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Color of the Month: I’m a Local| Color Is 0863
August’s Color of the Month is a great looking yellow with a fabulous name: I’m a Local. This yellow has life and warmth; it’s bold but not glaring. It’s really a range of yellows: mustard, goldenrod, or dijon that brightens and relaxes a room without feeling chaotic. This pleasant color goes well with the cool and warm shades of gray that are still so popular. It can be a neat wall color, but it seems to be trending more as an accent color. Trim on a drapery, a splash of color in a piece of artwork and on statement pieces like sofas or side chairs.
Color of the Month
This wall color is very close to I’m a Local.
I’m a Local is a great complimentary door color for a home with a charcoal exterior and creamy white trim.
I’m a Local puts a cozy, modern twist blended together in this snapshot with June’s Color of the Month: 0669 Frozen Stream.
How will you use this warm and local shade of yellow before August runs out?
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Home Office Inspiration
More Americans are working from home, either for their workday or in addition to their office hours. With all of the time the population is putting in on their personal laptop, it’s time to take a hard look at the home office.
You should be able to settle in, focus on the work at hand, but also have aesthetics that you enjoy in your workplace When it comes to home office décor, there are some amazing paint options that can add pizzazz and visual interest.
Let May flowers inspire your home décor.
My daffodils are finally blooming, and I love to see that beautiful pop of sunshiny yellow when I drive up to the house. I love to see my flowers in bloom—it’s a sign of the seasons passing, spring finally being here and summer approaching. Besides, flowers simply add brightness and joy to my day.
We can look to those beautiful flowers to inspire our interior décor as well. Wallpaper is making a comeback with colors and patterns that are nothing like you remember from your great aunt’s house. From modern to artistic, there are many eye-catching options. Shades of paint that are reminiscent of floral colors abound, too. Let’s look at some ideas.
This wallpaper brings a rose garden into your home.
What Your Front Door Color Says About You
We all can use a little zest and color in our lives. Most of us don’t want to look exactly like everyone else—so why should our home?
Adding a pop of color to your front door is fun and relatively simple. There are few guidelines to keep in mind, such as making sure the color you choose goes with (or at least doesn’t clash with) the color in the roof and overall architectural style of your home, but in many ways, almost anything goes.
When it comes to color in your front door, the color can also relay an unspoken message. What do colors reflect, and what do they say about you?
In some cultures around the world, the front door is very key—it’s believed that is the point where energy flows into the home and sets the tone for the entire building. Colors are also symbolic. When you’re choosing a paint for your front door, here’s what it might say about you.
- Red. This bright color represents a place that is welcoming and open to the world. Homeowners may be seen as being bold, confident, vibrant and full of life.
Springtime prints, paints, and accessories.
For me, springtime brings to mind grass turning green, yellow daffodils unfurling, tulips blooming. The return of warm weather, blooming trees’ light petals and lilac bushes leave me drawn to springtime pastels and light, dreamy colors.
That’s my inspiration for this week’s blog—decorating with pretty pastels, whether the colors are found in prints, paint or accessories. How do you like to use pastels?
An important thing to keep in mind when decorating with pastels is balance and the “sometimes less is more” concept—you don’t want your home to look like an overgrown Easter egg. The neutrals or bright accent colors you use along with your pastels are critical to keeping the look sophisticated and on trend. If you’re painting and want to incorporate pastel blue, for example, how about using an intense green hue as an accent color?
Gray Color Trends
There are color trends that come and go, colors that were once hip that are “in” again, and then there are certain neutrals that seem popular year after year. They have long-term staying power. Gray is one of those colors—it goes with so many complementary shades, can be cool or warm, acts as the perfect background for bright pops of color or can stand alone, too.
This bedroom uses gray to set the tone for a soothing, relaxing retreat.
Home trends to try in 2014.
Sometimes we crave something new. We want to check out a new store, buy a new pair of shoes, try a new restaurant or travel to a new city. Change can be fun, exciting, and energizing. The same concept holds true for your home. It can be fun to add a zip of color here, a dash of style there. At the same time, we can’t redecorate our home constantly—no one has the time or energy for that. But there are ways to update your home to give it a fresh feel without breaking the bank.
Color expert Kate Smith knows a thing or two about how to refresh a home. She keeps up on the latest trends in design and offers knowledgeable, fresh interior paint tips for homes. She says that there are ways to update the look of your house without having to redo an entire space.
“What’s really interesting and on trend at the moment is to add in a really unexpected color,” says Smith. “Take your scheme, maybe a traditional scheme that’s even been around for a while, and all of a sudden bring in an acidy green, or a swampy brown, or even a red violet, but a color that you just generally would not ever think to use with the other colors that you have going on.”
Incorporating patriotic colors into the home.
President’s Day was this week, but you don’t have to save your patriotic style for one day. Whether you decide to use some red, white and blue for the 4th of July, President’s Day, Memorial Day or throughout the year, there’s something about the colors that make you feel festive and energetic—like summer is right around the corner—even when it’s snowy and blustery outside.
There are many ways you can incorporate a patriotic color palette into your home’s décor, whether it’s going all out with the theme or with nods here and there in smaller doses.
One way to use color is, of course, with paint. If you’re looking to make a fun, energy-infusing change to your home’s atmosphere, you can get wet paint samples and try out the color first. Some fun ideas for themes include a red accent wall, like the one in this dining room:
Valentine’s Day Inspired Rooms
Valentine’s Day is coming near, and ‘tis the season to see red, pink and white wherever you turn. Yes, it can be too much when your local gift store has overdone it. But it can be fun to decorate at home with red and pink, whether it’s a temporary use of the colors in honor of the holiday or a color scheme you enjoy year-round.
Personally, I love pops of red. The main living space in my home has accent colors of claret—mostly in an area rug, comfy throw and accent pillows. Red can warm up a space and add visual interest. However, you want to be careful when incorporating intense hues, especially reds. You don’t want to go overboard and end up with a space that feels intense or angry; you want reds that add positively to the vibe of a space. Depending on the tone and hue of the red you like, that might translate into an atmosphere that is energetic and has pizzazz, feels luxurious and elegant or seems rustic and comfortable.