Color Talk | 2018 Blue Hues

We know!  You're sick of grey...and beige...and grey beige.  You want color.  But you don't want to be overwhelmed by color so you're trying to figure out the best way to incorporate it without overdoing it.  Blue is a great color for a;,pst amy space.  Depending on the shade, ti can be dark and moody for a bedroom or light and airy for a common area like a great room or dining room.  Accoring to Houzz, there are certain go-to blue hues that are guaranteed to make the statement you want!
 

We still love muted blues with grey in them so Skylight by Farrow and Ball is a great option.  It can really work in common areas or bedrooms because the mix of blue and grey make it versatile.

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If you want to go with a little brighter that can be more bedroomy...although we've seen it used throughout entire homes, Retiring Blue by Sherwin Williams is a clear blue-green (mostly blue) that leaves your home feeling light and bright and almost beachy!

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This next blue is very mature and would be perfect for a master bathroom or even a guest room.  It has almost no green in it but isn't too powdery or baby-blueish like a lot of pale true blues.  It's just nice and calm--First Snowfall by Benjamin Moore,

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Going much more green and feeling super springy is Watermark by Behr.  Again, we see it as a bedroom/bathroom color but it's calm enough to  work in other spaces too.

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The perfect dining room color is Winter Ice by Benjamin Moore and we can't forget about one of our favorite go-tos---Silver Strand by Sherwin Williams.

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All-in-all, we consider blue to be a neutral and love mixing it in.  Blue is classic and can really work in almost any part of the home as long as it's paired with the right mix of other items.  It really is one of our favorite colors!

Color Trends | 2018 Forecast

Can you believe that 2017 is almost over?!  This year has flown by, without a doubt, and it's crazy to think that in just a few short weeks, we'll be on to 2018.  2017 has brought a lot of changes but we are looking forward to an even better 2018.  All that to say, what are the changes coming in 2018?  This article by Jennifer Ott outlines the colors that are expected to be big for Interiors in 2018 so we figured we'd pass the info along to help prep you for the upcoming year.

Even though whites will always be a classic look, colors for 2018 are going a little more moody.  We saw a little bit of this in 2017 but the trend is expected to continue to see growth in 2018.  Purples, blues, blacks, and charcoal are all expected to gain ground in the interior scene and beige is back!  Not the old beige that we saw so much of 10 years ago, but a little more grey beige that updates the look.

According to Pantone, people shouldn't be scared of color in 2018!  Here are some examples of rooms in moodier, warmer tones that  might make you excited about what next year has to offer!

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For the Kids | Bedroom Color Combos

With the minimalist style taking over, there has been a lot more of the white and grey color palette being used in kids rooms. This goes from the nursery to elementary age because it's classic and simple.  However, color is coming back!  Brighter, bolder, more vibrant rooms are popping up all over and we don't want the kids to get left out.  So today we're discussing some colorful bedroom combos that are a little more current and updated for kids.  The minimalist style definitely promoted a gender neutral feel and we think these combos carry that versatility as well, just with more of a lively feel. :)

The first color combo is perfect for Spring but also a good gender neutral option--teal and yellow.  This would be the perfect color for a room shared by a boy and a girl because you can introduce other colors more specific to their gender without drastically changing the feel of the room.  This color combo is whimsical and playful, just like kids!

The second color combo is another one that works well with other colors--red and gray. So depending on whether or not it's a boy's room or a girl's room, it creates a good base!  Mix in some teal or yellow to make it more girly or add pops of navy or black for something a little more boyish.  Be sure to keep a lot of white in the space so the color doesn't get overwhelming but don't be afraid to pop in fun patterns!

This next combo is on of our favorites but it's more because of the statement it creates.  A black and white space seems like just a darker version of the grey and white minimalist look we said to move away from, but it's much more than that for a room.  Black and white is graphic.  It's contrast which is immediately more gutsy than the calm grey and white combo.  A big part of making this  palette work for kids is by introducing fun patterns within this scheme.  Instead of just black and white stripes, do other shapes--triangles, dots, stars.  Of course, you can definitely add any color to this basic scheme to make it feel more feminine or masculine but you don't have to.

The last scheme which is the most fun is going all in with a multi-color palette.  This combo is super relaxed and allows your child to contribute to the decor in their room very easily!  Those school art projects and crazy toys will work well in a space that isn't restricted to a particular color combo.  Our only caution with this mix is to ground it with a lot of a good neutral---white or black would be best.  It's important for the color(s) to be the focal point and too much of them will just become color confusion.  So try to edit it a little bit, but still have fun!

Things That Flow | Color

One of the many aspects of great design is that it flows.  There should be a cohesiveness to a home that makes it all work together instead of fight itself.  Nailing this concept down can be hard especially when you, the homeowner, like different colors and styles.  The trick is to make them all work together instead of segregating things off.  One of the very basic ways to make things flow is with color.  Color is such a defining element in a home that it's the easiest go-to for keeping things in-line.  So here are few ways you can make that happen in your own home!

Just as a general rule of thumb, as designers, we always recommend  using one paint color for the common areas in a home--this includes the living room, dining room, family room, kitchen and any hallways adjoining the those places.  Usually this is some version of neutral but that doesn't have to be the case for your house (PS.  We consider blue a neutral!)  By keeping the wall color the same in all of these common areas, you're automatically creating a flow throughout that guests will see and feel when they're in your home.  Bonus!  Depending on your color selection, it can also inadvertently force you to pick furniture and accessories that work together because they all have to go with the same paint color!

Once you've got your paint color selected and applied, the furnishings and accessories may or may not be a challenge still.  For some of you, there's really only one other color you want to incorporate so between that and the wall color, you've already got your flow figured out.  However, if that's not the case for you because you like a variety of colors, here's our advice: pick one or two that go with the wall color but are in the same general family and use those throughout.  For example, blues and greens or grey and purple...even some yellow and blue.  Or maybe you're decorating a bachelorette pad and you like the pinks and purples...whatever it is, pick two choices from the same family that have some of the other color in them to make them coordinate.

Random Tip: We don't consider wood tones to be one of the color groups.  So if you have a mixture of wood--dark, light, undertones of red or grey...it can all be mixed!  Trust us!  If you let the wood work for itself and blend in the right rooms, it'll give your spaces lots of extra depth than a room full of matching wood will.

If you're still stuck on one particular color that you just love and can't seem to figure out how to incorporate it into the flow, confine it!  Bedrooms and the like are safe areas for crazy color.  Since these spaces are smaller and cutoff from the rest of the house (usually by eyesight and with doors), they don't HAVE to fit into the flow.  They certainly can, but it's not required.

Don't forget that Art and Accessories can do a lot to tie colors together and it can just take one piece.  If you have a room where the colors just aren't connecting, try searching out that perfect art piece or some toss pillows that have all of the colors in them.  Even a rug!  These small bits of pattern can really make a big impact in the flow category of a space.  That's why we always fight our clients to KEEP the accessories.  So many people what to cut that part of the budget but these little things can be important to the overall look of the space!

Of course, if you're still having color flow problems in your home, we're available for hire!

 

Colors | Working with Pastels

So there are two colors of the year this year...and both are pastel.  Yep, I said it.  Both are pastel.  There's been a lot of questions about the color of the year selections for 2016 but they are what they are...and I'm guessing that we'll be obsessed soon enough.  Maybe you love pastels and you're excited about this trend or maybe you have a client who loves them and you're trying to figure out how to make them happy.  We'll all probably face our pastel dilemma at some point this year, in some way.  So, today we're going to try to give you good advice for incorporating them in a design.  There are a number of different approaches you can take so we're hoping this post will help you narrow down the one you want to use!

I know I've had difficulty with pastels in the past because they can easily make something feel washed-out if the item in a pastel color is right next to a hue that's a little more bold.  If you're sort of in the same boat and feel that the pastel item by itself doesn't hold it's own, try adding one other item to the mix that's in a pastel color.  There's power in pairs and somehow, this duo may help balance itself with the rest of the space.

Pastels can be tricky in that you don't necessarily want to over-do them, however, if you don't do them right, they can look like an after-thought.  One way that we've found can make the use of pastel look intentional is by doing it all!  Do you think we're crazy for saying that?  Maybe.  The thing is, we feel that it's more about picking the right pastel to do everything in. Pastel blue still feels like a baby's room but a good mint is in the pastel family and is also on-trend.  Going monochromatic is going to be that impact you were looking for!

If pastels scare you a little but you have this piece that you just can't get rid of, make that the statement piece...and the ONLY piece that's in a pastel color.  This will make it more of a conversation piece that you can work your neutrals and contrasting colors around.

Of course, pink is one pastel that never gets old!  Doing a pink room wouldn't feel dated or babyish.  That's one of the reasons we love pink--it's one color that can be mature, juvenile, warm, cool, whimsical, or serious...AND!  It pairs really well with a lot of things!  Pink is a pastel that's always on-trend so if you're wanting to incorporate a little pastel, use pink!  It's the safest bet.

We love the idea of doing shades of pastels as well.  This mix of the similar hues helps you bring in a pastel you like (like a sherbert) while also having an easy way to incorporate brighter pops of color that you might love like orange or red.  Doing shades also forces a balance in a room.  It's actually a pretty great idea for anyone trying to reign in their color--using this guideline automatically forces you to harness it.

Honestly, pastels are a lot more versatile than you think!  It's just a matter of figuring out the best way to use that versatility in your own home with the items that you already have.  Don't be too scared of it, though!  It's going to be major in 2016!