Color is one of the most dynamic and versatile design elements for adding personal style to your home’s decor. It not only sets the mood and tone, but can also bring out a room’s architectural features. Wallpaper is also back in style and can help add depth and interest to any room.
Not sure where to begin when choosing a paint color or wallpaper pattern for your spaces? The following are some tips and creative ideas that we hope will inspire you.
1. Create Your Palette
- Start by considering your personal color preferences. Which colors do you gravitate towards – jewel tones, pastels, neutral?
- Collect images and swatches from Pinterest, Houzz, and other decor sources. Even consider your own personal experiences: vacations, nature, artwork, etc. that attract and inspire you.
- Group the colors and view them together in the room to see how they look with existing furnishings and during different times of the day (colors look different in the morning, afternoon and evening).
2. Define The Mood
- Narrow down colors based on the vibe they evoke.
- Decorate with intention by choosing colors that have personal meaning and give you a sense of satisfaction.
- Hues from nature such as blue, green and tan feel tranquil, soothing and renewing.
- Bright yellows, oranges and reds enliven a space with warmth and energy.
- Darker colors convey mystery, drama and formality while lighter colors are lively and optimistic.
3. Accent Your Space
There are many ways to highlight your home’s architectural features with color:
- Try lightening up a traditional brick fireplace by whitewashing it for a more modern look.
- Built-in shelving can be treated like furniture by using either the same color paint or a contrast color to the walls. Make a bookshelf pop by painting the back of the shelves a complementary accent color
- Try using contrasting color on stairway risers and/or spindles for a dramatic entryway.
4. Add Personal Style With Wallpaper
- Wallpaper can add style and dimension to any space. Consider using wallpaper as an accent wall in a small office or powder room.
- Keep the style of the wallpaper similar to your home’s decor – traditional, contemporary, rustic, etc.
- You should feel emotionally attached to the design so you won’t get tired of it quickly.
- In a room with many doors and windows, avoid large pattern repeats. Instead, choose a textured or solid color.
5. Still Overwhelmed?
- Consider consulting with an interior designer who can help narrow down paint and paper selections based on your taste and budget.
For more info please contact Patti Stern at 203.640.3762 or email email@example.com.
We recently discussed springtime styling tips to wow home buyers, and with the anticipation of warm spring and summer months building, it’s also time to say goodbye to winter decor. An easy way to keep your home seasonally up-to-date is to introduce colors that inspire energy and tranquility.
It’s no secret that color affects both the atmosphere of a room and overall mood of those inhabiting it. When focusing on re-energizing a space, some of the best colors to incorporate are shades of purple, blue, and green.
Purple in the Dining Room
Purple is most commonly associated with:
Pantone’s Color of the Year, Ultraviolet, is a great accent color to incorporate into a dining space, to bring forth a chic and modern feel when entertaining family and friends.
Blue in the Bedroom
Blue is most commonly associated with:
- Inner calm
The bedroom should be a space that invokes tranquility and relaxation. Bedding, curtains, or even a patterned accent wall with different shades of blue, are just a few ways to tie hues of this color into the space.
Green in the Family Room
Green is most commonly associated with:
Instilling a sense of nature and harmony, green is a great color to incorporate into the family room. Green hues can be brought in through rugs, accent furnishings, and fresh leafy plants, all organized around a neutral colored sectional with green accent pillows. Or, use a lime green couch as pictured above for a more stylish use of the color.
Click here to check out some of our on-trend holiday decorating tips for the upcoming season in Design + Decor Magazine’s recent article!
‘Tis the season to add festive cheer to your decor. No matter what holiday you are celebrating, we have some great tips for bringing that special glow into your homes. Happy decorating!
Shimmer & Sparkle
Silver and gold metallics will add chic style to any neutral room. We love the elegance of a mantle or dining table adorned with antique mercury glass candle holders and votives, classic white candles, touches of greenery and white amaryllis.
We recently helped a young couple with a new baby remodel and decorate their dated bath/laundry area so that they could enjoy comfort, functionality and style for many years to come. If you are considering a bathroom remodel, we hope our before and after photos below provide inspiration for creating your dream bathroom – please contact us if you need our help!
White vanities, quartz countertops and carrara marble continue to be on trend. We gave this dated bathroom a stylish update with faux carrara marble flooring (that wouldn’t break the budget), bright white paint for vanity, molding and trim, and a soft neutral gray wall color. The quartz countertop, polished chrome faucets and hardware, framed whited mirror and vanity lighting completed the design our client had envisioned.
Finding the right shower design that would be perfect for bathing a baby was a small challenge. We started from scratch with a new porcelain tub, white subway tile and glass tile accent enclosure, shelf insert for storage, and a single handle chrome shower head and faucet. The frameless french glass shower doors not only adds style but allows great functionality when bathing a child.
This laundry closet transformation was top on our client’s list. She needed easier access, a place for storage and folding clothes, as well as a way to hang wet clothes with ease. We created a more functional space including new front load washer and dryer, new cabinets and hanging bar, a formica countertop, and new mission style closet doors. We also provided some extra space by moving the wall back.