My blog offers a fresh voice on the design scene, with ideas, inspiration and color advice focused on color for the built world. Updated regularly, discover current trends and tried and true proven approaches to color design for your home, your business or your brand. It's all about the human response to color. Learn how to choose and apply color in a way that supports well being and adds beauty and function to any environment. Whether interior or exterior, residential or commercial, smart color design makes the difference between a space that's hardly noticeable and one that makes you feel alive! Thanks for stopping by........Amy
Terracotta TilesI know what you're thinking. "Not those dated floor tiles from the 70's!" Nope, not those. Check out this gorgeous, original use of hex shaped terra-cotta tiles by design firm General Assembly. The photo above highlights no less than 3 trends for 2018. One is the choice of terracotta, two is mixing different tile styles together in a very unique and creative way. Lastly, the choice of a hex shape which is a really strong trend right now.
The Bath Tub within the ShowerThe bath tub inside the shower has really been building momentum. It's a very efficient use of space as long as the bathroom can accommodate this layout and it enhances the spa-like atmosphere that so many homeowners aspire to in their bathrooms. Clad in the same materials, the two seamlessly dwell together in the same space.
Sheepskin RugsI know. They've been a standard in Scandinavian and Bohemenian style homes for some time. But their popularity and use seems to know no bounds. You're seeing furniture upholstered in it. Sheepskins are used as throws as often as rugs. Whether in their natural colors or dyed, lambskin pillows are everywhere in home design. Plush is in and these furry items are at the forefront of the movement.
Yellow AccentsThe brightest of all the hues yellow is usually best used in moderation. That is if you're going for a saturated version of the color. I'm seeing fantastic yellow tiled walls and backsplashes as well as decor and accessories of all types. Yellow is cheery and fun and can even be considered sophisticated in certain softer shades, like above.
Black MillworkBlack is a major home design trend. Its popularity on house exteriors and kitchen cabinets can't be overestimated. Black is a bold statement for a wall color and can intimidate all but the most intrepid. Used in smaller doses it's easier to consider. It's graphic and bold and edgy. We're seeing more and more black in case goods and on wall millwork.
Ceramic TilesI had to include this again because the trend is so strong.There are more and more sources for these beautiful, often colorful, always graphic, ancient tiles. Companies like Popham Design and Claesson Koivisto Rune are leading the pack with innovative patterns which harken back to the past while adding the warmth of a handcrafted object.
Blue Velvet SofasYes, luxe is here and juxtaposing the luxurious with the rough hewn, handmade or rustic is a hallmark of interior design today. Velvet is back and blue velvet sofas seem to be making a splash.
Ceramic LightsAnother nod towards the handcrafted. Pendant lights have been hot since the island was ushered into our kitchen design lexicon. We're seeing more and more lights which have the artisanal, hand made feel. Due to their opaque nature the clay is often punctured to create a peek a boo effect.
The Trough Utility SinkRemember these? You might have seen one in a basement, in a 1940s home or maybe as a slop sink at a work station. They're finding themselves, often painted black on the underside, in more genteel, modern environments. It's that mix of utilitarian and designed which make them so interesting to use.
Creative TilingThink the only way to tile is to use one pattern, one color, one size of tile and cover an expanse creating 4 plumb corners? Uh uh. Tiles are being creatively combined with other tiles and materials like wood, plaster and cement to create truly unique surfaces. There you have it. Where home design is heading in 2018. Let's meet again in December 2018 and see if these burgeoning trends came into fruition full force. See you in 2018.
Choosing wallpaper can be daunting. It's a bigger commitment than choosing paint color because of its expense and removal process. Chances are you're going to keep it longer than you would a paint color so you really need to be sure about your choice. Apply the following systematic approach to picking the right wallpaper for your home and it should be smooth sailing.
What to consider when picking a wallpaper.1.Every item in your home pays homage to its identity. Each piece tells another bit of your story. Nothing telegraphs a story faster than wallpaper. It covers a large expanse and sets a tone right away. Ask yourself, "What story do I want to tell?" Are you looking for whimsy, elegance, fun, sophistication, historical reference, cultural identity ? Choose a paper which contributes to the story you want to tell. 2. Just like choosing paint, the color palette of the wallpaper helps create the mood and ambience in a room. Cool colors: blue, green and violet are soothing for most people and visually recede, making a room feel larger. Dark colors add drama. Warm colors: red, yellow and orange add excitement to an environment. Light colors create a feeling of expansiveness and space. What kinds of colors do you like and what works for the room in question?
What's trending in wallpaper for 2018?3. What kind of pattern appeals to you? There are so many different styles . Right now botanicals, geometrics, hand drawn & whimsical, folkloric, metallic, chinoiserie and global patterns are some of the most popular styles out there. Black and white prints are also trending at the moment. 4. Remember scale is very important. Small rooms will do better with small or medium size prints. Large rooms with medium or large prints. Large scaled patterns may make a room appear smaller to some degree. Vertical stripes will enhance the perception of height in a room and horizontal, width. If you like mixing patterns be careful to vary up the scale of all of the patterns in the room. 5. Think about the function of the room and choose accordingly. In a bathroom be careful about water splashing and consider a backsplash for your sink. Dining rooms with a chair rail can utilize wallpaper above the rail. In a bedroom consider wallpaper on the headboard wall if papering the whole room seems too much. A long hallway which is dim will benefit from a bright or light wallpaper or use it at one end. 6. Order swatches. They may take time or cost a bit but they're so important to make sure you've chosen a pattern and color that's right for you. 7. Get creative. Don't want to paper a whole room? How about one wall as an accent or a fireplace wall, a headboard, a cabinet interior, a bookshelf interior, a drawer, a closet, a ceiling? 8. If pattern feels too bold consider something neutral like a textured paper, perhaps a neutral grasscloth or a metallic textured paper. Textured paper will help cover wall imperfections. Places to try a bold print is in a powder room or other areas you spend little time in. 9. Embrace new technology. Digital printing has allowed custom wallpaper creation. Customers can send hi- res digital images to fabricators and have wall murals created for them. Removable adhesive wallpaper has ushered in new wallpaper options for apartment dwellers. 10. Pay a professional to hang it. Don't risk a costly mistake.
We all know that choosing paint sheen (or finish) is one of the most difficult decisions for the average home owner. There are many different sheens and to complicate the matter paint manufacturers use a different array of names to describe more or less the same finish from brand to brand.