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2017 Home Trend: Pantone’s Color of the Year

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Back in December, Pantone released its Color of the Year for 2017: Greenery. This color is inspired by the renewing, reviving and reinvigorating qualities of spring and the newness of the natural world in the days after winter, and as such, will reflect natural and soft lighting for a more refreshed look every day. While you look for new and fresh ways to decorate your home this year, look to nature and this color for inspiration in creating a peaceful escape in every room. Take a look below at some of the simple and more involved ways for incorporating Greenery into your home decor.

Sprawling Family Estate - Chapel Hill, NC
Photo by ML Designs, Inc.Discover farmhouse dining room design ideas

To the Walls

Paint an accent wall or an entire room in Greenery to brighten a space and its decor. As last year’s comeback kid, wallpaper is also a great option, and can add this color to a pantry, closet or entryway if not in a family room or country kitchen.

Farmhouse Home Office
Photo by Search farmhouse home office pictures
Arlington Residence
Photo by 2Scale ArchitectsMore farmhouse powder room ideas

Pillows and Bedding

If you like to change up your bedding every year, or haven’t for a while, try green bedding in the form of a quilt or comforter. Adding throw pillows will create more comfort, and are great for accenting a bench, ottoman or accent chair in your bedroom.

Historic Home Expanded
Photo by Crisp ArchitectsMore farmhouse bedroom photos
Green Bedroom
Photo by Décoration et provenceDiscover farmhouse bedroom design inspiration

In the Kitchen

Greenery looks exceptional on kitchen cabinets, especially in a country kitchen where wood and natural materials thrive in an island, the walls, chairs and flooring. Depending on your tastes, a muted bright green hue may be more complementary, but just as charming.

Kelly Co.  Easton Connecticut
Photo by La Pietra Tile & StoneBrowse farmhouse kitchen photos

On Furniture

Make a statement with a green chair, ottoman or switch out a lampshade for one in Pantone’s Color of the Year. Contrast with wood furniture or other upholstered furnishings to create a cheerful and beautiful family room, den or other space.

Kennebunk Beach House
Photo by Bowley BuildersLook for beach style living room design inspiration

Actual Greenery

If you’re not quite ready for a paintbrush, new furniture or an entirely new room, you can never go wrong with actual greenery! Plants with lush leaves and tall stalks can add depth to a room, color to home accents, and maybe most importantly, can brighten your mood.

Renovation:  Senoia Farmhouse
Photo by Historical ConceptsDiscover farmhouse living room design ideas

Share with us how you’re decorating with Greenery this year – and take a look below for a peek into what you can find for home accents in this color at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.

Pantone Greenery at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Shown: Blossoms Floral Garland, Fern Garden Table Runner, Secret Owl Mini Framed Canvas Wall Art, Green Starburst Rug, Happy Braids Solid Braided Basket in Lime, Into the Woods Accent Pillow and the Six Lily Mercury Glass Table Lamp.

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The Barn Door: A Favorite Indoor Trend

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Now that spring has almost entirely taken over our minds, gardens, pastels, fresh curtains and lighter bedding are all factors in our spring redecorating projects. If you’re planning a renovation or major redecorating endeavor for the spring or summer, now is the time to get started! A trend that has been gaining in momentum for the past couple of years is the addition of a barn door, especially indoors. While many of you may have actual barns with original barn doors, or have already incorporated a barn door into your country home, seeing different ways they are used and different variations on the barn door may spark some interest to change its appearance or function this year. And, if the way you use or display a barn door in your home is different than what you are about to see, share a picture with us; we always welcome more inspiration. Here are some of our favorites.

Rustic Meets Modern
The beautiful stain and the primitive hardware of this large door is in harmony with the bright yellow wall and recessed lighting by way of the hardwood floor and trim, giving it new life.

Eclectic Closet by Madison General Contractors SWEENEY CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION

Just Modern
This barn door is hard to miss – even with a large plant between it and the camera. We like this pop of color because it brightens up the room and makes the door itself a piece of art.

Transitional Dining Room by Dayton Interior Designers & Decorators Nest Designs LLC

If it looks like a door…
It probably is one, but we like how this barn door is used simply to brighten the space and add interest to a bare wall. It may not open to another room, but we like how creatively it is being used: the glass panels give the almost grungy look of the room a cleaner aesthetic.

Industrial Living Room by New York Architects & Building Designers Rodriguez Studio Architecture PC

Seeing Double
We like the glass panes at the top of this single barn door…

Traditional Kitchen by Boston Interior Designers & Decorators Su Casa Designs

…but we like them even better at the top of the double doors. Whether they close or not, the doubled version really gives the space a homey feel, and ties the fun country look together while maintaining the formal look of the wood floors. And for those who need symmetrical accents, these are the ones for you.

Rustic Home Office by Wooster General Contractors Weaver Custom Homes

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Thursday’s Theme: Gallery Wall Inspiration

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Many of us take the first part of the new year – if not the whole year – to reorganize, rearrange and find new inspiration for making our homes look and feel fresh and well decorated. This means it’s time to flip your reversible pillows, move around the furniture in your family room, add some whimsical accents to your kitchen counters and take a look at your walls. That’s right, your walls: one of the most underestimated spaces in a home when it comes to decorating.

Gallery walls are always in style; it just takes a little browsing to find ways in which you like the pictures to be arranged and whether or not you like the frames to match up, and of course the act of collecting art or using photos to bring a blank wall to life. We have compiled a few images of gallery walls to help you find that inspiration, and if you have already created one in your own home, share it with us!

In a Bedroom

Especially in smaller bedrooms, a gallery wall can create a comfortable feel when there isn’t a lot of space for other decor. Construct around a vanity, giving the impression that the mirror and vanity itself are part of the art. We recommend displaying frames that coordinate with the colors of the room, and use personal art, photographs or dreamy images to make the bedroom a truly relaxing haven.

Out in the Hallway

Whimsical frames and eccentric images are perfect for the top of the stairs or a well-lit, casual or airy hallway. Mementos of years gone by in flashy gold, bronze or red antiqued frames as well as children’s artwork in more formal frames mix cheerfulness and formality to create a truly personal yet complementary look to accent a rustic trunk or armchair (or beautiful hardwood floors). The more minimal the hallway, the more freedom you should exercise.

In small or more narrow hallways, you don’t want to be overwhelmed by eccentricity; it could leave you feeling a little claustrophobic and be too busy for the space. We like the look of black and white images, or subtlety colored pictures, in white or black frames that match each other. You will still get a beautiful gallery wall effect, but one that is more cohesive and soothes the eye in a minimal amount of space.

Mix and Match

If you want a little more variety on your gallery wall, or want to tie in the overall theme of a room, add other types of hanging decor the wall. This nautical gallery wall is a great example: a fish wall sculpture, oars and two more shapely accents complement the look and color of the prints while adding a little more intrigue and texture to the flat space.

While we were specific with the rooms we included here, note that the strategies mentioned can be utilized elsewhere in your home. Use the bedroom idea around the television in your living room, or a work space in an office; the minimal, more formal look from the hallway also looks elegant in a more formal bedroom; and adding shelves, clocks or quirky accents works with gallery walls in every room. Most importantly, measure your space if you want straight lines, and always remember to make it your own!

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