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Highlights. Trends. Insights. We’ve got the scoop on everything you need to know about interior design right here in one tidy space!

Seeing Spots

From the jungle to the den, leopard is one of those trends that takes the market by storm – then does it again and again in a few years’ time. Proving that leopard is timeless, its roots in interior decor date all the way back to the 17th century. Yet, most experts will characterize leopard as lending a “modern” feel to a space. Even the smallest leopard accent gives a space a chic and playful facelift that’s sure to draw the eye, especially when paired with soothing neutrals. Try using leopard in small doses so its elegance doesn’t overpower. Dotted accent pillows? Spotted area rugs? From the savanna to the sofa, anything’s possible.

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Energizing and Relaxing: Pantone’s Color of the Year is a Juxtaposition of Emotions

How coral snagged the #1 spot as Pantone’s “2019 Color of the Year” is no mystery. There’s just something special about it. “Just as coral reefs are a source of sustenance and shelter, we see this color giving us assurance and buoyancy in an environment that’s been continuously shifting for 10 years,” says the vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, Laurie Pressman.

Double Duty

Coral is a testament to how color enhances the way we experience life, playing a dual role of energizing and nourishing. Evoking imagery of bustling ocean life and brilliant sunsets, it’s easy to gather why coral is pleasing to the eye. Perhaps it’s the unique way it hovers energetically between red and orange without choosing a side. Its striking appearance draws the eye with a revitalizing pop of color that makes every room look brighter.


The Perfect Wingman

Coral’s versatility as both a standalone and partner shade deserves twice the applause. For a calm or beachy vibe that doesn’t overwhelm, beige tones make a perfect pair. To ramp up the energy, look no further than coral’s two complementary colors – green and blue. Whether it’s lime, turquoise, teal, royal blue, or navy, they all play nice with coral, and serve to illuminate its ability to open the eyes and the heart to any space.

Nature Meets Modern Man at Reverie Plan 1

This clean and modern farmhouse in Rancho Mission Viejo by William Lyon Homes lends a chic, yet inviting atmosphere. Chameleon Design showcases our take on a purely natural palette by featuring varying shades of ebony, natural wood textures, and creamy whites. This space is unique in that its light tones and ample space make the home feel open, while charcoal accents like drapery, area rugs, and statement seating anchor it together. This home’s decidedly masculine aesthetic wouldn’t be complete without featuring an ode to the great outdoors. Wood ceilings in the entryway create a sense of arrival, while a tree root coffee table and toasty fire pit, seen through three sets of doors, welcome family and friends to gather both inside and out.

Teeny, Tiny & Trendy

Teeny, Tiny, & Trendy

Baby-fresh fashion has taken over infant’s rooms everywhere. It all started with endlessly stylish Instagram mamas who began designing kid’s rooms that have inspired grown-up envy across the nation. Now, rugrat refinement is having a moment. Here are some of the styles to watch:


Color Wheel

Venturing all around the color wheel is 2018’s new nursery trend. As more and more parents-to-be forego the traditional blue-for-boys and pink-for-girls color schemes, they’re enjoying the newfound freedom of choice when it comes to the nursery. Keeping the palette to a central color theme ties the room together in a thoughtful way without losing this new-found creative freedom. After all, a nursery should flow with the rest of your décor, not disrupt it. Being creative with colors, allows parents to welcome their babies with personality, and give them a taste for how exciting the world can be. Try coupling gray tones with playful pastels, adding bright pops of color or going bold with a blacked-out accent wall.


Bold Contrast

For our nation’s tykes, layered is the new look. Kid’s rooms are making simple, yet exciting statements with fun, contrasting patterns that are sure to make any baby’s eyes light up. This trend comes in many flavors, whether it’s pairing buffalo check with hand-painted polka dots or pin stripes with chevron. The secret ingredient to mastering this perfect blend is found in the mixing of furnishing finishes. Make it chic by adding modern furnishings then take a walk on the wild side by adding an element of rustic flare. Mix and match to add a splash of fun.


Tailored for Two

Given that parents often frequent the nursery nearly as often as their newborns, nurseries are growing smarter. While yesterday’s nurseries were solely designed for the baby, today’s spaces are more functional, prioritizing mom’s needs too. The nursery should be a haven for parent and child to bond together, thus including comfortable seating is a must—update the classic rocker to one that is plush. Be spatially-savvy by adding wall-mounted storage to accommodate baby’s necessities. And if that little one still feels too far away, try adding a stylish bassinet to the master.

Very Velvet

Is it this year’s royal wedding that set this trend into motion? Whatever the cause, designers are welcoming velvet back into the home, popping up on pillows, drapery, rugs, and even comforters. The resurgence of velvet is here just in time for the holidays, lending a plush elegance to the modern home. Designers are implementing it in a variety of ways from accent pillows to furnishings. The velvets of today are versatile, soft and sophisticated. For starters, embellishments are the way to go, such as with accent trays, throw pillows, and subtle textiles. The bold can utilize this fabric to reupholster just about anything from dining chairs to sofas.

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Hacienda Sunrise

Designed by Chameleon Design, Kadence at Centennial for Pardee Homes in Menifee is decked with a lavishly contemporary touch and a hint of hacienda flare. Endless natural light lends a spotlight to every special detail from, bold colors and textured accents to an eclectic combination of rustic and modern furnishings. To keep the space feeling fresh and open, feature a wood paneled accent wall to add intrigue. The finishing touch? A glass-walled room with patterned tile, for an unforgettably fun, yet sophisticated feel.

Three Retro Trends We Hope Never Come Back

We’re all about walking on the cutting edge when it comes to design. But every now and then, it’s even more fun to take a jog down memory lane. Grab your boomboxes and hold onto your turtlenecks – we’re going to unpack some of the most cringeworthy style trends of the last three decades.

1970s: Soaked in your Sleep

Something just wet the bed—it was your mattress. These vinyl water sacks were all the rage, making waves in the 70s until folks finally got seasick by the 80s. If you didn’t have a waterbed, did you even have a bed? Everyone who was anyone was on board, from plain Jane nextdoor to Hugh Hef, who reportedly had a huge waterbed covered in Tasmanian possum hair. These buoyant mattresses were fantastic—as long as Fluffy the cat kept his paws off! We’re so glad the popularity of this trend dried up so we could finally put the waterbed to rest.

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1980s: The Monster Beneath Your Feet

Not surprisingly, thinking back to the wall-to-wall carpets that swept the market in the 80s does not give us the warm fuzzies! While we’d rather sweep this one under the rug, shag carpets were a wildly popular trend, covering up gorgeous hardwoods from the front door to the (gasp) bathroom floor. Between the flourishing bacteria and hard-to-clean dirt, there was nothing magic about these carpets, which unrolled in popular shades like hunter green, burgundy and jaundice yellow.

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1990s: Wild Walls

Perhaps something about the impending millenium made us want to box ourselves into the decade—a feeling which we accomplished with floor-to ceiling wallpaper in every room! Seashell patterns? You bet. Infinite florals? Yes please! This dated fashion trend swallowed even the most expansive spaces, assaulting the eye with colors and shapes galore! On the off-chance we wanted to let walls breathe, there was sponge paint, creating a clashing multi-neon colored collage of chaos.

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Black Magic


This season, it turns out there is no “new” black. That’s because nothing compares to a touch of black when it comes to grounding a room. No matter the style, subtlety is the key to executing this trend with class. Opt for simple accents with a classic matte finish. While saturating with black can make a space feel confined, subtle touches serve to elevate the overall design of the room. Stylists are noting a higher demand for black hardware, especially in kitchen and bathroom design. Farmhouse or apron faucet— it doesn’t matter. Choosing matte black will add a touch of serenity. For a simple, yet marked design upgrade, consider switching out your cabinet pulls. You’ll be pleased to find black pairs well with just about anything.


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Orange You Glad

Brought to life by Chameleon Design, this vibrant Trumark home in Ontario is layered with freshly squeezed style—but not without counterbalance. Every dash of magenta and mango is mellowed by classic black touches, whether it be a curtain rod, picture frame, coffee table or lamp. And that’s exactly the appeal—dashes of charcoal charm enliven this space from floor to ceiling by bringing out the warmth and beauty around them. Where there’s a statement, whether it’s brights or whites, you can ensure there’s a matte black accent to make it pop or reel it back in. One of the most markedly modern features of this homey space is the use of crisp black tiling in the bathroom and kitchen, creating two-toned contrast against classic, white cabinetry. Black and white together create a striking color composition that can be used anywhere in the home, conveying earthy and upscale at the same time.






Mellow Marigold


Soothing gray and earthy beige hues at Hideaway St. Cloud by William Lyon Homes are animated with lighthearted marigold accents, courtesy of our team at Chameleon Design. This unique aesthetic is distinguished by a soothing array of art, textiles and playful accents to evoke feelings of warmth and comfort. Rich with textural touches like tassels, knit throws, and woven rugs, this spacious abode truly feels like home. Stylishly smooth gray hardwoods ground this aesthetic, while pops of honey and marigold contrast to create an organic, yet contemporary atmosphere. Multi-dimensional golden artwork and accents set the tone for a pleasing showcase of sunny shades, evoking imagery of sunrise against a sandy shore.