Colors of 2018

By now, you’ve probably been seeing all of the “Colors of the Year” for 2018.  It can be hard to keep track of all of them, so we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites for you.  We’ve even added in some ideas of how to include these colors in your home!  

 

Sherwin Williams- “Oceanside”

First up is a bold and beautiful hue that we would just love to see more of in 2018.  Sherwin Williams’s “Oceanside” is a gorgeous mix of blues and greens that make for a perfect pop of color this new year.

Sherwin Williams

 

Sherwin Williams

 

Wisteria

 

Studio|A

 

West Elm

 

Behr- “In the Moment”

A bit more subtle than “Oceanside”, Behr predicts that 2018 will call for a soft, laid-back look with their color, “In the Moment”.  While “Oceanside” could be a great accent hue, “In the Moment” would be a fabulous choice for a larger area.  Transform a kitchen or even a piece of furniture with this soft color.

Behr

 

Behr

 

Anthropologie

 

Wisteria

 

Jonathan Adler

 

Currey & Co

 

 

Pantone- “Ultra Violet”

Perhaps the most widely known of all the color predictions, Pantone sets the bar high with a bold choice this year.  A statement color in the truest sense of the word, we could see “Ultra Violet” as a a stunning accent to your decor.  We’ve found a few ideas to get you started!

Pantone

 

Pottery Barn

 

Studio|A

 

Anthropologie

 

Currey & Co

 

Benjamin Moore- “Caliente”

We love a bold red in the right space, and Benjamin Moore’s “Caliente” might just be the perfect choice for that.  Would you be funky enough to try a wall in this color?  

Benjamin Moore

 

Benjamin Moore

 

Tempaper

 

Wisteria

 

 

These may be just a few of the color predictions for 2018, but we can’t wait to see which one we’ll see most of!  What’s your prediction?

Color Feature: Millenial Pink

Part rose quartz, part bubblegum, “millennial pink” is having a major moment right now in the design world.  It’s soft, subtle, warm, and feminine.  We are loving it paired with crisp whites and clean lines, and find it the perfect complement to mid-century modern styles.

It may be a step outside of the box for some, but we are so on board with this color trend!  Are you?

 

Langdon Ltd

 

 

 

Safavieh

 

 

Curated Kravet

 

 

Surya

 

 

Lulu & Georgia

 

 

Anthropologie

 

 

Pine Cone Hill

 

 

Dash & Albert

 

 

Loloi

 

 

Benjamin Moore

 

 

Le Creuset

 

 

World Market

 

 

 

Kate Spade collection via Williams Sonoma

 

 

Divine Designs via Horchow

 

 

What do you think about millennial pink?  Loving this trend or leaving it?  Let us know in the comments!

2016 Color of the Year, Part 2: SERENITY

Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year Part 2: Serenity.  A little bluish purple, a little smoky blue…  Depends on the day and the piece!  Here’s a few of our favorites to inspire you!

Marie Claire Maison

Marie Claire Maison

 

 

Serenity is so luxurious on a velvet sofa…

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Or on a crisp, striped pouf..

Surya

Surya

 

 

I love Annie Sloan paint in every color, especially this one!

Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

 

 

Serenity and chevron to light things up…

Curated Kravet

Curated Kravet

 

 

Doesn’t it seem so calming on bedding like this one?

Matouk

Matouk

 

 

It’s smart on the walls….

Chasing Paper

Chasing Paper

 

 

Bright on the table….

Chilewich

Chilewich

 

 

Matouk

Matouk

 

 

Le Creuset via Culin-art

Le Creuset via Culin-art

 

And my favorite picture yet…the teddy bear is cute, too! Isn’t my “grand puppy” Rocco just the cutest??  He’s showing off his Serenity-inspired toy for us!

Rocco

 

What do you think about Pantone’s color, Serenity?  Doesn’t it just go perfectly with its counterpart, Rose Quartz?

2016 Color of the Year, Part 1: ROSE QUARTZ

Rose Quartz – one of the 2 Pantone colors of 2016.  Here are some great finds that incorporate this soft tone into your New Year’s decor.

Pantone

Pantone

 

I love the softness of Rose Quartz because it’s so subtle.  But, a little goes a long way, especially in the pretty softness of these dinner plates.  And I love the pink himalayan salt in the candle holders to tie the whole look together!

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

My daughter, Jillian, sent me this picture to feature for our Rose Quartz blog post, and I had to call her because I couldn’t figure out what the rose color product was.  This beautiful flower looked so real, I had no idea that in fact it was a napkin ring!  Just made me love it all the more!

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

These glasses remind me of my grandmother’s house.  A pretty pale pink cocktail glass that just looks so elegant!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

This sweet little stool in such a soft pastel is a pretty accent for the bold mirrored dressing table.

Orrick & Company

Orrick & Company

 

Anything Kate Spade in any color, at anytime, anywhere, is okay with me!

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

 

Remember ruffled pillows??  Come on, I know you had them!  A beautiful look on a vintage piece.  Add a special crystal chandelier and you have a perfect dreamy bedroom nook.

Bella Cottage

The Bella Cottage

Bella Cottage

The Bella Cottage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I always love Chilewich products, and this new colorway is so perfect for Spring, don’t you think?

Chilewich

Chilewich

 

Rose Quartz is also such a pretty color for a wedding!!!  Yes, these are from Jillian’s wedding – I couldn’t resist!

Colleen McCarthy for Hayward Photography

Colleen McCarthy for Hayward Photography

 

I don’t know what I love more, the color, or the expanse of the “headboard wall”.  And, the built-in light switches keep everything elegantly within reach.  Such a soothing way to end the day…

Lonny

Lonny

 

 

 

What do you think about Pantone’s color of 2016?  Will you be seeing it in your home?  Don’t forget to stay tuned for Part 2: Serenity!

Make Your Front Door Fabulous!

It’s true, first impressions really do matter.  So get instant curb appeal with a little paint, and make your front door be a welcoming entry into your home.  We spend so much time and effort on our “interiors” that sometimes we forget where it all starts – the minute you knock on the door!

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love turquoise and I love seahorses.  So, I’m all over this front door!  It’s whimsical and fun without being “cutesy”!

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And what’s the #1 door color in America?  Yes, it’s red!  But yellow and orange and green, and, well, just about anything else works if it’s done well and appropriate for the house and location!

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Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

 

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

 

Sometimes adding a mat and flowers in coordinating colors will help to perk up your entry and make an otherwise drab door look amazing.

Photo by David Hillegas via Coastal Living

Photo by David Hillegas via Coastal Living

 

I would love to see what’s on the other side of this door, wouldn’t you??

Photo by Jean Allsopp via Coastal Living

Photo by Jean Allsopp via Coastal Living

 

This reminds me of a barn door, and the diagonals really complement the square window panels and shingles.

Photo by Norman Pogson/Alamy via This Old House

Photo by Norman Pogson/Alamy via This Old House

 

Maybe a little South Beach going on here.  I love the orange, and those doors look like a face welcoming you in – look at it!  Don’t you agree?

Flickr

Flickr

 

What color is YOUR front door?  We’d love to see your spin on a fabulous entry!

5 Biggest Myths in Interior Design: Time to Bust them!

I just left the home of a new client.  She has a beautiful, large home on an amazing wooded plot of land in Southeastern Massachusetts.  She came to me because she wanted to freshen things up since her last redecorating project about 15 years ago.  She asked me questions like “Do I have to get all new furniture?”, “What are the latest colors?”, “Is wallpaper back ‘in’?”, etc….

I took a step back and really thought about how the media is constantly bombarding us with information (some good, some not so good).  They tell us what we should put in our home, and what we should take out, only to have it change again a little while later!

It really made me think about the message we’re sending, as professionals, to our clients.  Isn’t it our job as Interior Designers to create an aesthetically beautiful space FOR OUR CLIENTS?  Maybe that means the color of the week won’t work in their home, or that they may not want wallcoverings back on the walls they painfully repaired and painted after years of old wallpaper!

Let’s bust some of these new design ideas and go back to what our job really is – to design for OUR CLIENTS!  Let’s be creative.  Maybe, that means working with what you have, but present it in a fresh, new way!

My clients often ask me what my design style is, or what I like.  I try to explain that it’s not about me…it’s about what YOU love and how can I take YOUR vision and make it beautiful!

Incorporating the premise that “form follows function”, I take into account the ages and lifestyles of my clients to make not only a room that is beautiful, but one that is functional and represents the personality of my client.

Let’s bust those old design myths once and for all!  Here are my top 5 “Don’t Follow the Rules of Interior Design”!

 

1.  Go trendy.

Why would anyone want to spend tens of thousands of dollars renovating, only to have it “out of date” before it’s even finished.  Splurge on the classics and save on the trendy.  Keep the trend in the accents!

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

I LOVE these chairs – add one to your decor to add a little pizzaz!   Just something like a simple chair presented in a fresh, new way is all you need to add that little bit of “trend”!  If you tire of the fur, recover it!

 

2.  Go for the new “hot” color.

Do you even like that color?  Take a look in your closet and see what you find.  Chances are, that’s your palette.  Those are the color combinations you’re happiest with.  Use the hot new color for pillows, flowers, or easily changeable accents like window panels!

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

3.  Go wallcoverings

If you’re over 40, chances are you grew up in a house with wallpaper and watched it get removed and replaced by painted walls.  It’s hard to think about going back down that road.  Well, you don’t have to.  The wallcoverings of today are not the wallpapers of yesterday.  That doesn’t mean you have to cover every wall in your house with them!  Maybe try a powder room – use a big bold print and make a statement.  Perhaps an accent wall in a dining room is all you need to make a big change.

Farrow & Ball

Farrow & Ball

 

4.  Go for the style of your Interior Designer

Why would you want your house decorated in any style but your own?  It’s his or her job to help you bring the things you love into your home in a way that’s right for YOU.

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

5.  Go mismatched

Yes, the days of matchy-matchy are over (thank goodness!) but that doesn’t mean we have to go the opposite extreme.  There should still be some symmetry, repetition, and rhythm in your room, and a good Interior Designer will help you strike that balance.

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

Now, I hope you’ll “Go for YOU”, and design what’s right for you to make your home into YOUR castle… not a room out of a sterile magazine!

Later, we’ll share all the ways you can bring YOUR personality into your home!

 

Color Feature: LAVENDER

I really had to step out of the box for today’s color feature.  Lavender is not in my usual go-to palette, and I honestly don’t know why!  It has such a soft, easy feel and goes great with so many colors – gray, chocolate brown, yellows, coral…

I came across this room designed by Barry Dixon and just loved how easily the lavender sofa softly coordinated with the blue chair, orange shade, and chocolate brown table.  Here are some other purple products that inspire me, and I hope they may give you a little inspiration as well!

Washington Post

Washington Post

 

Perfect for an entry or a laundry room, Benjamin Moore’s “Queen’s Wreath” is a striking change from the usual neutrals.

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

 

Love the purple and gray combination here – especially accented with the black and white.

Tweed Thistle, Graham & Brown

Tweed Thistle, Graham & Brown

 

Lavender and velvet just looks regal.  Again, white just makes the color pop!

Addison Chair, Jonathan Adler

Addison Chair, Jonathan Adler

 

 Velvet Tufted Wingback Bed, Anthropologie

Velvet Tufted Wingback Bed, Anthropologie

 

Octavia Cocktail Ottoman, Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

Octavia Cocktail Ottoman, Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

 

The silver table just seems to take over the focus here, doesn’t it?

Himalayan Purple Area Rug, Safavieh (Available at Wayfair)

Himalayan Purple Area Rug, Safavieh (Available at Wayfair)

 

Sometimes just a pillow or two is all that’s needed to add a little pizazz!

Nordstrom at Home 'Emilia' & 'Woven Plaid' Bedding Collection

Nordstrom at Home ‘Emilia’ & ‘Woven Plaid’ Bedding Collection

 

A Line of Lavender Pillow Cover, Wisteria

A Line of Lavender Pillow Cover, Wisteria

 

Such a pretty color combination!

Kravet

Kravet

 

Another soft color combo – would be striking on a black floor!

SPO Bordered Round Jute Rug, West Elm

SPO Bordered Round Jute Rug, West Elm

 

Sometimes colored glass can make such a dramatic difference on a table.

Orrefors Totem Tranquility Candlestick, Bloomingdale's

Orrefors Totem Tranquility Candlestick, Bloomingdale’s

Vera Wang Wedgwood "Duchesse Encore" Color Champagne Flute, Bloomingdale's

Vera Wang Wedgwood “Duchesse Encore” Color Champagne Flute, Bloomingdale’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that it’s almost Spring, I think I may start “lavendering ” things up a little!  How about you?  Is lavender part of your color palette?

Color Feature: EMERALD

Let’s welcome St. Patrick’s Day with some fresh, emerald green design that is such a welcome change to the grays of winter.  In my book, green is a neutral.  Walk outdoors and what do you see??  Even in the dead of winter there are still green pine trees, conifers, and yews.  When spring and summer come, there are grasses and leaves to add to the green palette.  Bringing a little green into your home can even work with most other colors.  Here are some ideas that even St. Patty would love!

 

I LOVE this green entry.  It’s such a fresh look, and would be just as fitting in an older home with wide wood plank floors as in a contemporary home with a bright white kitchen!

Decorpad

Grays Lane Magazine via Decorpad

 

Perfect wall treatment for a nursery or a small dark nook!

Polka Dots- Kelly Green by Andrea Lauren, Spoonflower

Polka Dots- Kelly Green by Andrea Lauren, Spoonflower

 

This pendant takes a traditional style and gives it a little pop of color.

Grays Lane Magazine

Grays Lane Magazine

 

What’s more elegant than emerald green velvet?  And I love it with the gold accents!

Boca Do Lobo

Boca do Lobo

 

Add a little emerald green in a mirror or a side chair, pillows, artwork, or accessories.  It will give a fresh, spring look that will update your space instantly!

Boca do Lobo

Boca do Lobo

 

Chevron Riviera Armchair, Serena & Lily

Chevron Riviera Armchair, Serena & Lily

 

Marilyn Acrylic Arm Chair, Studio A

Marilyn Acrylic Arm Chair, Studio A

 

Green Zebra Pop Throw Pillow, Jonathan Adler

Green Zebra Pop Throw Pillow, Jonathan Adler

 

Caracas Side Table, Jonathan Adler

Caracas Side Table, Jonathan Adler

 

Woven Raffia Frames, Serena & Lily

Woven Raffia Frames, Serena & Lily

 

Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Send me your green home decor ideas!

 

 

Color Feature: Valentine Red

I don’t know, maybe it’s because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, maybe it’s because everything outside is so gray, but I’ve been feeling “red”!  Just that hot, vibrant color brings a smile to my face on these cold, gloomy New England days.  Here are some red treats to warm your spirit and maybe give you a little inspiration to bring red into your house.  I think every room should have a little pop of red somewhere!!

Yes, you’ve heard correct.  Wallcoverings are back, better than ever.  These are not your grandmother’s wallpapers.  There is no limit as to what we can cover a wall with – vinyl, wood, tile, fabric….the list is endless.  Here are a couple of ideas where a little goes a long way.  Have a tiny room?  Go bold!!

Isabella Red by Marcel Wanders, Graham & Brown

Isabella Red by Marcel Wanders, Graham & Brown

 

Poppies Red, Graham & Brown

Poppies Red, Graham & Brown

 

Always a big fan of Lee Jofa, this sofa and great velvet pillow are just screaming cozy!   And I love the lines of this sofa by Sherrill Furniture.

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Sherrill Furniture

Sherrill Furniture

 

Classic….Ralph Lauren Home!  Will always be in style!!

Camargue Arm Chair with Upholstered Back, Ralph Lauren Home

Camargue Arm Chair with Upholstered Back, Ralph Lauren Home

Reilly Pedestal Table, Madeline Stuart

Reilly Pedestal Table, Madeline Stuart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who doesn’t have a spot for a martini table?  This one is just perfect!  Add a little modern touch to a corner with this one piece chair or fill a corner with the red cane barrel back beauty!

Verner Panton Chair, All Modern

Verner Panton Chair, All Modern

 

Southern Living

Southern Living

Red Heart Hooked Pillow, Jilly's Happy Home (Available on Houzz)

Red Heart Hooked Pillow, Jilly’s Happy Home (Available on Houzz)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not just for Valentine’s Day, this pillow is a sweet addition to your decor.

 

Matine Toile Duvet Cover & Sham, Pottery Barn

Matine Toile Duvet Cover & Sham, Pottery Barn

Traditional?  Maybe a toile!  A little more contemporary? Then maybe these bright cheery cherries are more your style.  Either way a pop of “hot” red on your bed will warm up any bedroom.

Cherry Duvet Cover & Sham, Serena & Lily

Cherry Duvet Cover & Sham, Serena & Lily

 

Can’t forget our kitchen and dining accessories.  Here’s a great way to bring out a little color in your entertaining.

Poppy Plate Stand, Global Views

Poppy Plate Stand, Global Views

 

Staub Heart-Shaped 1.75-Quart Cocotte, Cherry, Available at Bloomingdale's

Staub Heart-Shaped 1.75-Quart Cocotte, Cherry, Available at Bloomingdale’s

Jemma Street Collection, Kate Spade (Available at Macy's)

Jemma Street Collection, Kate Spade (Available at Macy’s)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone else seeing red??  I hope we’ve warmed up this dreary winter day and have you thinking “Valentine’s Red”!

The Color of Winter… Every Year!

The days are getting shorter and the lights in the house are getting turned on earlier and earlier.  Now’s the perfect time to brighten things up with a little “winter white”.  It’ll perk things up and give you a bright, neutral backdrop to add some pops of color as the weather warms and the days get longer again.

Here are some of my favorite winter white finds that are perfect with any decor!  And if you are looking to do some “winter white” painting, make sure you read My 5 Favorite White Paints to find the perfect shade for your project!

 

Decoist

Decoist

 

Centsational Girl

Centsational Girl

 

Malone Sofa, Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

Malone Sofa, Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

 

Andrews Coffee Table, Ballard Designs

Andrews Coffee Table, Ballard Designs

 

Philippe Ottoman, Jonathan Adler

Philippe Ottoman, Jonathan Adler

 

 

 

Castilla Bed in Antique White, Cottage & Bungalow

Castilla Bed in Antique White, Cottage & Bungalow

 

Claudette Bed, Ballard Designs

Claudette Bed, Ballard Designs

 

Diamond Pique, Matouk

Diamond Pique, Matouk

 

Louis XVI Double Dresser, Ballard Designs

Louis XVI Double Dresser, Ballard Designs

 

 

 La Belle French Country Style Silver Two Tone White Linen Arm Chair, Kathy Kuo Home

La Belle French Country Style Silver Two Tone White Linen Arm Chair, Kathy Kuo Home

 

Two's Company Tozai Home Fabulous Faux Fur Arctic Fox Throw, Casa

Two’s Company Tozai Home Fabulous Faux Fur Arctic Fox Throw, Casa

 

Peacock Chair, Serena & Lily

Peacock Chair, Serena & Lily

 

Atlanta Chair, Global Views

Atlanta Chair, Global Views

 

 

Channing Desk, Jonathan Adler

Channing Desk, Jonathan Adler

 

Susan Hayward Interiors