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.

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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! 

Wallpaper Trends in 2016

Wallpaper is still going strong this year, bringing a bit of fun, drama or luxury into our rooms. Three trends that you can watch for are natural elements, metallics, and pastels. We've got some great examples of each, ranging from bold to subtle. NATURALS

A beautiful and graphic piece by Luke Edward Hall.

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Collage wallpaper by Rosemary Milner.

Wallpaper trends for 2016 include metallics, botanicals and natural elements, and pastels

 

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Techinically, this one is a wall mural, but as you can stick it up and it's gorgeous we're including it.

Wallpaper trends for 2016 include metallics, botanicals and natural elements, and pastels

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METALLICS

We start with a bold and colorful metallic. If you're not courageous enough to coat a  large room with this, think about a hall, entry or powder room - or even a single accent wall.

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Beautiful Boho Diamond from Michele Varian.

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And old favourite from Farrow and Ball highlights metallics and pastels in a wonderfully subtle pattern.

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A beautiful mix of quiet color and a bit of metal. Perfect in this powder room.

Wallpaper trends for 2016 include metallics, botanicals and natural elements, and pastels

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PASTELS

Pastels are a big trend this year, and wallpaper is a great way to highlight this without having to change out your main furnishings.

Wallpaper trends for 2016 include metallics, botanicals and natural elements, and pastels

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Dreamy and pretty, they are often thought of for the bedroom, but considering expanding them into other spaces, such as this bar below.

Wallpaper trends for 2016 include metallics, botanicals and natural elements, and pastels

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Even this more traditional pattern can be juxtaposed against modern furnishings and fittings to create a beautiful result.

Wallpaper trends for 2016 include metallics, botanicals and natural elements, and pastels

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Decorating tips from Paolo Moschino

The English country house of Paolo Moschino is a case study in decorating that looks effortless and yet is incredibly impressive at the same time. Of course, he has the time, funds and talent to pull of such a beautiful (and personal) project, but there is a lot we can learn form this to apply to our own projects. He offers a lot of useful decorating tips, but I think one of the best pieces of advice he gives is this:  "Don't let rooms look overtly decorated. The key is to relax; you need books, you need magazines, you even need dust!"

This is a comment close to my heart. You don't live in a hotel, so why should your home look like one? It should reflect you and the things and people you love. Fantastic decorating tips from a master: Paolo Moschino

Throughout this house we see light, neutral walls and colors that allow prominent pieces jump out. The first thing you notice in this space is the urns, but then your eye moves around and takes in the beautiful hutch, the barrel, the dining set. None of these pieces looks like it arrived fresh from Crate & Barrel. There's a lot to be said for decorating with older pieces that you love.

Fantastic decorating tips from a master: Paolo Moschino

A collection of Catholic statuary may not be your thing, but whatever your thing is, considering bringing your collection together and showing it off. Creating small, focal displays of things that interest you is a great way to bring your personality into a space.

Fantastic decorating tips from a master: Paolo Moschino

Again we see light walls being used to allow the coloured objects in the room really stand out, particularly the art, which is also framed and matted in white for effect. The floor and larger pieces of furniture are also quite neutral, letting the smaller pieces like the lamp, stools and flowers grab your attention.

To get more tips from a master, and see more of this gorgeous home, check out this article in House & Garden.

Black and White Mudroom

Beige or putty coloured walls are a fairly common way for people to add "colour" to a space without really committing to colour. Full disclaimer: beige neutrals are not a favourite of mine and I would offer other suggestions to clients who don't want bright colours. Keeping a space relatively neutral doesn't mean shades of tan - it can be as simple as a little black and white. This example of a mudroom that went from, well, muddy walls to bright and cheery, shows how easy it can be to stay neutral while still offering a a bright, contrasting look. A beige mudroom transformed with black and white. A great example of not committing to color while avoiding boring beige.

The before and after is stunningly simple. Painting the doors black seems like a bold choice, but it really is a small commitment in terms of space covered by this color. In doing this, they add a fantastic and simple punch that is grounded by the dark floors and creates wonderful contrast to the white walls and hanging cupboard. the use of a dark color at the end of a space also tricks the eye into thinking the space is longer than it really is. The red sign and red in the simple rug on the floor bring a spot of color - no bright paint on the walls required!

A beige mudroom transformed with black and white. A great example of not committing to color while avoiding boring beige.

Using a light fixture with clear glass ensures you get maximum brightness in the space, and adding some simple decor gives the area personality.

A beige mudroom transformed with black and white. A great example of not committing to color while avoiding boring beige.

The space looks clean, fresh and larger than before. A simple and very effective transformation. See more at Pretty Practical Home. 

Comfortable and classic living room decor

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Going Grey

I'm a big fan of grey in the home and I know I'm not alone. It's an excellent choice for a neutral that always looks grown up and classic, and can range from pale and muted to deep and daring. Today's example is how to do bold, deep greys.  If you have a lot of natural light, and use bright colors to accessorize, dark grey walls do not always spell a dark, dreary groom. Quite the opposite really!

The grey is a perfect counterpart to the brighter colors. Gorgeous. 

Decorating Inspiration: Tropical Decor Lite

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I love big bold colors, and tropical rooms can really show those off. But for a lot of people, it's just too much. Many folks don't want to commit to that much POW in their home - and that's perfectly understandable. So today we bring you some tips in achieving that lush, tropical look, without having to transform your living room (or bedroom, or sunroom....)  into the deep, dark jungle. We'll call it Tropical-Lite, though unlike the lite beers of the world, there is nothing bland or watery about this.

Decorating inspiration for tropical and botanical bedrooms and living rooms

 

I know wallpaper seems like a big commitment, but on a single wall, or a two tone wall where half is wallpaper, it becomes less overwhelming, both in appearance and application. And peel-off wallpapers for rentals or anyone without the stomach for arduous removal (and that's all of us, right?) is becoming more readily available.

I've included a palette of Sherwin Williams colors. I use their color systems, but these paint numbers can be matched at most paint counters.

So if you've ever thought about getting a little more lush in your home, try a few of these tips. And don't forget to add a tropical drink. I'll bring the little umbrellas![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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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