Pantone 2017 Color of the Year

Every year the color specialists at Pantone predict the color that will be popular in the year ahead.  

"A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront - it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality." - courtesy of www.pantone.com

While this color may be overhwelming as an entire room, we recommend using it as an accent to bring that fresh and energizing color to your decor.  It works especially well with already neutral palettes of whites, beiges, and grays.  Some accents could include pottery, pillows, other fabrics, tabletop items, and even lighting.  

If you are looking for this color paint, we recommend the following based on Consumer Reports.  

Behr
Go-to green: New Shoot T14-18

Valspar
Go-to green: Mountain Botanical 6010-9
 

Benjamin Moore
Go-to green: Perennial 405
 

Look for Greenery to head our way in the store.  What are you planning to do with Greenery in 2017?

 

 

 

Posted on December 14, 2016 .

12 Tips for Decorating with Collections

by Susan Ferrier

1. Create balance. When displaying collections a balance needs to be created that is calming to the eye.

2. Be selective and critical. The collection should be highly curated. "Only the best of your pieces should be displayed and shared," says Ferrier.

3. Visualize how you want it to look. Think about the graphic impact. "Successfully translate assemblages of collected pieces into single powerful gestures."

4. Create a boundary. Decide what you will use to display your collection. "Cabinets and shelves – your foundation, should say very little and work in service to the more intimate display," explains Ferrier. She suggests glass boxes or cabinet doors, "[A boundary will] highlight the items and stop the movement of your eye."

5. Decide which items will stand out most. Choose your star items and be aware of their rhythm of placement.

6. Use something that emotionally moves you. "Collections are visible evidence of what compels you. Sharing the story of how you see and respond to the world becomes part of your identity."

7. Think about what the collection represents. "My assemblages are an accumulation of a history of places I have been, people I have shared experiences with and lessons I have learned," says Ferrier. "Collections can tell our personal story."

8. Don't be afraid to try different ways of displaying your collection. Interact with your collections by shifting position and adjacencies. It will open up a new way of seeing them as you adjust the light and shadow of their display.

9. Mirror your collection with blank space. A clear space needs to be maintained in juxtaposition to the visual activity, otherwise it will look cluttered.

10. Unite the items. Something as simple as a unified color can unite various forms into one still message.

11. Scale is everything. "Maintain important scale with in one single gesture or the ganging of several pieces in relation reading as one larger expression."

12. Be inspired. The only way a collection works in your home is to be inspired. Don't put something in your home just because. "Choose wisely what you gather in your company so as to always seek a higher or elevated emotion," explains Ferrier.

Posted on March 30, 2015 .

10 Reasons Why You Should Hire an Interior Designer

1. Save Money.

It might sound strange that hiring someone to decorate your home would save you money since you have the additional fee of the designer, however Cortizo makes a compelling point. “Hiring a designer can help you to avoid costly mistakes that will not only help you save money but can increase the value of your home.” Especially when selling your home – interior design is essential when listing your home. It can help boost buyer appeal and set your home above the competition.

2. Professional Assessment.

A designer can give you a professional assessment of your situation, that will will lead to a solid plan of action. The order of things in a design plan is key in determining what can be repurposed or should be edited. This will not only effect the budget but help you to spend it more efficiently.” A designer offers an extra set of eyes, but these eyes are trained to see and notice things that you may not.

3. Budgeting and Planning.

A designer can keep you on budget and save you time and effort. A designer knows where to go for resources for everything related to your home. This will save you endless amounts of time researching products, brands and prices. A designer will have all this readily on hand, and should he or she not, will spend the time researching so that you don’t have to.

4. Liaison

A designer will be able to build “a stronger bridge between you and your architect or contractor early on and can head off design misses in your overall plan. This is crucial in managing time and money explains Cortizo. Also designers are trained to think about things we may overlook. “It’s so important that the lighting and furnishing needs are addressed before construction. If your living room sofa is floating in a the middle of the room you want to make sure you have the proper placement for floor outlets.”

5. Wide availability of resources.

There are things available to designers that are not available to the general public in terms of connections, resources and general merchandise. By culminating these resources designers can  help to make your space look more collected, unique and pulled together.

6. Contacts.

Cortizo states that : “In addition to vendor resources, designers have many home improvement industry contacts. They can save homeowners time and headaches trying to identify reliable, contractors, plumbers and electricians for their projects.

7. Wow Factor.

Designers can help to give you the “wow” factor you’ve been looking for. They are trained to think differently, spatially and to see an overall picture that clients often cannot. Cortizo adds that “Thinking outside of the box is what designers do all day long.

8. Home sale.

A decorator can potentially add a great deal to the aesthetic of your home, which in turn can increase showings and sales. This increased appeal can exponentially speed up the amount of time your home sits on the market before it is sold. The benefit here is two-fold, a faster turn-around time and more money in your pocket.

9. A trained eye.

A designer is a professional with a trained eye that can automatically tell you if there is something wrong or right with a space. Having that immediate consult is a major advantage when making aesthetic decisions. It is the result of years of experience.” says Cortizo. Often times homeowners try to do it all themselves and get frustrated. 

10. Visual story-teller

Cortizo concludes with the fact that : “Interior design is a skill and an art that will only enhance the space and the quality of your life in the space. Hiring a pro raises the level of that experience and makes your house a home. A designer can help you tell your visual story. I can’t think of a better reason than that!

Given all this information will you consider hiring an interior designer the next time you remodel, buy a home or move?

-- Courtesy of www.freshome.com

Posted on February 16, 2015 .