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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PPU18-01 Cracked Pepper  Behr.com

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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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.

Couple intently staring at computer screen and various countertop samples.

(Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/coworkers-pointing-at-a-laptop-and-tile-samples-4977411/)

 

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.

Color Confidently Yours,

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.

Color Confidently Yours,

How To Coordinate Paint Colors With Materials: Our 4-Step Method

How To Coordinate Paint Colors With Materials: Our 4-Step Method

Color, whether neutrals or the earth hues trending today, plays an important role in creating hierarchy, harmony, and flow in your home. So many of my clients call me once they have installed new countertops, carpeting, flooring, tile, or other hard finishes. They’re ready to choose a paint color. No problem, right? Wrong! It’s important to coordinate paint colors with materials. Our 4-step method will guide you on how to  align them perfectly.

Fitting the last piece of the “puzzle” into your rooms is the hard way to choose paint colors and results in a very limited palette. You may not be happy with the choices that work! Whether you plan to plan to update & replace all of these elements now or farther down the road, it is still in your best interest to select them at the same time before installation. By doing so, we ensure your future final design is perfectly the way you dreamed without limiting your choices.

 

A room with a warm feel(Photo by Max Rahubovskiy: https://www.pexels.com/photo/hotel-room-with-bed-near-table-under-lamps-6899434/)

Step #1: Determine How You Want The Space To Feel

The most successful remodeling projects begin with an assessment of the space. The psychology of color plays a big role in personal preferences. Consider how you want your space to feel. What mood or vibe are you looking to achieve? Soft and cozy? Dark and moody? Nature-inspired comfort? Clean, elegant, and neutral? Or colorful and vibrant? The purpose of each room will also give you hints. Energetic colors like reds, yellows, and oranges work well in offices, dining rooms and other spaces. Greens, blues, pinks are calming and good for places of relaxation and bedrooms. Browns, grays, blacks, and neutrals can be warm and comforting or elegant and sophisticated.

 

Research How To Coordinate Paint Colors With Materials(Photo by Ivan Samkov: https://www.pexels.com/photo/person-looking-at-an-interior-design-magazine-4238479/)

Step #2: Research Styles and Homes That Inspire Your Vision

For help visualizing your space, search for inspiration photos on Pinterest, Houzz, Instagram, or in magazines. Hone in on what you like about each space and how it makes you feel. Gather photos with whole rooms that you like the feel of, as well as rooms containing certain elements, furnishings and accessories you like.

Select Paint Fixed Finishes and Dictating Elements Together(Photo by cottonbro studio: https://www.pexels.com/photo/a-different-objects-on-the-table-6583373/)

Step #3: Plan To Select Paint, Fixed Finishes, & Dictating Elements Together

Before you install the fixed finishes you are considering, gather multiple samples of each material you are considering. This includes carpeting, backsplash, countertop, tile, stone, and wood flooring. For granite and other large stone with pattern, be sure to request to see the actual large sample you will be having installed. Many clients have come home to the unpleasant surprise of countertops with orange veining because the small sample they originally viewed had none. View the samples IN YOUR HOME with the natural and artificial lighting you plan to use.

 

homeowners testing paint samples(Photo by Blue Bird: https://www.pexels.com/photo/man-opening-a-can-of-paint-7217978/)

Step #4: Evaluate, Refine, Repeat… And Action!

Before you order and have materials installed, call an experienced color expert who can measure the hue families of the materials you’re considering. They will help you narrow down the right paint colors to coordinate with each new material, as well as any materials, furnishings, and artwork staying in each room. Choosing the paint color at the same time as the rest of the materials is the only way to ensure that your selection will align with your vision and create harmony and flow in your home. Looking for more guidance in choosing the right paint colors? Call us!

We want you to love the colors you come home to!

If you’re ready for a pro to help you choose your paint colors and design finishes all at once, I would be honored to help. Reach out and let’s chat!

Color Confidently Yours,

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