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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.

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Outdoor Spaces

Summer is right around the corner and so it’s time to take advantage of the fabulous outdoor spaces that we have!  Utilizing your patios, decks and beckyards makes your house feel like it has that much more living space.  Interior Design is not only about interior spaces but also incoorporating the same design principles into your outdoor spaces to achieve the same goals as you would inside.  Here are some ideas to spruce up your outdoor space and make it an inviting sanctuary for you and your guests!

Patio Furniture

Determine what you use your outdoor space for (eating, lounging, cocktail hour, entertaining) and then you can place the appropriate furniture. 

Dining Table

Sofa and Coffee Table

Bar Table

Fire Pit

Liven things up with an outdoor fire pit or fireplace.  A fire feature is a perfect design element to make your outdoor space inviting.

Table Fire Pit

Fire Pit

Free Standing Fire Pit

 Accessories

Yes, you can accessorize an outdoor space!  Do this by adding an area rug, throw pillows, candles and anything else you can think of.  Use an outdoor area rug under your seating or dining area to define and anchor the space.  Next, use throw pillows to add comfort but also color and style to your outdoor furniture.

Area Rug

Area Rug

Area Rug

Throw Pillows

Throw Pillows

Lighting

Add a little ambience to your outdoor space with lighting.  Lighting is a very important design element both indoors and outdoors.  String lights, lanterns and candles can all create a beautiful lighting effect for your outdoor space!

String Lights

Chinese Lanterns

Lanterns

 

 

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