Impressionistic Palettes for Your Home Spring is the perfect time to reevaluate your home’s color giving it the makeover it deserves. As you browse this year’s color palettes to make your decision, you may discover that a radiating impressionistic style is all the rage. Here are 7 color palettes to consider from highly esteemed companies that know their hues. 1. Pantone’s “En Plein Air” Pantone’s 2015 fashion color report "En Plein Air" refers to the outdoors captured on canvas as it relates to a sense of well-being. Look to the color spectrum’s cool side embracing natural neutrals, restrained brights and soft pastels. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director at Pantone Color Institute has been quoted discussing the minimalist approach to the "En Plein Air" theme as it takes “a cue from nature rather than being reinvented or mechanically manipulated. Soft, cool hues blend with subtle warm tones to create a soothing escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.” In fact, “there is a growing movement to step out and create ‘quiet zones’ to disconnect from technology and unwind, giving ourselves time to stop and be still.” 2. Sherwin-Williams’s Coral Reef Inspiration Coral Reef is a shade that Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams says "has a great floral component in it. It's not too red, not too orange, right in the middle and just creates a buoyant mood." This cheerful shade can easily be energized or relaxed. If you need some help, take a look at the function-specific color palettes provided by Sherwin-Williams. We also think you will be pleased to see the color’s versatility as it coordinates with various design styles ranging from modern to traditional. 3. PPG Industries’ 4 Color Palettes Four new PPG Industries’ on-trend color palettes embrace an impressionistic art theme complemented by a range of design possibilities. Color Palette #1: Good Life This palette finds inspiration in a range of natural environments designed to express simplicity, harmony and balance. Picture fresh florals such as pink and yellow, add some modest and earthy neutrals and follow up with rich blue suggestions from the sea. The palette’s result is energetic and naturally bold. This palette works exceptionally well with organic elements. Think live edge tables, braided leather, natural stone, wicker and rustic wood details. Color Palette #2: I’m Pulse This palette successfully blends modernity and creativity for bold and artistic expressions inspired by a digital paradigm that still embraces nature. The bolds, soft brights and urban neutrals can easily be used alone or strategically layered. To create an impact try the palette’s intense hues with the likes of concrete gray or the soft brights with a serious black. Color Palette #3: Co-Leidescope This palette embraces PPG’s 2015 color of the year, Blue Paisley, “a crisp, saturated blue.” "We have had a really great response to the shade," said Dee Schlotter, PPG color brand manager. "It is very optimistic and points to a new horizon. It is a serious, mature and positive blue, not like the baby blues of the past." The palette itself is inspired by worldly trends, travels and possibilities. If you enjoy eclectic style with glamorous and luxurious touches then this palette is for you with its balance of dark bolds and pale midtones. Color Palette #4: Introsense If you are looking for a soothing and soulful palette that stakes a new claim on minimalist design, explore Introsense. Its less-than-neutrals are designed to simplify life while promising qualities of discretion, harmony and timelessness. Think relaxed blues, permissive pinks, soft greens, purples and coral hues all yielding peaceful sensibility. 4. Benjamin Moore’s Guilford Green Benjamin Moore created four color families this year surrounding their 2015 Color of the Year Guilford Green. This “silvery green” acts as a neutral pairing well with a wide range of color combinations and is said to add freshness and life to any space. Explore Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends 2015 for a guide to using Guilford Green and the four color collections introduced this year including classic berry, grounded green, opulent blush and cool blue. 5. Behr's 2015 Collection This collection of four palettes is rich, sensory and rewarding. Take a look at 20 new paint colors that make up Behr’s 2015 color trends. Nuanced Neutrals Nuanced Neutrals include effortless colors that have a very specific purpose including creating a “right at home” feel. Turn to these hues for genuine function and contentment. Frosted Pastels The Frosted Pastels are very sweet and generously open up your space. Blush creates a buoyant and feminine environment while powdery blue focuses on a more tranquil feeling. Any of the colors from this palette can be dramatized with a few black or bright accents. Deep Dreams This collection is mysterious, majestic and thoughtful. Deep, dark colors lend themselves well to layering. Think teal, charcoal and eggplant. Social Brights Finally, Social Brights are enthusiastic and dynamic creating a space that longs for conversation. Use these colors sparingly and strategically while balancing with neutrals. 6. Farrow & Ball’s Key Colors Farrow & Ball’s Key Colours for 2015 are a collection of four colors that work to create a space offering a distraction from the rest of your modern day life. You will embrace relaxation and reflection as it is portrayed in a bouquet of spring flowers with Breakfast Room Green, Light Blue, Pink Ground and Tanner's Brown. 7. The Paint Quality Institute Names Gray as the Most Popular Hue Finally, as you reflect on your favorite color palette, consider The Paint Quality Institute’s decision to name gray as the prevailing hue over white. "This is the first time any color has headlined our forecast in back-to-back years," says color expert Debbie Zimmer. "But gray, a near-perfect neutral color, has really caught on." Why is gray so popular? It’s easy for the eye to take in while its ability to alter its appearance as lighting changes creates visual stimulation It’s versatility allows coordination with a wide range of color palettes and design styles It provides a minimalist yet sophisticated air Need help selecting your perfect color palette? Contact the Professionals at Decor & You serving Denver, Colorado. The design team is ready to consult on any design project for your home or office.
What's Underfoot? Four Flooring Trends Worth Trying It’s easy for flooring to be overlooked in the grand scheme of interior design (if you’re not working with a professional, that is). Some homeowners are willing to settle for the wall-to-wall carpet that their home already has, or invest in other décor options that they think will tie their room together, or consider flooring only as an afterthought and make haphazard choices about what’s right for a space. The real story, however, is that your choice of flooring can make all the difference in a room, creating a harmonious, settled section of square footage. Some flooring options are more permanent, others can change with your whims. Here are some of the latest flooring trends you need to know about. Lenticular Rugs The simplest definition of a lenticular rug is that its appearance changes depending on where you’re standing when you look at it. This optical illusion is accomplished by varying the pile heights in the carpet. It’s safe to say that this sort of flooring option doesn’t fit in everyone’s décor, but when it does fit well, it’s pretty spectacular. If you have a more contemporary aesthetic, an abstract lenticular rug can complement the rest of your modern décor. Likewise for minimalist spaces, a lenticular rug is that necessary floor covering element but one that offers some serious pizazz to offset any sparser design choices. Jigsaw Carpet Squares Carpet squares are not boxing anyone in to a square- or rectangular-shaped rug. Most manufacturers of these versatile tiles now offer customizable carpet tile options so you can create the flooring design you want, whether you’re laying down a path in a hallway, cozying up a kitchen, designating areas in the playroom, or keeping things orderly in the mudroom. From hexagons to zig-zag, the tiles can be grouped together to form any number of unexpected shapes and variations. Because the carpet squares are available in so many patterns and styles, this type of flooring can work in nearly any space (though they are recommended for installation over hardwood or tile flooring only). You can be as understated or eclectic as you like, from plain blue to a Union Jack. Ceramic Wood Ceramic wood is exactly what it sounds like: Porcelain and ceramic tile that is designed to look like wood. Sometimes, the tiles are so well done it’s nearly impossible to distinguish them from real wood. Even touching the tiles – which are usually soft and warm – makes it tough to decide what’s real wood and what’s not. The appeal of ceramic wood is also in its durability – the tiles are easier to maintain than real wood. For the homeowner who loves a little bit of play on design, this innovative option is a win. Use it in the bathroom (even in the shower) or in the entryway where it can be laid to mimic wood inlay or marquetry. The detail with which ceramic wood is created – grain patterns and cross-cut texturizing, for example – makes it a stunning feature in any room, whether distressed or highly polished, black or red, grey or white. Terrazzo Terrazzo, a material developed in 15th-century Venice, is hardly new. But, as we all know, what’s old is new, again and again. Terrazzo is composed of marble chips that are embedded in a base of cement. This material is then ground down to flat and sealed topically, often with a resin, making it a more durable and less porous surface than natural marbles. Because terrazzo is most often associated with midcentury design, it’s easy to dismiss this type of flooring. But terrazzo aggregates are in fashion thanks to a focus on this type of flooring’s sustainability. It’s a long-lasting and recycled product, which will appeal to the eco-conscious homeowners, or to the homeowners who would adore a flooring that doesn’t come with grout or crevices to clean. If you’re going with terrazzo you’re making a statement and an investment in natural stone flooring. These four types of flooring trends are only some of the modern options available for your home. Consult with Decor & You in Denver, CO, to get a personalized DecorPlan and learn about what materials are right for your flooring needs and to complete the look of your space.
Child-Friendly Decor Updates When children become part of your family, life changes in every way, and décor is certainly no exception. But you can work around the unsightly baby gates (and perhaps invest in far more handsome options). Family-friendly décor is an achievable, attractive interior design option because, hey, your home still deserves to look good even if it’s overrun by toys. A Dedicated Play Space The difficulty with kids and their toys is that many homes can turn into one giant playroom with toys taking up space everywhere. So, first things first – designate a playroom. Even if kid goodies seep out of the room for play in different areas, there will always be a space to which they return so the rest of the house can stay organized and toy free. Hang Tight Safety is one of the biggest issues when it comes to kids and décor. Tip-over accidents are the cause of far too many traumas and even fatalities. Top-heavy furniture, tall bookshelves, and flat-screen TVs are all dangerous elements in a home with children. That doesn’t mean, however, that you cannot have them in your home. All furniture in danger of tipping over should be securely attached to the wall. The idea of drilling holes in your wall to secure furniture might make you cringe but it’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a patch job later if the room’s purpose or design changes. You’ll be protecting your curious, climbing children from accidents and give yourself peace of mind that they’re safe in every room of your home. “Worst” case scenario, finally splurge on those built-ins you’ve always wanted! Go Short Populate your home with low, kid-friendly furniture too, like long seats that offer basket storage underneath, ottomans that double as toy boxes. Your children will love having furniture that’s easy for them to get on and off of independently, and you won’t have to worry about tip-over accidents. There is also plenty of child-sized furniture that isn’t emblazoned with a licensed cartoon character that will still make them feel like part of the “grown up” rooms. You can find tiny leather chairs to match your family room furniture, even recliners. Beanbags scream college, so opt for a cocktail ottoman or poufs instead, delightful décor additions that are just the right size for kid seating. Blocked Out Baby gates are a necessity, particularly if you have tall staircases. These aren’t permanent as eventually your children will master the stairs – or simply learn how to scale the gates at which point the gates become a hazard themselves! Custom-built baby gates are certainly a solution to the functional-only and not-so-easy-on-the-eyes baby gates currently on the market. You can commission gates embellished to look like a choo-choo train or the door to a castle, but that veers in kid direction. For a useful yet adult looking interior design option, you could install only the lower half of a Dutch door, or seek out custom-made mini barn doors. To get past the baby gate conundrum, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll need a talented iron or wood worker to craft a safe and beautiful option. What’s Underfoot Carpets are hard to keep in good condition, especially with the littlest of children wreaking their own special kind of havoc. Hardwood or laminate floors are beautiful and easy to clean, but they’re not exactly easy on little crawlers’ knees or the noggins of new walkers. Area rugs can do their job over carpet or hardwood. Outdoor rugs used indoors can handle most any disaster, as well as sisal rugs, all attractive and durable. Carpet tiles are the indecisive decorator’s best option as they can be configured and reconfigured (and easily replaced in case of spills or damage) as many times as you like in hallways, kitchens, family rooms, or any living area. Nix the Accessories You may be a collector, or you may enjoy displaying a lot of knick-knacks, but when kids enter the home, a more minimalist aesthetic will serve you best. Put away the dust collectors (which will make your home easier to clean anyway) and if you must accessorize then do it out of the kids’ reach. You’ll be forced to be more thoughtful about your décor, and this will enable you to create just the kind of living space you want. Family Friendly Fabric Choose your fabrics wisely. If you’re in the market for a new sofa, think leather, which is far easier to clean and won’t absorb spills like other materials. Don’t believe, however, that having kids in your home means you’re limited to dark-colored furniture. You shouldn’t opt for pastel silk, of course, but a vibrant color in a stain-treated fabric, even one with a pattern or texture, can camouflage the inevitable mishaps. This goes for curtain fabrics as well – one area where you just might be better off investing in cordless blinds so no one trips on, hides behind, or is tempted to tug on those long-hanging pieces of material. Make an Investment It may seem like buying top-of-the-line furniture is ridiculous when you know your children are going to use all of it as trampolines or jumping-off points. But heavy, solid furniture and tightly upholstered pieces will look good and enhance your décor while also being able to handle the abuse. They won’t disintegrate in the middle of a superhero leap either, whereas cheap furniture will get broken quickly, and you’ll just be wasting your money. So get the best you can afford, and look for rounded corners and the most child-friendly options possible. There is no shortage of alternatives to typical décor options so that you can keep a home just as you want it, even if children rule the roost. Consult with Decor & You in Denver, CO, to get a personalized DecorPlan and discover the design tips that will help you create a comfortable and beautiful living space for your family.
Something Blue: Every Shade of Blue is Hot for 2015 The sky is blue, and so is the sea, but they are never just one shade of blue. The versatility and expansiveness of the blue color spectrum makes it a reliable trend that can be edited and tweaked to suit any room and any season. In fact, we have to say: Is blue ever really out of style? Know Your Blues While blue is typically associated with calmness and freshness, different shades of blue can evoke different feelings. For example, a light blue the color of the sky can create tranquility, while navy can charge a space with strength. Indigo blue has a more playful feel, while sapphire can be luxe. Cool blues can act like stress reducers. Bright blues can add energy to a room. Pick Your Palette Blue can be used as the dominant color in a palette or serve as a supporting player. Blue pairs well with greys, eggplants, and other blues. Neutrals are a natural companion to brighter blues. Blue and yellow can create a cheerful space. And brown and blue is a classic color combo that is always tasteful. How Trendy Do You Want to Be? Clothing designers often set the stage for home décor trends, and the latest runways were frothing with blues, from aquamarine to lapis. This cooler and softer spectrum may be influenced by a longing for simpler times, when there were no smartphones and 24/7 connectivity. People are seeking to create soothing, quiet spaces to disconnect from technology and remove themselves from the constant buzz of daily life. Blue can help define those Zen moments throughout your home. Where to Go Blue Blue can work in any room of the home. A small space can be opened up by pale blue. Bedrooms and bathrooms – places people go to relax – could benefit from a blue ceiling to mimic the sky, making a room feel more spacious. Kitchens and work spaces can be inspiring with the right shade of vibrant, energizing blue. An aqua library, sun room, or family room with plenty of natural light can capture that coveted carefree, beachy, tropical feel. How to Go Blue Walls, of course, are the first thought when it comes to infusing a room with blue. Paint isn’t your only option though – blue-hued wallpaper is available in so many styles, shades, and designs. Blue upholstery makes a statement; for a double whammy opt for especially lush textures like velvet or mightily tufted sofa cushions. If too much blue is daunting, accessorize with blue first – side tables, quilt, shams, throw pillows, window coverings. If you’re not at all fearful of going blue in a more permanent way, go for blue tiles, from floor or backsplash. Feeling blue about going blue? Consult with the design experts at Decor & You in Denver, CO, to get a personalized DecorPlan that will identify just the right shade of blue for your home.
Conquer a Closet Revamp Closets come in all shapes and sizes – reach-in, walk-in, and walk-ins with serious square footage and maybe even an island – which means there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to reorganization. But if you’re as organized as you’re going to get and it’s simply a lackluster area that’s your problem, there are plenty of solutions for spicing up this intensely personal space so that you love where your wardrobe and accessories are housed, and adore spending time there making yourself look good. Give Your Closet Some Attention Closets sometimes get the short end of the stick when it comes to interior design. Homeowners would rather focus their efforts on the bedroom or bathroom or any other room of the house. But the closet is the space that truly reflects your personal style and – no matter how lacking or awesome you believe that to be – there’s something to be said for giving your closet a bit of interior design attention. Color Boldly You may not know where to begin with a closet revamp. After all, there probably isn’t much wall space available, but that’s kind of the beauty of this design challenge. What can you do with the wall space that is peeking through your suit jackets and dresses and tops that will make it pop and make you happy every time you see it? The closet is where you can indulge your desire for that hot pink paint that doesn’t work anywhere else in your home. Or go black for total drama. Pick the color that is totally you and don’t be shy about giving it a place to shine. Let There Be Light Is your closet outfitted with a single-watt, uncovered bulb? Or even a strip of fluorescent overhead light? These are not flattering lighting options! Consider unexpected freestanding lighting like a gorgeous table lamp. Better yet, get yourself a sparkling, eclectic chandelier that gives your closet a touch of whimsy as well as beauty. If you have the space, position accent lighting on your collection of jewelry, favorite bags, or a basket filled with colorful scarves. The right kind of thoughtfully appointed lighting can even make your worn-out blue jeans look divine. Decorate Up There are, of course, some empty spaces in closets – specifically, the ceiling. Like your walls, the ceiling is an opportunity to have fun. Indulge your love for an unexpected wallpaper print or textured paint technique. You can even create a mirrored ceiling to cover up that overlooked space, reflect your lighting even more, and give you one more way to check yourself out. Accessorize Thoughtfully If you have the room, embellish a bit and add some unexpected but completely useful pieces to your closet. Select a smaller area rug. Bring in oversized floor cushions. Even a loveseat, chaise, or overstuffed chair is the ideal space for lounging and admiring your newly decorated space. Be Practical No closet is complete without a flattering mirror. If you can, make it a three-way mirror so you can see yourself from all angles. You could even install a small seat as a spot to put on or remove shoes, tights, and other articles of clothing. Organize for the Future Once you’ve gotten your closet looking gorgeous, it’s time to tackle the actual contents. No matter how small your closet is, your choices for keeping things neat and tidy are not limited. The only rule to follow is to make the closet your own. And that begins with taking inventory of your wardrobe and accessories and determining your needs. You don’t necessarily have to become a minimalist or throw away half of your stuff in order to make your closet work (though a thorough, honest cleaning never hurt anyone). People with a finite amount of closet space often suffer from overstuffing. People with a generous amount of closet space are often guilty of messiness. Neither habit is helpful, nor does it make you love your closet. Identify what you could do differently (or better), then get to work: A place for everything and everything in its place. When you have a closet with plenty of wide open spaces, piling and stacking become problems, clothes get lost and wrinkled, and you start to hate the place that houses your wardrobe. It’s time to start adding drawers, hooks, shelves, bins, baskets, shelf separators, shoe boxes, and special hangers for belts, scarves, ties, and more. It’s not always easy to see the potential in your closet. Wire hangers, metal shelves, and just a sense of overwhelm can all get in the way of envisioning a new life for this lovely revitalized space. Consult with the experts at Decor & You in Denver, CO, to get a personalized DecorPlan that will give your closet new life.
How to Update Your Look with Mid-century Modern Pieces Mid-century refers to the late 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s, a time represented so accurately and endearingly in modern films and TV shows like Pleasantville, Mad Men, and That Thing You Do. It’s fun to see this vintage era come to life on screen, but most people don’t really want to feel like they’re completely living in another time. So how do you borrow from a decade long gone? How do you capture the growing design trend of “mid-century modern” in your home without making it feel like you’ve stepped back in time? You want to be retro-inspired, but not go so retro that it looks like you haven’t updated your space for decades. Know Your Century Mid-century design elements can merge placidly with your contemporary home, if done correctly. When you see an image of the 1950s or thereabouts, there is a certain combination of patterns, colors, and wood tones that date the look – the goal is to adopt these elements sparingly and not exclusively. Furnish Accordingly The mid-century modern look is full of clean lines and angles, low furniture, smooth wood, tapered legs, and natural shapes. The pieces associated with this trend are functional and well-designed and, because of the style’s popularity, you don’t necessarily have to go to a flea market, antique store, or estate sale to snatch up a simple, vintage-looking piece. Some furniture designers offer the kind of pieces and accessories that mimic and capture the style of this bygone era, though bulked up a bit for the present age. “Wood” You Be Mine? While engineered pressed wood is the go-to material for much of today’s furniture, mid-century modern furniture is defined by its real wood of walnut, teak, oak, and rosewood. Still, you want to avoid overstuffed furniture or intricate scrolling or carving. Look for a midcentury modern sofa or chaise, but make sure it’s covered with a new fabric. Find a sleek console for your flat-screen (or vintage collection of LPs). Or go midcentury modern in a subtle way by investing in that nubby boucle fabric for throw pillows or window seat cushions. Shine a Little Light Mid-century modern homes had dazzlingly cool light fixtures – whether pendant lights or smooth side lamps. These little elements of sculptural art make a statement about your style while also giving a room personality and flair. And if you can’t find a pair of retro-inspired lamps, remember that mid-century modern isn’t all about matching. Wall to Wall You would have been hard-pressed to find a mid-century home that wasn’t sporting wallpaper somewhere. Patterned wallpaper is ideal for an accent wall, powder room, dining room, or stairwell, especially if you seek out wallpaper that’s bold, whimsical, glitzy, or graphic. Otherwise, keep your walls relatively clean and uncluttered with just a few statement pieces for adornment. Shape Up There are certain shapes from midcentury that are quintessentially of this era. We’re talking about egg chairs, tulip chairs, helix chandeliers, and metallic sunburst mirrors or wall clocks. One of the most important things to remember when mixing vintage and modern design is maintaining proportion among all of your major pieces. Vintage midcentury pieces can tend toward the leaner, smaller, shorter side so decorate accordingly. Colorful Geometry The mid-century era was fond of its loud and geometric patterns and bold, graphic fabrics. Orange and brown fabrics and warm wood details ruled the day. You can update this trend by mixing such shades with cooler colors or opting instead for entirely modern shades like eggplant furniture, gray walls, or black accents to offset the warmth of the vintage and make it modern. Semi-Permanent Vintage If you’re seeking just one or two elements to infuse your design with some midcentury modern flair, invest in a drinks cart or outfit your built-in bar with vintage glasses and, naturally, a cocktail shaker. You can wheel your bar cart from room to room for entertaining – it’s the ideal kitschy but useful accessory. Ultimately, if you are keen on the mid-century modern design look, you must know that there is an element of camp to it. Embrace this slightly offbeat look and acknowledge your past era design sensibility with an avocado mixer in the kitchen or cork floor in the rec room. Consult with the design experts at Decor & You in Denver, CO, to get a personalized DecorPlan that will let you dabble in a bygone time while staying beautifully modern.
No Green Thumb? How to Add Fake Greenery without Looking Cheesy You’re allergic. You have small children. You have pets. Your home doesn’t get enough natural light. You’re forgetful about watering plants. Or you just have no green thumb to speak of. But you love greenery and flowers and adore the character and color they add to a room. So what’s a décor-conscious person to do? You can still bring the plant life you want into your space, even if you’re cheating by using fake greenery. Here are some guidelines to help you green up your home, permanently. 1. Do your research. If you don’t a have green thumb, you may not know much about plant names, but you likely know which ones you like the look of. So get out your smartphone and start snapping pics of plant life that you like and have always envisioned having in your home. Start a Pinterest board that gathers together examples of greenery that you’d love to add to your décor. 2. Look closely. As you shop for fake greenery, be sure to refer to the resources you’ve taken the time to create. Compare the petals, leaves, stems, and coloring of the fake greenery with images of the real thing. There are different levels of greenery available – and not all fake greenery is top-shelf greenery. If you want your faux greens to look real, you’ll have to be willing to invest in plants that truly mimic the real deal. (Avoid the fake greens or flowers embellished with drops of dew or glitter.) 3. Be open-minded. Silk is not the only fabric that can mimic look of real greens and flowers. There are some realistic fake plants available that are made of foam. The goal is to avoid any obvious plastic-looking fake stuff. Keep in mind: Plenty of plants and flowers look fake anyway. Orchids in particular, fake cacti, and succulents (fat plants, like aloe) have that “are-they-or-aren’t-they?” look and are some of the easier greens to fake because even the real ones make you look twice! 4. Fake it all the way. Do a little extra legwork to create the right illusion for your fake greenery. Add touches of realness like dirt in the planter, water in the vase, or sand and rocks in the pot (definitely use actual planters and pots). You want the greenery to look natural, so do whatever you can to fool the eye. 5. Display thoughtfully. If you keep the same pot of flowers on your kitchen table month after month, people are going to notice that those stems can’t possibly be real (particularly if you’re displaying tulips in October). Consider the season. Rotate your greenery. Larger floor plants that do a great job of breaking corners can have longer life where they are, as well as greenery displayed on high shelves or above cabinets. But any arrangements that are front and center aren’t immune to examination. This is a great excuse to rearrange you décor accessories regularly and shake up your space, and that’s always a good thing. 6. Keep up with maintenance. You might not be able to remember to water plants, but it’s essential to regularly dust your fake arrangements if you want them to pass for the real thing. Real flowers and plants don’t get dusty! It can feel like your décor just isn’t complete unless it’s enhanced with plant life. Don’t be afraid to go green! We can help you find the “realest” fake greenery to make your home feel and look fresh and natural. Consult with the design experts at Decor & You in Denver, CO, to get a personalized DecorPlan.
11 Unexpected Uses and Locales for Wallpaper Wallpaper is versatile. This bit of décor can help you add color, texture, personality, elegance, or warmth. It can be designated as the focal point of a room or merely serve as an accent. Whatever the color palette or theme of your space, there is undoubtedly a wallpaper available to match it. Keep in mind that wallpaper requires a bit more commitment than other accessories with which you adorn your home, so you want to be relatively married to the pattern and style you choose before applying it. However, there are also ways to integrate wallpaper into your décor without using paste – think painters tape, for starters. Here are 11 unexpected uses and locales for wallpaper, scraps or otherwise. Keep in mind – if a surface is flat, you can probably wallpaper it! 1. Hall of Wallpaper Often overlooked is the skinny wall at the end of a hallway or entryway. There isn’t always enough space to put a table in front of it or a chair, so it sits dormant, perhaps only embellished with a lone piece of art. Choose the wallpaper pattern that you might not be brave enough to use elsewhere and highlight this small wall. 2. Semi-Permanent Wallpaper Apartment dwellers often feel like they’re not able to truly inhabit their space because of concerns about marking up the walls. It may seem like wallpaper is definitely a no-go, but think again. Use a strip, block, or oddly cut shape of wallpaper as semi-permanent art – simply hang it with painters tape, double-sided tape, or a similarly non-marking hanging tool. 3. Frame It For a no-commitment use of wallpaper, pick your favorite print and frame it. Create a vignette of three framed wallpapers – all the same pattern or all different but complementary. 4. Scroll Down Love the look of Asian-inspired art? Take a length of wallpaper and attach the ends to rods to create a beautiful scroll. Hang it with a ribbon, rope, or other unexpected texture for a one-of-a-kind accessory. 5. Freeze Frame Stuck with an old-fashioned fridge or awful almond-colored model with no chance of a change in the near future? Removable wallpaper tiles are covered with a strong but low-tack adhesive and can be trimmed to size which makes it possible to cover an unattractive refrigerator. 6. Look Up Ceilings get neglected. Why not give yours a little love and highlight it with wallpaper? You can alternate stripes of paint and wallpaper, or cover the entire ceiling with one wallpaper pattern. Subtle or bold, this is a brave and memorable décor statement. 7. Cabinet Cure Whether bathroom or kitchen, cabinets that need new life can be revived with the addition of some wallpaper. You can avoid the need to immediately replace, repaint, or refinish cabinets with a bit of careful and thoughtful wallpaper application to the face of your cabinet doors. 8. Step By Step Wood stairs, finished or unfinished, have stair risers that just scream to be embellished. Wallpaper can actually make you feel like dancing up and down the stairs when they’re colorfully or uniquely highlighted. 9. Divide and Conquer Room dividers can be unobtrusive, merely functional, or a décor element that’s meant to be seen and appreciated. Wallpaper can give an otherwise bland or unremarkable room divider that extra oomph. (Fireplace screens make a great locale for wallpaper, too!) 10. Drawer Design Typical drawer liners can be so uninspired. Wallpaper makes lining drawers far more fun, and gives you a bit of encouragement to keep them clean when they’re so pretty on the bottom. But you don’t have to stop there. Pull those drawers out and wallpaper the sides of each drawer for a sweet sneak peek of your personality with every opening and closing. 11. Accented Paint is typically the go-to design element for creating an accent wall. Why not opt for wallpaper instead? A room can’t always manage four walls of wallpaper anyway, so choosing one wall to highlight lets you get your wallpaper fix without being bathed in pattern. Wallpaper can be for beginners, but you’re going to want to practice in an unobtrusive spot before you delve into the real decorating. Matching the pattern and seams, cutting the paper properly and creating straight edges, smoothing out air bubbles, removing excess paste… it’s a lot of work. When in doubt, hire a professional, even if you’re only applying the wallpaper to a small area. Consult with the design experts at Decor & You in Denver, CO, to get a personalized DecorPlan and all the wallpaper advice you could want.
Applying the "Rule of Three" to Interior Design The Rule of Thirds is typically a term used in photography. It refers to the process of identifying and taking well-balanced and interesting shots by splitting a photo into thirds horizontally and vertically. Whereas your photo will be more appealing when the main subject is off-center, the Rule of Three as it applies to interior design is slightly different. The Rule of Three means that odd-numbered groupings look better and more natural than even-numbered groupings. Symmetry has its place in design – two bedside tables holding two matching lamps, for example – but asymmetry is interior design gold and the yin to the yang of even numbers. As with everything in interior design, the idea of a “rule” is quite flexible. But there is a visual appeal to odd-numbered groups, and once the Rule of Three becomes second nature, you’ll find yourself instinctively heading in this direction with your decorating. Your space will just feel right. If a room feels off, ignoring the Rule of Three could be one of the reasons why. Accessorizing Does it feel like some people just have a knack for arranging books, plants, and knick knacks so that they look like art instead of clutter? Here’s their secret: The Rule of Three. Make an effort to select three objects that go together but feel free to choose different finishes, colors, or sizes (as long as they complement the overall décor of the room). Varying the heights of the objects also adds to the visual interest. Display items on a coffee table, bookshelf, or mantel in trios. Furniture Arranging Have you ever noticed that most suites of living room furniture come in sets of three? Couch, love seat, recliner. You’re unlikely to find any furniture store selling four easy chairs together for you to bundle in a little square. It might make for a cozy conversation area in theory, but such symmetry can tighten a room rather than open it up. And who doesn’t want to make their space look bigger? The Rule of Three allows for greater flow and function in a room. Unlike accessorizing, where varying heights is a good idea, it’s wiser to stick with furniture that’s of similar scale and shape when grouped together. Whether you’re setting up a family room or adding miniature ottomans to a bedroom, choose your three items thoughtfully and make sure they’re cohesive to maintain scale. Coloring A room’s color palette is far more dynamic when it includes three colors – and this Rule of Three comes with numbers attached. When selecting colors for a room, go with the 60-30-10 equation – your main color for the space (60%), a secondary color (30%), and an accent color (10%). The combos needn’t be especially bold or vibrant if that isn’t your style. Varying shades of grey or cream can offer the same soothing and pleasing impact – just settle on three different colors of each to create the most balanced look. Texturizing Once you realize how important texture is to a room’s overall design, it can be tempting to get carried away and start adding new and different textures wherever possible. But you want to gently support your space’s palette and design, not overwhelm it with chaos. The Rule of Three in texture is most easily noticed in seemingly one-color rooms. But looking more closely, you’re likely to discover that there are actually textures creating the shading in the room – metal frames and lamps, cashmere blankets and pillow covers, and cork flooring, for example. Whatever your palette, consider the textures that are entering the picture along with their color impact. Other Areas… The Rule of Three applies to plenty of other design elements such as: Lighting: Rooms should have three different styles or sources of lighting, like overhead lighting, table lamps, and accent lighting. Fabrics: Paisley and flowers and stripes? This combo can work when the colors and patterns blend and play up each other’s accents. Walls: If you’re lucky enough to have a trio of windows, highlight them. If you have an empty wall, create a vignette of three similar prints or framed pieces of art. The Rule of Three isn’t married to three – you can group five or seven or nine items and still create that coveted visual interest. The idea is to respect symmetry where it works and otherwise embrace odd numbers and the unique nature they can add to a space. Keep in mind too that while the Rule of Three adds depth, consider scale, proportion, and balance before you put this rule into play. Confused? Or just need inspiration? Consult with the design experts at Decor & You in Denver, CO, to get a personalized DecorPlan.
How to Let Your Design Aesthetic Shine Through When You Have a Roommate You have finally struck out on your own. You have your own place, whether it’s a dorm room or apartment. Except for your roommate(s) that is. How do you enjoy the pleasure of finally getting to do everything as you please if there’s still one or more people potentially vetoing your decisions? When it comes to interior design, there are ways to get your way, create a complementary interior design, and express your decorating wishes freely (at least, as freely as you can until you live alone). Talk It Over You and your roommate are unlikely to have identical taste in décor and you may envision certain areas differently. Decide what is most important to you when it comes to interior design and what you’re willing to sacrifice to be happy with your shared space and still coexist amicably with your roommate. Find out what you both like and dislike, and be honest. Your roommate may have set up shop in your apartment first, in which case they’ll have already put their stamp on things. They may be willing to adjust décor, look forward to starting over fresh, or they may be stuck in their ways. Ideally, you’re living with someone who is willing to compromise too and you can decide on a color palette and styles that mesh. Utilize Pinterest Starting a joint apartment décor board on Pinterest is a great way to share ideas with your roommate and it allows both of you to digest the other person’s proposals without feeling obligated to say yes or no immediately. You may even come to see through your Pins where your two aesthetics blend seamlessly, creating a fresh interior design you might have otherwise overlooked. Be Ready to Edit Chances are, you’re coming into your new apartment with existing décor, furniture, and accessories. So is your roommate. In bringing two collections of “stuff” together, it can be difficult to create a cohesive look. Don’t attempt to fit everything into one place (there’s no need to keep two couches if you don’t have room for both of them and they don’t make sense together) but do take stock of what’s available and figure out how the décor can be enhanced or combined to work together. Add a new set of throw pillows, keep all your artwork – no matter how different – but purchase matching frames, change knobs or lampshades. And shop together when you’re making joint decorating decisions! Split Things Up If your new place is big enough, and you and your roommate are agreeable to it, divvy up the rooms so that you’re responsible for decorating. Maybe your roommate is quite the amateur chef and wants ownership over that space. Let her have it, and name the bathroom as your square footage to conquer. You’ll still want to talk to the other person about your plans for the space to make sure they have no major objections about how you’re designing shared living space. Be as open-minded as you can and allow the other person their creative freedom. You never know, you may find inspiration from it, and even feel relieved that some major decisions are not yours to make. The good thing about sharing a place is that, presumably, you have your own bedroom. Or, at least, your own bed “area.” And in that space you can go crazy with your personal design aesthetic. It’s in the common areas, however, that some compromise is likely to be needed, whether you’re living with your best friend or a perfect stranger. Sometimes mediation is necessary when it comes to shared space. If so, consult with the design experts at Decor & You in Denver, CO, to get a personalized DecorPlan that will make you and your roommate happy in your new digs.
His-and-Hers Design Themes In many households, one half of a couple often takes the lead with decorating decisions. But if a woman is the #1 decorator, that doesn’t mean lace and frills are on the horizon. If a man is making design choices, that doesn’t mean leather and animal heads will take center stage. Stereotypes have no place in interior design. A person’s design aesthetic is what it is, whether they’re male or female. But there is a difference between a space of your own and a space shared with someone else. Couples share space. That’s part of the relationship deal. But plenty of couples know how to share areas without stepping on each other’s toes. Whether that means a his-and-hers master bathroom or a “his” bathroom and “hers” bathroom (or closet or bedroom, for that matter). Instead of focusing on what makes a room look overly feminine or overly masculine, let’s look at what design choices make a home accurately reflect a couple and their combined interests and aesthetics. Color your space. Decorating for his-and-hers doesn’t mean you have to go completely neutral. You’re not destined to have a grey, cream, or beige color palette. Pink has its place and so does blue. Guys like purple and ladies like black. Consider the space and what colors will look best based on the room’s use, shape, and lighting, both natural and artificial. The most important thing is that you agree as a couple on what color palette is best for the room. Pick your patterns. Don’t be afraid of floral patterns. (Guys like flowers too!) And don’t be afraid of plaid. It doesn’t always have to scream “club room” and comes in a range of colors to please men and women alike. Interior design isn’t about what’s masculine and what’s feminine, but about balance in general. Feel free to mix and match patterns to give a room visual interest, like oversized flowers and heavy stripes. Embrace texture. Tufted ottomans, velvet wallpaper, a faux animal hide rug – these elements are the lush ingredients that make a room look rich and lush. Women and men alike can appreciate this characteristic. And who says guys don’t like to snuggle? A cozy couch, overstuffed pillows, a cashmere throw – they are all amazing elements for a space, especially a bedroom, family room, or den. Consider heavy metals. Gold isn’t female. Silver isn’t male. Choose the metal that reflects you both best. Steel and chrome are beautiful décor choices and complementary to a great many interior design themes. Bronze can give you that slightly gold, slightly orange sheen that is so trendy right now without going over the top into Donald Trump gold. Modernism and minimalism. Men do not have the monopoly on the “bachelor pad” look. Women like to play pool and have drinks too! Modern furniture doesn’t automatically translate as a solely masculine theme. Exposed beams and stark décor appeals to both sexes. Curvy and streamlined furniture can make both men and women happy about their final interior design scheme. Whether you’re seeking to mesh the male and female aesthetics in your home to create a unified space, or whether you need help separating sections of your home to appeal to different members of your family (or your better half), consult with the design experts at Decor & You in Denver, CO, to get a personalized DecorPlan for men and women, couples or singles.
Take Your Bathroom from Simply Functional to Modern Luxury Your bathroom serves many functions. Many important functions. But modern bathroom trends are upping the ante for a combination of purpose and beauty that is beyond simple utility. Your days of bathing, relaxation and pampering will be full of elegance and style that reflect a comfortable boudoir or inviting living room over a stark bathroom. Let’s take a look at how to create modern luxury in your bathroom: Make space Spacious bathrooms are in style. If you are remodeling and can open up this area, do it. Otherwise there are some techniques you can implement to make your bathroom appear more airy and welcoming. Many designers believe this spacious approach to design promotes both health and mood improvements. Start by embracing white as a way to reflect light throughout the room. Think white walls, white rugs and white accessories. Then, learn to love mirrors and glass. They both reflect light instead of absorbing it. Multiple mirrors in unexpected places such as near the floor help to expand the room. You could even consider a full wall mirror to instantly double the visual space. Installing glass shower, closet and vanity doors will also add to the feeling of openness. For functional accessories, turn to Lucite. This material helps create a simple, uncluttered look unachievable with opaque décor. If you are faced with a bathroom without windows, create the illusion of one. First, add window treatment elements such as curtains and blinds. And yes, I’m referring to hanging them on your empty wall. Since blinds are normally drawn in a bathroom anyways, you don’t have to worry about the view. Complete the faux window with a soft light behind the window treatments for a subtle glow. Another aspect to consider when dealing with limited or no windows, is the lack of horizontal light normally provided. Install wall fixtures to break up the overhead light that shines vertically straight down. You will create a much more flattering appearance and ambiance. Create comfort and grace with attractive furniture Furniture elements create the perfect blend of at-ease luxury. Think elegant chairs and impressive rugs that create a chic style likely to be found in an upscale bedroom. Look for these types of furnishings to create your idyllic yet stunning bathroom setting: A leather ottoman – it will make its best statement in white. A comfy accent chair – a spacious bathroom needs a more voluptuous chair. Include a foot rest and consider making it stand out with a pleasant accent color or unique embellishments. One-of-a-kind style works well here as you are not looking for a matching set. A sophisticated bench – look for a unique piece to add function and beauty. Try wood accents for any of the furniture pieces listed above. For example, wooden chair legs will add warmth and comfort to your bathroom. Pay attention to the details, the gorgeous details From impressive lighting to elegant fixtures, you don’t want to leave your bathroom “unfinished.” Give careful thought to every detail and accent as you are aiming to create a very personal interior. For instance, if you enjoy a water theme in the bathroom due to its calming qualities and symbolism of good health, let it shine through. Choose a color combination of blues and bring in subtle details that reflect continuous flow and movement. Add spa features From a simple bench placed inside your shower to a deluxe shower-sauna combination, a modern bathroom’s spa elements are created with ultimate relaxation in mind. You do not have to have a large space to install a sauna. Many designers have converted closets and utilized shower space to create a sauna of the perfect size and shape. This is also the perfect opportunity to consider where a free-standing bath tub should reside. Embrace your unique style Modern style embraces the personal. You can be creative pulling in oriental décor, bold Art Deco or retro styles and still have a “modern bathroom.” If you know your style preferences, consider using a single design company for all your bathroom updates. Many companies have started providing a collection of products for complete looks. You can find fixtures, furnishings, lighting solutions and wall décor all under one roof and all customizable to reflect your unique needs while adhering to your space requirements. Are you ready to get started? Let the Professionals at Decor & You create you a Personalized 5-Step Décor Plan that will help you design your perfect bathroom today!