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Decorating with Color: Staircases

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

For this edition of Decorating with Color, we’re zeroing in on indoor staircases. Paint, wallpaper, tile and stair treads are all excellent tools for dressing up and styling any staircase – and we hope the following looks will inspire you to try something a little different with this underestimated feature of your home.

For an easily changeable look, browse different styles of stair treads and stair runners to add a pop of color and pattern. Adding a layer of carpeting offers more textural appeal to the eye and to your feet.

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One of the biggest staircase trends is embellishing just the riser – with tile, paint or even wallpaper. This adds contrast to your stairs and unexpected charm, especially if your stairs are in a hallway or small space that doesn’t allow for much styling.

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The ombre look is fun for any staircase, whether you choose to decorate the riser or the entire step. This type of color variation is pleasing to the eye and can be done no matter your decorating style.

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If your stairs are completely exposed, painting the entire structure one solid color will give it a sculptural quality within your home. You could then decorate with home accents that coordinate with that color to pull the entire room together.

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These examples show how stunning the absence of color can be – although you could certainly carry out these examples with colorful paint. We like the contrast of the wood steps, white risers (and walls) and the black handrail and newels below; this creates a classic but chic look. And we can’t help but admire the staircase with wood steps and black risers; with a black handrail it looks quite sophisticated.

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Do any of these looks inspire you to change up your staircase? Tell us your ideas in a comment below.

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Decorating with Color: Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Pantone®’s Living Coral is 2019’s Color of the Year, so today we’re featuring some ways to incorporate this color into your own home – minimally or to the max.

If you aren’t convinced to fully commit to this color, the best way to test the waters is with small home accents like pillows, throw blankets, flower vases, wall art and other similar items.

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The next step to a Living Coral dream home is upholstery. A coral and cream check pattern or even a toile is the perfect way to bring this bold hue into a country home or cozy family room.

Photo by Carolyn ReyesBrowse family room ideas

Other furniture – including an accent table, dining room hutch, bedroom dresser, or country chair can also brighten up your home when painted or finished in Living Coral.

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We’re definitely saving this look for the springtime – although we wouldn’t mind painting our doors this color now to put us in a springtime mood during the impending snowstorms…

Photo by Jacob Bodkin PhotographyMore entryway ideas

Olive greens, cream, and browns keep this room from looking too monotone, while supporting the coral color as the focal point of the space. While painting the walls of your home take more time and commitment than adding throw pillows or a table here and there, we think this example shows just how great it could look.

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Decorating with Color: 2018 in Review

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

Since we are nearing the end of 2018, we are looking back at the blog posts we published this year. Last week, we reviewed our Get the Look posts from 2018, and this week it’s Decorating with Color’s turn. Decorating with Color is a series for which we choose a color scheme and curate photos of rooms and home decor featuring that color. We also offer up tips on how to incorporate that color into your own home, both seasonally and year round.

In October, we zeroed in on the gems that serve as birthstones for that month and featured pink rooms and pink furnishings. Our goal was to show how pink doesn’t have to be an intimidating color, especially in rustic homes, and we think we pulled it off.

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August was all about yellow, and this post was fun, yet challenging to put together because of how great rustic and golden yellows look in homes – AKA, there are so many beautifully styled yellow rooms out there! We featured different rooms and furniture pieces to show that it is truly a color that can be used anywhere.

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At the end of June we went patriotic, and focused on bringing together red, white and blue looks that could last past the Fourth of July. Americana lovers, this post is for you.

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To celebrate spring we focused on cheerful greens in May, and like our yellow post, this one shows a variety of ways green can be used in a home.

Photo by handmade – Möbelbau in PotsdamDiscover kitchen design ideas

Pastels took over in April, and we pulled images that either used multiple pastels or just one. Using a pastel in a big way can satisfy a need for subtlety, while still bringing plenty of color to a room.

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We must have needed a brightening refresher in the snowy days of February, because during that month we featured red exteriors. From doors to porches, siding and barns, we think a splash of red can do any surface a lot of good.

Photo by Martha O’Hara InteriorsDiscover entryway design inspiration

Our first Decorating with Color post of 2018 was all about Pantone’s Color of the Year: Ultra Violet. This color is a bit trickier to use in a home, especially if you prefer muted tones or rustic hues. So we featured the color as an accent – on a wall, in a few throw pillows, a chair, and even a kitchen appliance (for our dream home, of course), and found that we really love purple accents outside.

Photo by Clinton & Associates, PC Landscape ArchitectsBrowse patio photos

Did you enjoy our 2018 Decorating with Color blog series? Tell us your favorite, and if you used any of our tips and/or decor to enhance your living spaces, we would love to know!

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