2024 Color Trends and How to Update Your Home with Color

2024 Color Trends and How to Update Your Home with Color

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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.

 

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Calming Blues

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.

 

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Statement Darks

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,

 

4 Easy Steps to Decorate Your Fireplace Mantel for the Holidays

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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,

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Five Easy Steps to Choosing a Paint Color

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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,

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Essential Décor Accessories You Can’t Miss Out On: A Quick Guide

Essential Décor Accessories You Can’t Miss Out On: A Quick Guide

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.

A living room showing Essential Décor Accessories You Can't Miss Out On(Photo by Skitterphoto from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/brown-wooden-center-table-584399/)

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.

Living room blue sofa with orange throw pillow and black & white striped pillow. A framed photograph of orange mountain landscape with pale blue sky mounted above sofa beautifully ties together the other blue and orange furnishings in the room.(Photo by Rachel Claire from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/sofa-and-lamp-near-pictures-on-wall-in-apartment-4846446/)

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.

A room with color harmony creates a cohesive space(Photo by Los Muertos Crew from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/woman-using-her-laptop-7617028/)

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.

A seating area that is a prime example of tying together all of the accessories including an area rug with artwork and a green sofa with a floor lamp for lighting and plants and curtains(Photo by Ksenia Chernaya from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/modern-interior-style-with-wooden-floor-and-cozy-sofa-3952034/)

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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How We Craft Interiors to Suit Different Partner Preferences

How We Craft Interiors to Suit Different Partner Preferences

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.

A room showing a style to suit different tastes of a couple(Photo by VAZHNIK from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/brown-wooden-tables-and-chairs-7563521/)

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.

A couple talking about How We Craft Interiors to Suit Different Partner Preferences(Photo by Diva Plavalaguna: https://www.pexels.com/photo/a-man-giving-cooked-meal-at-home-5711141/)

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.

Couple happily dancing in their new home.(Photo by cottonbro studio from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/woman-in-white-long-sleeve-shirt-and-gray-pants-standing-beside-brown-wooden-table-4554422/)

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.

Need help designing a home that you and your spouse will both love? That’s what we do. Reach out and let’s chat. Get our client guide too.

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How Colors In Your Home Can Influence Your Mood

How Colors In Your Home Can Influence Your Mood

Does a red room make you feel agitated, while a soft blue or green feels calming? Today, we’ll show you how to use color based on what you want to feel in your home. Science proves certain colors can affect our moods and emotions. Psychology Today has an article suggesting a possible effect on our cognitive skills, as well. So if colors affect our mental health, emotions, and even how well we perform certain tasks, choosing the right paint colors is crucial.

Room with blues and greens with plants for a calming space(Photo by Charlotte May from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/cozy-interior-of-living-room-with-wooden-chairs-and-table-5824890/)

Infuse Your Home With Comfort Through Color

The current trend toward earth hues like blues, greens, wood elements, and warm colors suggests that homeowners are looking for the comfort nature provides. Different hues, lightness/darkness, and how much chroma/saturation a color has can affect our perception and response to colors. Infusing more saturated colors with the hues of nature can add life to your entertainment and social spaces.

A kitchen with orange cabinets shows How Colors In Your Home Can Influence Your Mood(Photo by Houzlook.com: https://www.pexels.com/photo/orange-wooden-kitchen-cabinets-3418998/)

Saturated oranges and reds stimulate hunger and excitement, which would be good for a dining room or kitchen, but not for a bedroom.

Dining room with muted relaxing colors(Photo by Max Rahubovskiy: https://www.pexels.com/photo/simple-interior-of-comfortable-dining-room-with-table-and-chairs-6180676/)

Bedroom with softer hues to create a calming atmosphere(Photo by Max Rahubovskiy: https://www.pexels.com/photo/cozy-bedroom-with-walls-decorated-with-lamps-and-pictures-6180671/)

On the other hand, lighter shades of the same hues, such as pinks and corals, paired with soft lavenders and lighter blues, could simulate the colors of a soothing morning dawn.

Mixing Neutrals With Pops of Color

Are you ready for more color?  We understand it feels safer to keep main rooms more neutral. If you’re looking to bring in more “pizzazz,” kitchens, powder rooms, laundry rooms, and home offices are fun places to add color. Especially when separate from the main rooms, these spaces act as islands that can support a unique color. We have helped many homeowners work through their fears of adding color by incorporating warm neutrals, textures, plants, and earth hues to balance the amount of sensitivity for each client.

Kitchen with colorful cabinets(Photo by Keegan Checks: https://www.pexels.com/photo/contemporary-kitchen-design-with-blue-cabinets-10117737/)

Sometimes painting a color on the walls of your kitchen feels intimidating. Consider adding a pop of color on your cabinets instead!

Bathroom with dark green walls to simulate naturePhoto by Andrew Neel: https://www.pexels.com/photo/white-ceramic-sink-with-stainless-steel-faucet-5860600/)

The options to bring color into a bathroom are nearly limitless. These are fun spaces to experiment with a bold paint color or even use wallpaper. Use a colored or patterned tile on the walls and/or floors. Try out different bath mats, rugs, curtains, or towels. Even the vanity cabinets could be a fun color.

Dining room with muted blue green walls and saturated yellow chairs(Photo by Max Rahubovskiy: https://www.pexels.com/photo/table-with-flowers-in-kitchen-6492386/)

Intimidated By Bold? Aim For Less Saturated and Subtle Colors

Knowing what you like and dislike is key to choosing the right “feel” for each room. When working with a Certified Color Expert and Strategist, you will be guided to colors that work in your home. We consider your needs and how the colors in your home can influence your mood. For example, in bedrooms where the goals are sleep and relaxation, we show you which colors provide a calming feel. For bathrooms, we have the perfect colors for a spa effect. Soothing blues, greens, and softer hues are perfect for these rooms.

Spa-like bathroom with blue walls and soft white wainscoting(Photo by Max Rahubovskiy: https://www.pexels.com/photo/interior-of-a-comfort-room-with-wood-panels-8143713/)

Before we come out to your home for the in-person consultation, we conduct a pre-appointment phone interview to determine your color sensitivity, likes and dislikes, color and style preferences preferences, and dreams and inspirations. With this information in hand, we’ll help you take the fear out of choosing the right colors the first time. Together, we’ll create a color scheme you love (read how you can prepare for your consultation here).

If you’re ready to create a color-filled space perfectly suited to your desired emotions, reach out to us. We can’t wait to hear about your project.

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