• Go Bold or Go Home: Color Trends in Interior Design

    Go Bold or Go Home: Color Trends in Interior Design

    In our recent post about choosing color palettes we explained the basics of interior design color schemes. Now that winter’s descending upon us, we’d like to take a look at a prevailing color trend: bold, vibrant splashes of color. Like the bright red cardinal against a drab winter landscape, we’re loving the look of assertive brights against a neutral backdrop (sleek grays and light creams are increasingly popular among contemporary designs, and tans and browns are popular among classic designs). Below are some pics and tips depending on how far you’d like to with your colors–from a splash or a wall-to-wall explosion:

    The above picture is Bright for Beginners. If you want to incorporate bright colors, but want to keep in low key, a great way is against a neutral backdrop–here they’ve used cream-colored furniture and carpet and and a beige wall. They’ve implemented the color with accent pillows (we love accent pillows!) of contrasting orange and blue, and small splashes of orange in the wall art. A great way to get started with small splashes of color is to choose a color from some of the existing artwork the room and highlight it with accent pillows, throws, and area rugs. All of these are non-permanents, so if you want to change them out in a few months, there’s no risk involved.

    For Intermediate color incorporation, do much as you would in the beginning phase with accent pillows and anything non-permanent, and add something more visible, and more fixed in the room’s landscape–like upholstering a sofa or armchair (pictured above) or choosing drapes or other window treatments to match the accent colors.

    For the Advanced color seekers who want a flood of sunshine in their interiors, we suggest layers of color. Don’t necessarily think monochrome, but incorporate the color, in different iterations and shades, in the room’s major elements. Bedding, wall color, window treatments, accent pillows, area rugs, and upholstery are all fair game. Just be sure to vary the shade of the color, and add some neutral elements as well to ensure it’s not blindingly bold. The picture above is an example of assertive but nuanced color. We think it shines beautifully!

    What are your fears/hopes/experiences/questions about color in interior design? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section!

    Photo credits, in respective order: http://arch-ideas.com/, freshome.com, http://media-cache-lt0.pinterest.com/upload/68961438014422440_rSoNl4yi.jpg

  • Color Palettes and Interior Design

    Color Palettes and Interior Design

    One of the most exciting parts of making interior design changes in your home is choosing a color palette or color scheme. It’s a great starting point, and when done properly, a well chosen color scheme can:

    • Enhance feelings of health and well-being. It’s no secret that color can affect our mood, so it’s a great idea to have the right kind of color vibes going on in your home. Choosing color palettes that are relaxing and soothing is often a great idea for bedrooms, and cheery color palettes can be wonderful for kitchens and entertainment rooms.
    • Make a room feel warmer or cooler. If you’re in the deep south, your sun room might benefit from cooling slates, grays, blues, and whites for a refreshing icy feel. If you’re in Maine, warm hues like rust and yellows might make for a cozy, warm living space.
    • Illuminate dark areas. Got a room with few windows? Bright colors–whites are great–can help give the illusion of more natural light.
    • Create mystery and romance in boring areas. That small dining area off your kitchen kind of a dull space? Want to make it a great hangout for adults?  Try deep eggplants or bricks.
    • Energize stagnant-looking rooms. Want to turn that back storage room into a home office? It should be a vibrant, inviting place to work! Choose a color scheme that stimulates you. The below color scheme adds warmth and energy to this living room: 


    We love working within a specific color palette for several reasons:

    • Adds structure/offers a solid framework for interior design changes. If you know what color scheme you’d like (warm and toasty like the picture above) then you’ve done a ton to narrow down upholstery and window treatment options. It’s a great starting point.
    • Sticking to a strict color scheme can actually be very freeing! Within a given color scheme you can explore many different pattens; the color offers a unifying element so you’re freer to explore more varied patterns. There’s no reason you can’t have striped, floral, and various prints in the same room, especially if they’re tied together within the same color scheme.
    • You can choose a color scheme then break it! Well, not really. But a great way to create a vibrant look is to add a small punch of contrasting color within a color scheme, like in the photo below.
    Cool color palette gets a pop of contrasting orange.




    What’s your experience with color palettes? And how far do you like to go? Window treatments, wall color, upholstery color, all in the same palette typically? What are some variables? We’d love to hear from you in the comment field below!