13-1023 Peach Fuzz Pantone.com
Well it’s almost the new year again and time to look at the 2024 Color Trends and how to update your home with color! The last year has seen many of my clients leaning toward earth hues, especially greens and some blues. Think mid-tone pastels, but muted earth tones are still in the forefront too. Along with whites, off-whites, creams, and light neutrals, we’re seeing requests for lighter warm grays, dark browns and charcoal blacks, updated sandy beiges (not yellowy beiges), and grayed greens as well as deep greens, all shades and tones of blue, and muted oranges and peaches, like HGTV’s Persimmon and Pantone’s Peach Fuzz.
SW 6239 Upward Sherwin-Williams.com
One of the first reveals was Sherwin Williams SW 6239 Upward. Their website describes it as “a breezy, blissful blue. The color found when we slow down, take a breath, and allow the mind to clear.” Slowing down and giving our minds breathing space cultivates creativity, a sense of peace, and well-being. Upward is a light blue from the Purple-Bue hue family. Bringing a calming blue into a bedroom, a sitting room, or a meditation room helps us carve a much-needed space into our lives.
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Rich Worldly Blues
Next up, Benjamin Moore announced their reveal date and kept customers in suspense. They finally announced 825 Blue Nova, a medium blue also from the Purple-Blue hue family along with a coordinating palette described on their website as “softly saturated with a nuanced approach to contrast, the Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2024 palette takes inspiration from the hues experienced through travels and moments that span beyond routine. On adventures near or far, we encourage collecting poignant color moments with verve and personality that are unexpected and boundlessly magical.” Travel increased in 2022 and again in 2023. With 2024 travelers expected to increase the trend further, Benjamin Moore created a palette inspired from around the world. Colorful spaces in our homes will remind us of the colors in our travels. Art chosen from special places can be a starting point for more chromatic schemes in our homes.
PPU18-01 Cracked Pepper Behr.com
Finally, Behr’s 2024 Color of the Year is Cracked Pepper PPU18-01, “a versatile soft black” which can be used in a whole room to make a statement or as an accent to create a distinctive look. The coordinating palette ranges from light neutrals like Even Better Beige DC-010 to dark, saturated colors like the muted-wine color Rumors MQ1-15.
Bringing Color into the New Year
So let’s add some color to our lives this year! Start small with accents or paint your rooms with the myriad of earth colors to bring the outside in. Need help to infuse color into your home? We love color. We’d love to help! A Certified Color Expert & Strategist will use the science of color along with the art of color to help you create a home you love.
Color Confidently Yours,
Tis’ the season, and we’re here with 4 easy steps to decorate your fireplace mantel for the holidays. With these pro tips, you’ll discover the secrets to creating a winter wonderland with festive flair, leaving your guests in awe. Let’s deck the halls together!
1.) It’s All About Theme & Color
To start, choose a theme and a coordinating color palette. A little strategic planning adds structure, professionalism, and a touch of personal sparkle to your design. Tie in your theme with the overall holiday décor throughout your home. Consider styles such as traditional, rustic, modern, vintage, or winter wonderland. Then add a color palette to complement your existing decor. Is your current scheme pale, dark, muted, or vivid? Traditional colors like red, green, and gold are classic. Experiment by adding color combinations such as creams and wood tones or blues and whites. When you stick to a specific theme and color palette, the elements on your mantel work together rather than appearing disjointed. Coordinating with your existing style and colors also helps narrow down the wide array of holiday decorations. Pro tip: Choose three to four coordinating colors for an intentionally designed look.
2.) Use A Centerpiece to Design a Focal Point
Next up, add a focal point to your holiday mantel décor to capture attention, add drama, and prepare the stage. A simple backdrop such as a garland or patterned runner makes a good base. A focal point can be any object that stands out against the backdrop, such as a large wreath, a beautifully framed mirror, or a decorative figurine. Other holiday groupings of festive objects, holiday quotes woodblocks, or an oversized piece of artwork work too. We’re talking LOOK AT ME! The piece you choose will guide the viewer’s eye and provide a visual anchor for the entire display. It becomes the main attraction and establishes an area around which other decorations can orbit. Like the planets around the sun. Pro Tip: Think of the focal point as the centerpiece of your mantel.
3.) Create Symmetry and Visual Balance in Your Decor
Finally, consider symmetry and visual balance. Who doesn’t need a little balance at this time of year? Symmetrical arrangements often create a sense of visual calmness. By framing the focal point with balanced elements, you enhance the impact of the central feature. Doing so guides the eye and allows each element to be appreciated in a deliberate and organized manner. To balance your mantel display, try a mirror image arrangement, matching similar items on either side of the focal point. Alternatively, you could consider the size and visual weight of dissimilar objects. Create interest by maintaining equilibrium of heavy and delicate items on each side. Don’t forget layering to build depth and interest! Mix different heights, shapes, textures, and sizes of decorative objects. Whether you crave symmetry or a balance of varied decor, it’s crucial to keep the look consistent. Pro Tip: Periodically step back to assess the overall display, then make adjustments.
4.) Adding Final Touches Like a Pro
One last suggestion: take time to fill in gaps and add final touches to your new holiday display. Use your critical eye to refine your arrangement, showcase your decorating talent, and create a holiday spirit. By carefully choosing and placing additional elements, you can enhance key areas, add final pops of color and texture, and inject personality. It’s an opportunity to display sentimental ornaments, family heirlooms, or DIY creations that make the mantel uniquely yours. Integrate small decorative accents, such as pinecones, holiday figurines, or small ornaments. Tuck additional greenery or berry sprigs into gaps for a natural look. Add lights and/or candles to provide warmth and a magical atmosphere. This can be especially effective when combined with glass or metallic ornaments that catch and reflect light. Introduce seasonal textiles for texture, pattern, or even some faux fluffy snow! Pro Tip: For something extra special, display personalized items like family photos in festive frames or custom-made ornaments to add a personal and heartwarming touch.
Now You Have a Professionally Decorated Mantel Designed By YOU
Now you know the 4 Easy Steps to Decorate Your Fireplace Mantel for the Holidays! Remember, achieving a professional look requires the careful balance of theme, focal point, symmetry, and personal touches. Let your creativity flow and embrace the joy of the season. Have fun as you curate a mantel that sparkles with festive charm. By incorporating these expert tips, you can transform a simple space into a holiday showcase. The same concepts work for tabletops, end tables, shelves, and coffee tables too. May your new holiday mantel become the heart of warmth and merriment as you gather with family and friends. Have a season filled with joy, love, and memorable celebrations.
Color Confidently Yours,
We get it. Choosing a paint color can be hard. Shuffling through hundreds of paint swatches that all end up looking the same after staring at them for too long can be exhausting. Here are some factors to consider that will hopefully make your next painting project a little bit easier!
1. The Look and the Feel
Think about the look and feel you are hoping to achieve. Considering the overall mood that you want your space to have is essential when choosing the right paint color. Think about how you want guests to feel when they enter the room. Do you want a warm and cozy feel or something fresh and airy? Once you have this established, you can start to narrow down which hue family to work with. Warm colors often execute the cozy, welcoming feel, while cooler colors can give a fresh, calming feel. It all depends on the mood you are looking to have.
2. The Style
Consider the home’s style. Looking at which colors are present in other rooms in your home is important for several reasons. First of all, a well-decorated home is one that has harmony and flow. So, to maintain that flow you need to consider what the current color scheme is in your home. What is the style of your home’s interior? And from there you can choose something that correlates with the rest of the home. Also, it is important to look at the surrounding rooms because you don’t want to end up with a paint color that looks so similar to a neighboring room that it looks like you tried to match the color and missed. There needs to be a noticeable difference between the color you choose and the colors already present, otherwise it would be more convenient to just paint a room one of your preexisting colors.
3. The Color
Pull a color from your decor. Taking note of the colors of the pieces that will be in the room you are painting and using it to help make your paint color decision will help tie everything together. If there is a rug or a throw pillow you know will be in the space you are painting, look at that next to your paint swatches. This will help you choose a color that will complement and accentuate your furniture and accessories, as well as create that harmony and flow you want your room to have.
4. The Light
Consider how much light the space gets. This is a very important factor to consider as the amount of lighting can make or break your space, depending on the color you choose. When a room doesn’t get much light, it can make it harder for lower-contrast colors to be seen. A very light blue or green can end up just looking white if there isn’t enough natural light present. If your space falls into this, try opting for a more saturated color or even a dark color to create contrast. Also, paint colors look different in different lighting. Just because a color looks good in the store or in one of your existing rooms, doesn’t mean that it will look the same in your space. Lighting can change everything, so it is important to consider this when picking out your paint colors.
5. Trendy or Timeless
Decide if you want to follow a trend or choose something timeless and classic. When choosing your color, it is important to note whether the color will be out of style in a few years. Will someone look at your space and know exactly what trend you were following? Will you want to paint this space again in the near future? Is the color something that you will be tired of in the coming years? Considering these can help you stray away from making a decision based on today’s styles and avoid ending up with a color that will eventually be outdated.
Hopefully these steps can make your decision-making a little bit easier when choosing your paint colors! If you are still struggling despite these tips, consider looking into scheduling a color consultation. At Color Confident Home, we consider all these factors and more in order to help you choose the right paint color the first time!
Color Confidently Yours,
When it comes to creating an inviting and aesthetic space, choosing paint alone just won’t cut it. Here are the essential décor accessories you can’t miss out on. Rugs, pillows, artwork, lighting, plants, and window treatments are essential to transform your home. Accessories elevate your home from a mere living space into a beautifully curated haven. The following décor items add style and personality, while connecting your home’s color scheme and creating cohesiveness.
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Rugs, Throw Pillows, and Blankets: Anchoring Furniture, Defining Spaces, and Adding Accents
To begin with, rugs play a crucial role in home accessorizing by effortlessly tying a room together. Area rugs can inspire your color scheme. Also, the right size rug anchors your furniture and serves as a boundary to define “zones” within your floor plan. Beyond their practical purpose, rugs provide coziness, texture, color, and pattern to strengthen the visual appeal of any space. Similarly, pillows and blankets offer both style and comfort. They allow you to enhance your living space with pops of color, interesting textures, and versatile decorative accents that bring warmth and charm.
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Artwork: Colorful Harmony as a Unifying Force
Artwork bolsters beauty, adds personality, and acts as a bridge that unites the color scheme in your home. The right artwork creates a cohesive and harmonious atmosphere. By carefully selecting artwork that incorporates colors present in your interior design (or vice versa), you can achieve flow and balance. As a result, your décor looks polished and intentional. Whether it’s a large statement piece, a photo gallery wall, or captivating sculptures, incorporating artwork in your home adds a touch of refinement to any living space.
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Lighting, Houseplants, and Window Treatments: The (Not-So) Little Details That Count
We usually recommend five lighting sources per room to provide task, ambient, and accent purposes. Lamps and statement lighting serve as essential design pieces that not only illuminate a room, but can create a mood, stand out as art or a centerpiece, or function as reading and task lighting. Lighting can help a space feel warm and cozy or bright and vibrant. Additionally, houseplants and flowers (real or faux) bring life and freshness indoors. Plants promote a calming, rejuvenating atmosphere and improve mood and air quality. Also, decorative pots and vases add to the design of a space. Furthermore, window treatments, such as curtains, blinds, or shades provide both practicality and aesthetics. Window treatments offer privacy, light control, insulation and possess the ability to frame architectural features and alter the proportions of a space.
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Unlocking Beauty: Embrace Accessories for a Transformed Home
Thus, unlocking the true beauty of your home means embracing essential décor accessories. The right items reflect your unique taste and create a welcoming environment for you and your guests to enjoy. We recognize that discovering the significance of home accessorizing for a finished and intentionally-designed look can be easier said than done. To help you navigate this process, we provide completely personalized eDesign services. We would love to help you create a look and a feel by curating the perfect furnishings and accessories to incorporate into your home. If you need help with your paint colors and color scheme, contact us today!
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One question we get often is how we craft interiors to suit partners with different style preferences. Many times our clients look to us to referee or simply to choose the colors for them. We’re happy to report a solution with a win-win outcome! It’s important for both partners to have a say, since color affects our moods, outlook, and feeling of well-being.
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1. We Support A Culture of Candidness
Sometimes one partner will defer or express a fear of stating a preference, either out of uncertainty or to avoid conflict. When each person is open and honest about what they want, like, and dislike, we can help guide the couple to choosing the right colors they will love to come home to. We encourage each person to let us know what they like, even if they’re not sure if “it will work.” We ask our clients to show us inspiration photos of what they each like, and we’ll let them know if and how we can incorporate their dream looks.
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2. We Have the Knowledge to Integrate Different Styles Harmoniously
We excel at blending styles and creating harmony and flow from room to room. If a husband likes rich dark hues, while the wife likes light neutrals, we sometimes suggest a color for the husband’s office that ties in with a darker color, for example, found in other parts of the house. Balancing neutrals and darks in the right combination can create spaces both parties will adore.
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3. We Advise Couples to Embrace Flexibility and Encourage Compromise
Additionally, couples will need to compromise to come to a win-win solution. Using the overall color scheme in different combinations and percentages, we aim to meet the needs of both. Keep in mind the less critical components of the design lend themselves to the give-and-take necessary to help couples come to agreement.
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Over the years, we’ve put our “couples counseling” hat on many times to help couples find solutions that work for both of them. We make the process easy and fun by listening to both people, looking for colors that make them smile, and leaving them feeling relieved and happy.
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Color Confidently Yours,
If you’ve wanted to renovate your home but dread the long lead times, added costs due to surprises, waiting for permits, DIY error, and other delays, we get it. Fear not. We are sharing 3 easy ideas to update your home without remodeling.
1. Roll On a Fresh Coat of a New Paint Color
What can revive a tired-looking space, add joy to walls, and refresh a kitchen with minimal time and cost? PAINT! A simple coat of paint can change the look and feel of a room. Whether you want a room to feel lighter and brighter or simply would like to update a room from the last (ugh) tired trend, color is a superpower.Click here for tips on choosing a paint color.
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2. Replace Your Lighting and Hardware with Current Styles
Another way to quickly refresh a dated look is by changing out old lighting and hardware. New fixtures that fit the style of your home can blend seamlessly to create harmony and flow without the choppy look of fully remodeling one room while leaving others tired. New door handles, hinges, cabinet hardware, and bathroom fixtures throughout can create harmony and flow for an intentionally designed look.
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3. Renew a Few Essential Furnishings
Finally, new furniture, accessories, and window treatments (or, in some cases, minimal or no window treatments) can give your home an updated, lighter feel. Newly reupholstered furniture in a fabric you love can instantly give a room a new look. An area rug with colors pulled from your artwork can tie your room together for that finished look. New accessories and accent pillows update a space and can be changed seasonally or when you tire of them. Even if you decide to order new furniture, starting now gives you a head start toward your new look!
(Photo by Leah Kelley: https://www.pexels.com/photo/white-and-brown-sofa-chair-near-white-window-curtain-6480707/)
Coordinating your paint colors, furnishings, and accessories at the same time ensures an intentionally-designed look that will update your home faster and easier (and less expensively) than taking on a large remodeling job. The best part is that your updates will work together to create a fresh look and feel you will love coming home to!
If you would like some support navigating smaller home upgrades like these, we would love to help. Reach out, and let’s get to know each other!
Color Confidently Yours,