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Decorating With Color: Yellow

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

We’re back with another Decorating with Color blog post, and this time around we’re talking about using yellow in your home. This color is great for farmhouses, rustic cottages, country kitchens, family living spaces, and makes a great accent color. With so many hues ranging from almost-white to dark and golden, the spectrum of yellow allows for a number of decorating possibilities. Here are a few examples.

Painting doors, window frames, even staircase spindles offers a rustic pop of color
that is cohesive but not intrusive. If you like this look but don’t think it would work
for your entire house, apply it to one room, like an entryway, mudroom or shed.

Photo by DeGraw & DeHaan ArchitectsSearch entryway pictures
This living room is grand in more ways than one, but the yellow walls enhance its sunny character.
Plus, you know we couldn’t resist sharing those matching yellow check chairs and ottomans!
Photo by ML Designs, Inc.Browse living room ideas
Golden or mustard yellow is a classic color for a country kitchen, and it displays
beautifully in the one below. If you don’t want to take the committed plunge with
all yellow cabinets,  incorporate a yellow rug, table, hutch or other furnishing. With a
more rustic tone, the yellow offers a more natural and cozy look that ages beautifully.
Photo by Fein Construction LLCSearch kitchen design ideas

Jelly Cupboard & Hutch Set | Rustic Country Collection | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

We will always enjoy picking out fun and/or elegant wallpaper, especially when
suggesting you try a new color in your home. The pattern on the below wallpaper
chops up the solid yellow and tones it down, creating a less intense look that still
has plenty of charm. A small bathroom is a great place to experiment with this, because
added wall hangings like mirrors or storage solutions also help break up a bold color.
Photo by Bezooyen Contracting IncBrowse bathroom ideas
Have you used yellow in your home? your ideas or advice for incorporating this color below.

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Throwback Thursday: Home Decor and Project Guides

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

For this Throwback Thursday, we’ve rounded up three blog posts that are related to the upkeep of our homes, both indoors and out. Spring and early summer are great times to take stock of things that need repairing, replacing or revitalizing, and we hope these guides will help you check things off that list or give you ideas for future projects.

Thursday’s Theme: Renovations

A list of six things to keep in mind while preparing for a home renovation project, working on a renovation project, and ways to make sure any unwanted furnishings don’t go to waste.

Thursday’s Theme: Decor Guides

A roundup of – you guessed it – guides for painting, measure curtains and rugs, and one from the trusted team at This Old House.

Photo by Timberlake Custom Homes, LLCDiscover deck design ideas

Thursday’s Theme: Deck Safety

Spending time on the deck or a porch (especially with family and friends) is a highlight of spring and summer. First, though, you should make sure your deck or porch is still as safe as it was when it was first built. This blog post offers some suggestions for what to inspect and what to replace, if necessary.

Do you have any handy tips or guides you use every year when the weather starts warming up? Share with us in the comments, and we wish you well with all the projects you take on this year!

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Decorating With Color: Everyday Orange

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Orange creates a warm, cheerful look during the fall season, but it can also be a welcoming presence throughout the year. Below we feature some ways in which you can incorporate this color into your own home stylishly and uniquely.

An orange door – interior or exterior – makes a bright statement without overpowering
a room. For an airier look, paint a multi-paned door a bold orange color; the glass will
break it up enough so it’s not too overwhelming.

Photo by The Design AtelierLook for bedroom design inspiration

If you want to try a bold entryway or have some storage space that could be reinvigorated,
go orange! It may give you the extra boost you need as you head out the door,
or serve as a fun accent piece while providing function to you and your family.

Photo by A.L. InteriorsMore entryway photos

Whether you have a window seat in your home or not, you can still add orange pillows or a throw
to any seating area to brighten it up. Or, go orange on your window treatments with luxurious fabric
for a regal, not tacky, look. Mix in other warm colors like yellow and red for a multi-dimensional feel.

Photo by JAMES DIXON ARCHITECT PCLook for hallway design inspiration
Photo by Nancy Gracia for HBS HomeMore kitchen photos

Your kitchen island is another great place to add some orange, as it will add color and spice
to one of your favorite rooms in the house. If you are without an island or don’t feel like making
such a big transformation, opt for orange accessories and countertop storage solutions.

Photo by SWANSON RENOVATIONS LLCSearch kitchen design ideas

We couldn’t end the post without some orange staple furniture! The orange of these
couches and ottoman beautifully reflect all the light pouring into this room, creating a
whimsical yet grounded look among all the wood and rustic home accents. Broken up by
neutral burlap pillows, this furniture breathes life into the room without being too dramatic.

Photo by Mackenzie Wheeler Architects & DesignersMore living room photos

As you can see, orange doesn’t just have to be the bright, almost neon color that may come instantly to mind. Experiment with red-oranges, pale oranges, yellow-oranges and burnt orange and tell us how you’ve made it work!

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