The color forecast is out for 2011! Check out the new color trends for this year as forecasted by Benjamin Moore!
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Are you looking for a new application for your walls? Try some paintable wallpaper to liven things up! Most people cringe at the idea of wallpaper but it has actually come a long way since the gold and green stripes in your grandma’s house. Don’t be afraid of it! Take a look at these modern applications that can be applied in a powder room, children’s room or as an accent wall.
Fall is a time for a little bit of updating. Often times people will update their homes just in time for the holidays in preparation for lots of entertaining. Fall evokes the feelings of comfort, warmth and security where people tend to stay in their homes more and light a crackling fire. Here are ways you can translate those feelings into paint and give your home an updated look for the season!
People tend to have a strong emotion towards reds. You either love it or hate it. Here are some reds that are beautiful and warm for fall.
The color orange can be a little overwhelming. However, if it’s used within the correct context it can be warm and charming!
Gold is the shade of yellow for fall and definitely a color that comes to mind when you think of leaves turning color. This can be a cheerful color and used in a modern setting it won’t remind you of your grandmother’s old sofa!
The 4th of July is right around the corner and this is our inspiration to decorate with a red, white and blue color palette! Although it is a patriotic color palette, the primary colors of red and blue work well together and are pleasing to the eye. The warm red with the cool blue are complimentary colors and the white seems to break things up a little. There are many ways to make this patriotic color palette work without having to place stars and stripes everywhere. However, if stars and stripes is your thing, then let’s not make it tacky, shall we? Here are some rooms that are tastefully decorated in red, white and blue both traditional and contemporary.
This 3 or 4 tier shelf can by purchased at Overstock for $58 for the 3-tier and $89 for the 4-tier. It comes in pink or blue only, but probably can be painted on your own.
If you like a calm and neutral palette this might be your style! Despite the neutral palette, however, this bedroom still screams luxury! The understated luxurious decor of this room combines affordable antiques with more expensive furniture pieces. When working with neutrals, incorporate bedding, rugs, throw pillows, paint and accent furniture with colors from the same color family. Make sure to keep the bed as the focal point.
Love the contrast of the warm chocolate walls against the white! This design is crisp, clean and fresh! Once again, the bed is the focal point with the interesting headboard and the white linens. The drapery adds a sense of drama yet also provides privacy. The chandelier adds interest and softens the room.
Both of these bedroom are both eclectic and bold! The use of bright colors and the mix of interesting furniture keeps these rooms fun and interesting. To keep the room unified, use at least one color that is constant throughout the room.
Lighting is a crucial design element when it comes to accessorizing and decorating your home. “Lighting is not simply to eliminate darkness; it is a creative ingredient in successful design,” said Deborah Kreye, ASID, interior designer with Vogue Interiors. Part of a design plan needs to include how to illuminate a space effectively and not to simply focus on the fixture itself. Make sure that your rooms are correctly illuminated with just the right amount of light. Over-lit or under-lit rooms can become uncomfortable rooms to be in. To know if a room is illuminated correctly take the total number of watts in the room (generally a 4″ can will have a 65 watt lamp) and divide by the square footage of the room. You want to be as close to .8 as possible. Here are some examples of different lighting applications.
Creating A “Path” Of Light
Use wall sconces to create a subtle “path” of light through the home. This can create a directional visual element to lead people in a logical progression.
Highlight artwork in your home with spot lighting or track lighting. Spot lighting can be focused directly on one piece whereas track lighting can illuminate an entire gallery.
Lighting For Architectural Details
Architectual details of a home can be accentuated with lighting. Highlight a recessed cove with concealed cove lighting.
Ambient lighting can be either direct of indirect. Ambient lighting can be a hidden light sources that washes a room with a glow. Temporary ambient effects can be achieved with a dimmer.