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.|
|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.|
|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.
So, I must admit, I’m having a bit of an “orange crush.” Last week I talked about how much I’m loving pops of orange for summer, wardrobe-wise. But when I was researching and looking for inspiration for that piece, I started seeing some interior spaces with pops of orange, and can I say? I’m still crushing! I love neutral interiors with just a few pops of color (something I talked about here), and what I found was, these interiors are exactly that. Except that where I’m usually gravitating toward cooler colors of green or blue as the “pop”, here orange is taking center stage. It’s not nearly as loud or garish as I would’ve first thought. See if you agree…….
So, I’m not sure when I “warmed” to orange, but it might’ve been back when Jennifer Garner wore that gorgeous vintage orange dress to the Oscars one year. I mean, orange and formal are not two words you hear strung together very often!
I have friends who hate pink. They hate the color and will not wear it. I have to admit, that is not me. I definitely wear pink. What can I say? I like it. I know the bubble gum variety can be cloying, but in the right shade, it can be downright sophisticated. That’s the key. Use just a touch. And it is universally flattering! Pink makes everyone look good, and what’s wrong with that?!