating color and patterns that coordinate with your focal point. To get depth and create interest, use multiple scales of at least three patterns. Don’t be afraid to bring multiples together, as long as you keep the values close.

Mix It Like a Pro pt1-2Find Inspiration via Theme

Maybe you like the Asian inspiration of chinois fabric, or a modern tropical focus with birds and flowers.  Any theme is a good way to get some ideas for various kinds of prints.

 

Picking ColorsMix It Like a Pro pt1-4

Do you have a favorite color?  Go with it!  Find a bunch of different prints in one color family and keep the same intensity of shades.  For example, if you go pastel, keep all of the shades pastel.

Blend similar to ease into pattern and print coordinating and to soften the look.  If you are unsure about mixing multiple colors, begin with just two.  Blue and green are great choices because they are next to each other on the color wheel.  And you can use a solid of each to tie it all together.  Just be sure to stick to the same intensity as you would for a single color scheme.

Or perhaps a white and a color is more your style.  White is great for filing in negative space when you have a color you are really loving and all the prints you are finding in it.

 

This is where you get excited and rush out to find all the things to make your home brand new.  But wait, there’s more.  Check out the next blog to get detailed hints on where to go from here.

 

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2015 Trends in Interior Design

25 Mar

New Year, New Trends: What You Will See in 2015

Every year we see an insurgence of ideas in design that reflect the changes in the world and economy.  Sometimes they creep up slowly and sometimes it’s an immediate BAM!  Here are a few things to keep your eye out for this year:

1: Colors, Patterns & PrintsDesign 2015-mixpatterns2

Beige is a thing of the past!  Color has never been so diverse.  Sophisticated basics and gentle, muted pastels will be mixed with deep, vibrant jewel tones that will be working for the modern, the contemporary and the traditional décor.  Prints and pattern are definitely back on the rise as well.  Be prepared for a mix of geometric and floral; animal print and stripe; organic and industrial.  This plays into the merging of cultures we are starting to see.  We will have more about this later.

Design 2015-rustic-bathroom2: Natural World

Textures derived from nature, whether they are animal, mineral or vegetable are in.  Think botany, raw wood, stone and organic shapes that soften the rigid look of the modern home. Look for fabric, materials and finishes to appear authentic and use them in simple ways to appreciate their beauty.

3: Matte Finishes and Industrial DesignDesign 2015-Industrial-Wood-Coffee-Table

A matte finish gives an object a raw, edgy look and also allows you to appreciate the overall form and material that an item is made of.  This trend is growing in everything from lighting, furniture, and accessories, to kitchens and bathrooms.  Industrial style pieces in the home have been a staple in the past few years, and there is a continuing love to the look and character of these pieces.  Additionally, there is a lean towards copper, pewter, gold and other metal accents over chrome and stainless steel.

4: Crafted with Care and Environmentally Friendly

Our appreciation for items made by human hands and a learned skill is undergoing resurgence. Craft made items and those with a unique one off “handmade like” feel offer us the chance to have pieces that we perceive as “authentic” in a widely mechanized and mass produced world.  This goes hand in hand with the mainstream idea of eco-friendly products.

This just skims the top of what we are seeing as growing movements.  What will you do this year?

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Why Choose Wallpaper Over Paint?

11 Mar

Why Choose Wallpaper Over Paint?

Did you know that Play-Doh was originally used as a wallpaper cleaner?   In 1933, wallpaper cleaner was a hot commodity as, at the time, coal was the leading way to heat one’s home, being much more efficient and cheaper than wood. This had the negative side effect of leaving soot everywhere, which was difficult WallpaperVSPaint1to clean off of wallpaper as you couldn’t get it wet.

It’s probably not something you think about a whole lot, but wallpaper has been around for a long time. Some of the earliest techniques for it date back before 1700. The design industry hears complaints about wallpaper frequently: wallpaper is outdated; it’s difficult to apply; it’s only for traditional homes; it’s hard to clean. But we are here to tell you that it is anything but outdated and you should consider wallpaper instead of paint in the future for these reasons:

Durability-Wallpaper is great for high traffic areas and can last for years. There are
many different kinds varying from vinyl to grasscloth so that you can choose one best suited for each room. It used to be you wouldn’t wallpaper a kitchen or bathroom because of the adhesive and high humidity. But now you can get vinyl wallpaper that is easy to scrub. It’s also easier to remove than former kinds of wallpaper.

Quick Prep Work-There is little that needs to be done to a wall to get it ready for wallpapering. No spackling has to be done. You can prime beforehand which helps the paper stick to the wall instead of fighting a glossy finish paint, but aside from that you can just put it up. It will hide wall imperfections that paint won’t hide.

WallpaperVSPaint5Design Individuality-Create a unique space for you. You can paper a whole room of course, but also think about using wallpapering as an accent. Wallpaper just one wall as a focal point and then you can either paint the rest of the space or choose a coordinating wallpaper.

Modern Prints and Textures-This isn’t your grandma’s wallpaper. There are thousands of wallpaper options for the modern and contemporary homes out there, including grasscloth and cork. 

 

 

 

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Paint Color Can Make the Difference Between Drab and Dramatic

11 Feb

PaintColor3Paint Color Can Make the Difference
Between Drab and Dramatic
Paint is often viewed as a neutral background to a room, upon which the interesting elements are layered. Typically, people select a complementary neutral beige color to go with their other furnishings. This can be an effective strategy for interior design, but there’s more to paint than just a background.
Paint can add passion to a room, and be a focal point in itself. Painting is a reasonably priced way, not just to refurbish or update a room, but to make it spectacular. And, best of all, if you make a mistake and don’t like how it turns out, it’s not that expensive to change. So you don’t have to be timid when selecting paint colors!
Here are a few tips to help you feel brave when selecting paint colors for your home interior:
PaintColor2• Because paint colors appear different at different times of day and with varying amounts of sunlight, always paint a test section on the wall and take a look often, both during the day and night – and on days that are both sunny and cloudy. Try lots of colors!
• If you really like a color, but you fear it’s just a bit too bold or bright, ask the paint store to tone it down by about 25 percent.
• If you’re feeling timid, go with mostly neutral colors on your walls, and add a burst of bolder color on just one wall or in just one small room, such as a powder room.PaintColor1
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Adding a painted piece of furniture is a refreshing surprise

4 Feb

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Mustard Is Not Just For Sandwiches!

28 Jan

Mustard is not just for sandwiches.mustardColor2
It’s a warm, rich interior design color that adds tang to your home environment.
Mustard as an interior design color has a very similar role as mustard on a sandwich. Just a dollop adds a lot of flavor and pizazz, but too much can spoil the sandwich! If you don’t like the mental image of a sandwich condiment in your home décor, you can also call this vibrant hue goldenrod or egg yolk.
Mustard is a rich and warm color – and just a little bit daring! It goes well with black and white or with brown and white; and is very sophisticated when used with a gray and white color palette. Other accent colors that play well with mustard include deep reds, navy blue and lighter blue tones.
MustardColor1Because mustard is bold and dramatic, it’s best to use it in small quantities as an accent and not as a primary design color. It’s especially effective to use mustard in the kitchen to add brightness or in a powder room to add drama. Consider these design elements to get your mustard fix:
 A piece of painted furniture or the fabric on an upholstered piece of furniture
 A picture frame or artwork featuring mustardmustardColor3
 Rugs and throw pillows
 An accent wall
 Window fashions and wall coverings
 Linens on the dining room table, atop the bed or in the powder room
 Lamps
 Flowers and plants with mustard blooms
 Even your front door!
Think outside the refrigerator this season and use mustard to space up your decor!

 

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