Posts Tagged ‘kitchen decor’

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.

Photo by Todd Remington ArchitectSearch living room design ideas

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.

Photo by ML Designs, Inc.Discover living room design inspiration

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.

Photo by Brewster Home FashionsDiscover kitchen design ideas

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.

Photo by Clarke & ClarkeSearch living room pictures

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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Colorful Country Kitchens

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

“Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one’s well-being.”
- Albert Hadley

The kitchen is a gathering place, a creative place and in many cases, the room that gets the most use and love in a home. To celebrate the kitchen we have put together ten country kitchens that make use of color and texture, making them cheerful in the spring, welcoming in the summer, warm in the fall, comforting in the winter and unique to their residents all year long. Let us know your favorite, and share stories of your kitchen and how putting it together has nourished your life and family in the comment section below.

Photo by New England Design ElementsLook for farmhouse kitchen pictures
Photo by Justin Pauly ArchitectsMore farmhouse kitchen photos
Photo by Spring IslandLook for farmhouse kitchen pictures
Photo by Rafe Churchill: Traditional HousesMore farmhouse kitchen ideas
Photo by Doug TowleLook for farmhouse kitchen design inspiration
Photo by JWT AssociatesBrowse farmhouse kitchen photos
Photo by High Peaks BuildersMore rustic kitchen ideas
Photo by Творческая группа «Особинка»Discover shabby-chic style kitchen design inspiration
Photo by Роман СпиридоновDiscover shabby-chic style kitchen design ideas
Photo by More shabby-chic style kitchen ideas

Learn more about farmhouse style and how you can accent your country kitchen here, and add color to this room in your home with functional home furnishings and decor.

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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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