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How Color Can Redefine A Room

Whether you have just moved in or have nested in the same place for years, a little change of color can do wonders to your interior. Big or small, painting or wallpapering projects can have a huge impact on the look and feel of your interior design. Grab some crafting tools and get started!

  1. Small furniture pieces

Painting a small piece of furniture can change the look and feel of an entire room. Something like a dresser or end table is an easy DIY and will add a fun pop of color to a room. We recommend using a piece that’s gone out of style or maybe one that doesn’t match your overall design.

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2. Accent walls

The easiest room transformation: paint one wall. Need help choosing a wall color? Our recommendation is to pick a color you already love decorating with, that fits the overall interior design of your existing room. This will create a significant change but won’t require you to redecorate entirely. If you’re feeling really bold, check out our previous post on the trending moody wall colors.

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3. Cabinets

A fresh coat of paint on cabinets can create an entirely new look in a room. Whether it’s the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room this is a simple and inexpensive way to transform it. Recently we’ve seen dark cabinets trending, but whether you opt for a moody or bright color, be ready for your room to have a whole new personality!

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4. Architectural Accents

Wall papering a room is another great way to add color and it can also make the architectural accents look more dramatic. The colored wallpaper in this room accents the wood molding and creates depth while bringing the room together.

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Home Design Trend // Family Friendly Coffee Tables

Finding the perfect coffee table that works for the whole family and is stylish is just what this trend is about. When designing homes for families, it is important to find beautiful yet family functional coffee tables. Check out some of our favorites for some inspiration.

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The classic coffee table is big enough for everyone, extra storage and it’s easy to clean. Now that is family friendly.

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We think this coffee table pulls the room together, it provides extra storage, more room for decoration and a flat space for kids to do homework on.

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Round tables are great if you have little ones running around, no sharp edges! Plus this one has additional space underneath for storage.

This type of coffee table is good for a big family or for families with a lot of friends, it can be one or multiple tables for homework, eating spaces or whatever you need.

Using a unique material adds flare but it also has a softer texture for any kids who might bump into it.

Chameleon Design Featured Project: Monterra PGA West, Plan 1 // La Quinta, CA

Plan 1 at Monterra PGA West in La Quinta is a uniquely designed 3,180 square foot home with 3 bedrooms and 4.5 baths overlooking a beautiful golf course. The interiors are Spanish Modern featuring eclectic furniture in a color palette of fuchsia and orange. Sand and neutral tones added into the mix created the perfect balance and a nice flow into the spacious backyard and pool.

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Chameleon Design Featured Project: Terrace Ridge, Plan 3 // Dublin, CA

Plan 3 at Terrace Ridge is a beautiful, uniquely designed 3,127 square foot home with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Overlooking the hills of Dublin, CA., the home interior features a modern “Monterey, California” style complete with state of the art furniture, a two-car garage and a spacious outdoor patio. We used a color palette that included chocolate browns, ivory and dashes of persimmon and love the outcome. What do you think?

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Designing With Nature in Mind

With back to school just around the corner and Fall beginning we thought we’d take a look at simple ways to bring a little bit of the outdoors in and create a bit of zen while we’re at it. While it’s true that the long summer days we’ve all been loving will soon be behind us, with these tips we hope that you won’t miss a minute!

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1. Natural Textures

Incorporating plants, wood, leather, and other natural textures will lend a sense of craftsmanship and comfort, while making your home feel more cozy. Layering in these materials with your existing décor will add interest and give you an inviting feel just in time for the cooler Fall months.

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2. Large Windows

Rooms that invite the outside light in are rooms people want to be in. Not only do they provide great views but natural light as well, which automatically draws the eye. The larger the window, the better: this makes the room feel like you are still able to enjoy the outdoors.

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3. Open Concepts

The open floor plan has hit us by storm! This concept not only means shared windows and natural light, but it also creates a sense of togetherness. Larger windows and glass sliding doors extends the space even further, seamlessly transitioning to the outdoor space.

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4. Go Simple and Neutral

While you might love some designs, they may not be practical for your family’s needs. Take into account who will be using the room, and what their needs are. Living rooms are less and less the formal, sitting rooms of the past and today people want to make them as functional as possible. One way to do that is plenty of comfortable seating to create a space for everyone who will be using the room. Designing with kids, and even pets, in mind can help you decide which fabrics are best for your design.

Home Design Trend // Leaf Prints

Who doesn’t love feeling like they are on a tropical island? This trend will have you thinking you’re sipping on a pina colada in no time. Large leafy prints, think ferns, palms and banana leafs are growing wild. For this trend, scale is key. But, if you aren’t ready to commit to a bold gesture like wallpaper, you can still get the same effect by trading out some throw pillows or cushions or framing and hanging a large print.

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Chameleon Design Featured Project: Terrace Ridge, Plan 2 // Dublin, CA

With a French country inspired design, this 4 bedroom, 4 bath home is perfect for a multi-generational family looking for a bit more room. Clean wall moldings married with warm wood accents create an opulent feel and the rich ochre, mustard and vintage leather used in the design lend to that elegance as well. This is a gorgeous home for a family with sophisticated, more traditional tastes.

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5 Rules to Follow When Designing Your Living Room

The living room is the center of the home, and one of the main places that guests see when they visit. We chose five rules that should always be followed when designing your perfect living room.

1. Choose a Color Palette

Selecting a color palette is a must when decorating any room in the house. It will naturally help to give you direction as you’re buying pieces for the room and work to keep things looking cohesive and well-styled. We suggest finding a textile or pattern that you enjoy and using that as your room inspiration. Remember to also accessorize with this in mind!

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2. Size Your Rugs Correctly

Having an area rug can add the finishing touch to any room and anchor your design, but choosing the right size is very important. Having a rug that’s too small can make furniture look cramped, while also making the room look like it doesn’t flow properly. The trick is to choose a rug that fits beneath the front legs of all the pieces, which will make the room look well-balanced and cohesive.

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3. Light It Up!

Incorporating numerous lighting sources in your living room will not only help with the look of your room but will also provide for a nicer atmosphere than you’d get with just overhead lighting only, for example. Overhead is great but table lamps, sconces and floor lamps will work wonders if you’re able to weave them into your floorplan.

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4. Design with Everyone’s Needs in Mind

While you might love some designs, they may not be practical for your family’s needs. Take into account who will be using the room, and what their needs are. Living rooms are less and less the formal, sitting rooms of the past and today people want to make them as functional as possible. One way to do that is plenty of comfortable seating to create a space for everyone who will be using the room. Designing with kids, and even pets, in mind can help you decide which fabrics are best for your design.

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5. Mix Multiple Textures

Using multiple textures in a room creates depth and layers to your design. Using pillows, throw blankets and different materials for your furniture can help to achieve this. We love to mix throw pillows, as long as they stay in the color palette!

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Home Design Trend // Earthy Color Tones

After some time spent in the zone of dark and moody hues, the trending color palette is now leaning towards softer, earthy spring tones. The colors are warm and natural and resemble earth elements. Think pale pinks, nudes, tans, terra cotta, and a light moss green. These colors work as a perfect contrast to the moody colors that have been so popular for walls lately, so you can keep those dark walls while experimenting with this fun new color trend. We’ve compiled some of our favorite room inspiration and pieces below:

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Chameleon Design Featured Project: Terrace Ridge, Plan 1 // Dublin, CA

Plan 1 at Terrance Ridge is a beautiful 3,000 square foot home with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths. It was designed with a “European-eclectic” style, furnished with traditional pieces and a fresh color palette of green apple, white and crisp linen. Floors are rich hardwood, which creates a nice contrast, and an added wall creates a perfect place to do a custom entertainment build-in.

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