Painted Cabinets

Painted Cabinets

Current trends in kitchen design favor a little color and I'm a fan of this. Monochromatic, all white kitchens have their place, but painting your cupboards is a great way to add some color without coating your walls. And if you anchor the room with color on the lower cabinets, you can still have a clean, light look from the counter top to the ceiling

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Prints and patterns - mixing it up in the bedroom.

Calm down, you saucy minxes - we might be talking about a party in your bedroom, but it's less "chips, dips, chains, whips" (yes, I love Weird Science) and more a fiesta of color and pattern.  But mixing patterns and prints is something that, like the aforementioned chains and whips, many people shy away from. There are so many rules and so much advice about this, that it's easy to get a bit overwhelmed. Today we're going to give you one simple guideline to follow that will have you mixing prints, and patterns like a pro. Stick to your color palette. 

It's really that simple - stay within your chosen palette and you can pretty much mix patterns and prints to your heart's content. Some people who are conservative by nature will then choose to mix just a few, and some people will throw caution to the wind and go nuts. There's no judgement here, kids. Do your thing, your way. Let's look at a few examples of some pattern and print mixing, from the monochromatic to the bold and beautiful.

First up is a gorgeous pink and navy bedroom Note that every shade of pink in the room isn't identical. Feel free to use the tones of the colors you have chosen. For example, if you have a pale pink, darker and lighter tones of this color will also work.

mixing patterns and prints - get our one big tip to mix it like a pro.

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Next up is a monochromatic bedroom in black, grey and white. If this is your sort of thing, it's a great way to easily tackle mixing your patterns and prints, as a grey/black/white palette often feels simpler to work with.

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This fantastic pink and gold bedroom shows how to wonderfully use the tones of a few colors and then mix your patterns up everywhere, including on the walls.

 

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And finally, a more bold choice in this blue and green bedroom. Here floral prints mix easily with geometric patterns, all staying within a lovely and fresh palette.

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Now, of course, all of this presumes that you have chosen a palette - another sometimes challenging proposition. We're going to cover the basics of this in a future post (coming soon!) but you can always do a little research yourself, and feel free to contact us. We have a range of virtual and in-home color consultations. Our packages are just that - more than a few colos, you get two color palettes you can choose from, along with their paint numbers, a guide to applying your color scheme in your home, tips on understanding the basics of paint (such as what sheen to use where) and a guide to hiring painters. All in a simple PDF that you can keep on your phone or tablet for quick reference. And from now until June 30th, get 20% any color consultation  - just use the coupon code color20 at checkout!

Now, get out there with your colors and mix those patterns and prints like the confident home decor enthusiast that you are!

 

Mixed Style - country meets industrial

Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.
Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.

This Victorian terrace home in London is touted as industrial style, but I would argue that it's clearly got a mixed style vibe going on. You can see wonderful elements of country and industrial working together to create a comfortable and unique space. A simple color palette helps unite the spaces, and by sticking simply to two styles and mixing from there, it never look jumbled or like it's trying too hard.

In the kitchen we see a lot of traditional elements such as the cabinets, mixing with more industrial features such as the hanging lights.

Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some tips to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.

Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some tips to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.

White subway tiles like this can adapt to a variety of styles. With a clean white grout, they are at home in a modern kitchen, but here they are paired with a darker grout, to support the more industrial feel. The use of old stoneware bottles and metal bowls brings in a lovely country element.

Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.
Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.

In the bathroom, the plain wood cabinet could feel entirely industrial, but pickling it in a light color adds balance to the country feel, as do the taps and medicine cabinet.

Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.
Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.

Natural linens and more stoneware contrast against the barrel table and modern lamp. Achieving a mixed look can feel daunting, but follow the lead from this wonderful home - keep your color palette simple and choose just two styles to mix and you'll be on the right track in no time. See the full home tour here.

If you're thinking about making a change in your home, contact us for a free decorating consultation. We do these virtually or in person, and there's o obligation. We even send you a written report with our ideas for your space! 

Inspiration: Decorating with Pastels

Using pastels in interior decorating need not be over-the-top girly. It can create spaces that are warm, inviting and calm. Here's an inspiration board that shows you how to incorporate some beautiful, soft pastel tones into your living room decor. The soft pink and blue palette is complemented by the textures of natural fibres and knit decor. Lush! Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 2.08.13 PM

Our top tips for using pastels to create this effect:

  • Consider natural wood tones in your furnishings.
  • If you use metals, keep them in warm tones, like brass or copper.
  • Choose only a few main colors in your palette and then use tones of these throughout the room.
  • Use natural, soft textiles around the room - drapes, poufs, rugs, throws and cushions.
  • Go with a neutral on your big items, like sofas, and on the walls. This keeps the pastels form overwhelming the space.

Black & White

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When presented with the idea of a black and white color scheme, many people balk, thinking it will be too drab or dark. Here's a great example of how you can use black, white and grey together for a room that is still bright, modern and comfortable looking. Galleri-Laura-9-800x571 Galleri-Laura-5-642x900T

One of the benefits of a scheme like this is that you can add pops of color throughout the space, and these can be changed out as the mood suits you, without great expense.

To see more about this space, and the great piece of art on the wall, visit galleri laura (scroll down for the English).

And if you want to see how black and white can make some of the most beautiful spaces you can imagine, pick up a copy of Celerie Kemble's Black, White and a Bit In-between. It's a coffee table book that you will quickly dog-ear and your friends will want to borrow.

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Two Tone Walls

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