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.
Whether you are refreshing your home this fall to “wow” prospective buyers or holiday guests, embrace the new season with warm hues and beautiful textures that can create an inviting palette to your home decor.
Photo Source: Birch Lane
Start with the Front Door
Curb appeal makes the best first impression to create a welcoming touch that carries through into the rest of the home. A bountiful wreath, a graphic welcome mat, colorful potted plants and lanterns for the front porch will add instant warmth and seasonal style.
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The Heart of the Home
Everyone is attracted to the kitchen and dining area. Draw inspiration from nature with a linen or grass cloth runner for the dining table paired with a harvest bouquet centerpiece. Hang leaf wreaths and garlands and fill wooden bowls and baskets with a mix of apples, pears and nuts.
Photo Source: William Sonoma Home
Inviting & Chic Living Spaces
Give a neutral living area an inviting boost with accents such as plush pillows, cable knit throws, cozy rugs, floor to ceiling curtains and wall art – mix textures and fabrics in on-trend leather, velvet, suede and tiger prints. Create unique mantel or coffee table vignettes with glass hurricanes filled with gourds and acorns paired with metallic votives to add glimmers of warmth.
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Switch out summer bedding for fresh linens and layer fluffy comforters or duvets with textured quilts, cozy throws and accent pillows in an array of rich colors and fabrics in velvet, suede and faux fur for pure seasonal comfort.
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- Mix and match different textures, patterns and styles for a modern twist
- Pair neutral colored placemats or table cloths with pops of bright colors
- Add a mix of gold and silver pieces for elegance and shine
- Incorporate rustic, natural elements in place settings
- Place fall flowers in unique gourd vases for centerpieces
- Spray pumpkins, twigs and pinecones with copper or gold metallic paint for a “wow”
- Try a simple pear with a name tag attached for a creative placecard holder
- Pair traditional fine china with contemporary flatware and glassware
- Add unique charm with pumpkin or turnip votive holders
- Replace the traditional table cloth with natural woven placemats or chargers
Enjoy the fall season by adding style and warmth to any room in your home with splashes of fresh, on-trend colors. Our Pantone inspired collage below features a sampling of some of the prettiest accessories and furnishings we have found which we hope will inspire some creative decorating in your own spaces.
One of the most enjoyable parts of preparing for a Thanksgiving to remember is setting a beautiful, inviting table that friends and family will enjoy. We found some unique ideas to express a bit of creativity and spice things up by mixing in some interesting fall-friendly elements with basic floral arrangements and candles. Organic pieces that reference nature such as raw wood and twigs can be used as interesting accents in centerpieces. Burlap fabrics are a great material for runners and placemats combined with mercury votives and metallic accessories for a rustic luxe theme. Pumpkins, gourds, radishes and turnips can be repurposed as vases, votives and place card holders. All these ideas can really make your table a stand out with guests.
You can find additional ideas for expressing the bounty of the fall season on our Pinterest board by clicking HERE.