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The Value of Words

The Value of Words

Many of us use motivational or inspiring quotes at work or at the gym, but what about in our homes? Go for it! Whether they’re clever or sweet notes, bold or inspiring phrases, or soothing passages, signage should spark the desired reaction. The “oomph” to power through the day, be humble, or stay positive. Attitude adjustment is a great reason to add signage, but it can also serve as unique and eclectic artwork throughout the home. Choose wall décor to add dimension, or have your favorite words embroidered in an accent pillow. Whether they make a statement as stencils on a wall, created in chalk on a board, or painted by hand on wood or metal, there is power in words.

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Keeping it Copper

Trending yet timeless, copper reigns in the world of design. Add a crisp modern edge to a plain pallet by infusing accents of this majestic metallic. Dare to pair? Match metals by choosing a cool chrome or steel to compliment the warm undertone of the metalic copper. Whether incorporated through wall clocks or spread platters, this timeless metal is sure to elevate any space.

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Cheer Things Up with Blond Wood

To expand any-sized space, brighten a room and project a cleaner feel, go for light-toned flooring. Lighter floors contrast well with warmer, darker walls and furniture. So, go for that unapologetic statement piece (in navy perhaps?) without losing that open feel. In a bathroom, a reclaimed, light maple wood vanity adds earthy warmth to crisp, white countertops and walls. In a bedroom, light brown pieces against neutral walls create a peaceful, purposeful sanctuary. Yep, blonds are more fun. Just steer clear of those funky, orange-hued ’90s finishes. We need another decade before they’re considered vintage.

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Geometric Flare, No Math Required.

Geometric Flare, No Math Required.

No longer must geometry be an intimidating subject to the math-challenged. Instead, it’s a formula for making a room feel more open by simplifying the lines and shapes of a space. Pattern-adorned contemporary rugs or accent tables can elevate the look and feel of a room, especially along hallways or in modern settings. Make the living room a showstopper by adding a sofa or side table with a geometric flare, or by incorporating ‘acute’ lighting fixture. These eye-catching focal points give it a bold, minimalist, and crisp vibe.

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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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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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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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Harmonic Hues

Much like a glass of lemonade sipped by the pool, yellow evokes feelings of happiness, warmth and positivity that refresh its surroundings. It’s no wonder yellow is on the rise this season, playing a vibrant role in high-end decor by pairing elegance with a sense of decadence. Introduce blissful yellow hues in accessories, or make a bold statement by mixing bright shades with modern shapes and patterns. Keeping a constant color theme grounds the look while geometric shapes illuminate the space with balance, creativity and intrigue.

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Groundbreaking Accents

It’s no longer an “accent,” if it’s become cliché. Swap out tired accents for a coveted centerpiece with charming embellished floors. Eye-catching flooring creates matchless character and makes an unforgettable statement, whether through ornamented tiles, patterned hardwood, or suave geometric carpeting. This technique breathes opulence into any space, large or small, by captivating from the ground up. Try dabbling with this stunning style in spaces—such as a bathroom, foyer, mudroom, or even the kitchen—and go as big as suits your buyers’ fancy. The sky is truly the limit when it comes reawakening a space with the allure of chic, embellished floors.

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Trend: Cemented in Time

Once reserved for driveways and walkways, concrete is right at home indoors, too. Sculptural home accessories hewn from concrete are making a weighty statement this year — and given their substance, this décor trend is sure to become cemented in time as a true modern classic. You’ll find that brutalist-inspired concrete pendant lights cast beautiful patterns while utilitarian concrete tables provide stable elegance. Plus, hardscapes are gaining bold new imprints as concrete castings are replacing marble and tile as trend-making choices for countertops and other surfaces. Even walls and flooring are getting a concrete makeover this year, providing a warm canvas for neutral furniture.

Shroom side table, CB2

Concrete Desk Set, Area Ware

Table lamp, West Elm

Concrete Hanging Planter, Target

Concrete Candle, Le Labo

Cement Taper Candle Holders, Burke Decor