I recently had the joy of chatting with Author and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Catherine O’Brien, from Happy With Baby, to discuss simple decorating tips for busy parents. It doesn’t take much to organize and simplify your home, no matter what size budget or space you have. Check out her Happy With Baby blog here to see the video! I hope you enjoy!
One of the questions I am most often asked is “Is gray still on trend?” For years now, the design world has utilized gray in all of its hues from cool blue grays to warm greige tones. Couches, painted walls, decor, and clothing showcase gray colors in all their glory. So, back to the question, “Is gray still on trend?” The answer is yes, but the gray tone is changing. Before you go and repaint that 20 foot gray entry wall, hear me out. I see a shift from cool grays to warmer grays because our world is shifting right now into a place where people crave nature. Naturally, the interior will reflect that change. When I think of gray hues in nature, I think of mushrooms, fungi, tree bark, and the Rocky Mountains; warm gray tones. Therefore, when you decorate your home or paint a wall, consider a warm gray or a “greige” which is a mixture between a brown colored beige and gray.
These are my favorite gray paint colors by far. Agreeable Gray and Repose Gray are heavier on the gray scale, while Gossamer Veil is warmer and Accessible Beige is even warmer and borders on a brown. All four of these paint colors look amazing in kitchens, bedrooms, hallways and dining rooms. They are neutral enough so that your decorative pops of color really shine. Blues, greens, and even coral hues look fantastic with these gray colors.
From Left to Right: Toulouse Nightstand from Pottery Barn, Arhaus Avignon serving set, Anthropologie sectional, Divya Cabinet by Arhaus, and the Rhys Chair from Anthropologie.
Dark charcoal gray is also rising in popularity which is displayed in lava, earth’s soil, and the midnight sky. Deep hues such as charcoal gray look dramatic as an accent wall in a dining room. Pair this with board and batten and the dining room will be a show-stopper. Vases, frames, throw blankets and decorative candles look beautiful in charcoal gray tones.
The above dining room was designed by Nate Fischer Interiors and it showcases the drama created by a gorgeous board and batten wall in a dining room. Black vases look fantastic with wood hues against a neutral grey-white wall. And, there is nothing like a warm and cozy throw blanket like the charcoal throw by Pottery Barn.
If you are wondering how you can incorporate warm gray tones into your home and aren’t quite sure how, give me a call and we can schedule a Design Consultation!
Let’s face it, the pandemic has affected all of us. Some have lost jobs, some are working from home now and some are working more hours outside our homes than ever before. No matter how your life has changed, one thing is for sure: your life has changed. Change often leads to opportunity and in today’s blog, I’ll share how life during a pandemic is an opportunity for great design!
Here are 5 design tips on how to spruce up your home during this unprecedented time.
SHOP YOUR HOME
You’ve traveled, lived an interesting life, and collected some really great things. It’s time to showcase those treasures in a whole new way. Start by looking at your decor in a new light. Collect all of your decorative items and place them together in a neutral spot such as on your dining table. It is important to take this step so that your home is now a blank canvas for decorating. Next, organize the decorations by color and pattern. This allows you to see which pieces will work best together. For instance, a set of vases or candleholders placed in a tray makes a beautiful dining centerpiece. A sideboard or console table get an updated look by layering a mirror, artwork and decorative items. Be sure to place decor in odd numbers to create balance.
RETHINK YOUR BOOKSHELVES
Bookshelves are a great place to display memorable keepsakes, family photos, and beautiful books, but they often get cluttered. Space decor and books out evenly so that there is balance between books and objects. Keep the color scheme similar to give a unified appearance. For instance, choose your main color, add a neutral and an accent color. Keep objects and book jackets that fit into this color scheme so that your bookshelves are cohesive.
CREATE A GREAT OFFICE AT HOME
Working from home has many wonderful benefits… and distractions. Perhaps you are juggling having the kids home asking you questions while you are trying to maintain your professionalism on your latest Zoom call. Or, your dog has become spoiled with the extra attention and doesn’t respect your work hours. No matter how you office from home, I am going to share a few ideas to help you create a great office space at home.
Designate a specific area of your home as your office. This is where you will place your desk and office supplies. Not everyone has a whole room to spare for their office, so be creative. A secretary desk doubled as your bedside table in your bedroom is a great place to work. How about a slender console table tucked along a long wall? Once you no longer need the console table as a desk, you are free to decorate it with lamps, greenery and artwork. Another great place for a desk is at the end of a hallway where a small desk stretches across the width of the hallway.
Keep your desk area neat. It goes without saying that a tidy desk makes all the difference in our mental clarity. Although, when I am in my “creative space” my desk is known to get a little messy! The more we have our things together, the better our minds feel clear and ready to focus. If you need a place to let the creativity flow, consider a dry erase board or cork board to hold your scribbles and notes. When sharing your desk with others, consider utilizing a portable file folder for your things so that sharing the space is simple and easy.
FRESHEN UP WITH PAINT
Updating your wall, ceiling or trim color can make a remarkable difference in your home. Over time, paint colors fade and walls get scuffed. Adding a fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive way to make a big difference in your home. An updated wall color also takes years off the wear and tear of a house. Keep an eye out for future blogs where I’ll dive deep into all things paint.
STEP BACK AND APPRECIATE YOUR HOME
Our homes are where we create memories and do life with our family and friends. They are our haven and refuge, especially during a pandemic. Take time to step back and appreciate the laughter you hear, the giggles, messy meals, the family movie nights, game day fun and all the things that make your house your home. I love what designer David Hicks said, “The best rooms have something to say about the people who live in them.”
I want to connect with you and give you an inside look into what influences my designs. There are so many topics to cover from paint color selections, paint sheens, space planning, current trends, environmentally friendly products, and more. I’ve learned so much from my years as a designer listening to clients, learning about trends, visiting retailers and from experience on the job. This blog is created for me to share tips and tricks to help you decorate your home with confidence and style. Check back frequently for the latest blog posts.