Red isn’t a color that works well in most areas of my house as all the blues and greens really throw it off. But since my kitchen is white, I can definitely do it in this room. In fact, one of the things I like best about a white kitchen is the fact that I can decorate easily for every season. Everything goes with white!
I have to confess that I love almost all white flowers, to the point that even the flowers that are otherwise unloved and unglamorous look better to me when they are white. However, I do play favorites! 🙂
There are a few I love more than others, and one of them is white tulips.
1. VelvetVelvet is a trend that started getting really big last year in fashion, and now it seems to be hopping over to design. It’s elegant, and timeless, but it’s also cozy and luxurious and speaks to making our homes more comfortable. I’m seeing it in sofas and chairs more than ever, but an inexpensive way of incorporating it into your home would be with pillows. And they can be found almost everywhere, from Pottery Barn to Walmart, and at every price point.
|Via BHDM Design.
|Here they’ve used grey velvet to upholster a headboard. Gorgeous! Via Heatherly Design.
2. Texture=&3=& Here is another trend that really relates to the overall desire to make our homes our refuge from an increasingly complicated world. Texture, like velvet, makes us feel cozy and protected. And I love how much interest it adds to a room! It can come in the form of baskets (these have been on-trend for a few years now), rugs, throws (there’s that cozy factor again!), or chunky linens.
|I love this basket used as art! And more texture comes in the form of the cozy throw, and the vintage bench as well as the distressed floors. Just stunning!|
|Neutrals done right – with lots of texture! Via Better Homes and Gardens.
|So many textural elements here! The seagrass rug, the amazing coffee table, and the side table between the two chairs. Design by Mark Cunningham.|
3. Warm MetalsLast year copper started appearing, and then brass soon after that. These are continuing to be strong design trends and I think are a reaction to the past decade of cool silvers and nickels. The gold of metals like copper and brass add more warmth than when we use only cool metals. I think the mix of metals is another trend that we will see continuing. And I love that! Again, it makes the home feel more lived-in, collected and organic.
|These copper pendants add so much drama to this room. Via Lonny magazine.
|Design by House of Jade Interiors.
|Via Pencil and Paper Co.|
|Via Elements of Style blog.|
4. GreenOf course, if you read my post on the Pantone Color of the Year, you may already know that it’s predicted to be a big color trend this year. And though the Pantone color “Greenery” is a pretty bright example, every green is predicted to gain in popularity, from pale moss, to bright apple, to dark forest. Love this!
|Design by Barbara Westbrook.
|Design by Shannon Bowers via Milieu magazine.
|Via House Beautiful.|
As I’m sure you know, marble in kitchens has been big for a decade or more now, but we’re seeing it trickle down into more than just kitchen counters. Marble floors will be one incarnation, but also accessories; lamps, trays, vases, and bowls. I recently picked up a little vintage marble pedestal bowl and I just adore it! Look for it in antique malls and on Ebay, as well as in chain stores like Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn.
|Gorgeous! Love this room. By Barbara Westbrook.|
|Interior design by Karen Davis via New England Home.
|I’m such a fan of Brooke Giannetti, and she uses green a lot in her spaces. The subtle touches here are just perfect!
And what if you are not a fan of green? Or, maybe you like it, but you don’t want to change too much or make that big of a commitment. If you have neutral or white interiors, you can incorporate green the natural way with plants or flowers.
Gorgeous soft mint bathroom. By Huff Dewberry via Traditional Home.
One of the things I’ve been doing lately is looking at the predictions of decor trends for 2017. And though I don’t follow trends religiously, it is interesting to know what is coming up and also, it’s a great way to find ways to freshen up our interiors. After several years of all grey rooms and a sea of neutrals, we are headed for =&0=&! Can you believe it? And not just any color. Apparently brighter colors are the ones we’ll be seeing more of! This “pop of color” trend will be all about cobalt blue, bright greens, mustard yellows and hot pinks! Lucky for me (phew!), white doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. But where there is white, there is a pop of color. And this I can get behind! For as much as I love white, I do like there to be a balance, and I think a little bit of color fills that bill. It keeps predominantly white or neutral rooms from going too cold, adds interest, and especially now in the winter, it really adds some much needed oomph! I’ve always loved a neutral room with some color, and in fact I wrote a post on it last year here, but in that case, I was referring to softer, more muted colors. In 2017, we’re talking =&1=&! I may not change my entire rooms to brights or deep, jewel-toned colors, but I think a little color in a neutral or white room can be gorgeous. For me, the operative word is little.
I know it’s a busy time right now, and to be honest, I thought about skipping my Favorites post this week. But I thought maybe you might want a little distraction, or better yet, an excuse to procrastinate all those Christmas duties you haven’t finished yet! Today I’m continuing my theme of neutral Christmas decor. Decorations that emphasize either nature and lots of greens, or focus on neutral colors like cream, gold, and silver. I’m just in love! If you want to see my Christmas tours that I did all in neutrals this year for the first time, you can click here and here. This is a quick post with lots of inspiration, eye candy, and photos worth pinning! For more Christmas inspo, follow me on Pinterest at Maison de Cinq. You can also find me on Facebook for blog post updates, creative ideas, fashion trends, and decor inspiration. I’d love to see you there!
I hope you’re all enjoying the time leading up to the holidays. I know we all can get so crazy trying to get everything done in time, that sometimes we rush right by it and don’t get to actually enjoy it. Wishing you time to slow down and savor this wonderful time of year, while spending time with the ones you love.