Design Trends and Inspiration
Bring timeless trends and decor into your remodel and your home will be sure to stand the test of time.
What Are Timeless Trends?
Timeless trends are considered to be core, key classics that are beautiful anytime, anywhere. Here are some ideas to help you implement designs that will never go out of style.
Which Designs Will Never Go Out of Style?
First, look back in design history. What has been considered beautiful for decades? A castle or chateau that is still beautiful five hundred years later can inspire you today for individual elements that will enhance your home. If you simplify the style, you will find that many of the key concepts used for royalty are still beautiful for your home today.
How to Bring Classic Décor into Any Room
A herringbone pattern in wood or tile is a key example of a classic concept. It adds just enough of a wow factor to create interest, but does not over power your space. Marble is a material that has remained timeless. Whether it’s a Calcutta Gold or a Carrera, this material has been able to have a longevity that will keep you from feeling restless. Choose the spaces that need a classic wow factor and these materials will never disappoint.
Woods, like walnut, are always timeless because they have served the likes of classic homes over the years. Hardwoods have just enough color and depth to balance a room, as well as just enough character to be interesting.
Metal finishes always come and go in terms of what’s on trend; however mixing metals will ensure that you have balanced any look to evolve through time. A matte iron finish paired with a soft, brushed brass or a chrome paired with a brushed nickel are both pairings that will ensure that you have timeless decor that will never go out of style.
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Want a fresh look for your home? Choose to update your floors with one of the flooring trends that are making their way into the magazines and give your home the facelift that it needs!
What Flooring Type Will We See the Most?
Pattern is absolutely fun when it comes to flooring, and one that we love is the herringbone pattern. It is a classic pattern, but is subtly elegant. Large format tiles mixed with wood planking are a fun way to add a look that will be classic and chic. If you are wondering what finishes on the large format are trending, yet safe to play with, a concrete look on tile will look good in your home for years on end.
If pattern isn’t for you, a very strong trend that is still making headway is continuing your plank flooring up a wall. Any time you have wood on your walls or ceiling, you are adding warmth to the room that just cannot be duplicated with paint. Maybe a cold feeling basement needs warming up; this is an easy solution.
What Floor Coloring Will Stand Out?
Natural wood tones are still making a splash. The look of raw unfinished wood is a lovely finish to bring into a home. A common question homeowners ask is, “Do all of my woods need to match?” That really comes down to you. A large trend is the happenstance of materials. For example, you may have a raw wood in the entryway and chestnut in your living room. To make the two spaces tie together, you simply accessorize the living room with some raw wood accents. For some, however, flow and consistency are important, so, if you know you like everything to match, this trend is not for you.
Wood floors that are color stained are trending. Blue stained wood can add subtle happiness down your hallways. Don’t worry that the blue will go out of style, because if you love it, it won’t. The only time this plays a role in anything is if you go to sell your house, then you may find that it’s not for everyone. But then again, there is always someone for every trend out there. Most importantly, trends are to inspire. They are to guide and remind you to keep your home feeling fresh.
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The thought of falling into a cozy bed and resting your eyes and mind from the bustle of the holidays sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Here are some tips to help you pull off the perfect cozy winter bedroom.
What are this Season's Winter Colors?
This season we are seeing a lot of rich, velvety colors start to play a role in home design. Think deep charcoal, velvety rich green, and burgundy that has a plum tone to it. It's all about tone on tone, and the darker the better! You are not meant to be energized in the space, so your eye needs colors that will allow subtle differences to draw your attention.
Which Winter Color Scheme Should You Choose?
If you love it, it's the right answer. In design there are a lot of right answers, which is why choosing is very personal. However, in your bedroom, take a risk, don't be scared. It's supposed to feel cozy.
Play Off Textures to Turn Your Bedroom into a Cozy, Winter Oasis
Thick wool throw blankets or flannel sheets scream winter calm. Textured accent pieces will add warmth to your space, so your side tables might be a brushed wood that have a raw unfinished feel to it, and your chair may have a large basket next to it with blankets overflowing out of it. Most importantly, have rug runners down the side of your bed to be sure that on top of your beautiful plank floors, you have soft underfoot.
What Are the Winter Room Decor Staples?
Be sure to have plenty of blankets to cover up with for when you’re not quite ready for bed. Have lighting that can create various moods, such as overhead task lighting and bedside lamps that can set a softer ambiance. In your accent chair area, be sure that you have an ottoman where feet can be propped up and the chair has a nice high back to allow for proper relaxation for reading.
Follow all of these tips and you will be sure to have the perfect winter sanctuary! Want more winter tips? Keep your carpet looking new all year long!
One of our favorite design styles out there is the farmhouse style for its effortless simplicity in décor and color. This style originated from farmers themselves, in which design was focused on their basic necessities regarding their lifestyle and family needs. Farmhouse style offers feelings of warmth and comfort, with an emphasis on reclaimed wood, upcycling, and rustic and distressed touches. The fabulous part of this design style is that it is hard to mess up! Here are some fun ways to create your own farmhouse look in your home!
1. Love Texture
One of the best parts of this style is wood, wood and more wood! And not all of it has to match. It could of course be shiplap, but it could also be layered pine on your walls paired with oak planks on your floors. Whatever wood tones you love, be sure to include them on your walls, floors, or ceilings.
2. Be Unpredictable
Often homeowners want to match finishes when designing their home, but this design style says “don’t!” You can pair black iron finishes with brushed nickel, and so on. The key is to keep it to 2-3 metal finishes and bounce them around your house. Your kitchen faucet finish may be the same as your pendant light finish, and your kitchen knobs and pulls may be the same finish as your door hardware.
3. Incorporate Family
Family photos are incredibly important in general, but even more so in farmhouse style home décor as this style has a strong focus around what is important in life. Consider incorporating phrases or quotes that you want your family to live by, as you can have teaching moments for your kids through your artwork and signage.
4. White is a Key Color
White is what allows the busy aspect of this style to stay focused. As textures change, white is the key color that grounds everything and keeps an underlying calm to your home. Even better, because white is your core color, you will be able to easily evolve to your next design style when you are ready for a change down the road.
5. Casual Wins
Comfortable furniture wins in this design style, so make sure your furniture makes you want to fall into it and relax. No stuffiness allowed!
6. Don’t Over Clutter
Remember, not every wall and space needs something on it. Sometimes your eyes need to have a spot to rest.
7. Make it Fit Your Lifestyle
Function is more important than how something looks, so be sure to keep in mind how your family lives in the spaces you are creating. If you know someone loves to read in a corner, perfect! Make it a comfy chair, a basket of blankets, and a vintage floor lamp. This is a very thoughtful style as to how you live in your home.
8. Have Your Own Twist
We have the world at our fingertips in terms of inspirational images, however, be sure to come up with one twist on something that no one else has tried or done. We encourage you to add a personal touch to your space. After all, it is your home!
9. Old + New Play a Role
Not everything in your home has to be vintage décor. Some things have improved with time so it’s okay to mix vintage with new, but going to vintage flea markets will help you find unique elements that will add to your décor. Find something old to turn into art on the walls, or start a collection of something vintage. For example, vintage fishing reels in glass jars can remind you of fishing with a grandparent and also serve as amazing texture to your room.
10. Have Fun
This is the most important rule. If you are not having fun, you are not doing it right! Relax and enjoy the process. Your home is meant to bring you happiness, so have fun!
Mustard yellow, a mix between bright yellow and light brown, adds a rich tone to any space that it’s used in, making it a great color to bring into your home this fall season. Mustard yellow can range from light to dark, which gives you the opportunity to curate an array of looks, to include warm, edgy, or even sophisticated.
With mustard, you can go modern, contemporary, or mid-century, depending on the additional colors that you bring into your space or how the color is used in design.
What Colors Pair Well With Mustard Yellow?
In an all-white room, mustard can make a room pop, as well its ability to add warmth to the overly cold feeling that all-white can sometimes create in a space. In recap, a white room with mustard accents creates an overall balance between the powers of both colors and can create visual interest and warmth, even when used in small doses.
For a more contemporary look, try pairing mustard yellow with dark grey and navy blue. With these color pairings, we love the idea of using grey or blue on your wall, and incorporating small pops of mustard in your décor.
For a playful look, pairings of turquoise and teal with mustard can bring edge and a strong dose of personality to your room. Remember, a little goes a long way with these colors, so don’t make the mistake of overusing these colors.
How Can Mustard Yellow Work in Different Rooms?
In the bedroom, consider using mustard yellow as your accent colors for your curtains, duvet cover, pillows, or even an area rug. Due to its strength, you don’t need a lot of this color to make an impact. A little goes a long way!
In the kitchen, we love seeing mustard yellow in chair or stool cushions, in dish towels, or even as the main color of your dishware. Remember, mustard can make for warm interiors, and with the kitchen being one of the most visited rooms in the home, it’s a great place to add this happy color.
In your living room, consider adding one or two pieces of mustard colored furniture or décor. This is a great color for furniture, especially chairs, as these are smaller in size. Mustard yellow on a chair can still make a bold statement, but it’s not as loud or overwhelming as if it were on a couch.
In the bathroom, if you’re feeling bold, consider mustard and white tiles. To tone it down a notch, have your towels or a piece of art include mustard yellow.
How Can I Decorate With Yellow Walls?
In the dining room or foyer, mustard looks great on your walls, and makes for quite the bold impact when it’s used in heavy dosage. If you’re wondering how to decorate the rest of your room when you have yellow walls, look no further. Since white and yellow work harmoniously to make a room pop, white furniture or trim will bring balance to the room and still allow for the yellow to make quite the impact.
In a kitchen with mustard walls, consider having white cabinetry, and bring bright blues in as accent pieces throughout the room. This could be with dish towels, plates, appliances, or even vases. Remember, you want your kitchen to be a cheerful place to congregate with friends and family, so bring energy to your gathering area!
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As we transition from summer to fall, now is a great time to make décor changes in your home. Changes can be elaborate, or they can be inexpensive and easy, depending on what type of change you’d like to see in your space.
Whether you want to learn what home decorating trends are hot for fall room décor, or find out about outdated home décor, follow along for our top 5 tips for mastering the latest home interior design trends, and what to avoid!
What Trends Are Out
While all-white is still an incredibly popular and beautiful look, we are beginning to see a shift towards deeper browns, blacks, and greens, both as the main color in a room, along with being incorporated into accent pieces. If you have all-white interiors, try phasing out the look by bringing in accent pieces in emerald green or smoky black, two trends that are hot.
You know the saying, “less is more,” and that holds true to the past trend of marble being used in any manner possible in home décor. Marble isn’t outdated, but we’ll be seeing less of the “all marble” look, and instead, it will cool down to being used more so in accent pieces.
Look at your comforter or duvet cover. On a scale of 1-10, how boring is it? If it’s even the slightest bit boring, it’s time to go shopping! The bedroom is a room where you can find peace, relaxation, and can express yourself. With that being said, plain bedding is out, and fun, patterned bedding will be making its presence known in the bedroom.
2017’s Hottest Fall Trends
As mentioned above, all white is trending out, and shades of dark green are trending in. Best known for evoking feelings of luxury and strength, this rich jewel tone can be incorporated into your home design:
- In an accent piece to make a bold statement
- Or used as your wall color. Just make sure to balance the boldness with neutral furnishings.
With the overwhelming usage of social media and digital devices, more people are choosing to turn their bedroom into a peaceful retreat where such devices are banned. To create a cozy, intimate sanctuary, adorn your bedroom with:
- A canopy bed
- Textured throw pillows
- Lace curtains
- and, textured pieces, such as reclaimed wood furnishings or knitted blankets
Soft, luxurious, and cozy, this fabric is perfect for both the fall and the winter seasons for adding visual interest. For the perfect canvas for velvet, think:
- Thick throw blankets
Dark wall colors are making quite the impact in home design, and homeowners love the drama that it’s bringing home.
If you’re ready for the dark side:
- Add cozy black to your walls for a loud statement
If black is too dark for you:
- Consider a rich chocolate brown for a similar dramatic look
Your 4 main walls are not the only place that you can add personality and character to; in fact, we think that you should make your ceiling your 5th wall for creating a loud statement. Consider:
- Patterned tiles
- Wooden beams
- or, paint
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