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Black & White and Style All Over

There’s a rule in decorating that says every room can use a touch of black. At first glance, you may think this is a strange approach, especially if you have a room full of pastels or jewel tones. But let’s think on this for a bit. Yes, black can be full of wonderful drama (and has the capacity to overpower visually), and, when used well, helps ground the space and provide interesting depth. One of our favorite blogs these days is The Spruce, and they say, ‘Using the color black adds a focal point that grounds, anchors, and adds a sophisticated look to a room.’ We couldn’t agree more! A black and white color combination is clean, timeless, elegant, and never goes out of style. The truest yin and yang. 

Our best piece of advice is, don’t fear an inky wall. In the past, we’ve all been advised to stay away from painting walls a dark hue because it was thought to make a space look smaller. Black paint has the opposite effect, however, because it creates an optical illusion of not knowing where the wall ends; it tricks your eye into expanding the space, and who doesn’t like the illusion of more space? Conversely, a crisp white has the same expanding effect, which is why it’s been blowing up design blogs and hashtags on Instagram year after year. 

Whether you’re bold enough to go monochromatic in your home (like we did in the Verge Plan 6 model), or you’re working your way into the style by switching out your dinnerware, placemats, or throw pillows, it’s time to embrace fearless design and the beautiful drama of abundant black and white. Want to dive into monochrome for a wallcovering? Give it a go on a smaller space like a powder room. Do you prefer to try something that requires less commitment? A gallery wall of black and white photography can be a welcome reprieve from busy, colorful artwork. Have fun creating the lovely and timeless contrast of black and white in your home.

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What’s Your Paint Personality?

There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to brighten a room, and then there’s paint as the focal point and design element of a space. Let’s dive into the latter here, because it’s no secret we love using paint to create a mood, a room’s character, and a home’s personality. Let your paint flag fly! Accent paint is the designer’s not-so-secret weapon and, when done right, sets the tone of the space, from soothing palette choices to accentuate the zen vibes, to a bold black-and-white-stripe detail in a hallway for added appeal on an otherwise overlooked space. 

Don’t be afraid to go big: solids, stripes, ceiling – adding a pop of color through accent paint never goes out of style and will continue to bring an added oomph to any space. Layered over architectural detailing like board and batten or tongue and groove wall treatments add a lovely layer of depth to a usually white wall (and are Instagram darlings of residential design). Want to create some volume and an illusion of a larger floorplan? Painting a staircase wall or stair risers highlights the eye’s movement up to the ceiling from one story to the next, and creating a statement on the ‘bed wall’ creates a stylish focal point and emphasizes where you want the most attention in the room. Paint accents are magical, and we use them all the time to create memorable interiors for all of our clients!

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Surprise and Delight: White with Color Pops

Although Maximalism is ruling design these days, it’s tough to ignore the simple beauty of streamlined layers of color, pattern and texture. Here, a crisp white foundation is the centerpiece, and bright pops of color set the whole look off. White is the perfect base to build upon – yet it can be completely changed to connect with seasons and trends. The challenge lies in making a space feel like home without feeling stark and cold. But that’s where the color comes in. Choose a statement piece to ground the room and your color scheme, such as a favorite piece of furniture or a series of artwork. Mix things up, experiment and soon, the balance will be struck. There’s nothing like the comfort of clean whites!

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Blush and Gold Never Gets Old

Blush, in all its pink boutique-inspired vintage glory, has been the choice neutral tone for some time now. Many people find that it pairs well with other colors…so much so that it’s dethroning classic greys and beiges to claim the top spot as an accent color. But combining blush with gold? Now the look is not only soft and soothing but also strong and vivacious. These magical hues can be applied to the smallest details, like a gold metallic frame surrounding a blush-rich painting, a candle holder, or a throw pillow. Also claiming centerstage – these hues can be infused through retro-style furniture or a full room design complete with lamps and a coffee table. It’s the perfect time in our society and culture to showcase this traditional feminine color duo as the new power neutrals!

 

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Gen Z Yellow Adds Happiness to Any Room

Gen Z Yellow (named for the generation born in the 2000s) has been a favorite shade among younger homebuyers lately—taking over the former reigning color of Millennial Pink. This color is pure sunshine, emitting feelings of energy, youth and optimism. Its fun and energetic tone can be incorporated in the smallest of details or it can own an entire space with its cheery, attention-getting hue. Yet even in muted tones from buttercream to golden maize, this trend is remarkably adaptable and appealing; perfect for the warmer color schemes surfacing over the last year. Whether paired with crisp, clean white for pep and pop, or used to brighten up a wall, Gen Z Yellow has boldly made its way into the modern home.

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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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