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.
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.
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!
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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,
Color is back in 2019 Home Color Trends!
After the gray trend of the last nine years, I’m seeing home color trends moving toward more color and warmer colors. Look in accessory catalogs, on home decor blogs, and in paint company inspiration palettes to see bold colors, warm earthy tones, and navy being featured. Remember, trends last 7-10 years, and gray is on its way out. Here in the midwest, we are a little slower to catch up with color and design trends. Along the west coast in California and on the east coast in places like New York these color trends are here. If you’re a late bloomer, maybe you’ve just finished painting your walls gray. Don’t despair! Bringing in colorful, new accessories can brighten your home and give it a fresh update until you paint again. On the other hand if you’re ready to get rid of the gray and not sure how to transition to color, read on.
Pillow by chicdecorpillows
Curating Your Color Scheme
One way to create a new color scheme without gutting and starting over is to find a pillow or fabric with new colors that complement your current color scheme. This pillow by chicdecorpillows incorporates a blue-gray in the pattern along with yellow-green, aqua, and the on-trend navy I’m seeing in so many accessories now. The gray color scheme was originally intended for consumers to use pops of color to brighten up the gray backdrop. Many homeowners gravitated toward monochromatic shades of gray and neutrals with no colorful accessories or artwork anywhere. If your color scheme falls into this category, a simple way to freshen your design would be to add those intended pops of color.
If you still shy away from bold, saturated colors, consider navy to accessorize and add color to your home. Navy is the new neutral of neutrals, so it’s a good way to start experimenting with color if your home leans toward whites, grays, and other “safe” colors. Scour home decor catalogs for accessories, scan Pinterest to see how others incorporate navy, and seek help from a color consultant if you need help.
Cultivating the New Home Color Trends
After the cool gray trend, consumers are wanting bolder colors and warmer environments. Home color trends are moving toward earthy colors, as demonstrated by Sherwin Williams 2019 Color of the Year, SW 7701 Cavern Clay. Their website descriptively states: “A warm terracotta color with ancient, elemental roots, Cavern Clay is a nod to midcentury modern style, but with the soul of the American Southwest, which together creates the desert modern aesthetic.” Bringing these colors into our homes reminds people of varying landscapes, the freedom to explore, and a serenity only nature can offer. Geometric patterns and layered textures and accessories create a richness that invites. Wallpaper is back in subtle and creative ways to enhance the feel of our spaces.
Behr’s 2019 Color Palettes
Behr describes their 2019 Color of the Year, S407-5 Blueprint, as “An honest, approachable color that conjures up the blueprints builders rely on to bring architectural designs to life, Blueprint creates a space where you can build your own reimagined life—where awareness of what we want to build for ourselves can transform into action.” The saturated blue-gray surrounds consumers and invites them to be the creator of their spaces. The names of their four curated color palettes – Color Binge, Down to Earth, Soft Focus, and Inspired Curation – demonstrate how saturated colors dominate the new home color trends.
A Whisper of Color
In the end, many people still prefer neutral walls with accessories, rugs, and furniture bringing in color. The trend for neutral walls leans to greige, which adds a touch of warmth to the grays we’ve been using. Greige paints a whisper of color to freshen up and brighten, while still providing the backdrop for artwork and color. If you need help figuring out the best color for your walls or deciding on an updated color scheme, contact me so you can choose the right colors the first time!